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Adventure IQ Kids Camp 2015

Posted By on October 2, 2016

By: Ashley Rumble (13)

278Ever since I joined Junior Shooters shooting team, I’ve gotten a lot of really amazing opportunities, and the most recent one is Adventure IQ’s Kids’ Survival Camp. It was in some ways a lot different than I expected but was a great experience.

Adventure IQ is a camp held once a year in the summer by Rob Anderson, a former Air Force ground combat instructor, Security Forces instructor, and Desert Storm veteran, along with a group of volunteers: Dan Drake, Travis Rosenberry, Nate Corson, Scott McGann, Scott Drayton, Greg Barron, and Bruce Cooper, plus others. The camp is aimed at teaching kids some basics in survival in case something happens and we don’t have the things around that we normally rely on.

210When we first got to the camp, we had to check in, and every kid was given a bandanna, a multitool, and a canteen. There were around 50 kids at the camp this year. They started camp with the pledge, and then we divided into groups for our first activities.

My group went to water purification first. We learned about different ways to purify water and the different sicknesses we could get if we took water from a lake or stream without purifying it. We got to use pumps to purify water for our canteens (we each got a new canteen at check-in. We actually took water from a horse trough to drink – something I’d never do without knowing how to purify. Water is our most basic need, so knowing what to do when clean water isn’t available is very important.

230 (1) Once water purification was done, we switched to our next station which covered overnight survival. They went over what we would need in our survival packs, and a little bit on how to stop bleeding and first aid. We also learned about how far we should stray from our camps so we don’t risk getting lost in the first place.

Then the two groups we were in divided into four groups, and we went to our next stations. My group went to fish cleaning. Scott McGann from Scooter’s Youth Hunting Camp showed us how to clean fish and prepare them to be cooked. They showed us how to clean the fish in two cuts and helped us put them on the fire to cook them with lunch.

The next station was shelters and signaling. We got to partner up and try to use mirrors to catch and shine the sunlight at our partners. We then were shown different types of shelters and in which weather conditions they would work best in. My group partnered up again and started building with only two poles in the ground to act as our trees and tarps, Para cord rope, and stakes. It was harder then it looked since we had to fit two people. They also gave free space blankets to every kid at that station

 237Next we had lunch. The groups that cooked fish were able to take one with lunch if they wanted. They also put rabbit that they had harvested earlier that day into the chili. I also got to talk to Rob, the owner of Adventure IQ Kids’ Survival Camp, and hear about some of the cool stuff he had done while in the military. This guy has really been around, and listening to some of his stories was as educational as the rest of the day’s activities. He has had a pretty great career teaching some of America’s military how to survive. After a good lunch, we moved on to our next stations.

My group’s next station was slingshots. They were definitely harder than they looked to shoot the first few times, but once I got the hang of it, they were fun to shoot. After that, we moved on to our final station, fire making. At the fire-making station, he showed us how to baton with a knife and a stick to make smaller pieces of wood. We got to use a Light My Fire to light small starters like cotton balls, garden twine, and cattail. We were also shown how to be safe with fire, because we don’t want anything else catching on fire.

After everyone was done with their stations, we all gathered around in one big group and Rob talked about how good it was to have us there and how grateful he was for all the people who helped put the camp on. They gave away prizes, too – three slingshots and a survival pack with a Light My Fire and a Mora knife. The kids who got them were very excited. We also took a group picture holding up the sponsor flags.

221 All and all, it was a really interesting and fun experience that I would do again. It was a nice change of pace from all the competitions and shooting matches that I’ve been doing. I learned a lot and got to meet some really cool people. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely check it out. I can’t wait to go camping and try out a few of the things I learned. You can see more of what Rob does at www.Adventure-IQ.com.

Thank you Rob, and all the other people that help put this great camp on!


Posted By on September 15, 2016

From Air Venturi and Pyramyd Air

By Ben Moody (17)

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The Air Venturi Wing Shot is unlike any other shotgun on the market. What makes it so different? It is powered not with gunpowder, but with air! That’s right — it shoots wads of BBs using a pre-charged cylinder of air. When I took the Wing Shot out of the packaging, I was surprised at how much it looked and felt like an actual shotgun. The finish on the wood was of good quality, and the action was engraved with designs. I was surprised to find it even had a removable choke! To charge the air tank takes either an air gun hand pump or a prefilled air tank.

