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Eighth Grade Competitor Wins Overall During CMP National Three-Position Air Rifle Event

Posted By on July 10, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Texas Hill Country Shooting Club earned the first place spot in the precision competition during the CMP National event.





CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Though only in the eighth grade, Katie Zaun, 14, of the Buffalo Sharpshooters from North Dakota, showed exceptional marksmanship maturity as she became the aggregate winner of the National Three-Position Championships after earning third place in the National Junior Olympic match and first over her fellow competitors in the National Civilian Marksmanship Program event.

She was full of smiles as she posed for photos in a USA Shooting jacket as the newest member of its junior team, which was the honor she received for winning the two-day precision aggregate. She was also humble standing next to her family, grateful for her win and still unable to comprehend beating each competitor around her – most much more developed in years.

Katie Zaun, at just 14 years old, became the winner of the USA Shooting precision aggregate competition and also earned her Distinguished Badge.

“It doesn’t really click in my mind,” she said of her win. “It’s crazy, shooting against really good people who are actually older than me – it really is. I’m still in shock.”

Zaun has been shooting since she was eight years old, beginning with BB gun before moving on to air rifle and smallbore, where she’s been practicing precision style shooting for almost five years now. This was her third trip to the Air Rifle Nationals event – and this time, she had goals in mind.

“All I wanted was to get into the finals because I was really close last year. I wasn’t expecting to place or anything,” she explained. “The previous years I’d get like seventh or eight in the finals, and I’d been really excited about that because it’s the finals – it’s important. This year I just kind of stayed in my zone and kept putting [the shots] down.”

Her strategy paid off as she earned qualifying rankings in the finals both days of the grueling three-position junior competitions.

The National Air Rifle Championships for junior precision and sporter air rifle competitors was held June 21-23 and June 24-26 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located on the grounds of Camp Perry in Ohio. The event combines the National Junior Olympic (JO) match with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competition. Individual and team awards are presented to each day’s winners, along with an award for the overall precision competitor of the two-day aggregate, who receives an honorary place on the USA Shooting junior team.

Unable to settle for just a regular win, Zaun set the bar even higher as she fired a new Age Group 3 National Record for a 3×20 plus Final during her CMP Nationals win, with a score of 697.9 – passing the previous record by 0.6 points. She had also received her Distinguished Air Rifle Badge, needing only one final point coming into the weekend.

“I was pretty excited. I know it means a lot – I worked really hard to get it,” she said.

With an entire high school career ahead of her, Zaun plans to keep on shooting. She doesn’t quite have any set plans, but she knows she’ll enjoy every second of her journey.

“I just want to have fun right now and see where it takes me,” she said.

In the CMP precision match, Rebecca Lamb, 15, of the Arlington Optimist Acorns CJRC from Virginia followed Zaun in second place with a score of 694.4, as individual competitor Jared Eddy, 16, of Midland, GA, finished with an overall score of 692.7.

Graduated senior Jaycie Hoenig finished out her career with the overall win in the sporter CMP Championship match.

In sporter, the ladies of the Zion Benton team from Illinois claimed the top two places in the CMP event as Jaycie Hoenig, 18, passed her teammate, Hailey Smith, 18, with a score of 668.3 for the win.

A graduated senior, Hoenig embraced every bit she could of her final air rifle competition – ending on a clear high note.

“It was definitely one of the most stressful and emotional matches. I don’t think there was a time that I wasn’t crying over the fact that I’m leaving,” Hoenig joked. “But it was definitely one of the most memorable.”

On firing beside one of her teammates during the finals, as she did each day with Smith, Hoenig said, “I always feel confident when I’m with my other teammates. No matter what we place, I’m always proud of them for what they do. It’s never really a race with me.”

She went on to say, “I feel extremely proud to have been a part of this (Zion Benton) program for the last four years. And hopefully later on I can show other family members and other friends around me what the Civilian Marksmanship Program is and have them get involved because it’s such a great program.”

A regular at CMP Monthly Matches and major air rifle competitions, she made a point to give credit to the organization for the experiences she gained from her marksmanship career.

“You guys (the CMP) have given me so many great opportunities every time I’ve come here. So it’s truly been an honor,” she said. “I love it. You guys are the greatest.”

Hoenig will be heading to Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, in the fall to study nursing with plans to hopefully one day become a nurse practitioner.

Behind Hoenig, Zion Benton teammate Hailey Smith fired an aggregate score of 663.8, as last year’s sporter JO Champion, Levi Carlson, 18, of Nation Ford HS MCJROTC from South Carolina, secured the third place spot with a score of 653.6.

Hailey Smith dominated the JO sporter event and went on to earn second place in the CMP match.

Though Smith just missed out on the CMP Championship title, she had earlier made her mark when she fired an astonishing 10.9 on her last finals shot to become the overall winner of the JO competition with a commanding score of 666.8. She beat out last year’s CMP National Champ Emma Thompson, who squeaked by Hoenig by 0.3 points. The girls recorded scores of 656.5 and 656.2, respectively.

In an incredible comeback, Emma Thompson set a new finals record as she jumped from sixth to second place in the JO match.

During her JO finals performance, Thompson also set a new Navy JROTC finals record with a score of 98.5, impressively jumping from sixth place to second. She even fired a difficult 10.9 shot and finished with a 10.7 on her final pellet during her astounding comeback.

Past multi-time winner, Sarah Osborn, received a $1,000 CMP Scholarship to use during her first year at West Virginia University.

In precision JO action, Sarah Osborn, 18, of Patriot Shooting Club from Virginia, outshot her closest competitor by 0.2 points to become the overall champion – recording a score of 691.9.

