Shooting Sports USA - August 2014 - 4

COMPETITOR'S CORNER

By Dennis Willing
Director,
NRA Competitive
Shooting Division

I typed this at Camp Perry, one day following the completion of the Pistol
Championship. The U.S. Army's Marksmanship Unit had an impressive showing at this year's Nationals-unlike anything that I've seen before. AMU won the
individual .22 Caliber Championship, the Centerfire Championship, the .45 Caliber
Championship, the Gold, Silver and Bronze in the overall aggregate, and was the
winning team in the .45 Caliber event and the team aggregate. This was AMU's year
and we congratulate them on their fine performances. I'm sure AMU's outgoing
Commanding Officer, LTC Don King, and his replacement-LTC Bret Tecklenberg,
are both proud of their team's performance. However, this might have just spoiled
LTC Tecklenberg as he will now expect this type of performance everywhere.
LTC Barbara Herrington-Clemens, the former Commander of Camp Perry,
has been promoted to full Colonel and has replaced retiring Col. Dean Brown
as the Commanding Officer of Fort Ohio. The NRA wishes to congratulate both
LTC Tecklenberg and Col. Herrington-Clemens on their new assignments and we
look forward to working with them in the coming years.
The issue of changing the pistol targets at Camp Perry to electronic targets was
a sore point for some, but received a vote of confidence from most people at the
competitors meeting. Two electronic targets were placed on the function range for
competitors to try out. Reports from the range were that about 80 percent of the
competitors liked them, about 15 percent had a "wait and see" attitude, and about
5 percent hated them.
It is important to understand that the current target system is in such a dilapidated
state that we are in serious danger of not being able to host a championship next
year because the system might not work. "Band-Aid fixes" have managed to make
the system work for the last two years, but we are now "applying Band-Aids to the
Band-Aids" as the system is slowly dying. For example, this year's NTT match was
moved from Range #4 to Range #3 because of timing problems. A portion of the
individual matches on Range #4 were run by manually turning the targets because
we currently have no backup timers.
In changing to a new system, it became important to move forward and keep
pace with technology. Many ranges across the country are already installing
electronic targets and many more have asked me for information. It is important
that we continue to evolve and move forward with our programs and equipment,
for the quickest way to see a program die is to do nothing. Conventional Pistol is
already having participation problems and we need to change to keep it fresh and
relevant to today's needs.
There were some complaints received at Camp Perry's competitor meeting
regarding the conduct of local events, in that Match Directors were not enforcing the rules. Match Directors are reminded that competitors are monitoring
your actions and that you are expected to enforce rules and to do so fairly
across all competitors.

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Exercising Our Second Amendment Rights
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