Wingshot 3 sizes of shot EMAIL low res The package came with three different projectiles, including six shot, eight shot, and a package of empty wads to build your own ammo. There is also the option of shooting a 50-caliber slug, but I did not have any slugs available. Hunting with the Wing Shot is really fun! I found it is great for invasive species, such as Eurasian doves, having more than enough power to bring down these midsized birds. The shot pattern is narrow compared to my 12 Wingshot target EMAIL LOW RES gauge, about 6 inches at 15 yards, but after practicing I was able to consistently hit my targets. This has been the most comfortable shotgun I have used, largely because there is zero recoil, allowing me to maintain a great follow-through with every shot. The stock fit me very well, and pulling the bead to the target was natural.
A really cool aspect of the Wing Shot is the option of building your own wads. I used regular Ben holding Wingshot kneeling with pigeons 2 email low res BBs to make the equivalent of buckshot; it was extremely effective on the targets I was using. The Wing Shot is a single-shot air gun, containing five shots per filled cylinder. I suggest purchasing an air tank capable of charging the cylinder, because using a hand pump is a good 30-minute workout.
The fact that the Wing Shot has all the look and feel of a shotgun but the versatility of an air gun makes it a great choice for shotgunners. According to the manufacturer’s specifications, the max velocity is 1130 fps, showing that it is not a toy and should be treated as a firearm. I would like to thank Air Venturi and Junior Shooters magazine for the opportunity to test this awesome air gun.

Contact Pyramyd Air to order your WINGSHOT!

Gun Safety is Key and the V-Line Slide-Away is Great!

Posted By on August 20, 2016

Open w Full Tray outside Slide-Away Low resGun safety not only includes safe gun-handling but also the storage of firearms in a safe manner.  This is especially important when children are around whether they live in the house or are just visiting. Many people have large safes where they store their firearms. If there is any thought to having access to a firearm quickly, especially a loaded one (don’t forget all firearms are to be treated as if they are loaded at all times), the means of storing the firearm safely also needs to be addressed. V-Line has done that with their Slide-Away. It is one we have used and recommend.

The Slide-Away is V-Line’s new American made multi-purpose heavy duty security case.  The Slide-Away is constructed of heavy duty 12-gauge. steel with a rugged tactical black powder coating.  The smooth operating large pullout drawer sits on ball Slide-Away mounted med resbearing assisted slides.  The drawer is large enough to hold an Ipad style tablet or two 1911 type firearms with room to spare for extra magazines. The Slide-Away is versatile enough to mount underneath a desktop or in a small area as long as there is about 4.25″ of clearance.  It comes standard with a mounting bracket for both bottom and top mounting.  Optional full and half trays are available.


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Ginny Thrasher Finds Many Firsts at 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Posted By on August 9, 2016

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – During her first Olympic showing, American Ginny Thrasher, shooting member of Team USA currently in Rio for the Olympics, became the first gold medal winner for the United States and the first medal winner of the 2016 Games after firing an unbeatable score in the Women’s 10-meter Air Rifle event.

(Right: The first medal awarded during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was in Women’s Air Rifle. 19-year old Ginny Thrasher had a golden performance during her first Olympic appearance and won the Gold Medal for Team USA.)

Her unbelievable performance, which included a 10.9 in the qualifying round, also named her the youngest female to ever win the first gold medal and set a new Olympic record with a finals score of 208.0 – finishing an unprecedented full point above Du Li of China, gold medal winner back in 2004 and in 2008 for 50-meter Three Position Air Rifle.

In a post-competition interview with NBC, Thrasher said, “About halfway through the final I knew I was in contention for a medal and that was a great feeling obviously . . . But I had to go and push that thought away and come back and focus on shooting.”

GinnyGoldenSmileShe went on to say, “I’m just very proud to start off the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in such a positive manner for my country.”

(Left: In her fifth year of shooting, Ginny claimed the Gold Medal on the opening day of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.)

Making history on an Olympic-sized scale, Ginny, at only 19 years old, also marked a notable moment in the story of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as she not only became the first CMP Junior Air Rifle Camp alum to ever make it to the Olympic team, but also the first medal winner.

“I am ecstatic for Ginny!” said Sommer Wood, Summer Camp director. “Her focus and commitment to her craft is impressive and will serve as a great example for other young shooters who want to follow in her footsteps.”

“In the camps, we talk about dreaming big, and not putting off your goals. Ginny’s accomplishment proves how quickly an athlete can reach the pinnacle of our sport when they train with purpose and don’t limit their dreams,” Sommer added.

Ginny_camp1 Assistant Summer Camp director, Dan Durben, also commented on Ginny’s outstanding feat, saying, “I’m really proud of Ginny, how she prepared, how she performed at the Games and how she has carried herself after her extraordinary accomplishment. She will be a wonderful inspiration for our young shooters.”

(Ginny (far right) attended two CMP Rifle Camps where she not only excelled, but learned of the potential for air rifle competition — collegiate competition and the Olympics.)

A familiar face to the CMP, Ginny received eighth place during the 60 Shot National Air Rifle Match at the 2013 National Matches at Camp Perry, along with first place in the Junior match and fourth overall in the Open category during the 2015 Camp Perry Open event. In 2014, she received Junior Distinguished Badge #771 and was awarded a CMP Scholarship for her accomplishments the following year.

She attended the CMP’s Junior Air Rifle Camps to further hone her rifling abilities – a Three-Position Camp at the South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., in 2012, and the Colorado Springs Standing Camp in 2013.

