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The Prone course of fire consists of four 40 shot matches, shot in 20 shot strings, which total a 1600 point daily aggregate. The first match is shot at 50 yards and the second at 50 meters. The third match is called the Dewar comprised of 20 shots fired at 50 yards and 20 shots at 100 yards. The last daily match will be 40 shots at 100 yards.

Day one of the Prone Championships Monday 7/24 was delayed due to rain, and a mutual decision was made to begin the matches on Tuesday. Metallic and Any-Sight Team matches will be fired in the afternoons after Metallic and Any-Sight aggregates.

=== Day One ====================== 

The first day of the Prone competition started with twenty competitors. The Senior and Intermediate-Senior shooters were ready for Prone, and shot to an early lead. As the day progressed it was a familiar group battling for the top three spots in each match.

50 Yard: The Metallic 50 Yard match had five shooters with a 400, and most of the competitors hanging close. Kenneth Benyo and Larry Parker tied with a 400-36x and Benyo was match winner via tie breaker on his second stage.

50 Meters: Larry Parker won the 50 Meter match with the sole 400.  Parker was leading at the midpoint of the day’s shooting with the only perfect 800. Five other shooters trailed with 798-799.

Dewar match: The third of four stages the Dewar match featured the leaders battling for the top three places. Kathy Livingstone fired a 400-28x followed by Eric Gestl 400-25x and Tobin Sanctuary 399-31x….After the match, there was a still five competitors aiming for first place. In the Aggregate with the 100 yard match remaining. Parker and Livingstone currently led the fiel having each only dropped one point.

100 Yards: The last match of the day was the 100 Yard match. As usual the daily aggregate was decided with the longest distance. William Burkert shot the only 400 of the day with 19x. There were several shooters with more x’s but they dropped important points

Metallic-Sight Aggregate

1596 114x   Eric Gestl  – Match Winner

1595 116x   Kenneth Benyo – 1st Master

1594 210x   Tobin Sanctuary 2nd Master

Heading into tomorrow’s Day-2 Metallic sights, the following shooters round out the top ten:

1594 116x    Kathy Livingstone – 1st Expert/Sharpshooter

1594 110x    Larry Parker

1593  97x    William Burkert

1592 113x    Michael Carter

1590 100x   Terry Glenn

1589  95x    Harrison Callahan

1589  85x    Frank Linkowsky   

=== Day Two ====================== 

50 Yard: The competitors came to the line ready for Metallic 50 Yard match with eight shooters with a 400, and another six shooters right behind with 399. The top three shooters all had 400 with Tobin Sanctuary 36x, William Neff 35x, and Michael Carter 34x.

50 Meters: The same three competitors battled for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. This time Carter won the match with the only 400, followed by Sanctuary and Neff.

Dewar match: The leaderboard was changing after Kenneth Benyo 399-32x, Eric Gestl 399-31x, and William Neff 399-30x posted the top three scores.

100 Yards: The last match of the day was the 100 Yard match. Just like Day one, only one shooter was able to fire the elusive 400 at 100 yards.  This time it was Eric Gestl with 400-24x

The Day-2 Aggregate Had three shooters tied at 1596.  The top three were determined by x-count:

1596 124x  William Neff

1596 122x  Tobin Sanctuary

1596 107x  Terry Glenn

Metallic-Sights Grand Aggregate

When all the shots were fired on day two, the same three shooters from Day 1 Metallic Sights held the top three slots in the Metallic-Sights Grand Aggregate. Sanctuary edged out Benyo for 2nd place by one point and they both had 243x.  

The match had a three way tie entering the last 100 yard match, and Gestl 400, Sanctuary 399, and Benyo 398 decided the final standings:

3191 219x   Eric Gestl  – Match Winner

3190 243x   Tobin Sanctuary 2nd Place, High Junior

3189 243x   Kenneth Benyo – High Intermediate Senior

Seven of the top ten scores in the Metallic-Sights Grand Aggregate were fired by Senior and Intermediate Senior competitors.


