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FEATURE // NATIONAL LONG RANGE
Winner

Ft. Benning, GA

1243-71X

Second

SSG Brandon Green

Box Springs, GA

1243-64X

Third
When most on day one were
using 7 MOA windage, National
Champion John Whidden was
using only four. When asked
“What caliber?” he answered:
“Just a .243.” After a pause and
the question: “What muzzle
velocity?” he grinned and
answered: “3,300 FPS.”

SSG Tyrel Cooper

SSG Robert Gustin

Cameron Park, CA

1239-76X

High Woman

Shirley McGee

Brookville, KS

1238-65X

High Junior

Natasha Pitre

Ferndale, WA

1233-55X

High Senior

Robert Gustin

Cameron Park, CA

1239-76X

Grand Senior

Peter Church

Mayville, MI

1228-39X

possible.” So, from the sidelines, Barnhart watched and
waited with the rest of us as
Cooper, Michelle Gallagher
and Robert Gustin saddled
up for a shoot off in the Leech
Cup. This time, the win went
to Gallagher. “To win after
shooting F-Class all year is pretty
special,” said Gallagher. “It’s
great to win anything at Perry.”
She should know. A three-time
winner of NRA’s Long Range
High Power Championships,
Gallagher was pushing to
reclaim the crown.
Day three started the same as
one and two, with hardly any
wind. Conditions were prime
for Barnhart to keep pace with
David Tubb’s record-setting
2011 performance of 1249-68X.
All Barnhart had to do was stay
perfect. All Cooper could do was
the same, and hope for a slipup
from his teammate. Shooting for
the legendary Wimbledon Cup,
a 30 minute 20-shot match fired
at 1,000 yards, Barnhart and
Cooper were in familiar territory.
But there’s a big difference when
another champion arrives on
the line.
38 SSUSA SEPTEMBER 2013

John Whidden, the proprietor
of a high performance rifle shop,
has won three out of the last
six long range championships.
There is only one trophy absent
from his collection: You guessed
it—the Wimbledon Cup. Despite
the best efforts of Gallagher,
Gustin and Cooper, Whidden’s
collection is now complete.
“After cross firing in the team
match, I knew something special
would happen in this match,”
said Whidden. “The Wimbledon
Cup—how about that!”
There were seven shooters
within three points of the championship when day four began.
This is the final, Palma day. The
Palma Match is a change to what
shooters have been using for the
three days prior. Instead of firing
20 shots at 1,000 yards, they
now fire 15 shots at 800, 900
and 1,000 yards. And instead of
enjoying a calm and pleasant
day, they were now about to
enjoy a cold and windy day. In
the world of shooting sports,
change is not your friend.
The first to fall was Barnhart.
The three who once sat a point
behind Barnhart (Cooper, Green

and Shirley McGee) were now
tied for the lead. Finding a few
problems of his own, Cooper
dropped five points for a final
Palma score of 445/450. Returning his equipment to the ready
line, Cooper boarded the shooter
shuttle for a final trip to the pits.
From there he could not follow
the rest of the match. He did not
know that Gustin dropped seven,
that Mcgee dropped ten and that
Gallagher dropped more. He did
not know that Green dropped
four on the final relay, to give
Cooper the win. All he knew
was that it’s a long ride back to
the line.
That night, on August 13th,
SSG Cooper climbed to the
top of the championship
podium, fourteen years after
taking that first shot with his
dad. Fourteen years to become
NRA’s Long Range High Power
Rifle Champion. “One thing
you can count on with Ty.”
said Robert Gustin, an early
mentor of Cooper’s at the
Sacramento Valley Shooting
Center. “He’s always been
good and will get nothing
but better.”



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