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Youth Shooting Program Startup Resources

Posted By on April 17, 2018

Youth Shooting Program Startup Resources
By Michael Theimer
I frequently receive emails or phone calls from parents, coaches, athletes and/or school advisors about wanting to startup a shooting program and they do not know where or how to start.
USA Shooting does not have a ‘how-to’ book. However, all of the allied organizations (NRA, CMP, SSSF, ACUI, 4H, BSA, etc.) have various strengths and useful information for starting up youth programs (high school, collegiate and/or clubs), but the information is scattered over many different web sites and web pages.
For some this can be an overwhelming effort to piece information together from so many places. I think some have been so overwhelmed that they just quit trying.

This drove my effort to get information from all the different allied organizations and post their ‘startup’ information on one web page that could be referenced by all.
Here is the link to the High School/Collegiate Startup Resource web page:


SASP 2017 Ohio Halloween Regional

Posted By on March 22, 2018

By Rick Leach
From Volume 30 Spring 2018 Junior Shooters magazine

Although it was cold and the rain changed to snow for the 2017 Ohio Halloween Regional, it was a huge success.  94 athletes battled the elements and competed with almost a third being young ladies.  With 94 athletes, participation was a 370% increase from the 2016 match.  This year also saw 5 colleges teams come to compete including brand new teams from Concordia University Wisconsin and Hillsdale College, and both new teams went home with medals.  Concordia with 3 second place finishes and Hillsdale with 1 second place finish.  University of Wisconsin, Platteville took the college division winning 4 first place medals, with Michigan State University close behind with 3 first place medals.  In the high school divisions past National Champions Lake Country Action Shooters and Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports both of Wisconsin each also took home 4 first place medals. 

But you couldn’t count out the local Ohio teams.  Ohio Steel Stingers brought 19 athletes and left with the most medals of any team accumulating 6 first and 2 second place finishes, and the Buckeye Bullet Busters left with a first, 2 seconds and a thirds place finish. The match was attended by 17 teams representing 6 states Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.  Total number of entries went up 473%, making the Ohio Halloween Regional the largest regional of the year.

2017 Junior Olympic Development Camp a Huge Success!

Posted By on March 22, 2018

By Ben Berka
From Volume 
29 Winter 2017 Junior Shooters magazine
Official Magazine Publication for SSSF/SCTP/SASP

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) – The Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP) yearly Junior Olympic Development Camp (JODC) was another huge success! The camp, held this past August 7th – 13th at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado featured 24 athletes and 4 coaches from 16 states around the country who were selected to attend!

These athletes and coaches were able to take part in a camp designed to introduce them to the International Disciplines of Bunker Trap and International Skeet. Athletes were immersed in the day to day work of an Olympic athlete including training at a high altitude, nutrition, hydration and some really good training tips and techniques from Olympic caliber coaches like Terri DeWitt, Joe Buffa and Lance Bade

“What an awesome opportunity for SCTP athletes to gain first-hand knowledge from the likes of these coaches!” Said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “I have been part of these camps for 8 years now and they just keep getting better and better. Thank you to USA Shooting and the summer resident athletes for also sharing their knowledge of the International Shooting sports and to the great athletes and coaches for attending!

The JODC is another example of the doors that SCTP opens for athletes wanting to excel in the clay target shooting sports. SCTP, the official youth program and pipeline to USA Shooting has also started the SCTP / USA Shooting National Team, with Terri DeWitt at the helm as the official Head Coach! Athletes earn their way on to the team by attending and placing in the top 3 spots at SCTP’s International National Championships held each year in Colorado Springs, CO around the end of July. Only members in good standing of the SCTP are eligible for this great opportunity, so why not join now?

Applications to attend this camp are available on our website around the middle of March each year. Coaches and athletes must be members of the Scholastic Clay Target Program to apply. Dedication to SCTP, attendance at state and national tournaments as well as scores shot in the American disciplines are all key factors in deciding who is picked to attend the camps.

