Shoot Like A Girl – Crosman’s Challenger Sporter

Posted By on August 27, 2013


Kristy Titus recently tweeted the photo above visited Redmond (Oregon) High School to do some shooting with the JROTC team. “All they use are Crosman Challenger rifles. Six of the ten rifles were obtained through a grant from the National Rifle Association”, she said.

The JROTC program announced in January they had been awarded a $10,000 endowment from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The money will be used to support the rifle team. The team’s top shooter is a girl, explains Kristy, “Katlyn Belcher has set  several school records and the second top shooter is a girl named Tayler Pierce who was also voted Team Captain by her team peers. With the teams top two shooters being female, the team motto is “Shoot Like A Girl.”

Kristy became involved with the team indirectly, “my best friend started handgun training course for women called LOL Group Therapy (Ladies of Lead). The Redmond JROTC coach, Lt. Col. Robert Wendel is our instructor for the NRA basic pistol certificate. I volunteered to come shoot with the kids prior to finding out about the RMEF endowment. After learning of the endowment and the fact that they shoot Crosman, it was a no brainer, I needed to get involved with the team. I am going to be shooting with the team again sometime in April.”

As well as being part of the Crosman / Benjamin prostaff, Kristy is a member of RMEF and Team Elk. Kristy has enjoyed learning about competitive shooting and working with the team, “I love being a part and serving as a mentor for youth hunters and shooters, helping to BC827s8CIAESDI2_jpg-largeinspire a thriving, dedicated community of new outdoorsmen and women that are well equipped with shooting fundamentals and ethics. The Redmond HS Marksmanship team welcomed me as a part of their team for the day. It was fun having the students give me tips on how to accurately shoot three position air rifle. The fundamentals were completely different that what I am used with high powered rifles and it was a blast having the students teach me.”

As a Brand Ambassador for some of the most recognized companies in the outdoor industry including Cabela’s, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Realtree, Swarovski Optik and Under Armor, Kristy happily provides guidance to youth through shooting and hunting. She visits with them about how she got started as a professional hunter “right here in Central Oregon in party by volunteering my time organizing educational events.”

“Setting up a foundation of goal setting, the power of positive visualization and mental positivity. It was ironic after I spoke to the (JROTC) class about my job, one of the coaches informed me that they have been reinforcing some of the same concepts that I spoke about into the class curriculum. I hope that the things I said to them really hit home. Most of the kids on the team are not in other sports and would otherwise not have a sport that would potentially earn them a letter for their letterman jackets. The team is offering kids a chance to be successful where they may not be in traditional sports. I have found that a well placed compliment and doing kind things for kids that may or may not be not used to receiving, can last a lifetime and influence them forever. I want to be the person giving those compliments and encouraging those kids.”

Rhode to History . . . 365 Days Later

Posted By on July 29, 2013

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Rhode to History . . . 365 Days Later

Today, July 29, marks 365 days since Kim Rhode earned an historic fifth medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games puts her on a pedestal attained by no other U.S. Olympian competing in an individual sport. Though nearly perfect that day in London last summer, what she’s accomplished individually and what she’s done to help grow a sport and provide a much-needed spotlight is as close to perfect as we may ever see. We reflect back on her golden moment of July 29, 2012.

How has live changed for you since LondonMy Life has changed with the birth of my son Carter on May 13th. I have also been making some changes to my shooting game in pursuit of that perfect score, hopefully in Rio!

Has your success in this sport changed you as a person or how people react to you? My success hasn’t ever changed me as a person, but it has changed my life. More and more people saw my story on TV during the Olympics. They always associate me with the 99 out of a 100!

Looking back now with perspective, what was that moment like and what is the one moment you’ll remember about that day forever? The moment I won was so surreal and it has been that way with each and every Olympics. One moment that really stood out to me in London was when the Olympic Coach, Todd Graves, whispered in my ear just moments after winning how thankful he was to have been there to witness it all. It was such a nice thing to say that it really made me stop and appreciate how lucky I really am. I’ve been lucky to represent my country in five consecutive Olympics and also to have medaled. It’s definitely the people who are around you and in your life that make it amazing!