“The best part about CMP camps for me was the focus on the basics,” Ginny said in an earlier interview with the CMP. “I think no matter what skill level you are your process can always be improved by going back to the basics. I very much use those basics and the good foundation set for me in CMP and other camps every time I shoot.”

A self-described “Army Brat,” Ginny has lived in various places around the world. Originally, she wanted to compete in the Olympics for ice skating, but after a hunting trip with her grandfather in 8th grade (and falling in love with the feel of pulling the trigger), she set her sights on rifle.

She joined her West Springfield High School rifle team her freshman year, becoming a three-year team captain and four-time MVP. Outside of school, she also shot for the Arlington Optimist Acorn Rifle Club travel team.

In 2015, she decided the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineer rifle team was where she wanted to take her collegiate career, with only four years of competitive shooting experience. And what an incredible first year she had at WVU.NCAA

(Right: At the 2016 NCAA National Championships in March, Ginny became the first true freshman in NCAA history to overtake both the Individual Air Rifle and Smallbore titles. With her outstanding scores, she helped lead her team to its fourth consecutive National Championship win and its 18th overall.)

Ginny was the third WVU female rifle competitor to earn a trip to the Olympics and the first in over a decade – the other two women making Team USA in 1992 and 2000, respectively.

Some of Ginny’s other accolades in her fresh, yet stellar rifling career include:

· Her name next to more than 20 National Rifle Association and USA Shooting records

· Five medals at last year’s USA Shooting National – two in the Open competition and three in the Junior event, including a gold medal in 3P

· Sixth-place finish in the Women’s 50m Smallbore at the 2015 Spring World Cup Selection

· Third place at the 2014 Junior Olympics Championships in the Women’s 50m Smallbore

· Becoming the 2015 Virginia Air Rifle State Champion

· Three-time Virginia Smallbore State medalist

Women’s Air Rifle teammate Sarah Scherer, 25, who was an Olympian in 2012 and a CMP Summer Camp counselor in 2013, finished in eighth place in the 10-meter event.

In Men’s Air Rifle, Lucas Kozeniesky, 21, another CMP Summer Camp alum, finished 21st in a tough 10-meter match.

Congratulations, Ginny, and all of the Team USA Shooting members!

Tune in NBC on Thursday, August 11 at 9 AM in UTC-03 to watch Ginny and Sarah compete in the 50m Women’s Three Position event. Watch live action from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at NBCOlympics.com. To view a full schedule of events, visit http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule.

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.

The Tactical Solutions 10/22

Posted By on August 2, 2016

By: Ashley Rumble (11)

Republished from Volume 18 Summer 2014

019 (4) I recently got the chance to test out a Tactical Solutions (TacSol) equipped Ruger 10/22 match rifle. It’s by far my favorite rifle that I have gotten to test. It had a bright red laminate thumbhole stock, a bright red fluted barrel, and a silver muzzle brake. The action was a regular Ruger 10/22, not the X-Ring system that TacSol sells. That is something I would like to try out in the future, but as it was, I still had a great rifle to shoot.

My favorite part of the rifle was the stock. Being able to grip the stock at a better angle, and being able to use more of my hand on the stock like a pistol grip made the rifle easier to handle; plus, it was much better balanced. As an added bonus, it looked great with the red laminate and cutaway on the stock! The fit of the stock to the rifle was perfect, and taking it apart for cleaning was also a little easier thanks to the free-floating stock only having one screw to take out instead of two like on a regular 10/22 that has a clamp at the barrel and front of the stock.

038 The barrel is much bigger than what I have on my regular 10/22. It looks like it would be heavier, too, but didn’t feel that way when I started to shoot with it. I found that it helped with the balance of the rifle just like the stock did, making the rifle much nicer to shoot, especially during long matches where little things can become big problems as the day goes on. The barrel also had a muzzle brake on the end. It is supposed to help stabilize the rifle’s kick when shooting. I didn’t have a lot of experience with anything like it until I started to test the rifle, but I will say that this rifle was stable, and I’m sure the muzzle brake had something to do with that.

With the action being a regular 10/22, there were no surprises with how it worked. That’s a good thing, because we thought there may be a few problems with the different stock and barrel, but that was not the case. The magazine came out just as it was supposed to (that happened a little faster thanks to the Tactical Solutions extended magazine release lever), and the action performed just like it does on my own 10/22.

All in all, I thought the rifle was a better setup than my regular 10/22. I was able to move the rifle faster and hold it steadier than I normally would have. Everything also looked great, felt solid, and worked like it should. I was very happy with it and was very reluctant to give it up.

IMG_0782 A bonus to testing the rifle was able to visit the Tactical Solutions’ factory prior to the big Ruger Rimfire match at Parma, Idaho, in September. They were very interested when I told them I was testing one of their rifles, so my dad and I went to their factory in Boise to see how they make the rifle that I’d been shooting for the past six months. After we were met at the door, we were led to the manufacturing floor to see how the parts were made.

