FRI | DECEMBER 2, 2022

Lapua, the Official Rimfire Ammunition for Precision Rifle Series, announced they will attend this weekend’s 2022 PRS Rimfire Finale at the CCC Shooting Complex in Navasota, TX.
B&T USA congratulates Alysia Burrows for her 1st place finish in the Lady Practical Division at the Practical Competition Shooters League 2-Gun Championship — for the second year in a row.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Hillsdale College John Anthony Halter Shooting Sports Education Center hosted its annual Veteran’s Day shoot on Nov. 12. All veterans received complimentary targets for the shotgun fields and sporting clays course.

RSR Group’s 2022 E-Vault Virtual Show featuring Magpul starts Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. ET, and concludes on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This unique online event allows dealers to take advantage of incredible deals and savings on Magpul products.
Hornady’s Lock-N-Load Classic kit gets shooters ready to head to the range. Reloading cartridges can save money and, better yet, let reloaders optimize accuracy by precisely creating the load the rifle will shoot the best.
NSSF has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Black Rifle Coffee Co. to be the official canned coffee of the 2023 SHOT Show. Black Rifle Coffee will be available at select concession areas throughout The Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum for all attendees to enjoy during the show.

NSSF and Project ChildSafe released a new video, “A Teen’s Suicide Prevention Story,” telling the real-life story of a teenager who took the right steps, including using a Project ChildSafe gun lock, to help prevent his at-risk girlfriend from attempting suicide.
NSSF announced that Smith & Wesson will be making a donation of $5,000 to NSSF’s firearm safety initiative, Project ChildSafe. Project ChildSafe is a program of the NSSF actively promoting firearm safety and education in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.
Henry Repeating Arms announced a donation of $50,000 to First Responders Children's Foundation. FRCF was founded in 2001 in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 for the 800 surviving children who lost a first responder parent on that tragic day.

Gerald O’Keefe, former Civilian Marksmanship Program Board Vice Chairman, has recently assumed the role of Chairman and CEO – following the retirement of previous Chairman, Judy Legerski, this year.
Streamlight Inc. announced the appointment of Daniel Rodriguez as Regional Sales Manager – Latin America for the company’s International Division. In his new position, Rodriguez will be responsible for sales development of Streamlight products in Latin American markets, as well as overseeing independent sales agencies to generate product sales.
NSSF filed a challenge to Oregon’s Measure 114, the gun control ballot initiative that was narrowly approved by voters. NSSF is filing the challenge along with Mazama Sporting Goods, the Oregon State Shooting Association and two individual gun owners.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced that it has filed a new Second Amendment lawsuit challenging Oregon Measure 114’s ban on magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent the ban from being enforced while the case continues.
Streamlight Inc.launched the Syclone Jr., an ultra-compact rechargeable work light that fits in tight spaces for a variety of identification and repair uses.
Just in time for Christmas, Umarex USA has begun shipping the much-anticipated Legends M3 Grease Gun. Based on the M3A1 that was introduced in 1944, this CO2 driven BB gun has all the features plinkers and collectors expect from the Umarex Legends lineup.

Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the new Apex Super Clamp for use with Steiner MPS optics. Available now, the new Super Clamp increases the clamping surface area of your MPS optic to work on any dovetail mount manufactured within the ACRO mounting specs set by Aimpoint.
Canik Firearms introduces the latest addition of the collectable Canik Signature Series with the "Miami Days and Miami Nights" versions. This limited-edition series will consist of 3050 (in honor of the iconic Miami area code - "305") individually numbered pistols of each the Days and Nights.
The Mepro Tru-Vision, available in the U.S., is a commercial version of the Mepro 02 which was made for the Yaman Israel Special Police. It is shockproof, waterproof, and durable in a small, light optic.