Where’s one place your medal has been since it got put around your neck, someplace your fans wouldn’t believe? My medals have been a lot of places due to the fact that I let people and kids hold them and wear them to hopefully inspire them to achieve their dreams in life. They have been in back pockets of blue jeans, around 1000′s of necks, and even dropped on carpet and cement (of course never on purpose!).

Relive the moment with this video:

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SCTP/SPP 2013 National Team Championships

Posted By on July 26, 2013

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Reports

on Record Attendance at its National Team Championships

Maumee, OH – The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) reported today that it had record breaking attendance at its National Team Championships. Over 2000 shooter athletes, which is an increase of over 30% from last year’s event, descended on the World Shooting & Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, IL the week of July 15-20 for the SCTP/SPP 2013 National Team Championships!

Shotgun shooters competed in either Skeet (600 participants), Sporting Clays (500 participants) or Trap (1600 participants) over the course of six days, many athletes competed in more than one discipline. Over 160 Teams from 26 different states were represented, setting a new attendance record for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) conducted its first ever National Action Shooting Event in both Centerfire and Rimfire at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex at the same time. 200 pistol shooters, representing 25 Teams and 47 Squads total, competed in the four stage match, making it one of the largest Youth Action Pistol events ever held in the U.S.

"This was clearly our best Nationals ever," said SSSF President & Executive Director, Dan Hathaway. "Both our Clay Target and Pistol Programs are growing at a significant rate and our National Program Directors, Tom Wondrash from SCTP and Scott Moore from SPP along with our entire Staff have done an excellent job." Dan went on to say, "We are also deeply grateful for the support we receive from of all of our wonderful Industry Sponsors and we’d like to give a special thanks to our main benefactors, Larry and Brenda Potterfield of Midway USA who honored us again this year by attending our event and Opening Ceremonies."

All of the Team and Individual scores from the Clay Target (Skeet, Sporting Clays & Trap) National Team Championships can be viewed on the new SSSF website

All of the Individual and Team scores from the Pistol Program National Team Championships can be viewed at

Plans are already well underway for the 2014 SCTP/SPP National Team Championships which will be held again at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL July 14-19, 2014.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) across the United States, including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, communications, websites, public relations and growth strategies The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation exists to raise funding and other resources for Youth Development Programs in the shooting sports industry.

SCTP and SPP are youth development programs, originally developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and teamwork while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to the athletes.

To learn more about SCTP or SPP call (419) 794-9924 or visit their website at   

Civilian Marksmanship Program Newsletter July 19 2013

Posted By on July 22, 2013

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Morales and Osborn Set New Precedent at First-Ever CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championship

ANNISTON, AL – The first-ever Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Air Rifle Championship for sporter and precision juniors brought the talents of individual, school, and club shooters to a realm of peak athleticism. With sweat, tears and smiles, legacies began as each winner became the first in the history of the competition.

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Major Changes Set for 2014-2015 National Match Schedules

CAMP PERRY, OH – Modifications have been made to the 2014-2015 National Match schedules to prepare for the inclusion of the World PALMA Rifle Championships, being held at Camp Perry in 2015. Teams participating in the Championships will also be traveling to Camp Perry in 2014 to shoot a "rehearsal" match, causing some scheduling conflicts at the ranges.

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Staff Works Behind the Scenes Towards National Match Success

The world-renowned National Pistol and Rifle Matches at Camp Perry has long been a staple of summer along the western shore of Lake Erie. To prepare for the thousands of competitors and spectators expected in attendance, those behind the scenes of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) spend countless hours preparing for the Match events ahead.