First, we went over to the huge milling machines that turn blocks of metal into the different parts. The first stop was the barrels. The man running the machine took the time to open it and let me look inside. It looked very complicated. He told me it only took seven minutes to make a barrel and only thirty seconds longer if they wanted a threaded barrel for a muzzle brake. It was very interesting to see how the machine can take a round piece of metal and end up with a great looking barrel.

Next, we went over to some of the parts they had about half done. The tour guide told me that the bricks of metal I was looking at would be X-Ring actions when they were finished. The big CNC milling machine that was about as big as a van is where they cut the metal into the X-Ring actions. We got to see it change the cutting heads to mill other parts of the metal and watched as metal chips came off. They told me it ran twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and they were still on back order! After that, we walked over to their smaller CNC machines where they were making all the other rifle and pistol parts, just not the big ones the other CNC machine made. It was very educating to see how all the machines worked to make the parts we use in our guns. The people running the 025 (5)machines were more than happy to talk with me and show me how everything worked, even though I know they were very busy.

After seeing all the machines, we walked over to the shipping room, but everything had already been shipped out for the day, including their stocks, so we didn’t get to see any of the completed guns. That was the end of the tour at that point. Our tour guide wished me good luck during the match the next day, and we said goodbye.

During the match, I felt a little closer to the TacSol rifle I was using and felt I understood how to use it a little better because of what they showed me. My dad and I plan to build our own match 10/22 rifle, and I know just where we will be looking for the parts.

Junior Shooters Magazine’s Youth Precision Rifle Team Sponsored by Ashbury Precision Ordnance & Leupold Custom Shop

Posted By on July 26, 2016

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Ruckersville, VA.Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg and Leupold Optics Custom Shop have partnered to sponsor the youth precision rifle team organized and supported byJunior Shooters magazine. Ashbury’s continuing demonstrated commitment to growing shooting sports by sponsoring emerging women and youth athletes is highlighted in this new multi-year relationship with Junior Shooters magazine.  Leupold Optics, the world’s leading manufacturer of shooting sports optics, recognized this arrangement as a positive way to increase brand awareness among new shooters and demonstrate the cutting edge capabilities of the Leupold Custom Shop.

Vol 24 Dad 7-9-16 944 pm.indd Ashbury outfitted the Junior Shooters Youth Precision Rifle Team with a fleet of APO SuperSport 6.5 Creedmoor competition rifles custom built on APO Custom Shop blueprinted and trued Remington M700 receivers by APO’s former US Marine Corps 2112 Gunsmiths lead team.  The sub <1/2MOA accurate SuperSport 6.5CM competition rifles feature single stage triggers set to 3.0 lbs, and Pinnacle Series 22″ barrels with Thruster muzzle brakes.  The precision manufactured barreled actions are mounted in Ashbury’s patented SABER® SuperSport MOD-1 alloy series modular rifle chassis system with a 20 MOA monolithic rail, and M-LOK accessories enhanced forend.  The competition-centric TASS shoulder stock with custom Limbsaver recoil pad is ergonomically adjustable and easily fits all the youth shooters perfectly, no matter their size!

  DSCN1289 MEDIUM RES_LeupoldLogoVertGold Leupold’s Custom Shop pulled out the stops for the youth shooting team and built custom VX-6  3-18x50mm rifle scopes for their new rifles.  These premium Leupold rifle scopes have 0.1 MRADb adjustments with a double turn elevation turret, zero lock and matching TMR reticle.  These 2nd focal plane optics are lightweight, crystal clear and incredibly bright in low light shooting conditions.  “Leupold’s Custom Shop wanted to give every optical advantage to the Junior Shooter magazine rifle team,” said Nicholas Kytlica Custom Shop Supervisor.  “The VX-6 3-18×50 is one of Leupold’s most advanced designs which will pair well with APO’s Supersport competition rifles.  With 22 mils of elevation in a double-turn turret set-up, they can easily drive their 6.5 Creedmoor rifles to 1000 yards or better, common in today’s practical rifle competitions, so they will certainly be competitive!”

 Ricky writing in his dope book MEDIUM RES “We greatly appreciate the commitment to supporting our youth precision rifle team by Ashbury and Leupold,” said Andrew Fink, Publisher & CEO of Junior Shooters magazine. “To preserve and grow shooting sports in the United States, Junior Shooters strives to promote the responsible and positive aspects of marksmanship competition and hunting which have a long proud legacy in our great nation”

The SuperSport 6.5 Creedmoor competition rifles, complete with VX-6 rifle scope mounted in Talley scope rings, weighed in at 13.5 lbs.  Additionally, the youth shooting team also received Slip-Cuff Shooting Slings donated by Tactical Intervention Specialists for positional rifle shooting stages.

For more information about  Junior Shooters Youth Competition Marksmanship program please visit their website JuniorShooters.net.  You can locate information about Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg., our line of SABER® modular rifle chassis systems, ASW, TCR, SuperSport and SPR precision rifles, APOCS custom pistols and long range shooting accessories at the Ashbury Web Portal.