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
Ben Berka
SSSF Executive Director
515-201-8395 (cell)

Ploechinger Sets New Standing Record at JROTC Air Rifle Regionals

Posted By on March 12, 2018

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Isabelle Ploechinger, 15, fired a new precision Army JROTC 20 Shots Standing National Record score of 198-14x while competing at Camp Perry for the JROTC Air Rifle Service Championships – a regional event.

Ploechinger is a student at Stuttgart High School, located on an Army base in Germany. The Camp Perry event was her first trip to JROTC Regionals, after having only competed in CMP postal competitions in 2016 and 2017. Her outstanding performance there placed her within the Top 20 overall precision competitors, securing her a place at the National event in March. Ploechinger also earned her first eight points towards the 30 needed to receive a Junior Distinguished badge.

The JROTC Air Rifle Service Championships were held in three locations: Phoenix, AZ; Anniston, AL; and Camp Perry, Ohio, over the weekends of Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 16-18. Rifle athletes in JROTC programs reached the Regional events after competing in the Postal match in the fall.

The final step in the JROTC Championship competition series is the National Championship, scheduled to be held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, March 22-24.

Like the Postal and 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. A total of 28 teams and 32 individuals qualified for the National sporter competition, while 17 teams and 17 individuals qualified for the precision event.

Visitors are welcome into the range to observe the National Championships at any time during the match, with free admission. For more information on the JROTC 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&task=edit&match=16229&tab=results. Photos may be viewed and downloaded at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f640958375.



  1. Emma Thompson, Freeport High School, IL – 1214.2
  2. Jesseca Montcrieff, Oviedo High School, FL – 1192.9
  3. Dominick Cordova, Santa Fe High School, NM – 1191.9


  1. Athena Baty, Robert Service High School, AK – 1263.7
  2. Holly Day, New Albany High School, IN – 1260
  3. Mark Cooper, New Albany High School, IN – 1254.5

Air Force JROTC:


  1. Nicholas Rudd, South Panola High School, MS – 1177.2
  2. Jaxon Cavallier, Cheyenne East High School, WY – 1163.4
  3. Carolyn Bienvenue, The Woodlands High School, TX – 1161


  1. Ashley Stacy, Monroe Area High School, GA – 1266.2
  2. Rayven Fincher, Monroe Area High School, GA – 1261.6
  3. Michael Stoddard, South Anchorage High School, AK – 1249.8



  1. Robert Knick, Chatham High School, VA – 1200.4
  2. Kylie Henninger, Canon City High School, CO – 1189.8
  3. Jenna Maglaughlin, West Creek High School, TN – 1189.7


  1. Taylor Gibson, North Salem High School, OR – 1287
  2. Kaila Jones, Fountain Fort Carson High School, CO – 1278.8
  3. Kinga Aletto, Sarasota Military Academy, FL – 1274

Marine Corps JROTC:


  1. Simon Krauthamer, Adrey Kell High School, NC – 1199.3
  2. Elijah Kalinski, Cibola High School, NM – 1188.9
  3. Joseph La Vigne, Eldorado High School, NM – 1188.8


  1. Kaylene Castillo, Eldorado High School, NM – 1283
  2. Kelcy McGrath, Granbury High School, TX – 1277
  3. Brielle Smith, Eldorado High School, NM – 1276.7




  1. Santa Fe High School, NM B – 4356-152x
  2. Freeport High School, IL – 4340-121x
  3. Santa Fe High School, NM A – 4333-137x


  1. New Albany High School, IN – 771-47x
  2. John Marshall High School, TX – 769-38x
  3. Joshua High School, TX – 763-31x

Air Force JROTC:


  1. South Panola High School, MS – 4246-113x
  2. Clover High School, SC – 4177-105x
  3. McMichael High School, NC – 4135-90x


  1. Monroe Area High School, GA – 4545-234x
  2. South Anchorage High School, AK – 4540-211x
  3. Cherokee High School, GA – 4464-178x



  1. Pueblo County High School, CO – 4285-121x
  2. Lebanon High School, OR – 4259-102x
  3. Boca Ciega High School, FL – 4255-102x


  1. Stuttgart High School, AE – 4626-259x
  2. Fountain Fort Carson High School, CO – 4608-256x
  3. Sarasota Military Academy, FL – 4592-226x

Marine Corps JROTC:


  1. Nation Ford High School, SC – 4339-137x
  2. Des Moines North High School, IA – 4314-118x
  3. Cibola High School, NM – 4302-121x


  1. Granbury High School, TX – 4673-286x
  2. Eldorado High School, NM – 4672-300x
  3. Rio Rancho High School, NM – 4640-256x

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.

