Shooting Sports USA

Only about 2.6% of NRA members are competitive shooters.

Chip Lohman, Editor
Shooting Sports USA – NRA Competition Shooting News

Shooting Sports USA is a great magazine. However, as the magazine’s editor Chip Lohman points out, around 98 in 100 card-carrying NRA membership has never attended a formal NRA marksmanship event.

How would the state of gun rights, the availability of ranges, and the marksmanship skill of gun owners improve if this increased to five or ten percent?

Consider that a ten percent participation rate of NRA shooting events among NRA members would be a fivefold increase and this would still mean 90 out of 100 card carrying NRA members aren’t participating.

This sort of thing doesn’t concern low-level marksmen or non-shooters but it would help all gun owners if more of them participated in some kind of organized events.

USAR CMP Shooter takes Gold at World Cup

Team USA Olympian and USAR CMP shooter SFC Keith Sanderson ruled the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men final, coming back after arm surgery, outscoring the 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist Christian Reitz of Germany, finishing in the lead with 7 hits of advantage on his followers. “The hardest five round I have ever shot since the 2008 Olympics,” Sanderson said.

The 2014 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, GA, USA, was closed by the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men medal match, today. And it ended up in the best way for the host country, USA, thanks to two-time Olympian Keith Sanderson, who claimed Gold in front of his teammates and supporters.


The 39-year old athlete climbed upon the highest step of the podium with 33 hits in the final, beating Germany’s 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist Christian Reitz (second with 26 hits) and China’s first time participant Chen Kehan, 21, who closed the match in third with 23 hits. Following them, the two Russian teammates Vlatcheslav Kalioujnyi and Alexei Klimov placed in fourth and fifth place with 18 and 16 hits, respectively, while Kazakhstan first-time finalist Sergey Vokhmyanin ended up in sixth and last place with 9 hits.


Spotlights turned on Sanderson, who overcame off-season arm surgery to come back atop of an ISSF podium after missing for five years. He had indeed won his last world cup Gold medal in 2009, in Beijing.


“Last August I went through arm surgery, to solve a problem I had since 2010.” Sanderson explained.


“I started training my arm again last September. In order to recover I had to go through physiotherapy and physical trainings. It has been challenging: I had to re-learn how to shoot, I had to build up my routine again. Then, I have trained specifically for the final in the last weeks.”


Commenting on today’s final, sanderson said: “You’re always nervous in a final: I tried to stick to my routine, but it has been tough. My last series in the final was probably the hardest five rounds I have ever shot since the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing. Even if I was in the lead, five hits ahead of Reitz before the last series, I could still feel the pressure of the match.”


The US Pistol shooter proved to be the best, today, starting the 2014 season in the lead. And this is a crucial season: at the ISSF World Championship, in September, the first quota places for the 2016 Olympic Games will be assigned. “The scores around the world have been going up. I want to continue perform well, and we will see what happens.” Sanderson concluded.

USAR CMP Shooter takes World Cup medal, goes Triple Distinguished.

Congrats to USAR Team shooter Nick Mowrer for taking a World Cup medal and racking up enough points to become triple distinguished!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 2, 2014)

There are days in this Olympic world which make you stand up and take notice. Generally, they’re usually reserved for those Olympic moments that define this Movement, or on occasions when chart-topping performances are had at World Championships. But on an otherwise ordinary day, April 2, 2014, will forever be one of those days.   

With a proud history, complete with 107 Olympic medals and plenty of World Champions, earning distinction in the laurels of USA Shooting during an ordinary World Cup event, with no Olympic qualification at stake, takes something special. Enter Nick Mowrer

The lanky shooter who calls Butte, Mont., home did something at this week’s International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Ft. Benning, Ga., that no one in the sport has ever done by competing in a World Cup rifle event. The same shooter who represented the U.S. in the 50m Free Pistol event as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. No one in the USA Shooting ranks can recall another shooter who has ever competed in a World Cup event in two different disciplines until Mowrer did. 

It would have been historical had he just competed, but compete and medal that’s what made the entire shooting community stand up and take notice. Competitive pistol shooters aren’t supposed to be good competitive rifle shooters too, or they at least NEVER have been. Mowrer earned a bronze medal shooting in a Prone Rifle event for the very first time. 

Mowrer spoke about the opportunity to compete before the World Cup began: “I have used prone smallbore (rifle) as cross training for pistol for years now and I am very excited to have the unique opportunity to represent the USA not only in pistol but rifle as well. I shoot multiple events, not only prone, but the reason is just the same; I use other shooting disciplines to be able to compete in more matches and gain more experience that I am able to then use in my pistol shooting! It also keeps shooting fun and exciting.”  

You know you’ve done something special when your teammates reach out in droves to applaud the performance, and that they did including Olympic teammates Jamie GrayMatt Emmons and Sarah Scherer.

It moved Gray so much that the reigning Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Three-Position rifle wrote this on her Facebook page. 

“Today is an amazing day…our Olympic Pistol Shooter Nick Mowrer broke into the medals in Men’s Prone (yes that is a rifle event)! Couldn’t be more excited for him and obviously his amazing shooting abilities! Nick has now impressed me twice and I have to say these are two of my most memorable shooting moments I have seen. In 2012 O Trials he had to shoot a phenomenal Free Pistol final to make the team and he stood up there and got the job done and now a Prone Rifle Bronze, nothing more to say than AWESOME!! 

She’d later take to Twitter to add: “Congrats to @Nick_Mowrer for his bronze medal performance in Men’s Prone! Who knew a pistol shooter could shoot prone (Nick did!).” 

She wasn’t the only one who took to social media to celebrate the moment. 

Matt Emmons ‏@MattEmmonsUSA  

@Nick_Mowrer welcome to RIFLE, baby!!! BRONZE!!! Unbelievable!!! I’m dancing here. @ISSF_Shooting @USAShooting 

Sarah Scherer ‏@sarah_scherer  

Congrats to my Olympic teammate @Nick_Mowrer on his bronze medal at the @ISSF_Shooting World Cup in Prone!!! #bronzemedaltwins

Collin Wietfeldt ‏@CollinWietfeldt  

Pistol Shooters wining rifle WC’s? Congrats to @Nick_Mowrer on his @ISSF_Shooting World Cup USAProne Rifle bronze medal! @USAShooting #Beast 

Lauren Phillips ‏@Misslauren5_56  

Congrats to Team USA’s @Nick_Mowrer and Keith Sanderson on some awesome achievements today! @USAShooting #teamusa #beastmode 

Sarah Beard ‏@sarah_beard10x  

Congrats to pistol shooter @Nick_Mowrer…how many people can say they’ve medaled at a World Cup in a different discipline?! #badass 

Mowrer’s medal was so momentous it overshadowed the first gold medal won by the USA Shooting Team at the World Cup when two-time Olympian Keith Sanderson overcame off-season arm surgery to win another Rapid Fire Pistol World Cup medal in his distinguished career. 

Even three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons was displaced by Mowrer’s achievement.  Having not competed since London, Emmons managed a sixth-place finish in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle event.  But for someone who lent shooting jackets, gun parts and expertise to Mowrer in his quest, he cared little.  

“Nick deserves as much press as you can possibly give him. What a story!!,” Emmons said when told that he’d been supplanted for an NRA News interview. 

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