About Ashbury…

DSCF4206 MEDIUM RES Ashbury International Group Inc. is a central Virginia USA based company, having more than 20 years of international experience as a prime contractor to government agencies, military, and special operations forces as well as manufacturer of commercial shooting sports equipment.  The company provides logistics, engineering, training, ordnance manufacturing, systems integration and emergency preparedness products and services.

Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg.   (APO), a division of the Ashbury International Group Inc., is a BATFE licensed 07/11/SOT commercial firearms and shooting accessories manufacturer.  APO manufactures SABER bolt action receivers and patented modular rifle chassis systems for factory and custom bolt action rifles.  APO manufactures custom precision tactical and multi-sport precision rifles in calibers from .223 to .408CT.  The APO Custom Shop offers custom reflex sight installation on pistols and complete special order custom rifle and pistol builds for discriminating clients.

APO manufactures high quality rugged electro-optical weapon mounts and TACT3 tactical field tripods.  The company also distributes a wide range of rifle sports accessories to include Ruag Swiss-P ammunition, Field Firing Solutions (FFS) ballistic software, the RSTA-II Tripod Shooting System, Long Range Accuracy Bipods, and Snipers Field Tool Kits.

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What’s on the Cover of Junior Shooters for Summer 2016

Posted By on July 19, 2016

Hitting a Clay at 710 yards with Ashbury Precision Ordnance and Leupold!

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Ashbury Precision Rifle (APO) Live Fire July 23 2016

Posted By on June 24, 2016

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‘Some Kid’ Owns the Country During 2015 Rimfire Events

Posted By on June 23, 2016

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer  Rimfire Cover


Samuel Payne had an unforgettable 2015. At just 16, he dominated the Rimfire Sporter events at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Eastern Games, National Matches, Western Games and the Talladega 600, while also setting two new National Records during the year. Sam’s photo also graced the cover of 2015’s 10th Edition of the CMP Guide to Rimfire Sporter Shooting – and rightfully so. He proved his undeniable talent at every event he entered, not only winning the matches, but also setting the bar high for competitors in the future.

“From when I first started, I always said I was going to be the first one to shoot 600 – that was my dream. But I never really thought it was possible,” said Sam. “Being on the cover of the Guide to Rimfire Sporter definitely made me believe I was good enough to be the first one to do it. I figured, I was good enough to be put on the cover, so I’m good enough to shoot the first 600.”

“I wanted to do it just to hear everyone say ‘some kid’ did it first,” he added.

(In 2015, Sam’s photo was chosen as the cover of the 10th Edition of the CMP Guide to Rimfire Sporter Shooting. At just 16, he has already accomplished more than any other Rimfire Sporter competitor before him. Download a copy of the CMP Guide to Rimfire Sporter Shooting at http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/Rimfire.pdf.)

His sensational year began at the 2015 Eastern Games in North Carolina in May when Sam became the first marksmen in the history of the CMP Rimfire Sporter Match to fire perfection – etching a score of 600-50x into the record books.

“I stopped a second, and I was like, this is what’s going to either make me or break me – you’ll either shoot a 600 or you’ll mess all of this up,” he explained of his last shot at Eastern Games. “I pulled the trigger, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I just did it. I’m the first one.’”

National-MatchesThe previous year, Sam missed out on the perfect 600 at Eastern Games by only one point – firing a score of 599-43x. Excited to gain that point back at Nationals, he was denied his chance when a treacherous thunderstorm forced the event to be cancelled.

“At Eastern Games, I was just hoping to tie my 599 from the previous year,” Sam said. “I never thought I would be the first person ever to fire 600. And after having an amazing chance to do it last year at Nationals but being rained out, I was determined to win no matter what this year.”

(At the 2015 Eastern Games in North Carolina, Sam made history by becoming the first and only person in the existence of the Rimfire Sporter Match to ever fire a perfect 600 score. He was awarded by the creator of the Rimfire Sporter Match, DCM Emeritus, Gary Anderson.)

Flash forward to the prestigious National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry in August 2015 when the Kingston, Ga., native became the Match Winner of the T-Class with an unbelievable score of 599-46x – another National Record. He was also the High Junior and the High 4-H Junior.

(Sam continued his remarkable year by setting a new National Record during the Rimfire Sporter event at the 2015 National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.)

He said of his performance at Nationals, “I wanted to shoot a 600 because I didn’t want to do so good there (Eastern Games), then come out here and do worse at the bigger competition.”

The one point he dropped in the match was his third shot during standing rapid fire. From his scope, he thought the shot may have been close to the 10 ring, so he continued on as if he was still on track with his perfect performance.

“I didn’t know until after I finished shooting [that I didn’t make the 10 ring], which is probably good because it would’ve messed me up a little more,” he said with a smile.