Also a graduated senior, Osborn left a lasting legacy at the National Three-Position matches over her career. Back in 2013, at just 14, she became the first overall precision winner of the CMP 3P National Championship. She returned the following year to earn second in the event and first overall in the JO championship, earning herself a place on the USA Shooting junior team and setting multiple National Records. After a break from the event in 2015, she restored her place on the podium in 2016 – winning both the CMP and JO National matches.

Next year, Osborn will join the five-time reigning NCAA National Championship rifle team, West Virginia University.

Trailing behind Osborn in second with a score of 691.7 was Justin Kleinhans, 17, of Black Swamp Jr. Rifle from Ohio, followed by Zaun who stuck close with a score of 690.8.

In addition to performance awards, the CMP presents three $1,000 Scholarships to the high scoring seniors of the CMP match. Congratulations to graduated seniors Haley Castillo, Sarah Osborn, Mica Harr, Jaycie Hoenig, Hailey Smith and Levi Carlson in the precision and sporter classes who earned scholarships to use towards their furthering education.


Top 3 Winning Teams:

CMP Precision:

  1. Texas Hill Country Shooting Club TX – 2345-162x
  2. Arlington Optimist Acorns CJRC-Gold VA – 2341-157x
  3. Dakota Sharpshooters SD – 2340-165x

JO Precision:

  1. Arlington Optimist Acorns CJRC-Gold VA – 2342-162x
  2. Patriot Shooting Club of VA – 2338-148x
  3. Hellgate Junior Team MT – 2336-155x

Zion Benton was the overall winning team of the CMP match, with two of its members earning first and second place positions.

CMP Sporter:

  1. Zion Benton Team Gold IL – 2210-78x
  2. Nation Ford HS MCJROTC SC – 2203-77x
  3. Gulfport MCJROTC Team 1 MS – 2197-71x

JO Sporter:

  1. Nation Ford HS MCJROTC SC – 2207-84x
  2. Zion Benton Team Gold IL – 2197-75x
  3. Gulfport MCJROTC Team 1 MS – 2186-77x

For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&tab=results&task=edit&match=15618&tab=results.

To view photos taken at the event, both within the range and the photo studio, follow the link to the CMP Zenfolio album at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f380421275.

Thank You, MidwayUSA Foundation:

As in the past, the MidwayUSA Foundation provided an unparalleled amount of generous endowments to leading teams throughout the Three-Position competition series. The mission of the Midway USA Foundation is to help communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities, beginning with the generosity of MidwayUSA Foundation president Larry Potterfield and his wife, Brenda. Those within the CMP send sincerest gratitude for all that the foundation has done for youth marksmanship and for the success of the sport for generations to come.

About the CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Championships:

The National Championship is a 3×20 air rifle match where competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Junior JROTC, 4-H and club team precision and sporter marksmen involved in the competition began their journey with the CMP Postal Competition in November, where CMP-issued targets were mailed into Headquarters in Ohio for official scoring. Top shooters in the Postal Competition were invited to compete in the Regional Championships in March and April, with the overall high individuals and teams from that match qualifying for the National Championship.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.

APO and Junior Shooters magazine Take First Place Junior Division at Sniper’s Hide Cup 2017

Posted By on June 27, 2017


Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) and two of Junior Shooters magazine’s varsity, long-range team members won first place “Junior Team” at the Sniper’s Hide Cup 2017 long-range match! This is a significant accomplishment won at a very difficult long-range match where participants enter as a two-person team. APO is the exclusive rifle sponsor for Junior Shooters’ varsity, long-range team. The varsity team also uses Leupold scopes provided through APO. Junior Shooters magazine fielded five juniors at this match, two two-person teams and a single junior varsity junior who shot with one of our coaches as his team-mate.

Cameron Burke (18) and Brock Lueddeke (15). Members of Junior Shooters’ shooting team and two members of the varsity long-range team. Congratulations Cam and Brock!

Junior Shooters magazine and APO, with Leupold, started their long-range efforts in early 2016 taking five of the top shooters Junior Shooters 3-Gun team and having them move into long-range as well. This varsity group has consisted of Ben Moody (18), Cameron Burke (18), Ricky Marston (16), Brock Lueddeke (15), and Tristan Woodbury (15) – current ages provided (Note: You shoot as a junior in long-range competition until you are 19.). Jack Burke, one of our junior varsity members also competed, and did extremely well. The long-range team is coached by Travis Woodbury and Brian Lueddeke.

Left-to-right: Ben Moody (varsity 18), Ricky Marston (varsity 16), Jack Burke (junior varsity 13), Frank Galli Sniper’s Hide Cup match director, Cameron Burke (18), and Brock Lueddeke (15). The ammunition used by the varsity and winning junior team was Hornady’s 140-grain ELD Match (Hornady’s big “H” logo is proudly displayed on the front of four of the jerseys in this photo).


Cold Bore Challenge 2017

Posted By on June 9, 2017

Ricky shooting his custom 6.5 Creedmoor from Ashbury Precision Ordnance with a VX-6 3-18x Leupold scope.

By Ricky Marston (16)

Recently, I attended the 2017 KWCBC Kennewick Washington cold bore challenge team rifle match. It was a two-man team, long-range, precision rife match. A shooter and a spotter made up the team and we traded off from shooter and spotter positions all day. It was awesome. It was a true blind-stage match so you wouldn’t be able to watch other teams in front of you. You also had to get your hide, dope and ranges on the clock and you only had eight minutes to engage all targets by both team members.

It was a wet rainy day on that Saturday morning. The first three stages were okay, but not our best ones of the match. The rest of the different blind stages were awesome and we cleaned house on most of them even when my rifle broke. My partner, Ben Moody (18), and I shared one gun on that last mover stage. We jumped back and forth to get all our engagements.

Ricky, prone, with his APO custom 6.5 Creedmmor. His teammate Ben is kneeling and spotting off of a tripod. He also shoots a custom APO 6.5 Creedmoor.

