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NRA FILE PHOTOS

SSUSA: What caused you to consider competing in bullseye? PHIL: Well, I went up to Camp Perry in 2004 with Jim Collins as a referee. After seeing what was going on, I came back in 2005 as a competitor. SSUSA: Is there much to say about the transition from one discipline to the other, or was that pretty painless? PHIL: No, it was not painless. In fact, it was very, very painful. You’d think after pulling the trigger two handed on a revolver or a semi-auto for 25 or 26 years, you would know a little about trigger control. But when you start shooting this bullseye stuff with one hand, you have to relearn trigger control all over again. There’s no support hand to settle things down. SSUSA: What kinds of things hold your attention during a two-hour practice? PHIL: A two-hour practice would be a short one. (laughs) I am not saying that I lost my drive or that I lost my hunger for winning in PPC, but I think that’s all been transposed over to bullseye now. I think Jim Collins and I are the only people who have shot a perfect score of 1500 in police combat. And I’ve shot a perfect score of 1920 at the Bianchi Cup. But you know, no one has ever shot a conventional 2700. Nobody has ever shot a 900. So I guess that’s what drives me now. SSUSA: What is the equipment that you are using now? PHIL: Let’s see. The .22 is a Feinwerkbau AW93 that I shoot with Lapua OSP ammunition. A friend of mine bought a gun just like mine and his shoots the Lapua Pistol King cartridges best. My Feinwerkbau shoots the Pistol King cartridges into a 1½-inch group, but shoots the OSP into a 3⁄8-inch group. The rest of my guns are a 9 mm from Rock River for centerfire with an Aimpoint Scope, and another Rock River .45.

Captain Phil Hemphill during one of his 10 National Police Shooting Championship victories shooting in the 1500 revolver match.

SSUSA: And your cleaning routine? PHIL: I know David Sams [custom gunsmith] doesn’t like a bore snake so I quit using one for competition. I just use a patch worm—the weed eater line with a patch, and a drop or two of MILITEC gun oil. SSUSA: Since you’re sponsored by Zero Ammunition, does that mean you don’t reload anymore? PHIL: No, I still reload. In fact I reload their 9 mm bullets for centerfire, and I also use Atlanta Arms & Ammo’s loaded ammunition. I shoot the Zero manufactured ammo from the long line [50 yards] and, by accident, I just started reloading with some different powder for the short line [25 yards]. I tried to make Vihta Vouri’s N310 powder work with the 185 grain Zero bullet, but the recoil was kind of snappy. So I changed to the N320 powder and now the recoil is a little softer with a tiny little knot hole for a group. SSUSA: Back to Camp Perry: Did you know where you were day-to-day during the tournament? PHIL: No I didn’t really know where I was until Friday, when I made the mistake of pulling up the NRA blog on

the little iPhone my wife got me. The first thing I read is Hemphill leads by one point. I didn’t need that distraction but it worked out OK. This year I really worked hard on the .45. I think I have a 2.5-pound trigger finger and I’m trying to pull that 3.5 trigger. I wind up snatching it just a little. I would like to say one thing about the volunteers and folks who run the line at Camp Perry each year. During my .45 match, I had trouble with my scope and eventually had to retire the gun and go to my back-up pistol. The line officers and block official could not have been more helpful in what could have been a bad situation. I just want to extend a thank you to them for their support and professionalism. SSUSA: Do you have any plans of branching out into training videos, books or Hemphill Ammunition? PHIL: (Laughing) No. I have three little grand boys and I’m looking forward to taking them to deer camp. SSUSA: Well, I really appreciate you calling in. I know you’re busy. Will we see you at Camp Perry next year? PHIL: You sure will.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - October 2011

Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Editor’s Diary
Score Sheets
2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
2011 National Rifle Championships
How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
A Page from History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Editor’s Diary
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 9
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 National Rifle Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
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