Of his new National Record, he added, “It’s awesome. It’s almost as good as a perfect score because it’s the thing to beat.”Talladega-600

The following October, Sam set his sights on the CMP Western Games in Phoenix. It was there that he again overtook the T-Class and the match with a score of 593-29x – beating the second place competitor by 10 points and the closest junior by more than 100 points.

(During his trip to Arizona for the CMP Western Games, he once again led the T-Class and was the overall junior in the Rimfire Match. He even outshot the closest junior by more than 100 points.)

At the Inaugural Talladega 600 event in December, fired at CMP’s state-of-the-art Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama, Sam raised his score from Western Games by finishing with 597-33x. He was, for the fourth time that year, the Overall Winner and High Junior of the T-Class – becoming the first to do so at the Talladega 600 and the first person in history to sweep the Rimfire Sporter matches in the North, South, East and West.



(Sam finished his sensational Rimfire Sporter run by winning the match at the Inaugural Talladega 600 event at CMP’s new Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.)

Sam’s roots in the Rimfire Sporter Match started at the 2013 National Matches when he was named the High Junior and finished 11th overall – firing an impressive score of 586-29x. The following year at the 2014 Eastern Games and Western Games, he was the High Junior and Overall leader in the T-Class. He has remained at the top ever since – not bad for “some kid.”

Currently, his dad, Doug, coaches Sam’s Bartow County 4-H team and hosts a Rimfire Sporter match each month in Griffin, Ga., at the Georgia Competitive Shooters Club. He also takes Sam to Tennessee and other small Rimfire matches to gain more experience in the event. In addition to shooting the .22 rifle, he has also been active in air rifle over the last few years.

“In 2016, because of starting precision air rifle and three-position smallbore, we may not travel to all the matches like in 2015,” he said. “But I will be going back to Nationals to try to set the record again, and we will definitely be going to the New England Games (set in Vermont in September) to try and be successful in all the big matches.”

Congratulations, Sam, and good luck in 2016!

About Rimfire Sporter:

The Rimfire Sporter Match entered the CMP Games events in 2002. The recreation-oriented match features manual or semi-automatic .22 caliber sporter rifles that competitors fire from 50 and 25 yards using open, telescopic or rear aperture sights. The event is designed to be fun and challenging, while also being perfectly suited for both experienced and new marksmen. For more information on the Rimfire Sporter Match, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/club-sanctioned-events/rimfire-sporter/.

Entries for the National Rimfire Sporter Match held on Saturday, July 9, at Camp Perry is open. Visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=14096 to register.

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.

Para-athlete Junior and Coach Bound to Realize Rifling Dreams

Posted By on May 28, 2016

clip_image002[5]By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Taylor Farmer, 18, of Castalia, Ohio, was born to persevere. Her entire life, cerebral palsy (a neurological Taylor Farmercondition that limits muscle coordination) has led her to have to work just a little harder than others to achieve  her goals. The effects of the disease on her body cause her to walk with crutches and to use a wheelchair when she moves across long distances – but that hasn’t slowed her down.

In fact, with the incredible help of someone who happens to know exactly what it’s like to be in her seat (so to speak), she has learned to thrive at lightning speed. Or, you could say, at the speed of an air rifle pellet.

As a teenager, Taylor began shooting rifle with her dad and her older brother. Though her medical ailment makes certain activities more difficult than they are for the average person, she never let it get in the way of her desire to shoot.

(Taylor Farmer may look like just another shooter, but there is so much more than what meets the eye. Despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Taylor has achieved incredible milestones in only her first year of competitive shooting.)

“I didn’t really think of it as being a challenge. I just wanted to do it,” she said, matter-of-factly.

Taylor started building her marksmanship skills with a .22 rifle as a member of a local conservation league as well as a junior 4-H club. Right away, her 4-H coach, Mary Ann Miller, recognized Taylor’s talent and wanted to connect her with someone who could teach Taylor not only the fundamentals of competitive shooting, but the other, more unique elements that Taylor personally will face. Immediately, Mary Ann knew just the right person.

Greg Drown Greg Drown, 56, was a member of The Ohio State University Rifle team from 1980-1984 – serving as team captain his junior and senior year and earning numerous gold medals throughout his career in college and beyond. He even competed in the 1984 Olympic Team Tryouts in Los Angeles and has been a State Champion in Three Position Air Rifle and Smallbore (.22) Prone again and again over the last three decades.

Though his accomplishments are already astounding on paper, a further look into his story shows more than just an incredible marksman – Greg is a model of mental strength and endurance.

From 1995-2000, Greg gradually developed multiple sclerosis, a disabling condition of the central nervous system. His disease placed him in a wheelchair, but his determination kept him moving further into his shooting career (and winning a slew of gold medals and championships).

“It was a daunting task to re-learn the positions, not to mention shooting out of a chair with an attached table,” he said. “I had my trials and tribulations, but it took three or four years to become competitive again.”

With determination, Greg reached the pinnacle of his career by winning the 2009 3P Any Sight National Championship at Camp Perry. He also made it to a Para World Cup in 2011.