This match was a two-day match it ran Saturday and part of Sunday, but on Sunday morning, the fog was really thick and we couldn’t see any targets. We were hoping it would lift by 9 o’clock, but unfortunately it didn’t, so they decided to call the match at that point. Our team’s scores weren’t the best, but we did well for our first ever team long-range shooter/spotter match.

This match was awesome and I can’t wait to shoot it again with my team next year.

Volunteering for Scooters Youth Hunting Camp

Posted By on May 25, 2017

By Ashley Rumble (14)

Three years ago I was able to participate in The Scooters Youth Hunting camp held each May in Emmett, Idaho.  Scooters is a camp set up so that young kids can learn and experience firearms, survival, archery, knife sharpening, and gun cleaning.  It was a lot of fun and to pay back the camp in some way I decided to volunteer to help out.

Scooters call us volunteers “The Orange Army”. All volunteers wear bright orange shirts with the camp logo.

Everyone in the Orange Army is assigned a task, and mine has been archery for both years.  I enjoy archery a lot, so being at that station makes for an even better day. My dad has been on the .22 station showing kids how to shoot .22’s.  The gateway gun.  It’s how I got started in all this.

My duties are to make sure everyone is following directions, and retrieving arrows after each round.  It’s not glamourous, but it is fun watching kids shoot, and seeing their faces when they succeed.  As a bonus, between each group of kids we have some time to do other things, and this year I brought my own bow, and shot it as much as I could.  There are some great 3D targets for me to practice on, and I was able to get more accustomed to my bow.

Another bonus is we get lunch like all the other campers.  If you leave this camp hungry, you’re doing something wrong.  In the morning there are donuts, and for lunch; burgers, hot dogs, finger steaks, and chicken wings.  There’s something for everyone, and enough for everyone to fill their stomachs to the max.

At the end of the day, there is a large drawing for prizes the campers can get.  All the kids walk away with an armload each year. 

The prizes may be anything from a fully loaded Cabela’s camping set, guns, cleaning kits, fishing poles, almost anything outdoor related, and all useful.

All the junior volunteers get an envelope with money for us to buy our hunting and fishing license.  It’s really kind of them, and something that I took care of as soon as I could.

I feel honored to be a part of this camp.  I see it is for a good cause, and is a lot of fun.  I get to watch all sorts of kids try their hands at new things.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, scooters is a great place to be.  In the end, we hope the kids take what they learned and go outside on their own to use the new knowledge with their love of the outdoors.

About six weeks after the actual camp, and Scooter has had a chance to recover a bit,     

we have a volunteer BBQ and trap shoot to thank everyone for their help, and it all begins again for next year.

PYRAMYD AIR Has Air Venturi’s Air Bolt!

Posted By on May 6, 2017

By: Ben Moody (18)

Ben, shooting an arrow out of the Dragon Claw.

Ben, shooting an arrow out of the Dragon Claw.

Several manufacturers in the past few years have come out with air guns that shoot arrows. The Air Venturi representation of this product is the best on the market. Instead of building a whole new system dedicated to firing a bolt they have simply designed a bolt that can be fired from their existing platform. The platform is called the Dragon Claw, chambered in .50 caliber. The bolts themselves can be fired from any .50 caliber air gun with a barrel length twenty-two inches or over. It seems this line of their rifles follows the same look and high-quality feel. Although I have only tested one of their other rifles, the Dragon Claw shares all of the same main functions. This makes transitioning from one type of air gun to the other an easy process.

20161018_095014 websiteThe greatest part of this design is that it is not limited to shooting air bolts. At any time, it can be shot using the original .50 caliber pellets. Loading the rifle with Air Bolts is much like a crossbow.  The bolts fletching, or arrows, must be bent clockwise in the same direction and then pushed down the barrel until only the point is visible. After cocking the hammer with the side charging handle, the rifle is hot. The safety is just like most traditional shotguns, located on the trigger guard behind the trigger. The first few bolts fired from the rifle were into a small haystack. Both of the bolts entered through a sideways row of bales and penetrated two and a half of them. The power was more than a crossbow! The fastest crossbow on the market will shoot a 400 grain bolt/arrow about 440 fps MAX. The Dragon Claw shoots a heavier, 430 grain Air Bolt at 500 fps.  Not only was I impressed with its penetration, but I would not hesitate to take game as large as a deer, boar, or black bear with an Air Bolt.

Unfortunately, finding the bolts after you fire them is a daunting task. I started with six bolts at the beginning of the test, and now only two remain.  Because of this, I was not able to confirm the accuracy of the rifle with these projectiles, but as far as I can tell from one target, it is more accurate than the crossbow. The sights are easily adjustable and are very well made.  The report from the rifle is louder than I expected and I would suggest wearing hearing protection when firing. The two air tanks contain enough air to fire roughly eight shots before needing to be refilled. I would definitely spend the extra money to get a prefilled tank to recharge the rifle. Pumping it by hand with a special pump is a thirty-minute workout.  

This is a serious airgun; I would only suggest for hunting purposes on mid-sized or larger game. It is far too powerful for pests in the back yard. In conclusion, the Dragon Claw is a great way to hunt mid-sized game and can be a bunch of fun.

I would like to thank Junior Shooters Magazine,, PYRAMYD AIR, and Air Venturi for making this article possible.

Get it at PYRAMYD AIR!

Hemphill Fires Unimaginable Standing Score at 2017 CMP 3P Air Rifle Regionals

Posted By on April 18, 2017


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

In a remarkable performance at the 2017 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Regional Three-Position Air Rifle Championships, Kristen Hemphill, 17, of TX Hill Country Shooting Club, fired a new standing National Record score of 200-19x. To put it in perspective, she hit the x-ring, which is roughly the size of the head of a pin, 19 out of a possible 20 times in a row.