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Area Youth Assemble to Prepare National Matches at Camp Perry

Many area youth assist in making sure the world-renowned National Pistol and Rifle Matches at Camp Perry go off with a bang.  Their countless hours on the Camp Perry ranges and pasting thousands of targets which make the Matches possible don’t go unnoticed. The National Match partners, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Ohio National Guard, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) are grateful to have hard-working, dedicated youth working the Camp Perry ranges.

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News from the CMP

The following individuals were inadvertently left off the Junior Air Rifle Distinguished list previously released in CMP Shooter’s News. We apologize for our error and Congratulate Maneva and Adam on their accomplishments.

Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badge

#562 – Maneva Gill, Fortuna , CA

#587 – Adam Wheland, Williamsburg, PA

New Distinguished Shooters.  The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status!  The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below.  To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters, visit

Distinguished Pistol Badge

1551   Joseph Arnold, Moline, IL

1552   Frank Greco, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

1553   Charles Hays, Baroda, MI

1554   Michael Gimer, Lohrville, IA

An NRA/USAS/CMP sanctioned Level I Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle Coach Training School will be held in Nashville, TN on 3-4 AUG.  CTS Sponsor POC is LtCol Joe Sharbel at at Montgomery Bell Academy.

National Match Air Gun Events. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites you to participate in the 5th annual National Matches Air Gun Events. These events are part of the National Matches at Camp Perry. Their purpose is to offer additional competition opportunities for National Matches pistol and rifle competitors as well as for anyone who wants to shoot in the National Matches with their air pistols or air rifles. All of these events will take place at the CMP Marksmanship Center on MegaLink electronic targets. View the calendar and program at

GSM (Garand-Springfield-Military) Rifle Master Instructor Courses offer Rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training and be certified as "Master Instructors" to teach either CMP-sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or CMP-sanctioned Rimfire Sporter Clinics are invited to apply to attend a CMP Master Instructor Training Course.  For more information and to register for a GSM Master Instructor Course, please visit or contact Brooke Fleming at or 419-635-2141, ext. 1124.

Courses will be held at the following locations:

Camp Perry, OH 26 July

Anniston, AL 28-29 September

Phoenix, AZ 11-12 October

Affiliate your club with the CMP.  We look forward to working with you to assist your club in reaching its goals and in reaching the mission and vision of the CMP – to promote marksmanship training and firearms safety for all qualified U.S. citizens with a special emphasis on youth. Visit for more information or contact the CMP Affiliate Relations Department at 419-635-2141, Ext. 1182 or email

Scooter’s Youth Shooting Camp 2013

Posted By on May 24, 2013

By: Jack Stinger (14)skeet - 2

On the first Saturday of May for the last three years, I have had the privilege of attending a small camp designed to teach kids from the ages of 9 to 16 the basics of hunting and shooting. Based in Emmett, Idaho, Scooter’s Youth Hunting Camp celebrated its 12th anniversary this year by sending another 250 kids through its multiple activities and stations. These stations teach campers how to shoot a shotgun, muzzleloader, compound bow, and .22LR rifle, as well as how to sharpen a knife, clean a gun, and survive in the woods. Scooter’s is a non-profit organization and has managed to put on this camp each year solely of off donations from generous companies and individuals. Each year, thousands of dollars worth of prizes are raffled off to the kids, all for free. How this camp has continued to go on has been a miracle in and of itself and a blessing from God.

Survival StationScooter truthfully admits that he works 364 days a year on preparing for the camp that lasts a total of one day. Volunteer meetings start in January and are held once a month and then twice in April. On the Friday before the camp, dozens of volunteers gather at the Gem County gun range in Emmett to set up for the following day. The amount of coordination it takes to put on this camp and the ability of Scooter to do this yearly is stunning. With two raffles (one for the guns and another for the general prizes; campers are entered into both), a silent auction, a donut stand, snacks, drinks, lunch, and four game calling seminars to set up, I am amazed at how quickly the volunteers get the range set.