In September 2015, Greg and Taylor finally connected for the first time at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center airDay at the Range rifle range, during the Ohio Day at the Range event at Camp Perry – designed for children and adults with disabilities and their families to come together to fish, make crafts, learn about nature and, of course, shoot air rifle.

(Taylor Farmer and Greg Drown met for the first time at the 2015 Ohio Day at the Range, where families, friends and those with disabilities come together to participate in fun outdoor activities. The CMP offered air rifle at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center during the event.)

“I grabbed a sporter rifle off the rack and Taylor began shooting off the foam rests,” Greg said. “She consistently put 20 or so shots in the 10 ring.”

Taylor then asked Greg if she could get rid of the rest and shoot out of the adapted standing position while seated in her wheelchair. To Greg’s amazement, she continued to put shot after shot in the 9 and 10 ring – all without a coat and glove.

“Right then and there, I knew I had something special,” he said. “I kept telling her over and over how well she was doing, and all I got back was this simple expression of ‘I can do this – this is easy.’”

Greg mentioned the CMP’s Open Public Shooting on Tuesday and Thursday nights, where anyone can come to the range to shoot air guns. He then, without hesitation, offered to use those times to help Taylor advance her skills – as her new coach.

“A star was being born – that sounds corny, but it was true,” Greg joked. “I was just as excited as she was when we left that day.”

As a coach, he carefully observes her shooting to improve her growing marksmanship skills. But one of the most important things that makes Greg an extraordinary mentor for Taylor is when it comes to understanding something that not all marksmen can – shooting from a wheelchair.

“Right now, she is shooting world-class qualifying scores, and I show her what she is capable of and that there is no reason she cannot be competitive in the Para World Cup circuit,” Greg said.

Through his teachings, Taylor has genuinely connected with Greg as a trainer and a human being, saying, “If I wouldn’t have had him as a coach, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He can just comprehend some things better.”

Greg JacketTaylor’s first taste of competitive air rifle came right away in September 2015, at a 60-Shot CMP Monthly Match at Camp Perry. Without a glove or a jacket of her own to use, the match turned out to be more difficult for her than she thought – both mentally and physically.

(At first, without a jacket of her own, Taylor borrowed Greg’s for practice. Unfortunately, Greg’s jacket is designed for a right-handed shooter and Taylor is left-handed – not exactly as stabilizing at it should have been. Eventually, Taylor got a jacket of her own.)

“I was pretty nervous,” she said. “I didn’t do the best, but over time, I got better and better.”

Now fully equipped, Taylor is becoming a regular at air rifle events. Though less than a year into her career, she has shot in every 60-Shot CMP Monthly Match. In December, she fired at the Junior Olympic Qualifiers match where she fired 381 – a shot above the 380 cut-off score. Unfortunately, disabled shooters aren’t currently recognized, and she wasn’t able to fire for record at the Junior Olympics.

The following March, at the 60-Shot NRA Air Rifle Sectionals at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, she recorded a score of 580/600 to earn second place overall – not bad for her first match on paper targets. Just a few weeks later, she fired a score of 395/400 to receive her first gold medal at the 40-Shot NRA Junior Sectional Match at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

“I didn’t think, since I had just been shooting since September, that I could go that far,” she admitted. “But, practice makes perfect.”

And practice, she does. Since September, her incredibly supportive parents, Dennis and Princetta, have made the 25-Open Public minute drive to the air range at Camp Perry every week, twice a week, for practice during Open Public Shooting. They plan on continuing her training, even after she graduates from high school in June.

“Taylor is a very determined young lady,” Greg said. “Her accomplishments and abilities keep amazing me every time we train and compete . . . She has shown in training and in matches that she has what it takes.”

Greg went on, “I think she is determined enough to show them, ‘Look what I can do, and look what I have accomplished in my short shooting career, and look what is in store for me.’”

Gold Medal This summer, Taylor plans to visit Fort Benning, Ga., where she hopes to be classified by the International Paralympic Committee on her degree of impairment in the sport. From there, she’ll keep her eyes on her ultimate goal – earning a spot on the Olympic team during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

(Taylor earned her first gold medal at the 40-Shot NRA Junior Sectional Match at the University of Akron in the spring of 2016.)

Greg, after overcoming discouraging obstacles during his own lifetime, is focused on helping Taylor reach her goals. And, without knowing it, Taylor has aided Greg in return by fulfilling one of his life aspirations through their incredible bond on and off the firing line.

“My goal all along has been that if I could make a difference in just one person’s life, it would make it all worthwhile to me,” he said. “It’s hard to explain – there is something God-like here. It was really meant to be that there is this special coach-student relationship. I truly feel I have seen this young lady grow and become more mature – from that first day.”

Mary Ann (Pictured is Taylor (left), her 4-H coach Mary Ann Miller (center) and Greg Drown (right). Taylor has also credited Mary Ann as an extremely influential figure in her rifling career, saying, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Mary Ann too.”)