Junior Olympic & World Champs Opportunity Awaits 763 Young Athletes

Posted By on February 21, 2018

By: Kevin Neuendorf (kevin.neuendorf@usashooting.org)

With that invite comes the possibility for an athlete to try and earn a spot to compete for their country at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships, set for August 31-September 14 in Changwon, South Korea.  That distinction will go to the top three finishers in each of the eight events.  There’s few things that mean more to youth across America participating in the shooting sports than the opportunity to compete in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC).  Well, those 2018 presents got unveiled Tuesday with first round invites being sent out by USA Shooting to attend the annual April event in Colorado Springs. 

Junior Olympic Invitations were sent to 763 athletes representing 49 states. They were selected following championship competition at the state level which totaled 2,408 competitors. The NJOSC will feature the top 32 percent of all competitors in 2018 and will feature invitees that either won their state championship or were selected based on a score they attained.  The competitors range in age from 10 to 20 years old, and are classified according to age as J1 (ages 18-20), J2 (ages 15-17) or J3 (ages 14 and younger).

Top scoring qualifiers include five current National Junior Team members. Top qualifiers included: National Junior Team member Emily Stith (Jacksonville, Florida) along with Kestrel Kuhne (Everett, Pennsylvania) in Women’s Air Rifle with a score of 397 while Kuhne was also top scorer in Women’s Smallbore (.22 caliber) Rifle with a score of 586; National Junior Team members Katelyn Abeln (Douglasville, Georgia) in Women’s Air Pistol with a score of 377 and for the second consecutive year Sarah Choe (Los Angeles, California) in Women’s Sport Pistol with a score of 573; National Junior Team member Jacob Buchanan (Spring, Texas) in Men’s Air Rifle with a score of 597; Navy athlete Daniel Enger (Walla Walla, Washington) in Men’s Smallbore Rifle with a score of 590; National Junior Team member Jackson Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) in Men’s Air and Sport Pistol with scores of 570 and 574.

Keystone state representative Kuhne is one of 40 athletes that call Pennsylvania home, the most of any state. The top club showing is the National Training Center (NTC) Junior Club with 28 athletes. Ten-year-old Men’s Rifle competitor Cash Willhite (Midland, Texas) earns the distinction as the youngest participant in the field while the 11-year-old pistol competitor Annabell Yi (Diamond Bar, California) is the youngest female competitor. They are among a group of 40 invites awarded to J3 athletes (14 years and younger).

In addition, three Paralympic competitors have earned the opportunity to compete during NJOSC and they include Gracie Hoyt (Mullen, Nebraska), Moira Antal (Bealeton, Virginia) and National Junior Team member Stetson Bardfield (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who will compete for the second consecutive year. 

This year’s competition will feature the new International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) shooting format which means that the women’s rifle and air pistol events will now feature the same number of shots (60) as the men.

Check the complete list of 2018 NJOSC Invites here: 

Men’s Rifle Invites | Women’s Rifle Invites | Pistol Invites 

Hear Olympic medalists and former NJOSC competitors Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) and Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia) welcome this year’s Junior Olympic attendees.  


The 20-day spectacle of youth competition begins Saturday, April 7 with Men’s Rifle, which leads into Women’s Rifle beginning April 14 and concludes with the Junior Pistol program and Paralympic Air Rifle starting April 20. All competitions give athletes the opportunity to train and compete at the USA Shooting indoor ranges on location at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

2018 NJOSC Schedules 

Men’s & Women’s Pistol/Paralympic Air Rifle: April 21-27


GUN SAFETY – With Lyman Products

Posted By on November 29, 2017

Practicing with firearms indoors using “Dry Fire” (no rounds in the firearm) can be very beneficial but it can also be dangerous if live ammunition is anywhere in the area. Remove all live ammunition. Clear the firearm by removing the magazine FIRST, lock the slide back and physically check the chamber to ensure that there is nothing in it. Remove any ammunition from the magazine and store all ammunition far away.