Hemphill MonitorThat same day, she mirrored her standing score by firing a prone score of 200-19x. Hemphill recorded her incredible scores on the CMP’s electronic target Mobile Range, which was assembled in Layton, Utah, April 6-8. Teams came from as far as Honolulu, Hawaii, and Anchorage, Alaska, to compete in the annual competition.

Regional events were also held concurrently at CMP’s north air gun range, the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, and CMP’s south air gun range at the South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., in March.

Her record-score of 200-19x equates to hitting the head of a pin 19 out of 20 consecutive times.

3PCMPRegional_ALMar2017-16The match is a 3×20 air rifle event, where sporter and precision class competitors from 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC rifle programs fire 20 shots at each position: prone, standing and kneeling. Overall winners at each location include:

The top 3 precision juniors at the CMP Regional event at Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, Ohio. The top teams and individuals from all 3 regional events will compete in June at Camp Perry.


Hemphill received a standing ovation as she took the stage to be recognized for her outstanding accomplishment.Hemphill Award

Layton, Utah:


  • Aaron McCommon, Flowing Wells JROTC, AZ – 1196.1
  • Kade Jackovich, Rio Salado, AZ – 1192.8
  • Nathan Fahrenbrook, NE – 1189.2


  • Kristen Hemphill, TX Hill Country Shooting Club, TX – 1286.5
  • Taylor Gibson, North Salem Sniping Vikings, OR – 1279.8
  • Maya Boyle, Borealis Bullseyes, AK – 1279

Camp Perry, Ohio:


  • Emma Thompson, Freeport High School, IL – 1219.1
  • Jaycie Hoenig, Zion Benton High School, IL – 1216.9
  • Hailey Smith, Zion Benton High School, IL – 1197.4


  • Calista Smoyer, Ontelaunee Jr. Rifle Team, PA – 1280
  • Justin Kleinhans, Black Swamp Jr. Rifle, OH – 1276.2
  • Mica Harr, Palmyra Junior Rifle Team, PA – 1273.5

Anniston, Ala.:


  • Levi Carlson, Nation Ford High School MCJROTC, SC – 1217.2
  • Rebecca Cook, Gulfport MCJROTC, MS – 1196
  • Gabrielle Phelps, Gulfport MCJROTC, MS – 1195.4


  • Adrian Hickerson, Creek Wood High School, TN – 1275.8
  • Makenzie Sheffield, Granbury MCJROTC, TX – 1272.2
  • Ryan McAndrews, MCGC KATS, AL – 1270.6

Top teams and individuals will be invited to the 2017 CMP National Three-Position Air Rifle Championship, June 21-26, at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Guests will also be able to personally see CMP’s new air gun targets, installed in November 2016. The Kongsberg Target System (KTS) targets used in the range are powered by OpticScore technology, which are scored optically by internal LED lights. The range also features monitors at each firing point and large overhead monitors for spectators to keep track of scores.

Junior marksmen participating in the CMP National Championship will also automatically be entered in the USA Shooting National 3P Junior Olympics – fired at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. Precision competitors will compete on June 22, while sporter competitors will follow on June 25.

For a complete list of results of the CMP Regional Championships, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=15054&tab=results. More information about the CMP 3P Air Rifle Championships can be found on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/air/national-three-position-air-rifle-championships/.

Photos of the Regional events can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f94018244.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Scholarship Program

Posted By on April 13, 2017


Child winning gunThe Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 SCTP and SASP Scholarship Program. The scholarship program rewards deserving Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program graduating seniors with needed college assistance. Through this program the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation has provided over $200,000 in scholarship funds in the last four years to assist high school seniors in pursuing higher education. The main objective is to award as many scholarships as possible to qualifying SCTP / SASP graduating seniors. The application deadline is April 17th so, apply now using our online application form at sssfonline.org!

SSSF is establishing minimal guidelines for the selection procedure, thus allowing the final selection to be as simple as possible.

General Procedures:2013SCTPPodium

  • Each applicant must be a graduating senior within the year of the awarded scholarship and must be registered for college before the scholarship is awarded in that same year.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average through the most recent grading period ending on or before April 1, 2017.
  • Each prospective recipient must be registered as a full-time college student before the scholarship is awarded and must provide the name of the post-secondary college or community/ junior college to receive the scholarship proceeds. Each scholarship check will be mailed to the appropriate college in the student’s name by October 1, The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees, etc. This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.
  • Applicants may not be in receipt of any “full” scholarship funds in order to qualify (i.e., athletics, military academy, academic, etc. ).
  • Applicants must have participated during 2016-2017 in one of their SCTP / SASP State Championships, National Championships, or regional events in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, or Olympic Bunker; Olympic Skeet Championships, Pistol or Rifle.
  • Applicants must be able to complete all parts of the application packet:
  • Application / Personal Information Page:
    • One Page Student Resume or School and Non-School Activities and Honors
    • One Page Essay (see  Essay Guidelines)
    • Must attach current high school transcript or home school transcript!

    Funds will be awarded, if available, and the goal is to assist as many SCTP / SASP graduating high school seniors as possible.

Click here for the application.

Mail or  Email Completed  Applications:
SCTP – Tom Wondrash ~ OR ~ SASP – Tammy Mowry
165 Bay Ridge Lane 288 Crisswell Rd
Burlington,  WI 53105 Butler, PA 16002
twondrash@sssfonline.com tmowry@sssfonline.com
  • Application Deadline (for the entire application packet): April 17, 2017
  • All Materials Must Be Received by Deadline. No exceptions!












About Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.
For more information about SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org

Deer Hunting with an Ashbury, Hornady, and Leupold

Posted By on March 21, 2017

By Cameron Burke (18)

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Cam, his deer taken at 450 yards with an Ashbury Precision Ordnance 6.5 Creedmoor custom rifle and a 140-grain Hornady  ELD cartridge, with his grandpa.

Fall signifies the beginning of school, football season, and most importantly deer hunting season. My deer hunting experiences in the past have been typically limited to getting a shot within two hundred yards, using my Tikka .243. At the time, I was only confident out to that distance. Now, with the accuracy of the Ashbury Precision Ordnance 6.5 Creedmoor rifle and the Hornady 140 ELD or ELD X rounds I have had the opportunity to use, I am confident out to at least three times that distance!

This year’s deer season was a very special one. My grandpa took all of us grandkids hunting. This was the first year all five of us were old enough to hunt deer, with my youngest cousin Brenett finally coming of age. Throughout the season each kid got to go out at different times to an area where the deer were plentiful. The youngest kids, my brother Jack and my cousin Brenett shot their first bucks this season, and my grandpa was there to share in the adventure and their excitement!  My other two cousins, Bryce and Brianna also shot nice bucks, with my grandpa there to guide and support them. With the workload of my Senior year, where missing a school day can leave me drowning in homework, I didn’t go out until the last day of the season. It was a family affair, with my grandpa, my cousin Bryce, his dad (my uncle Gary), and one of my best friends, Garrett. Garrett had already shot his deer but volunteered to go to help pack out if needed, and I definitely needed it.

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Grandpa and some of the younger juniors.

It was a cool, crisp day, and we had been driving and hiking around all morning. By the time we got into deer, it was around two o’clock in the afternoon. Bryce and his dad were on one side of a ridge glassing down at some does, so my grandpa and I drove up the trail in our UTV to check the other side. Sure enough, there was a little buck standing on the next hillside, which was approximately five hundred yards away. I hopped out of the UTV with my Ashbury and gear and hiked to a spot where I had a clear line of sight to all of his exit points. I quietly positioned myself down on the ground in a prone position, with my Atlas bipod extended and my Rifles Only sling around my shoulders in a sturdy hold. All my long-range training kicked in, thanks to my coaches Brian and Travis, it gave me confidence and pride as I prepared to take the shot. Previously, I had checked all of my atmospherics and calculated my DOPE. I checked the range with my Sig Kilo rangefinder and found the deer to be about four hundred and fifty yards away.

After confirming my data, I DOPEd up my Leupold VX6, racked a 140-grain ELD into the chamber and put the reticle right behind his shoulder. Once I took my breaths and found that perfect lull of nothing between breaths, I squeezed the trigger to the point of the break and sent a round. I hit him behind the shoulder, but just a little far back from the heart. He jumped and made his way to the bottom of the ravine. While on his way down I gave him another round, striking him behind the shoulder once more. He stopped in his tracks. As he stood slightly hunched over, I sent a final round to his neck to put him down. I was grateful for this animal, the quick kill, and the opportunity to be on the mountain that day.

Cam at precision rifle match with Ashbury custom 6.5 Creedmoor

Cam, with his Ashbury Precision Ordinance custom 6.5 Creedmoor long-range rifle specifically designed for Precision Rifle Shooting (PRS) matches. It has a Leupold VX-6 (3-18×44) scope with a TMR reticle. With accuracy of less than .25 MOA, it also makes a fantastic long-range deer rifle!

Once I got to the bottom of the ravine, I confirmed the buck was dead and then checked my shots. The two shots behind the shoulder were practically one hole, I had never shot such a good group on an animal before! Even though the Hornady ELD is not their official hunting round, it still made light work of the mule deer. The rifle ran smoothly, and I was able to stay on target for every shot. The Leupold glass on the rifle was very crisp and clear, and I could see every feature of the deer, as well as where my shots were impacting. After this exciting minute or so, then came the real work, gutting and dragging that hog of a deer UP the ravine.

My grandpa was very proud of me, and it was exciting to have him there, but then he gave me another great hunting lesson…what goes down in the ravine must be packed back out of the ravine. This is where my good friend Garrett came into play. We ended up dragging it by the antlers all the way up the hill. It took us less than two hours, but I was definitely ready for a nap afterward. As we finally came to the top of the ravine, covered in blood and sweat, I could see my grandpa smiling at me with pride and excitement.

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Hornady 140-grain ELD ammunition with an APO sticker.

This deer season was a very special one because my grandpa got to take all of his grandkids out and every one of us got a buck, 5 in all. The only girl out of the grandkids, my cousin Brianna, shot the biggest buck of all, and she was sure to let us know about it!

This season was definitely the best deer season for our whole family, and I would like to thank Ashbury Precision Ordnance for letting me use such an amazing rifle, Leupold for the scope, and Hornady for the ammo to get the job done.  Thank you to Junior Shooters as well, who has given me the opportunity to use and have access to all of our wonderful sponsors.  Junior Shooters has taught me shooting skills that are not only great and effective for competition, but skills I can use enjoying an amazing hobby.

Last but not least, a big thank you to my Grandpa for taking me hunting all of these years, it is truly one of the things I look forward to every year.

Junior Girls Break Same Record During Same Relay at JROTC Regional Match

Posted By on March 14, 2017


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

ThompsonANNISTON, Ala. – Emma Thompson, who has repeatedly set and broke over nine of her own Navy Sporter JROTC National Records during the last few Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) 3×20 air rifle events, did so again on Day 2 of the JROTC Regional Service Championship, held in February. But, much like her other records, it didn’t stand for long – in fact, it lasted less than 20 minutes.

Emma Thompson (center) topped the overall sporter class, but it was Jesseca Montcrieff (right) who broke Thompson Navy JROTC Standing score National Record by one point. Photo courtesy of Freeport Pretzel Navy JROTC Facebook page

Thompson recorded a new Navy JROTC Sporter Standing National Record score, but on the same relay, Jesseca Montcrieff outshot Thompson’s new score by one point – setting the record for herself with a score of 189-4x.