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.


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IDPA Shooter Paul Chern Dampac

Posted By on May 23, 2016

By: Feliza Dampac (Republished from Vol 16 Junior Shooters)Paul 8

Paul Chern Dampac is16 year old from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Growing up, he had seen me and my husband go to local International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) club matches on the weekends and one day asked us to bring him to the range. My husband, who is also a safety officer, introduced him to gun safety, proper gun handling, and finally the mechanics of shooting IDPA which he quickly adapted to. He learned that it is important to love the sport in order to be able to stay on the game. His first classifier was at age 12; as a novice. With strong determination and proper mentoring, he won his division and became a Stock Service Pistol (SSP) Master and garnered high junior at the 2012 SC State IDPA championship (probably the youngest active shooter to reach Master classification at age 15 in IDPA). 

With continued hard work, he earned his 2nd Master classification, this time in (Enhanced Service Pistol) ESP and also won high junior at the recently concluded 2013 Virginia IDPA Championship. He hopes to be a 3-Gun Master before he turns 18. Interestingly, his younger sister also became interested in the sport so we go to matches as a whole family. Thankfully, most sanctioned matches offer junior discounts.

This sport has given him the chance to meet good people from different walks of life at a young age. He is happy that Icarus is currently sponsoring his competition shirts for future matches. He also goes to steel challenge, (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) GSSF matches and in beginning to venture on to other shooting discipline like United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA.) He hopes that his achievement will be noticed so he can go to more matches that will help him develop his maximum potential.

Paul 4 Paul 9 He goes to local club matches basically every weekend including sanctioned matches. Our family is a member of the Central Carolinas Shooting Club and we also shoot with the Spartanburg Practical Shooting Association, Mecklenburg Wildlife Club and Greenville Gun Club. We usually bring him to sanctioned matches in our nearby states like Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee and goes to GSSF matches when able.

Paul basically started with IDPA and steel challenge which he enjoys but has been focusing mainly on IDPA because it is what we can afford right now. Shooting as a whole family has been expensive. Although recently, we started bringing him to local USPSA matches at a nearby club. .He tries to balance school and the sport. He is now a junior in high school. He has been doing Army marksmanship in ROTC since he started high school

He states,” I love the shooting sport mainly because it is fun and I enjoy it. I also like all the cool people I get to meet and talk to in the range. The sport bridges the generation gap because I can talk to anyone who has common interest and will understand each other regardless of the age. This also gives me an opportunity to travel to different states with my family, doing a thing we all enjoy.”

“Juniors like me should get involved in this sport because it is fun and competitive. It gives a sense of responsibility and discipline at a young age. I also want tell you that it is good to know and be familiar with the basics of shooting and proper gun handli

Register Now for the 10th Annual Eastern CMP Games in May

Posted By on April 21, 2016

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP WriterCMP 2016 Eastern Games Logo2


CAMP BUTNER, N.C. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will be returning to the Tar Heel state to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of its most popular travel matches – the Eastern CMP Games. Rifle and pistol competitors alike are welcome to participate April 29 through May 3 at Camp Butner, N.C. for a weekend of rivalry, fellowship and fun. Spectators are also invited to attend.

Events scheduled to take place at the 2016 Eastern Games include the Garand/Springfield/Vintage and Modern Military Match, Vintage Sniper Match, as well as the popular Rimfire Sporter and Carbine Matches.

Pistol enthusiasts will be able to look forward to an As-Issued 1911 Match, Military & Police 22-Pistol-MatchService  Match, Two-Man Team Match and EIC Match. Additionally, the new .22 Rimfire EIC Pistol Match, introduced at last year’s Eastern Games, will be making a return for those working towards a Rimfire Distinguished Badge.

For anyone wanting to hone his or her skills, a Highpower Shooting Clinic, Pistol Clinic and GSM New Shooter Clinic will take place throughout the week. The Eastern CMP Games will also conduct a Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) for new and experienced shooters. A staple event at the National Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio, since 1918, students in North Carolina will receive classroom and hands-on training in a safe and engaging environment.

SAFS The SAFS instruction is geared toward new shooters, so no previous firearm experience is required. Students participating in the clinic will learn gun safety, target shooting skills, positioning, and basic rifle mechanics by qualified CMP instructors and will fire in a real M16 match. There, students will be able to better learn range commands and see how a true match is conducted.

A barbecue cookout will also be held during the weekend as a thank you to all of our wonderful shooters and guests. Relax, mingle with CMP staff members and receive new friends as delicious food is served on the beautiful wooded grounds of Camp Butner.

For anyone wanting to fire in even more rifle competitions, the Creedmoor Cup Matches will follow the Eastern Games, May 4-8. Events will include a 4-Man Team Match, Creedmoor Cup Match and EIC Match.

We hope to see you in North Carolina!

Thumbs Up For more information on the Eastern Games, including registration and full event descriptions, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/eastern-games/.

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.