Gun giveaways

ArcheryBy the time the kids arrive early on Saturday morning, all the plans have been put to action, and the camp passes the point of no return. The kids sign in and are given a color for their squad before being seated in front of a trailer converted into a stage. Then they are sent off to their first stations. Between station rotations, the kids return to the seating area for seminars on calling elk, ducks, geese, and turkeys. For lunch, burgers, finger steaks, and hot dogs are served fresh off a supersized cooker. After completing the rest of the stations, the raffle begins. This year a total of ten guns were raffled off in addition to three tables stacked with prizes varying from a mountain bike to a fishing pole with every camper receiving at least one prize.

Bag for every childAs the day draws to an end, the campers leave the Gem County Rod and Gun Club with smiles on their faces and an unforgettable memory emblazoned in their minds. The volunteers pack all the chairs, tables, and guns, and Scooter starts thinking about the next year’s camp.

Ian Foos Fires Record-Breaking Score

Posted By on May 13, 2013

at First CMP Regional Championships 2013

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Ian Foos Fires Record-Breaking Score Ian Foos

at First CMP Regional Championships 2013

By: Ashley Brugnone, CMP WriterALBUQUERQUE, NM; CAMP PERRY, OH; ANNISTON, AL – The first ever Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Regional 3-P Championships were recently held over a two-day competition April 4-6 at Camp Perry, OH, and April 11-13 in Albuquerque, NM, and Anniston, AL. The event was created by CMP to combine talented junior shooters from JROTC programs as well as from public and private shooting clubs, 4-H groups, American Legion teams and other organizations across the country.

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CMP Supports 4-H Shooting Sports

CMP Supports 4-H Shooting Sports. The CMP annually supports 4-H Shooting Sports. Below are Thank Yous from State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinators.

Successful 4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Workshop. In March 2013, the Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports Educational Program hosted another three-day certification workshop for teen and adult volunteers who wish to offer their time and talents to this youth program. At its conclusion, 119 volunteers were successful in becoming certified coaches. They will return to their counties where they will provide quality instruction and supervision to our 4-H shooting sports club members, ages 9 to 18. The workshops are offered twice a year for teens and adults who wish to become involved in the program or who wish to become certified in additional disciplines. These important volunteer coaches log in over 24,000 hours annually working with approximately 10,000 youth in seven disciplines. Funds to continue to offer this training are secured through donations from organizations such as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Our 4-H Shooting Sports program exists because of the dedication of these volunteers and the contributions of organizations such as CMP.

4-H and the CMP

4-H Shooting Sports remains one of the most popular projects offered in Oklahoma and currently has an enrollment in excess of 5,000 members statewide with more than 500 active shooting sports instructors. The goal of all 4-H programs is youth development. Decision making, teamwork, problem solving, being responsible and having high self-esteem are just a few of the many skills 4-H helps to develop to enable youth to be productive and positive adults in our society.

The 4-H Youth Development Shooting Sports Program involves youth who have an interest in shooting sports and welcomes them into an accepting, caring group. The first thing they learn is safety, quickly followed by discipline and respect (respect for firearms as well as respect for people). Youth are not permitted to use the firearm until they prove they can handle those three prerequisites.

Major Highlights for 2012:

* 12 State Shooting Sports Contest involving over 1,100 youth

* 6 discipline teams represented Oklahoma at the National 4-H Invitation

* 3 Shooting Sports Certification workshop

* Began research project to evaluate the economic impact of the Oklahoma 4-H Shooting Sports Program

* State 4-H Foundation created Dollar for Dollar Matching Programs, of which one is intended to provide financial support to teams attending the National Shooting Sports Invitational.

Funds received through CMP are used to offset certification cost and to purchase target and equipment utilized at state contests.