Both junior girls gave incredible performances during the Regional Championships, finishing first and second, respectively, overall in the Navy Championship as well as amongst all of the JROTC Services. The exceedingly talented Thompson remarkably finished with an aggregate score 30 points above Montcrieff – completely securing her place at the top of the sporter class.

With Regionals completed, the final step in the JROTC Service Championship competition series is the National Championship, waiting to be held at the CMP’s South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., March 23-25.

Like the Regional events, the National match is a 3×20 air rifle competition, where competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Visitors are welcome into the range to observe the National Championships at any time during the match, with free admission. Guests will also be able to personally see CMP’s new air gun targets, recently installed in November 2016.

The South Competition Center now includes the CMP South Store that is stocked to fulfill equipment and memorabilia needs. Marksmanship Nights, held year-round at the range for the public, allow visitors of virtually any age and experience levels to try their hands at air rifle or air pistol shooting. For more on the South Competition Center, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-centers/.

For more information on the JROTC Service Championships, visit http://thecmp.org/air/jrotc-air-rifle-national-championship/.

Below is a list of the overall Top 3 Individual and Team competitors of the JROTC Regional Championships. For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&tab=results&task=edit&match=14884.


Spectators are welcome to watch the National Championships at the South Competition Center in Anniston – free of charge!




  1. Emma Thompson, Freeport High School, IL – 1241.9
  2. Jesseca Montcrieff, Oviedo High School, FL – 1204.1
  3. Jaycie Hoenig, Zion Benton High School, IL – 1204


  1. Veronica Stanley, Stockbridge High School, GA – 1273.1
  2. Samantha Miller, Los Alamos High School, NM – 1271.9
  3. Shannon Tyssen, Upson Lee High School, GA – 1267

Air Force JROTC:


  1. Brianna Fish, Clover High School, SC – 1177.7
  2. Kade Jackovich, Desert Ridge High School, AZ – 1171.6
  3. Kristopher Dauble, Clover High School, SC – 1159.5


  1. Rayven Fincher, Monroe Area High School, GA – 1269.5
  2. Ashley Stacy, Monroe Area High School, GA – 1244.1
  3. Kaci McCrary, Prairie High School, WA – 1242.8



  1. Erin Young, Pueblo County High School, CO – 1196.3
  2. Angel Nunez, Trevor G. Browne High School, AZ – 1193.1
  3. Aireonna Gonzales, Fountain Fort Carson High School, CO – 1191.9


  1. Adriana Hickerson, Creek Wood High School, TN – 1281.6
  2. Taylor Gibson, North Salem High School, OR – 1279.8
  3. Daniel Enger, Walla Walla High School JROTC, WA – 1278.7

Marine Corps JROTC:


  1. Levi Carlson, Nation Ford High School, SC – 1211.4
  2. Kaylene Castillo, Eldorado High School, NM – 1200.4
  3. Gabrielle Phelps, Gulfport High School, MS – 1191.1


  1. Mark Amdahl, Eldorado High School, NM – 1280.7
  2. Tanner Whitehead, East Coweta High School, GA – 1273.3
  3. Haley Castillo, Eldorado High School, NM – 1270.5


The JROTC Regional Championships were held at Camp Perry, Ohio; Anniston, Ala.; and Las Vegas, Nev. – all on CMP’s new electronic targets.






  1. Zion Benton High School, IL – 4377-136x
  2. Freeport High School, IL – 4366-133x
  3. Volunteer High School, TN – 4316-114x


  1. John Marshall High School, TX – 4600-253x
  2. Los Alamos High School, NM – 4594-245x
  3. Upson Lee High School, GA – 4563-224x

Air Force JROTC:


  1. Clover High School, SC – 4239-99x
  2. Sickles High School, FL – 4183-87x
  3. South Panola High School, MS – 4150-101x


  1. Cherokee High School, GA – 4514-188x
  2. Monroe Area High School, GA – 4512-212x
  3. Kaiserslautern High School, Germany – 4473-175x



  1. Fountain Fort Carson High School, CO – 4325-126x
  2. Lebanon High School, OR – 4310-126x
  3. Abraham Lincoln High School, CO – 4299-129x


  1. Sarasota Military Academy, FL – 4615-254x
  2. Enterprise High School, AL – 4597-250x
  3. Stuttgart High School, AE – 4594-239x

Marine Corps JROTC:


  1. Nation Ford High School, SC – 4377-133x
  2. Rio Rancho High School, NM – 4338-130x
  3. Gulfport High School, MS – 4322-130x


  1. Eldorado High School, NM – 4669-293x
  2. East Coweta High School, GA – 4618-272x
  3. La Cueva High School, NM – 4612-252x

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.

Sydney Rockwell – Competitive Shooter

Posted By on March 12, 2017

From SPRING 2015 issue

Hi! My name is Sydney Rockwell and I am a 14-year-old competitive shooter living in Knoxville, Tennessee.10523284_1516251025304403_7077404635078746457_n

When I was 9, I took the Hunter Safety Course and started hunting and shooting rifles with my uncle and dad. I took my first buck when I was 10. I was hooked immediately and it also gave me an appreciation and respect for firearms, and taught me firearm safety. I love hunting deer and I go every season with my uncle and dad. However, I didn’t really have the opportunity to handle a pistol until my mom took me with her last year on my 13th birthday to her all-women’s shooting club, Aphrodite Shooters. I was the youngest one there, but everyone was very welcoming and encouraging.

