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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. 


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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


Thirty two competitors made up the field for the 2018 Bluegrass Prone Regional hosted by the Louisville Rifle and Revolver Club on May 19th and 20th 2018.For the first time F-Class Small bore competitors were on the line with all of the sling shooters.


Day 1 metallic sights:The weather was mostly overcast with mild temperatures and light breezes.  2016 NRA prone champion Mark Del Cotto won the 50 Yard match #1 with a perfect 400-40X.  The expert class was taken by Dan Stone with a 400-30x.  The combined Sharpshooter/Marksman class was won by Alan Hagan with 391-23x.Dave Cloft won the F-Class match with 397-25x.


Match #2 was the Dewar match.  For the first time in this writers 47 year shooting career an unbreakable tie occurred between Howard Pitts and Mark Del Cotto, with each firing a 400-34x.  The expert class was won by Jack Bockman with a 400-25x and and the SS/MK class was won by Alan Hagan with 390-14.  Dave Cloft won the F-Class Dewar with 398-16x

Match 3 was the 100 yard match.  Mark Del Cotto was again the winner with a 399-28x.  Jack Bockman won the expert winner with 397-22 and Fred Bertelsman was the SS/MK winner with 382-10x,  Ken Kik was the F-Class Dewar winner with 397-0x.  


The final match #4 was fired at 50 meters.  Howard Pitts was the only competitor to clean the match with a 400-36x.  Jack Bockman was the expert winner with 397-25x and Alan Hagan was the SS/MK winner with 391-9x.Dave Cloft was the 50 meter F-Class winner with 392-21.


The Iron Sights Aggregate came down to the winner of the 50 meter match as Howard Pitts topped the field with a 1599-133x.  1st Master was Mark Del Cotto with 1598-137x, 2nd Master was Paul Gideon with 1595-116x.


The expert class was taken by Jack Bockman with a 1591-93x and 1st expert was Dan Stone with 1587-98x.  The SS/MK class was won by Alan Hagan with 1544-54x.Dave Cloft was the F-Class winner with 1580-62x.  


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Day 2-  Any sights were permitted on the second day of competition.  The temperatures were slightly up as the sun was shining for most of the match.


Match 6 was again the 50 yard match.  The match winner at 50 yards was Howard Pitts with 400-37x.  The expert class was won by Jack Bockman with a 400-35x.  The SS/MK class was won by George Naswadi with 398-25x.  Ken Kik was the F-Class winner at 50 yards with a 398-26x.


Match 7 was the Dewar match.  The match winner was former national prone champion Paul Gideon with a 400-37x.  The expert winner was Brian Hunter with 400-32x.  SS/MK winner was Ivan Rakyta with 393-12x.  Ken Kik was the F-Class Dewar match winner with 395-12x.


Match 8 was the 100 yard match.  Match winner was Howard Pitts with 400-31x.  The expert winner was Brian Hunter with 398-29x.  SS/MK class was Ivan Rakyta with 393-21x.  

F-Class 100 yards was won by Ken Kik with 392-0x.


The final match of the tournament was conducted at 50 meters.  The match winner was Howard Pitts with a 400-37x.  Brian Hunter continued to stay on top of the expert class with a 399-29x. Alan Hagan won the SS/MK class with 385-16x.  Dave Cloft was the 50 meter winner of the F-Class with a 395-21x.


Any Sights Aggregate was won by Howard Pitts with a 1599-140x.  1st Master was Mike Carter with 1597-127x, and 2nd Master was Ed Foley with a 1597-124x.  The expert any sights winner was Brian Hunter with a 1597-122x.  The SS/MK winner was George Naswadi with 1549-55x.

Ken Kik out X’d Dave Cloft by 2 to win the F-Class day 2 1570-50x.


Grand Aggregate Awards:

Howard Pitts was the winner of the 2018 Bluegrass Regional Match winner with 3198-273-x.  2nd place went to Mike Carter with 3191-240x.  3rd place was won by Paul Gideon with 3190-240x.



Expert winner was Jack Bockman with 3183-195.  2nd Expert was Dan Stone with 3181-206.

SS/MK winner was Alan Hagan with 3090-108.  F-Class was won by Dave Cloft 3150-110x.