The WY 4-H Shooting Sports will use the funds to help support our state shooting event. In 2012 the event was attended by nearly 650 youth from all across Wyoming. They competed in .22 rifle and pistol, Air rifle and pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading, and archery in various categories contained in each discipline.

CMP Air Gun Monthly Matches

CMP Junior Rifle Camps & Clinics

Lyman’s Adapative Tactical M4 Ruger 10/22 Stocks

Posted By on April 29, 2013

WOW! New tactical 10-22 stocks from Lyman and TacStar plus a monopod! These are cool. We hope to et some soon for review but you can check them out here and the prices are great. Go to


The TacStar Adaptive Tactical 10-22 Stock and Monopod is the most advanced and versatile stock available for the extremely popular Ruger 10-22 rifle. The stock is loaded with more features than any other stock on the market.

• The butt stock is an adjustable M4 type that is equipped with storage compartments for two spare Ruger rotary magazines. (Magazines not included.)


1081043-Monopod• The pistol grip is designed to have an accessory Monopod that adjusts in height. The Monopod is a stand alone, single point rest. It can also be used with a bi-pod or forend rest to provide more stability. (Monopod sold separately)

ls-RM4-prone-1• Reversible Picatinny rail is concealed in the forend. When installed with the Picatinny rail up inside the forend, the outside surface matches the rest of the stock. With it reversed, the Picatinny rail is exposed and a bi-pod or other accessories can be attached.

detail-RM4-barrels• The removable barrel insert allows the stock to fit either standard tapered barrels or .920” bull barrels, with no ugly gaps.




Check our website to see all four stocks patterns available: Black, Legends Camo, Muddy Girl Camo, and Kryptek Highlander Camo.

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Junior Shooters Back issues

Posted By on April 13, 2013

Volume 9 Summer 2011I have been remiss in keeping new issues updated under our ARTICLES section for FREE DOWNLOADS of our print magazine. Normally, these are supposed to be posted three months after the print publication has reached the news stands.

Volumes 9 – 13 have just been posted! Volume 10 Winter 2011


Just click on the header ARTICLES on the header line above and scroll down. All of the issues are in order and include a listing of articles in the table of contents. The free downloads are pdf files usually split into two or three parts as they are fairly large.

Volume 11 Spring 2012Volume 12 Summer 2012Vol 13 Winter 2012

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Hodgdon’s 2013 Reloading Manual

Posted By on April 11, 2013

Hodgdon 2013 Reloading ManualOne of the best reloading manual’s around is the Hodgdon Reloading Manual. Updated on a regular basis it has tons of information about reloading and loads for rifle, pistol, and shotgun. You can also check out Hodgdon’s website and and go through specific loads on-line for caliber, bullet, and powder types. Check them out at

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Safety Basics–Today’s Handgun–From Kalkomey

Posted By on January 26, 2013

New E-book Teaches the Basics of Handgun Safety

Safety 1Safety is the most important aspect of teaching juniors, as well as adults, the joys of participating in the shooting sports. It is everyone’s responsibility and should be at the forefront of our thoughts not only during the teaching of shooting sports but also when participating in such sports. When you go the the range, each range has safety reminder signs such as:

  • Never point a firearm at anyone.
  • A firearm is always loaded.
  • Know what is beyond your target.
  • Never put your finger on the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed down-range.

All shooting competitions and ranges have a Range Officer qualified in range safety and ensuring the people involved in the shooting sports are conducting themselves in a safe manner. Private instructors also include safety as an integral part of their instruction.

A new e-book, Today’s Handgun Safety Basics, will help the hundreds of thousands of new firearms owners learn about handgun safety and how to improve their shooting. This handgun safety e-book features easy-to-understand language and realistic illustrations and is available for download at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the Apple Store.

