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What are your major accomplishments in
the shooting sports?
In 1995, I earned the Distinguished Rifleman
Badge and a few years later switched to Palma
rifle. On the way to making my first Palma
team in 2003, I won the Army Cup, the Andrus
trophy twice and the Sierra Trophy once. As
a coach, I won the Herrick match, and seven
F/TR National Championship team matches.
Internationally, I've coached three gold medal
America match teams (The USA has only won
four in Palma Rifle), and earned a Silver and
Bronze coaching on the Palma Team in 2015
and 2019. In 2017, I led the U.S. F/TR Team to
a World Championship. This year, I also won
the ELR National Championship. Over the last
couple years, the Michigan Service Rifle Team
let me coach them in the NTT and NTIT and
that's been a lot of fun.
What do you do in your free time?
About a year ago I started a new career,
which I really like. One of the negotiated
terms was time off for competitions. The
downside is I have a 1-hour drive both ways
each day, so I am a bit of a homebody during
the week. I love outdoor concerts with huge
crowds and kayaking down a remote river
with no one around. A bit of dichotomy, I
guess. Although I am not a hardcore hunter,
I try to get out when I'm able.
What firearms do you use for competition?
All the rifles I have for competition are custom
made. I use Kelbly Panda actions, McMillan
Stocks and Bartlein barrels to build a rifle
around and shoot Berger Bullets. For F/TR
and ELR, I have Nightforce scopes, BixN'Andy
Triggers, Edgewood bags, Phoenix Bipods,
Crosstac mats and the Iron308 bipod mat, sold
by ELRhq.com. At times I've used a couple
Barnard actions and many Krieger barrels too.
For gunsmiths, Al Warner, Randy Gregory
and Harless Precision are my go-to. As for
the best reamers, call Manson Precision.
I just finished putting together a AR-15
Service rifle and I bought virtually everything
from Brownells. I'm enjoying re-learning how
to shoot Across the Course.
Tell us about your range bag and what you
carry in it besides your firearms.
For Palma, I use the basket bag insert from
inside a Brownells' range bag. It's basically an
open top, Cordura basket with a few pockets.
I'm currently on the lookout for a more travelfriendly, waterproof bag that'll work well for
international travel competitions.
For F/TR, a 5.11 range bag keeps my things
organized and at hand when I need them
in the middle of the match. I try to be a
minimalist with what I take out to the firing
lines so the things I use most often are
neatly organized in each bag. These items
include shooting glasses, glove, earplugs,
ear muffs, ammunition, wind charts, timer,
sweatband, hat, towel and rain cover for my
rifle action and ammunition box.
What would you tell someone interested in
finding out more about your sport?
Just show up at a match with whatever you
have. You will make new friends and find
endless new ways to challenge yourself and
enjoy the shooting sports.
Any tips for new shooters?
Watch the better shooters, especially their
techniques and preparation. Those things are
100 percent more important than their gear. *
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