=== Any-Sights Day 1 ======

50 Yard: Now that the shooters were shooting any-sights. You better shoot a 400 to stay with the leaders.  400-30x was good for 14th place. Kenneth Benyo won the match with a 400-37x

50 Meters: Nine shooters again cleaned the match. Benyo picked up his second win of the day with an outstanding 400-38x

Dewar match: Eleven competitors cleaned the match with 400’s. Mathew McHale shot an excellent 400-38x to win the Dewar match.  There were FIVE shooters that have not dropped a point prior to the upcoming 100 yd match.

100 Yards: There were six 400’s shot in the 100 yard match.  Tobin Sanctuary won the 100 yard match with a tiebreaker victory over Terry Glenn. Both shooters had 400-37x. Benyo had a 399-30x and the one point dropped him to second overall going into Day 2 Any-Sight, 

Any-Sight Day One Aggregate (Preliminary scores)

On the strength of his 100 yard win, Sanctuary won the Day one aggregate.  Seven other shooters shot 1599, so tomorrow will be a very close finish for the Any-Sights title. Two Junior shooters cracked the top ten, including Tobin Sanctuary with the win.

1600 138x   Tobin Sanctuary – Match Winner (Junior)

1599 139x   Kenneth Benyo – 1st Master

1599 137x   Michael Carter -  2nd Master

Heading into tomorrow’s Day-2 Any-Sights sights, the following shooters round out the top ten:

1599 135x    Terry Glenn

1599 131x    William Neff

1599 129x    William Burkert

1599 123x    Daniel Wesson (Intermediate Jr)

1599 113x    Craig Samuelson 

1598 123x    Matthew McHale

1598 118x    Paul Parker

=== Any-Sights Day 2 ======

Any-Sight Day Two Aggregate (Preliminary scores)

The top three competitors from Day one battled it out again. This time Carter came out on top with a 1600-135x

1600 135x   Michael Carter – Match Winner

1600 131x   Tobin Sanctuary 

1599 139x   Kenneth Benyo 

Any-Sights Grand Aggregate

The top four shooters were really close to see who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Carter pounded the x-ring today, but Sanctuary cleaned day two with another 1600 for an elusive 3200!

3200 269x   Tobin Sanctuary - Match Winner, High Junior

3199 272x   Michael Carter - 2nd Place

3199 258x   William Neff - 3rd Place

3198-268x  Kenneth Benyo – 1st Master

Michael Carter presenting Tobin Sanctuary the Any-Sight Prone Champion award. Tobin shot a 3200 with iron sights!


The FINAL Top Three:

Once again like in the 3-Position Championship a Junior shooter (this time Tobin Sanctuary) won the Prone Aggregate match showing the strength of our smallbore junior and collegiate programs in the nation.

The Top 3 competitors in the Prone National Championship

Tobin Sanctuary - Match Winner

Kenneth Benyo – 2nd Place

Michael Carter - 3rd Place

Congratulations to all of the competitors, as well all of those involved in putting on the first ASSA National Championship!


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The first American Smallbore Shooting Association National Championships are in action at the Blue Trail Range in Wallingford, CT, July 21-22 (followed by the  Prone Championships). 


Day one of the Position competition started with thirty-nine shooters on the line for the Iron Sights Position matches. Juniors lead the field on Day one with a Junior shooter firing the winning scores in Prone, Standing, Kneeling and the Aggregate.


PRONE started the competition with two shooters shooting 400. Sophia Cuozzo shot 400-25x edging Peter Fiori who shot a 400-21x by 4 x’s..  


STANDING was won by Fiori with an excellent 393-24x. Second place was Ashley Sprague with 389-13x.  There were eight shooters bunched from 384-389.  The Iron Sights Aggregate would be decided in Kneeling.


KNEELING was another match win for Fiori with a 397-23x edging out Ashley Sprague who fired 397-20x. Third Kneeling was Jeffery Doerschler with 394-22x


When all of day one Metallic Sight matches were completed the top of the standings looked like this:

1189-78x  Peter Fiori  - Winner

1184-52x  Ashley Sprague - High Junior

1179-48x  Sophia Cuozzo - 2nd Overall

1178-58x  Tobin Sanctuary – 3rd Overall

1177-58x  Emma Rhode – High Civilian

1176-54x  Megan Wilcoxson – High Woman

1171-48x  Hope Kavulich – 1st Master

1170-48x  Daniel Wesson- 1st Expert

1170-52x  Amber Schifano

1169-46x  Madilyn Riegel

Senior shooters Jeffery Doerschler (1165-49x) and Mandy Otero (1164-48x) are separated by only one point an heading into the Day-2 Any Sight matches.