SAFETY should always be your NUMBER 1 priority!

Get your SNAP CAPS from Lyman AZOOM AMMO Snap Caps. You get these in a variety of calibers. You can now load these in your magazine and rack the slide again checking to make sure that both the chamber and magazine have only dummy cartridges. I like to keep one magazine filled with snap caps and marked so. However, each time before practicing, I empty it completely and then refill it with snap caps. This not only keeps you safe but helps protect the firing pin when practicing using “Dry Fire.” www.lymanproducts.com

SAFETY should always be your NUMBER 1 priority!

ELEY® Ammunition Supports High School Shooters

Posted By on November 27, 2017

By: Jamie Corkish
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

Growing up as a competition shooter in Eastern Pennsylvania I was extremely lucky to be able to compete almost every weekend. It wasn’t until I moved away from PA that I realized the lack of opportunity in sport shooting in other states. When I retired from competitive shooting I was fortunate enough to be hired by ELEY® ammunition as their PR and Marketing Manager for North America. This gave me a fantastic opportunity to grow competition shooting throughout the United States, making it more accessible to all, but especially to our younger shooters

I soon realized that shooting was not as recognized as other high school sports such as football, basketball, swimming and cross country, where student-athletes are awarded a high school All-American. We decided shooting athletes deserved that recognition as well and in 2015 launched the ELEY® high school All-American award.

The ELEY® high school All-American award recognizes the top high school sport shooting athletes for their athletic and their academic abilities. In rifle and air rifle disciplines, the top ten shooters are appointed to the ELEY® high school All-American team. These individuals will receive an ELEY high school All-American coin and certificate

The top calculated average in smallbore will be awarded 2500 rounds of selected ELEY® tenex and the opportunity to either visit our test facility in Winters, TX to test the ammunition or ship their gun to the facility. In 2018, with the launch of ELEY® ventus pellets, the top air rifle average will receive a selected ELEY® ventus pellet test along with 2500 rounds of pellets. As an Olympic medalist, testing was integral to my success and I am delighted to be able to offer this service to our up and coming athletes.

The 2017-2018 season is underway and ELEY® has published the current matches that will be used in calculating the ELEY® High School All-American award. Please note that this list may change as matches are added to the schedule. For eligibility please visit https://www.eleyammunition.com/hs-all-american . This program has been cleared with the NCAA Clearing House for eligibility. To apply for the ELEY® high school All-American a student-athlete must complete the required forms and submit them by May 31, 2018. We encourage all high school aged shooters to apply regardless of their results. We hope to be awarding you as part of the next ELEY® high school All-American team

2017-2018 ELEY® High School All-American match list

  • Dixie Double (Nov 3-5, 2017), Air Only (2 matches)
  • Winter Airgun (Dec 1-3, 2017), Air Only (3 matches)
  • Junior Olympic State Qualifier (Dec 2017/Jan 2018), Air and SB (1 match each)
  • Camp Perry Open (Jan 12-14, 2018), Air Only (2 matches)
  • IWK Hochbrueck 2018 in Munich (Jan 2018), Air Only (2 matches)
  • Robert Mitchell Rifle Championship (Feb 4-11, 2018), Air and SB (2 matches each)
  • Spring Selection (March 27-April 4, 2018), Air and SB (2 matches each)
  • National Junior Olympics (April 5-27, 2018), Air and SB (2 matches each)
  • USA Shooting Nationals (June 10-17, 2018), Air and SB (2 matches each)
  • CMP Monthly Matches (Sept, Oct, March, April, May), Air only (1 match each)
  • All ISSF World Cup competition only that lie before May 31, 2018 (MQS and Elimination rounds will not count)

Through the Eyes of a Father and Son: The Affinity of Marksmanship

Posted By on October 26, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

LTC Jerry Lewis, 48, and his son, Josh Lewis, 16, of Fayetteville, GA, both attended and competed in the Talladega D-Day event together.

