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FEATURE // NATIONAL SMALLBORE RIFLE

2013 British Pershing Team (l. to r.) Richard Fowke, Peter
Stanly, Robert Dowling, William Yates, Nicholas Clark, Graham
Shedden, Phillip Martin, Wendy Foith, David Binney, Sinclair
Bruce, Adjutant Phil Strong, Kenneth Bowley, Richard
Simpson, Coach John Leech, and Captain Neil Gibbons.

Richard Simpson, Peter Stanley,
Philip, Martin, and William Yates.
After two days of metallic sight
competition, J. William “Bill”
Carter, captain of the United
States Team, selected his team
based on score: Reya Kempley,
Erik Uptagrafft, Michael Seery,
McPhail, Joseph Hein, Katie
Bridges, Stephen Angeli, Henry
Gray, Robert Gustin, Nancy
Tompkins, Matthew Chezem,
and Shawn Wells.
It was a strong U.S. team that
counted three women on its
rolls. Kempley is the reigning
metallic sight champion.
Uptagrafft and McPhail were
members of the 2012 United
States Olympic Rifle Team.
Gray and Hein are Pershing and
Roberts team veterans, Gustin
and Tompkins are world class
long range shots and Chezem
is the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate
individual champion and a
world cup veteran. Wells and
Angeli are both NRA distinguished prone riflemen, and
Bridges, who had been tearing
up the outdoor circuit this summer. Bridges, Tompkins, and
Kempley’s Perry experience was
memorable as they followed
26 SSUSA SEPTEMBER 2013

2013 U.S. Pershing Team (l. to r.) Adjutant Hap Rocketto,
Joseph Hein, Henry Gray, Shawn Wells, Captain J. William
Carter, Nancy Tompkins, Bob Gustin, Erik Uptagrafft, Michael
McPhail, Matthew Chezem, Michael Seery, Katie Bridges,
Stephen Angeli, Reya Kempley, and Coach Lones W. Wigger.

in the footsteps of three great
woman shooters: Janet Friddell,
Eliza Bishop, and Jamie Beyerle.
The trio accomplished a very
rare “hat trick” by being named
to the Dewar, Randle, and
Pershing Teams in the same
year. They doubled the number
of women accomplishing this
feat in one fell swoop.
The United States won the toss
for firing points and selected the
bank of targets to the left (west)
of the center tower, leaving the
British on the right. Match day
dawned bright and clear with a
light wind fishtailing from seven
to five o’clock. The home team
shooters fired in pairs on either
side of their wind coach. Carter
coached Kempley and Uptagrafft;
Chezem supervised Seery and
McPhail; Wells scoped Hein and
Bridges; Coach Lones Wigger
read the wind for Angeli and
Gray, while Adjutant Hap
Rocketto guided Gustin and
Tompkins. As it had done four
times previously, the United
States cleaned the 50-yard line
with Seery and McPhail shooting
200-20Xs. The British lost five
points. Known for their skill at
long range, the British made up

lost points in 2005, only to lose
the match on Xs. No lead is safe
in a prone match, but with a five
point pad, the team was directed
by Coach Wigger to, “Shoot
for tens, the Xs will take care
of themselves.”
The team followed Wigger’s
counsel and, of the next
200 record shots, 158 found the
X ring, 40 were tens, and only
two wandered outside of the
two-inch center circle. In spite
of a heroic effort, the British
were unable to make up the
point deficit and yielded to
the United States’ 3998-339X
over 3987-298X.
The William J. Grater
Memorial Trophy goes to the
high British shooter. Kenneth
Bowley (400-31X) received
the Grater Trophy from NRA
President James Porter at the
United States Pershing Dinner
on the evening of the match.
The high scorer on the United
States team—McPhail, was
presented the inaugural David
Cramer plaque by President
Porter, and Cramer’s daughter
Janell. Cramer passed away in
2012 at the apex of his career. He
was a member of the 2005 U.S.



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