The Position standings are not over yet, as day two will be Any Sights, with several shooters ready to move up the scoreboard shooting Scope. Only 10 points separates 3rd and 10th place.  Stay tuned…

*** Day two (Any Sights) results *************************

The weather forecast for today was heating up but no chance of rain. The morning wind took a timeout, and the scores soarded now that competitors replaced their Iron Sights with scopes for today’s competition.

PRONE What a difference a day makes. There were five shooters with a perfect 400, and seven more with 399. Fiori continued his winning ways with a 400-36x, this time edging out Jeffrey Doerschler who had a 399-37x. Prone awards:

400-36x   Peter Fiori  - Winner

399-37x   Jeffrey Doerschler – 1st master

400-33x   Rebecca Picone – 1st Expert

397-23x   Joel Potts – 1st Sharpshooter

398-27x   Graham Wolf – 1st Marksman

STANDING – Scores again were rising as was the temperature.  After the standing scores were final, it is looking like no one is going to catch Fiori.  He followed up his Prone win with another match win in Standing 397-24x.  The race for High Senior Aggregate is still down to the wire after Doerschler and Otero tied in Prone 399, and Standing 376.  Doerschler has a point point lead going into Kneeling.

397-24x   Peter Fiori  - Winner

392-15x   Tobin Sanctuary – 1st master

394-22x   Daniel Wesson – 1st Expert

384-09x   Erin Diehl– 1st Sharpshooter

370-10x   Natalie Davidson – 1st Marksman

KNEELING – Fiori continued his run with a 399-28x to also win the Any-Sight Kneeling match. Top scores in Kneeling were a family affair as Peter Fiori Sr shot a 399-21x!  Jeffery Doerschler was right behind the Fiori's with a 398-23x, which locked up the 1st Senior for Any-Sights.

399-28x   Peter Fiori  - Winner

398-23x   Jeffrey Doerschler – 1st master

399-21x   Peter Fiori Sr. – 1st Expert

391-17x   Erin Diehl– 1st Sharpshooter

388-16x   Natalie Davidson – 1st Marksman

The Any-Sight Aggregate Top 10 were:

1196-88x  Peter Fiori  - Winner

1189-68x  Daniel Wesson - 2nd Overall, High Junior

1185-62x  Ashley Sparague - 3rd Overall, High Woman

1182-65x  Tobin Sanctuary - 1st Master

1182-65x  Sophia Cuozzo 

1176-55x  Rebecca Picone - 1st Expert

1174-63x  Emma Rhode - 1st Unclassified

1174-55x  Peter Fiori Sr. 

1173-73x  Jeffery Doerschler

1173-56x  Peter Fiori Sr. 

1168-45x  Erin Diehl - 1st Sharpshooter


2385-166x  Peter Fiori  - Winner

2369-114x  Ashley Sparague - 2nd Overall, High Woman

2360-123x  Tobin Sanctuary - 3rd Overall, High Junior

2359-120x  Daniel Wesson - High Intermediatte Junior

2355-103x  Sophia Cuozzo - 1st Master

2351-109x  Emma Rhode - High Sub Junior

2340- 95x  Madilyn Riegel

2338-122x Jeffery Doerschler - (High Senior Info only)

2337- 83x  Amber Schifano

2328- 91x  Riegel Christopher Hake

2337- 83x  Amber Scifano - 1st Unclassified

2328- 83x  Erin Diehl - 1st Sharpshooter

2327-101x  Rebecca Picone - 1st Expert

Michael Carter presenting Peter Fiori the 3-Position National Championship award.



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admin base+authorization_role_coach and Champion Shooters Supply have teamed together to offer smallbore competitors at the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA) Championships another way to Win!

Competitor packets for the ASSA Championships at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, OH (July, 6th-13th) will have the information on how ShootingBUZZ members have a chance to win one of several $50. Gift Certificates redeemable at Champion Shooters Supply.  More details at the Match- Good luck to all of the competitors.