TALLADEGA, Ala. – With late fall soon approaching, there are only a few more chances to enjoy outdoor marksmanship fun in 2017. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), an organization passionately dedicated to marksmanship safety and competition, has delivered several events all year long to both teach and provide exciting outlets for friends and families to come together and enjoy.

The CMP’s last outdoor marksmanship event of the year will be the Talladega 600 – set to fire Dec. 5-10 at the organization’s own Talladega Marksmanship Park. Talladega is a 500-acre facility that houses rifle, pistol and shotgun opportunities, along with CMP’s special electronic targets – designed specifically for the organization. The park is a place suited even for those who prefer to stay off of the firing line, with the 13,000 square feet of the CMP Club House holding a retail store, lounge chairs and large television monitors that keep guests entertained through cable channels or with a live view of current scores on the 600-yard range below.

A mecca for firearm enthusiasts, the Talladega Marksmanship Park is an ideal setting for enhancing abilities, reiterating safety practices and creating unforgettable memories. Just ask father/son duo Dusty and Terry Mathy who used the facility both as a small getaway and as yet another way to participate in one of their favorite pastimes – shooting.

Back in June, SSG Dusty Mathy, 44, of the U.S. Army, set his eyes on Talladega’s grounds for the first time. Along with an eagerness to get onto the range, Dusty also brought along all four members of his family: his wife, Rachel, son Terry (9) and daughter Olivia (8). The Mathy family traveled all the way from their home in Kansas to the Alabama facility to attend the Talladega D-Day matches – a multi-day marksmanship event that commemorates World War II through competitive matches, with some individuals even garbed in period costume.

Since it was such a long journey and the family’s first to the CMP facility, they treated the excursion like a summer vacation, staying in nearby Lincoln and even making a run to the South CMP Store in Anniston to purchase a few rifles. They also took a tour of the CMP’s armory, where the company stocks all of the vintage rifles, M1 Garands, and equipment the company is famous for selling. The family even attended the large barbecue the CMP hosts as a “thank you” to its competitors and guests.

Talladega Marksmanship Park is a 500-acre facility located in Talladega, AL, that features cutting edge technology for rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting.

“It was outstanding,” said Dusty of his family’s experience. “We met some really great people at the matches. The staff there was really great, very friendly and helpful.”

Dusty expressed how the group looks forward to spending time together as a family, and how the Talladega Marksmanship Park’s accommodations made it all the more enjoyable for everyone, particularly the ladies in the family.

“We’ve spent enough extended time apart to understand how important it is to take full advantage of every opportunity to spend time together,” he said. “Rachel and Olivia really appreciated the relaxing environment in the Club House and also being able to sit at the little covered bleachers during the matches.”

Besides being his first trip to Talladega, Dusty also took his first shots on outdoor electronic highpower targets, which are exclusive to CMP’s facility – and it’s an experience he won’t soon forget.

“That alone was worth the trip, for me anyway,” he said. “Shooting an entire EIC match, start to finish in about 90 minutes, with no pit duty – priceless.”

Terry Mathy (right) watched as his dad Dusty (left) fired on electronic targets for the first time at Talladega Marksmanship Park.

Mathy is a seasoned marksman who has enjoyed shooting most of his life, beginning as a young hunter at 7 years old with a classic BB gun. Over the years, he has belonged to the Hawkeye Rifle and Pistol Club near Sioux City, Iowa, and the Mill Creek Rifle Club near De Soto, Kansas.

“I’ve enjoyed participating in various matches and leagues at both clubs to include both rifle and pistol shooting,” he said. “I particularly enjoy shooting and collecting vintage military firearms.”

“It seems my son has caught this bug as well,” he added.

His son, Terry, helped his dad at Talladega by recording his scores – carefully keeping a watchful eye on every shot his dad sent downrange. Though thrilled to be spending time with his dad on the firing line, Terry also took the time to admire the aspects of the CMP range.

“I thought it was very fun. I marked my Dad’s shots in the data book, and looking at the electronic targets saved time from looking through the spotting scope,” Terry said. “It was very nice, the match was much faster, and it was easy to see how my dad was doing. And easy to mark his shots.”