“With so many people buying a handgun for the first time, we felt it was important they have access to basic information about how to safely use and enjoy handguns,” said Kurt Kalkomey, president of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. “This book is ideal for new shooters whether they’ve bought a handgun for self protection or to use it for hunting, plinking or target shooting.”Handgun Safety  Basics cover

Today’s Handgun Safety Basics e-book covers the following topics:

  • The difference between revolvers and pistols
  • Matching ammunition to the handgun
  • Handgun safety mechanisms
  • How to safely clean, store and transport handguns
  • How to load and unload handguns
  • Basic shooting techniques

“Whether or not your state requires safety training, all handgun owners have a responsibility to learn about safe firearms handling,” Kalkomey said.Handgun education can prevent accidents and save lives.”

Today’s Handgun Safety Basics is an excellent resource for handgun owners and those planning to purchase a handgun or take a class for a concealed-carry permit or license.

Today’s Handgun Safety Basics e-book is available at:

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About Kalkomey

Kalkomey, parent company of Today’s Handgun Safety Basics e-book, is an official provider of recreational safety education products for all 50 states. An American company based in Dallas, Texas, Kalkomey produces print and Internet courses that have provided official safety certification since 1995. Kalkomey offers safety courses in boating, hunting, bowhunting, and off-road vehicle and snowmobile operation. For more information, visit

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USAMU Junior Camp 2012

Posted By on November 20, 2012

By Michael Molinaro USAMULogo01


FORT BENNING, Ga. — Junior shooters from across the country descended on Fort Benning Oct. 26-28 for the Fifth Annual U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting Junior Clinic at Krilling Range.

With the national champions in the sport’s pistol and multi-gun divisions among the instructors, the opportunity to learn from the best was a chance 27 junior shooters couldn’t pass up. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Elizabeth Peel, 15, from Montgomery, Al. “I always have a great time and even if you are already a good shooter you are definitely going to learn something new.”

This was the fourth trip to the clinic for Peel, who has been shooting for six years, while others were making their camp debut after recently picking up a gun for the first time. “I started shooting last January,” said Seth Clagg, 14, from Clearwater, Fl. “It’s great to learn from pros. I have never shot from the prone or kneeling positions and I am learning a lot.”

Six Soldiers from the unit’s Action Shooting section provided expertise and coaching for the junior shooters. Among them were Spc. Shane Coley, United States Practical Shooting Association open class pistol national champion and Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner, five-time USPSA multi-gun national champion.


FORT BENNING, Ga. – Spc. Shane Coley, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, goes over reloads with a junior at the Fifth Annual USAMU Action Shooting Junior Clinic Oct. 26. Coley recently won the United States Practical Shooting Association open division pistol national championship and was once an attendee at the clinic.

(Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU)

“I love this clinic,” Coley said, who won his first national title a week prior to the clinic. “It is a lot of fun to work with these youngsters and pass on our knowledge to them.” Coley can relate to the juniors since he, along with Spc. Matthew Sweeney, another USAMU instructor, attended the clinic as a junior. Both were recruited to the Army out of the clinic after strong showings and a desire to be the best, said Staff Sgt. Lee Dimaculangan, camp coordinator.

“Traditionally we have a very young team and we are influential with the juniors,” Dimaculangan said. “I am the oldest of the instructors at 26 and (Spc.) Sweeney is the youngest at 22, so it is a lot easier for the juniors to relate to a younger group of instructors. We also use the clinic to assess the talent pool of the top up-and-coming shooters and see if there are any who may be able to make the Army stronger once they are a little bit older.”

After introductions juniors were broken down into small groups. They learned techniques on drawing, accuracy, transitions, reloading and had a short introduction to the rifle. They also received an introduction to Scholastic Steel Challenge, which is an additional shooting discipline geared to junior action shooters. The weekend concluded with a match.

“Most of the kids showed a huge improvement over the weekend,” Dimaculangan said. “They made leaps and bounds over just two days, which tells us that they listened.

“The best thing we saw was how instinctive safe gun handling was for the kids. It’s obvious their parents taught them the proper way to handle a pistol and rifle but they were comfortable around us and not nervous.”