Sydney 2 From the very first day, I loved shooting. I couldn’t wait to go shoot again! I started shooting a .22 caliber and quickly graduated to a .9mm. One of the owners of Tactical Advantage Corporation, Eric Matson, generously offered to coach and sponsor me, and with his help and training I have come a really long way in less than a year.

I am currently sponsored and coached by Norsemen TCG. Other sponsors include AR-15 Gun Owners of America, CherryBalmz Weapons Lubricants, Windrock Shooting Range, Fighting SheepDog, Aphrodite Shooters, Athena Compliance and Training, and Tactical Advantage Corporation.

 IMG_2918I am classified as Marksman in IDPA and am hoping soon to move up to Sharpshooter in the IDPA levels. I also shoot steel plate, and I have recently begun shooting in USPSA and 3-Gun, which I LOVE! In October 2014, I attended the USAMU’s junior clinic at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where I had the unique opportunity to train with members of the USAMU team. In 2015, I hope to shoot in more 3-Gun competitions – as many as my parents’ budget will allow! As of right now, all of my guns are “borrowed”, but two of my sponsors are working on securing a rifle (Fighting SheepDog) and a shotgun (AR-15 GOA) just for me!

In addition to the shooting sports, I am the Student Council Vice President at West Valley Middle School where I am enrolled in all-honors 8th grade courses and an advanced placement class for high school credit. I am a member of the LPGA Girl’s Golf and received the Leadership Award for the 2014 season. I also coach kids’ golf clinics during the summer. I am the oldest of four girls and help with my younger sisters at home.

Sydney 3My real passion is the shooting sports. I am hopeful that I will earn a college scholarship to a college that has a shooting team, and after that I have my sights set on a successful career as a competitive shooter!

I strive to always do my best in competition and school, and to make my sponsors proud of me.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I hope to see more and more young ladies getting involved in the shooting sports.

Please visit my Facebook page, “Competitive Shooter Sydney Rockwell”. My parents and I keep it updated with video and photos of competitions and training sessions. Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Thompson Repeats Record-Breaking 3×20 Performance to Win Overall at the 2016 Camp Perry Open

Posted By on February 7, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – At the Civilian MarThompson[1]ksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2017 Camp Perry Open, Emma Thompson, 16, of Freeport High School, astoundingly broke her own 3×20 sporter air rifle qualification National Records (notably, for the third time) that she had previously set only a month ago at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center air gun range.

(Above: Emma Thompson broke her 3×20 qualification records for the third time during the 2017 Camp Perry Open.)

Thompson repeats record CMP 2016 Camp Perry

In December, Thompson fired a qualification score of 577-28x on her way to becoming the overall sporter competitor during the Gary Anderson Invitational event – where she incredibly also set nine total sporter National Records, some of which were already hers.

At the Camp Perry Open, fired Jan. 13-15, Thompson recorded a remarkable score of 578-31x to reach the new qualification record as well as a new kneeling record (197-13x) that adjacently resulted in new Navy JROTC, Age Group II and Overall records in another incredible win.

“It’s just a normal day at work,” she said. “Coming in and shooting with the same mindset, getting in the zone and hoping that I have a good day. I keep following fundamentals and doing the normal stuff.”


She says that she aims to do the best she can for her team by shooting her average or above every time she competes. She also has her sights set on a goal that she is quickly approaching with each record-breaking performance.

(Above: The Camp Perry Open is one of the CMP’s events throughout the year that combines both air rifle and air pistol competition for adults and juniors.)

“There’s a dream of 580 (overall 3×20 score) somewhere out there. I think I can do it,” she said with a smile.

With her performance, Thompson’s team, Freeport High School, rose to the overall win in the 3×20 team competition along with the help of teammates Alyssa Hornung (who finished second overall), Lindsay Strohacker and Makiah Stacy.

Freeport coach, SgtMaj Michael Dechy, is quick to acknowledge Thompson’s excellent work ethic that he believes is a result of her involvement in other activities, such as the school play and dressage (English-style horse riding). He says being involved in a variety of interests causes her to be more attentive in air rifle.


“She never misses a practice, and she does a lot of the physical parts other than shooting. She keeps herself in good physical condition. She’s really focused on nutrition and all of the other aspects of shooting,” he said. “She does a lot of things other than just this (air rifle) which makes her very focused when she comes to shoot.”

(Above: Richard Gray was the overall winner in the 60 Shot Open Pistol competition.)

SgtMaj Dechy looks to Thompson as a natural mentor to her teammates. The drive, respect and generosity etched into her personality are the characteristics that make her a highly appreciated member of the team.

“She’s a very nice person, very humble and she is a leader on the team,” he said. “She doesn’t just come in, shoot and takes off. She helps other kids if they want help, but she doesn’t push them, and she’s well liked.”


Thompson said with a laugh, “This is my third year, so I hope I look like I know what I’m doing and am responsible. But I try to help out the freshman and new kids as much as I can, give them pointers and calm them down at these big meets.”

(Above: Junior Samuel Gens earned third place in the Open Pistol match and led overall in the Junior competition.)

“I wouldn’t be here without my team,” she added. “These records are the first of many. Freeport’s name will be up in lights for a long time, I’m hoping.”

The Camp Perry Open is an air gun competition that combines both junior and adult competitors in a shoulder-to-shoulder 60 Shot match. Air rifle and air pistol events are fired concurrently, with a 3×20 competition preceding the two-day Open match.

Richard Gray, 45, of Fredericksburg, VA, led overall in the 60 Shot Open Pistol match, as Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA, was the overall high junior of the competition – landing in third place overall amongst the Open competitors.


Also winning during the Camp Perry Open was Karly Potts, 18, of the Palmyra Jr. Rifle Team, who outshot her junior air rifle competitors for the overall win in the match, and Antonio Gates, 17, of RRC Juniors, who led the precision class in the 3×20 competition.