All of the competitors were once again treated to an excellent match run by the Louisville Rifle and Revolver Club.  Pryce Davidson as the match director, Brent Jarboe as the stat officer and the flawless scoring team led by Eddie Baker for the last 50 years.  This is one of the best matches in the South!


(More photos available here at ShootingBUZZ.com)


Special thanks to:

Mike Carter for the Match article

Brian Hunter for the photos 



On Wednesday, May 9, Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher qualified for her first Final since 2016 at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle and Pistol at Fort Benning, GA. Thrasher’s last shot in the Final was a 10.8—not enough to overcome the lead put forth by the eventual Chinese medalists—leaving Thrasher with a respectable fifth place finish.


The World Cup opened with the women’s 10m air rifle event. Thrasher qualified for the Final in seventh place with a score of 627.4. Subsequently, silver medalist Yingjie Zhu of China posted a world-record qualification score of 633.4, showcasing the extremely talented field at this World Cup.


Thrasher summed up the Final event with her usual positive attitude and patriotism, noting the significance of her performance with other international athletes on her country’s home field.


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


Lead photo by Nicolo Zangirolami/ISSF


The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) annual 3P Regional air rifle events were recently fired throughout the month of April, with over 450 talented junior athletes vying to qualify for the National Championship in June. Each Regional match is a 3x20 (three-position) air rifle competition, where sporter and precision class athletes from 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC rifle programs fire 20 shots at three positions: prone, standing and kneeling.


Three separate matches were held at CMP venues around the country, including the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, the CMP’s south air gun range at the South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., as well as through the use of its Mobile Range in Sandy, Utah. Qualifiers for the National competition are chosen from the overall scores from the combined regions.



Precision competitor Taylor Gibson from Oregon won the 2018 JROTC National Three-Position event and also led overall at CMP Regionals.


Sporter:

1. Zion Benton, Illinois

2. Freeport High School, Illinois

3. Nation Ford High School MCJROTC, South Carolina


Precision:

1. DuBois Junior Rifle Team, Pennsylvania

2. Ole Mill Rangers, Georgia

3. MCGC (Magic City Gun Club) Kats, Alabama


Enjoy the full story by Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer at theCMP.org



A complete schedule for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) fresh lineup of smallbore rifle events at the 2018 National Matches is now accessible through the CMP website. In addition to an event schedule, the 2018 CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition Rules is also available for viewing online. 


Smallbore competitions have been slotted into the Camp Perry National Match schedule July 16-22 and include:

a 3x40 two-day event;

a 3P Team Match;

a two-day Prone event;

an elimination Prone event;

a Prone Team Match;

and an AMU Clinic.


All smallbore matches will be fired on Rodriguez Range at Camp Perry under a covered firing line. A partnership with Shooters Technology will make scoring easier than ever, with the use of an app that allows instant scoring for quick and efficient results. Finals will be conducted on CMP Targets at Petrarca Range, also on the grounds of Camp Perry, which will utilize the accuracy of CMP’s own electronic target system.


To learn more about CMP’s Smallbore events, register for entry and to take a look at the 2018 Rulebook, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/smallbore-matches/.


Sign up now for the inaugural year of a new tradition of Smallbore at the National Matches!


Seventeen year old Taylor Gibson of Oregon’s North Salem Vikings Army JROTC, returned to the JROTC 3-P Air Rifle National Championship at Camp Perry in March with an abundance of aspirations in her mind—ready to defend the precision title she earned last year and repeat her record-setting performance.


In 2017, Gibson fired a new Army JROTC National Record 3x20 score of 597-48X. This year, she came only one center shot away from tying that score on the last day of qualifying competition. With only the finals left to fire in her 2018 showing, she set her sights on a new goal—an overall score of 700 for the day.


After starting out a little shaky in the final with two nine shots, she picked herself up and fired seven straight pellets through the black—ending just shy of her goal with a score of 699.9.  “I was really striving to get that 700,” she said. “It was still really exciting and still super fun—but I was so close! Next year, I’ll do it.”


Her overall two-day aggregate score of 1293.1 was enough to surpass her peers by more than 10 points—giving her the championship title for the second year in a row. 



Taylor Gibson (left) and Emma Thompson also both won the American Legion National Championship in 2016.