The Cardinal Center has broken ground on a 200 point  covered firing line with concrete firing points for 50 yard, 50 Meter, 100 yard and 100 meter firing. 

Champion Shooters Supply, LLC was founded by Carl and Sandra Jooss in 1972.  Carl, a competitive shooter and International Title holder himself, started the business to provide competitors with quality shooting products for training and competition.

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The Cardinal Center in Marengo Ohio will be the host site for the 2018 American Smallbore Shooting Association's National Championships July 6th thru 13th.   Cardinal Center has broken ground on a 200 point paved and covered firing line for 50 yard, 50 Meter, 100 yard and 100 meter firing.  

Match entries are now being accepted.  For online entries please click on the MATCH ENTRY link:

The Match Program is available here on ShootingBUZZ.

Cardinal Center’s Director of Rifle and Pistol Jim Henderson has approved the following dates.

July 6

Prone / F-class check in

Prone / F-class practice

July 7

First Shot Ceremony

Prone Metallic Sights Day 1

F-Class (any sight) Day 1

Walther Prone Clinic by Torben Grimmel

ASSA Prone/F-Class Competitor's Meeting

July 8

Prone Metallic Sights Day 2

F-Class (any sight) Day 2

F-Class Team Matches (any sight)

Prone Metallic Sight Team Match

F-Class Awards

July 9

Prone Any Sight Day 1

Prone Any Sight Team Match

Prone Swap Meet

July 10

Prone Any Sights Day 2

Prone Awards Ceremony

3-Position Check In

3-Position Training (after conclusion of prone matches)

July 11

3-position Metallic Sight Match

ASSA 3-Position Competitors' Meeting

3-Position Swap Meet

AMU 3-Position clinic 

July 12

3-position Any Sight Match

3-Position Individual Matches Award Ceremony

July 13

3-Position Metallic & Any Sight Team Matches

3-Position Team Awards

Conclusion of ASSA Championships

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It was sad news when I read today's USA Shooting press release that Ret. Army Lt. Col. Lones W. Wigger, a four-time Olympian and the most decorated shooter in the world, passed away on the evening of December 14, 2017 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Wigger became the only athlete to win medals in all three Olympic rifle shooting disciplines and was selected as one of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Olympians in 1996.  In honor of his achievements and in celebration of his 80th birthday on August 25, USA Shooting renamed the interior of its headquarters and upper range the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall and Range. Wigger also wanted his legacy to also benefit young shooters and the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr. Olympic Endowment was established to grow youth shooting programs. To date, more than $225,000 has been raised and will impact junior shooting for years to come.

Funeral and memorial services will be announced.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr. Olympic Endowment.

View Pictures from the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall & Range Dedication

Listen to Lones Wigger’s last public speech given on his 80th Birthday  

The full press release from USA Shooting is available here.

Picture above is from USA Shooting.

Thank you Wig for everything you have done for our sport! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Led by freshman Henrik Larsen's record-breaking performance, the fourth-ranked Kentucky rifle team fired a 4714 at the Ole Miss Open on Saturday inside the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.

Larsen paved the way for the Wildcats in the first match of his career, setting school records in smallbore and combined. The Mysen, Norway, product put on a show and fired a 595 in smallbore and a 598 in air rifle for a 1193 combined score. Larsen's 598 matches the team-high score in the discipline from all of the 2016-17 season, while his 595 surpasses the previous school record by three points.

The Cats fired 2348 in smallbore, one of their highest scores in recent action, and 2367 in air rifle. This is the first time that UK has started the season above the 4700 mark.

Full story at UK Athletics

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On the final day of Women’s Rifle competition at the 2017 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC), high school senior Emily Stith just gave herself the best graduation gift imaginable with round trip tickets to Suhl, Germany courtesy of being crowned Junior Olympic Champion in Air Rifle.



Photo by USA Shooting

Full article by Kevin Neuendorf

USA Shooting


WOMEN'S AIR RIFLE PHOTOS available from USA Shooting flickr site

WOMEN'S AIR-RIFLE AND SMALLBORE RESULTS available in the ShootingBUZZ file area

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The 2017 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship was held March 18-19 at Fort Benning, GA—home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.  Student-athletes from 17 schools attended this year's match


The University of Akron won the overall team championship with a score of 4459, receiving a Berger Bullets gift certificate and a Pyramyd air rifle. Additionally, Akron won the air rifle and smallbore team aggregates. The Akron club rifle team, consisting of Gabby Pitre, Brandon Meier, Liz Bark, Luke Massie and Coach April Engle was able to outscore runner up Clemson University by over 50 points. Last year's team champion, the University of Michigan finished in third place with a score of 4377.