(Above: Dempster Christenson led overall in the 60 Shot Open Rifle match and also won the rifle Super Final.)

Dempster Christenson, 26, of the USA Shooting team, topped the 60 Shot Rifle Open competition and was also the winner of the wild and rowdy Super Final.

On the pistol side, Margaret Delnoce, 20, of the University of Akron, withstood the challenging Super Final to secure first place in the fun Camp Perry Open staple.

The Super Finals, which has made the Camp Perry Open unlike any other air event throughout the year and arguably the most widely attended by fans, features costumes, booming music from the overhead speakers, cheering fans, clappers, cow bells and other commotions – all echoing simultaneously throughout the range as the competitors fire their shots. This year, the Top 36 air rifle and pistol overall competitors, respectively, took the firing line in the event.








(Above: Margaret Delnoce was all smiles when she was named the pistol Super Finals champion.)

Other winners of the 2017 Camp Perry Open include:

60 Shot Rifle Open:

  1. Dempster Christenson, 26, of USA Shooting – 1247.1
  2. SSG George Norton, 32, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit – 1243.8
  3. SPC Daniel Lowe, 24, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit – 1238.9

60 Shot Pistol Open:

  1. Richard Gray, 45, of Fredericksburg, VA – 1117
  2. Kara Petracek, 38, of Atlanta, GA – 1109
  3. Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA (Mass. Rifle) – 1094

60 Shot Junior Rifle:

  1. Karly Potts, 18, of Ephrata, PA – 1230.4
  2. Martina Gratz, 14, of Sigel, IL – 1221.9
  3. Kaitlyn Kutz, 17, of Darien, CT – 1218.8

60 Shot Junior Pistol:

  1. Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA (Mass. Rifle) – 1094
  2. John Marrinan, 19, of Oakdale, CT – 1072
  3. Stuart Burns, 17, of Kilbride, ON – 1058

60 Shot Team Results:

Open Rifle:                                                                                                

  1. USAMU – 3703.1
  2. Central Illinois Precision Shooting – 3612.2
  3. South Eastern Rifle Team – 3606

Junior Rifle:

  1. Central Illinois Precision Shooting – 3612.2
  2. South Eastern Rifle Team – 3606
  3. Niantic Sportsmen’s Club 10x Terrors – 3603.9

Open Pistol Team:

  1. Massholes – A – 3241
  2. Massholes – B – 3161
  3. Niantic Sportsmen’s Club 10x Terrors – 3127

3×20 Precision Rifle:

  1. Antonio Gross, 17, of RRC Juniors – 691.1
  2. Elizabeth Dutton, 17, of Hudson Fish and Game – 685.6
  3. Caleb Moxley, 18, of Dallastown MCJROTC – 683.8

3×20 Sporter Rifle:

  1. Emma Thompson, 16, of Freeport High School – 671.2
  2. Alyssa Hornung, 17, of Freeport High School – 651.7
  3. Matt Cress, 17, of Zion Benton High School – 648



Thanks to all who competed or attended one of the CMP’s most enjoyable events of the year at the Camp Perry Open. We hope to see everyone back again next year – with some new faces too!

(Above: Air rifle competitor Elizabeth Bark, 18, was bringing her cello back to the University of Akron when she decided to break it out and play during the Super Final.)

For a complete list of results, visit the Camp Perry Open Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&tab=results&task=edit&match=14602.

Photos of the Camp Perry Open are available for free viewing and download on the CMP’s Zenfolio page at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f556459568.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.



CMP Adds New Junior Pistol Awards to 2017 National Matches

Posted By on February 7, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP WriterCMPPistolJuniors16-1

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – To better recognize its remarkable junior pistol competitors, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has added specialized awards to the 2017 National Trophy Pistol Matches, fired at the renowned Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.

(Above: Juniors from around the country travel to the National Trophy Pistol Matches each July to learn and compete on the famous Camp Perry ranges.)

The Top 3 juniors in the President’s Pistol Match, National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol and .22 Pistol EIC matches will be presented individual overall awards. A special aggregate award for the highest combined score in the President’s 100, NTI, .22 Pistol EIC and the Pistol Team Match will also be given to the leading junior competitors, and the Top 3 teams in the Junior Team Trophy Match will also be recognized.

CMPPistolJuniors16-2All of the junior awards will be presented during the National Trophy Pistol Awards Ceremony on July 2 at 5 p.m. The ceremony will include a reception beforehand, with winning juniors receiving their earned honors on the Hough Theatre stage – walking the same path as other revered marksmen have done throughout the long history of the National Matches.

(Above: Each junior competing at the 2017 National Pistol Matches will receive a special t-shirt, which includes an exclusive design that will be introduced at the event this summer.)

As an added bonus, all juniors who compete in the CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches will receive an exclusive t-shirt with a design selected especially for 2017.

CMPPistolJuniors16-3Last year, junior attendance at the National Trophy Pistol Matches proved to be one of the best ever recorded – with escalating participation expected in the coming years. The demonstrated dedication of junior competitors and increasing interest in the sport serves as motivation for the CMP to continue its mission of expanding the ways it challenges and commends the marksmanship community.

(Above:New junior pistol awards have been added to the 2017 Nationals to allow more recognition for talented young marksmen.)

For more information on the National Trophy Pistol Matches, including an in-depth look at each event, visit the Pistol page on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/national-pistol-matches/.

About the National Trophy Pistol Matches:

The 2017 CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches are scheduled for July 1-2 at Camp Perry. The Pistol Matches were introduced in 1904 and include service pistol championship competitions for both elite and up-and-coming marksmen. A Small Arms Firing School, taught by current military pistol team members and qualified CMP instructors, is also conducted during the matches for those new to the sport or wanting to improve his/her skills. For over a century, the Matches have served as the premier rifle and pistol championship series fired during the year.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.