FORT BENNING, Ga. — Staff Sgt. Lee Dimaculangan, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, discusses the next round of instruction with a group of junior shooters at the Fifth Annual USAMU Action Shooting Junior Clinic Oct. 26.

(Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU)

The parents support was instrumental in making the camp a great event, Dimaculangan said. While the instructors concentrated solely on coaching the kids, parents coordinated lodging so all the campers stayed together. They cooked lunch and dinner at the range, painted targets and were timekeepers. The most important thing parents did was stay out of their child’s way and allow them to listen to their USAMU instructors.

“I brought my son because I thought it would help solidify some of the skills I have tried to teach him,” said Don Kester of Marshalltown, Iowa, who brought his son Jack, 14. “Sometimes parents have a hard time getting through to their kids and they like to hear from somebody else. These young (Soldiers) are pretty popular and pretty good role models. I thought it would be a great opportunity.”

No other clinic held in the country can boast having Soldiers, the current USPSA pistol and multi-gun champions, and a small instructor-to-student ratio all rolled into one. It makes for an ideal chance that junior shooters simply shouldn’t pass up, Dimaculangan said.

“This truly is one of the best things we get to do all year,” Dimaculangan said. “There is no better audience to promote to than the youth. They are the future of the sport and will shape the competition, shape USPSA.”


FORT BENNING, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Joel Turner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, shows a junior proper trigger control with a M4 rifle at the Fifth Annual USAMU Action Shooting Junior Clinic Oct. 26. While the focus of the clinic was on action pistol shooting techniques, the juniors also received an introduction to the rifle.

(Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU)


FORT BENNING, Ga. – Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, coaches juniors on movement techniques Oct. 26 at the Fifth Annual USAMU Action Shooting Junior Clinic. Horner, a five-time United States Practical Shooting Association national champion, was among six USAMU instructors who hosted 27 juniors and their parents from across the country to help promote the sport of action shooting and connect America’s Army with America’s public.

(Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU)

Miculeks Dominate IPSC Shotgun World Championship 2012 with Mossberg® 930™

Posted By on October 4, 2012

Miculeks Dominate IPSC Shotgun World Championship with Mossberg® 930

Jerry Wins Senior Open and Lena Crowned Ladies Standard World Champion

Lena World Champion

North Haven, CT – Mossberg congratulates world-renowned competitive shooter, Jerry Miculek, and his equally-talented daughter, Lena Miculek, on their recent wins at the 2012 IPSC Shotgun World Championship held at the Apafa Shooting Range in Debrecen, Hungary. Shooting his namesake autoloader, the Mossberg 930 JM Pro Series, Jerry won the Open Senior Championship and finished fifth overall in the Open Match. Lena won the 30-stage Standard Lady Match, claiming her first major championship, while shooting her own personalized version of the JM Pro 930 autoloader. Lena, age 17, was coached throughout the match by her mother, Kay Miculek, who is also an accomplished shooter and world-record champion.

Mossberg logo“On behalf of the entire Mossberg team, we want to extend our congratulations to Jerry and Lena for their accomplishments at the World Championships,” commented Tom Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “As a parent, I can imagine the pride that both Jerry and Kay must have felt while watching Lena take the highest honor in the Ladies’ Standard Match.” Taylor continued, “The Miculeks are considered by many as one of the world’s best competitive shooting dynasties. However, there is no question that Jerry, Kay and Lena are incredible ambassadors for shooting sports.”

Jerry Miculek teamed up with Mossberg in October 2010 and began to rack up championships with the Mossberg 930 autoloading shotgun. Working closely with Jerry, Mossberg introduced the 930 JM Pro signature shotguns in early 2012 – a series of reliable, gas-operating 12-gauge autoloaders designed and built for the demands of a competitive shooter. For more information on the 930 and our complete line of high-performance shotguns, please visit our web site at

About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at


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