Above: The University of Akron club rifle team has won their first NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship. Pictured are (l. to r.) Coach April Engle, Brandon Meier, Luke Massie, Gabby Pitre and Liz Bark. Photo by John Parker.


Rachel Mangan of Clemson University won a second consecutive individual aggregate championship with a score of 1152. (See cover photo by John Parker) In second place was the Illinois Institute of Technology's John Hirsch, with a score of 1146. The 2015 champion Madeleine Godwin of the University of North Georgia rounded out the individual aggregate winners—finishing in third with a score of 1144. All three received a Pyramyd air rifle.


Check out the full article by John Parker at NRA Shooting Sports USA.

Learn more about NRA collegiate competitive shooting programs at this link:

Pictures from John Parker are also available at NRA Shooting Sports USA.

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We know Competitive Shooters for their skill and talent on the range. But, what do they do when they’re not on the range?


Let's find out. Freedom Journal veteran Gabby Franco shares her one-on-one interview with American Olympic Biathlete Lanny Barnes as she shares the other side of shooting sport athletes.

(Photo courtesy/Lanny Barnes)


Lanny Barnes has been interested in art since she was very young. She never took any formal schooling but it has always been one of her passions. Lanny also said that it helped get her through those long months competing in Europe away from home and sitting in a hotel room.


She became a professional artist in 2000 and has done a lot of commissioned pieces for people which has helped fund her Olympic career with her artwork.


Lanny's art work is amazingly beautiful and unique. You can purchase some of her prints at, or email her at


by Gabby Franco - Friday, March 10, 2017

For the complete story head on over to the NRA Blog!


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Honoring A Legend: USA Shooting Launches Lones Wigger Endowment & Legacy Project COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (February 16, 2017)

The word “legend” is an overused descriptor in the American lexicon, particularly when describing our sports heroes and all-time greats. In the case of three-time Olympic medalist, 24-time World Champion, 33-time world-record holder, and 91-time National Champion Lones Wigger, it is truly the only word fitting enough. There’s no hyperbole when using legend to describe perhaps the best marksman the shooting sports has ever seen. 


USA Shooting has chosen 2017 as the year they’ll honor Lones Wigger’s enduring legacy to the sport with the official launch of the Lones Wigger Endowment and Legacy Project. That initial effort began last week with announcement of the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr Olympic Endowment, in partnership with the MidwayUSA Foundation. Money put toward that endowment will be used to support youth and Junior Olympic initiatives in the future. Every dollar raised in 2017 is being matched 2-to-1 by the generosity of the MidwayUSA Foundation, which means that for every $1,000 donated in the name of Lones Wigger, $3,000 will go towards benefiting youth shooting programs in the future.

Help honor the legend of Lones Wigger with your generous donation today!

His records and accomplishments are as numerous as they are lofty, a career résumé never to be matched. A four-time Olympian with three Olympic medals and a total of 111 international medals, Wigger was named one of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Olympians in 1996, as well as earning induction into the USOC’s Hall of Fame in 2008.


All donation amounts will be accepted for the Lones Wigger Endowment & Legacy Project and a special Lones Wigger pin is being created to provide to donors at all levels. Additionally, six primary donation levels have been established with donors contributing at those designated levels set to receive authentic donor premiums showcasing Lones Wigger's career accomplishments. Donor premiums can be used to further the conversation with others about Wigger's legendary career and further supporting the project. Donor premiums are currently being created and will be unveiled in a pending announcement.


For the full story, head over to USA Shooting:

USA Shooting Partners with MidwayUSA Foundation to Begin Lones Wigger Endowment for Junior Olympics & Youth Shooting


Donor Levels

  • World Record $10,000
  • World Champion $5,000
  • National Champion $2,500
  • Gold Medal $1,000
  • Silver Medal $500
  • Bronze Medal $250


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