The electronic targets at Talladega were designed specifically for use at Talladega Marksmanship Park – making them unlike any other in the country.

He went on to say, “The lobby (of the Club House) was very nice. The shop and South Store were very fun to look through. I loved the BBQ, the M1 Garands were cool, and the best thing was hanging out with my dad – watching him shoot and seeing all the cool costumes and rifles.”

For Dusty and Terry, marksmanship is more than putting shots through a target – it’s a way of building character and reflecting on the liberties that make life so meaningful. And, it’s a way of, simply, enjoying life together.

“We enjoy spending time at the range as often as we’re able. We also enjoy hunting,” Dusty said as he described Terry’s habit of cutting pictures of elk, deer and other animals out of magazines and gluing them to cardboard. “He put several squirrels on the table this year with his little 410 Mossberg Bantam, and he has shown an interest in clay targets shooting.”

Terry also likes to compete at a variety of matches at Mill Creek. He caught the marksmanship bug at a young age, starting, like his dad, with a BB gun at age 5, as Dusty supervised. That same year, Terry got his first bow for Christmas.

At age 6, he moved up to a .22 rifle, with Dusty holding each round for young Terry until he was ready with his gun secured in a shooting sled on the bench, repeating the phrase his dad taught him – “Bolt to the rear, safety to the rear.”

Jerry and Josh Lewis are just two of many family members who often travel to Talladega for recreational fun and new experiences.

“There, he learned to always put the safety back on after a shot, and also to keep his finger off the trigger until he had a proper sight picture. Both are habits he maintains to this day,” Dusty said.

When Terry was 7, the two shot at their first Project Appleseed event, where they learned about American history as well as marksmanship. Now the father and son pair regularly shoots at their local 300-yard Vintage Sniper Match using Terry’s .223 Savage Axis in the Open class. Terry’s skills continue to improve each time he fires, scoring his personal best in a Vintage Sniper match with 97-3x.

“In my opinion, there is no better way to teach responsibility, self-discipline, integrity and to build trust,” Dusty said. “There are so many lessons in shooting sports, and in hunting, which apply to other areas of life. It’s also an opportunity to build an understanding of the freedoms we enjoy, why we have those freedoms and why we must act responsibly to preserve them.”

During the D-Day event, Dusty Mathy earned a medal for his Carbine Match performance and posed with his son, Terry (left).

He added, “It makes me proud when others approach us at the range and compliment Terry on his safety and etiquette. There are no stronger bonds between father and son than those formed in the woods, on the water and at the range.”

To view upcoming events at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship, visit http://thecmp.org/talladega/ and click on “Calendar of Events”.

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 First Deer Hunt

Posted By on October 25, 2017

Brody Loftin (10)

Brody happily displaying his shotgun at port arms.

I didn’t realize how much work Mule Deer hunting was (mentally and physically). Don’t get me wrong, it was a spectacular day that I will never forget. My first hunting trip was with my Dad and his friend, Mick, in Unit 38, Payette Islands. This was personal property and to be legal, Mick contacted his boss to verify it was approved for us to hunt on his land.

It was not perfect weather, but I was excited about my first deer hunt. The air was chilled, and sprinkling rain fell down my camo onto the soggy ground.  I had a tag for either sex, but my first deer was going to be a buck.

Brody’s 870 Remington Wing Master 12-gauge shotgun.

As we moved through the brush, I saw 4 deer behind the bushes; it was hard to see what sex these were with the rain and the brush in the way. The deer ran out, and they were all 4 does. Good choice, not to shoot so early in the morning. I decided to move on with my 12-gauge shotgun, an 870 Remington Wing Master, carrying that 1.5 ounce slug for my first deer.  My Dad pointed out a 4-point buck that was in the clearing; this was not a safe shot. Mick was in front of me, and all I could do is watch the beautiful buck take off out of sight.

Brody excited and holding his young buck prize.