Winning the 2018 sporter individual competition was 17 year old Emma Thompson of Freeport High School Navy JROTC from Illinois. A senior, Thompson was primed to win the event after suffering a bad cold at last year’s JROTC Nationals and landing just short of victory in the second place spot.


This year, Thompson secured a comfortable lead early in the competition and maintained her confidence throughout—claiming the championship title by a margin of more than 20 points above her competitors.


“I just tried to make it fun, make it strong—I came back prepared,” said Thompson. “I finished pretty well, in my average, and that’s all I can ask for my senior year. So, I think it went really well.”


Check out the Full Story by Ashley Brugnone -  at SSUSA.org





The Akron Zips have repeated as the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Team Champions. With a combined score of 4494, Akron swept both air rifle and smallbore rifle with the highest team scores posted. Led by Coach April Engle, this is their second team championship.  The team championship runner-up, the University of Michigan, finished the championship with an aggregate score of 4358. In third place was Grand Valley State University, putting up a 4321 mark.


Akron won the Air Rifle Team Championship with a score of 2294. Team members were Caleb Moxley, Liz Bark, Christiana Holden, Lauren Kadooka and Quinn Combs. Moxley was the high team score with 580.  For the Smallbore Rifle Team Championship, Akron posted a score of 2200. Team members were Quinn Combs, Caleb Moxley, Liz Bark, Joe Hendricks and Colton Peters. The top smallbore score for Akron was 559 by Combs.


Megan Hilbish of Emporia State University won the individual championship aggregate with a score of 1138. Additionally, two Akron shooters, Caleb Moxley and Liz Bark, finished second and third, respectively, in the individual aggregate.
The air rifle individual aggregate went to Caleb Moxley, scoring 580. Akron teammate Liz Bark finished second, only one point behind. Megan Hilbish finished third with 575.


For the smallbore individual aggregate, Megan Hilbish and her score of 563 secured her the crown. In second place was Akron’s Quinn Combs with 559. Third place went to Josette Peters of Kankakee Community College with a score of 554.


This article was written by: John Parker, SSUSA.org

Check out more 2018 NRA Collegiate Championship coverage


Henrik Larsen, the University of Kentucky rifle team’s star freshman, is this year’s NCAA air rifle individual champion. Larsen is Kentucky’s first national champion since Connor Davis in 2014. Kentucky won this year’s 2018 NCAA overall team championship after defeating five-time defending champion WVU.


Larsen shot 596 in the team matches, the fourth-highest score overall. In the final, Larsen fell behind but came back, shooting a score of 249.4 (including 52 Xs) for the win.


This season, Larsen finished as the top individual in every match he competed in. He led the nation in scoring, with an aggregate average of 1188.83, and smallbore at 592.25. The Mysen, Norway, native also pocketed seven of the nation’s top-11 aggregate scores, including the top two of 1194 and 1193.


Check out the full article at SSUSA

Photo courtesy of UK Athletics


The No. 4-ranked Kentucky rifle team won the 2018 NCAA National Championship, held at the Citadel’s McAlister Field House over the weekend. Kentucky had an aggregate score of 4717. This is the school’s second-ever national championship win. Kentucky previously won the rifle championship in 2011. This victory marked the end of a streak of five consecutive national titles by the No.1-ranked West Virginia University (WVU) rifle team.


Kentucky’s squad included newly-minted air rifle national champion Henrik Larsen and junior Hanna Carr. In the final, Larsen initially trailed before coming back back to shoot a 249. A freshman, Larsen is the first Kentucky shooter to win the individual air rifle NCAA title since Connor Davis in 2014. Carr just missed the air rifle final, but still managed to shoot a 593—her third-highest score this season.


A championship showing in air rifle by the WVU rifle team was not enough to overcome the 18-point deficit, finishing in second place with a 4708 aggregate score.


WVU claimed their sixth straight team air rifle championship with a 2381 total score.  Additionally, WVU sophomore Morgan Phillips followed up her 2017 individual smallbore championship win with her second in a row after an impressive final after entering the final in 8th place.


No. 2-ranked TCU finished third with a 4701 score, and No. 3 Murray State was in fourth place with a 4684 total. Air Force shot 4669 and placed fifth, while Alaska-Fairbanks finished sixth with a 4667 score. Ohio State and Nebraska finished seventh and eighth overall.


Check out the full article at SSUSA.org

Photos courtesy of UK Athletics


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