All three of us were very wet, and we went back to the pickup for lunch and to get warm. At this point, I was a little disappointed since it was getting later in the afternoon and I could possibly not get a deer in 2016. Went back out for the last try of the day. I spotted a deer, I could see horns but couldn’t see how many it had, to me it looked like a monster deer. I put the sneaky pete on him, and then he heard me. I held perfectly still without breathing.  He started to run, I asked myself “Was this a safe shot” then I thought back quickly to Hunter’s Education. I made my decision then I shot. I made a connection with my deer in the shoulder blade. Excited with fear running inside me, I went to find my deer. It was a spike, but he was not dead. I didn’t want him to suffer and asked my Dad if I could borrow his .380 pistol and shot him in the back of the head.

Brody’s 870 Remington Wing Master 12-gauge shotgun. 

After I had confirmed that he was dead, I filled out my tag and placed the tag in his mouth. As my Dad and Mick showed me how to dress the spike, I thought to myself…I felt bad for killing an innocent animal and not sure if I could do it again in the near future. For now, I will not waste my meat, we decided to make jerky out of him. My grandpa prepped the horns for my memory of my first deer hunt.


Mossberg MVP-LC (Light Chassis) Combo

Posted By on October 16, 2017

Ben Moody (17)

Ben Kneeling with Mossberg MVP LC 308 aiming down range.

Precision rifle shooting is a great sport to participate in. But, you need a rifle and a scope worthy of the job; that also doesn’t break the bank. Mossberg’s MVP Light Chassis Package accomplishes both. I was able to test the MVP when we first started shooting precision long-range as a group. It was an easy transition. Shooting primarily 3-Gun, I was extremely familiar with the AR-15 platform, and the MVP rear-end is set up just like the AR. Using the same Magpul adjustable stock and grip as most Ar-15s, I got nearly the same sight picture. This cut down on a large chunk of new training that I had to do with this long-range rifle.

Ben accurately aiming the Mossberg on the ground in the shrubs.

The light chassis aspect of this rifle is great for matches, with a lot of walking between stages or hunting, and having to carry it for long periods of time. I was a bit apprehensive at the even ten pounds of rifle and accessories. Chambered in .308, I thought the recoil would be extreme. Recoil was not an issue once I learned the correct position.  The rifle already comes with a muzzle break, is threaded for a suppressor, and is mounted with a Caldwell bipod.

The right side view point of the rifle Ben used. The Mossberg MVP LC 308

The MVP LC Package includes the Vortex Viper HS-T 4-16 power scope. This scope comes with a MRAD reticle as well as MRAD turrets. For me, just getting into this sport the simple increments were easy to understand.  I used the Mossberg in a few different matches and found that it maneuvered very well around the various barricades. It made for a very stable shooting platform when used with the bipod.  

A great close up of the Vortex Scope atop the Mossberg rifle.

I was impressed with its accuracy at a match when we were checking zero before our first stage. Two shots on the same target were barely discernible from each other. This consistency showed itself all day during the match, even out to 1,000 yards, it was still holding well. This rifle package is a great choice for someone trying to get started in the sport of long range shooting or for someone just looking for a modern hunting rifle.  

I would like to thank Junior Shooters magazine and Mossberg for the chance to shoot this great product.

Editor’s note: The MVP LC // Vortex HS-T Scoped Combo is available in both 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) and 7.62mm NATO (.308 Winchester). The rifle without the scope is also available in 6.5 Creedmoor. The combo models have an MSRP of $1,995.

2017 KWCBC Kennewick Washington Cold Bore Challenge Team Rifle Match.

Posted By on October 16, 2017

By: Ricky Marston (16)

Ricky aiming precisely down range with his 6.5 Creedmoor Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO).  The scope is from Leupold with an MRAD reticle.

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.

Ricky Marston, and Ben Moody working together during the KWCBC.

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.

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.

Ricky Marston, and Ben Moody using a barricade to assist in the steadiness of their shooting.

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 September 28, 2017

By: Ashley Rumble ()

Ashley Knocking back an arrow in preparation to send it fourth down range.

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.

Tables set up with the random prizes given to the people whom came to/participated in the event. 

My duties are to make sure everyone is following directions, and retrieving arrows after each round.  It’s not glamorous, 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.

Everyone who came to the event to participate or watch participants shooting.

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.