California’s AB 2571, titled “Firearms: advertising to minors” and signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), is an egregious attack on First and Second Amendment rights, according to NRA America’s 1st Freedom.
USA Archery, the National Governing Body for the sport of archery, has completed a major rebranding of the organizational logo.
The Second Amendment Foundation is pleased to announce that Luth-AR, LLC, founded by Randy Luth and based in Buffalo, Minn. is has renewed its corporate sponsorship for 2023 as a Bronze supporting member.
From Thursday, December 1 through Monday, December 12, Apex is running its annual ’12 Days of Apexmas’ sale offering customers 15% off their orders at ApexTactical.com. Use the discount code APEXMAS22 at checkout to receive 15% off (some restrictions apply). Shipping is free and each order will receive a free commemorative Apex ornament, while supplies last.
Trijicon Inc. announced that consumers who purchase any new REAP-IR 3 or IR-HUNTER 2 through a Trijicon Electro Optics retailer, will be eligible to receive a free Trijicon Tenmile riflescope (select models valued up to $2,265). The offer runs through January 31, 2023.
Beretta is offering a bundle promotion, during which consumers can purchase a new APX A1 pistol in a bundle deal (valued at $830 MSRP) with a factory-installed Burris Fastfire 3 optic and optic plate for a limited-time special price.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Short Action Customs as one of the latest additions to their offering of reloading supplies, gunsmithing supplies and more.
Bond Arms Handguns check all the boxes, whether it’s intended for self-defense, days at the range, a camp handgun, or simply an addition to a firearm collection.
 

Today's feature is from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

In order to increase awareness of the sport and to provide insight to juniors looking to continue their marksmanship careers into college and beyond, the CMP periodically highlights some of the nation’s current collegiate rifle programs. Today, we feature the coach and athletes of the Wofford College Rifle Team.

Q&A with Athletes and Coaches: Wofford College

Wofford College is a private liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. Rifle was a varsity sport at Wofford College during various points between 1930 to 1960. These teams primarily were part of the ROTC program and were at the strongest in the years immediately before and after World War II. Rifle resurfaced for a short time in the 1980s as well. In 2003, rifle began at Wofford as an NCAA Division I sport as the school was broadening sports offerings after moving to the NCAA after decades in the NAIA. The team was a member of the SEARC until the Southern Conference began sponsoring the sport in the 2016-17 season.

College Coach Questions

Name: Seth Flanagan

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

College Coach for: Wofford College

Were you a competitor before coaching? If yes, what were some of your accomplishments? If no, how did you become a college coach for rifle? What are your academic accomplishments?

My first experience shooting was with my grandfather at the local trap and skeet club. From there, I was introduced to precision shooting in high school. I didn’t plan on playing any sports in college, and I was accepted to Wofford and paid my deposit before I learned about the rifle program. I accidentally met the rifle coach, Randy Hall, when I stopped and asked for directions. As a competitor, I was the team captain for two years and worked hard to advocate for our team and shooting sports. I was on the college and Southern Conference honor roll.

Favorite reason for coaching:

I enjoy coaching the most because it allows me to teach people the sport I love so much. I love the “aha moments.” Nothing is more rewarding than seeing something “click” for an athlete.

What is a day as your athlete like? What is your biggest challenge as a coach?

My athletes work hard. None of them choose the easy way out. They challenge themselves academically, outside the classroom, and on the range. They are leaders on our campus and in the community.

In the range, we do drills, position work, inter-team competitions, etc. Additionally, our team has a regular workout regimen they do with our strength and conditioning department. They also work with our counseling staff to help with their mental health. So much of our sport relies on a healthy mindset, so this part of our training is essential.

One thing they never tell you as a coach is how many hats you wear. It's all in good fun, though. On a more serious note, rifle is a relatively small sport within collegiate athletics, and consequently, it is not as widely known as football or basketball. Ensuring that people know that your institution has a rifle team is essential. I cannot tell you how many times a week I hear, "I had no clue Wofford had a rifle team..."

Advice for junior competitors wanting to compete in college and for college athletes and graduating college seniors?

For competitors just getting into the sport, I encourage you to work hard and keep your head up. Don’t let low scores get you down. This sport is not easy, and anyone who suggests otherwise has never done this before. Scores will follow if you, as a competitor, do the work.

For college athletes, focus on mastering your shot process versus chasing a perfect score. In a sport where a “perfect score” is technically possible and the level of competition is so high, it is hard not to let scores become your primary focus. Good scores are important, but you must do your part to attain them.

For graduating seniors, take the world by storm. Know your worth, and never let anyone treat you any differently.

Any additional comments/stories/advice you’d like to add?

In the gun community, there are not many people of color, and that number gets much smaller in the world of precision shooting. I want the world to see that someone who looks like me can do this sport.

I still compete, although not as much as I would like. It's incredible how much time I spend on a shooting range yet shoot so little myself. My goal this year is to get back into smallbore and service rifle shooting.

College Athlete #1 Questions

Name: Jessy Delgado

Hometown/Junior Team: Passaic, New Jersey (hometown) Broome High School shooting team

What is your major? Why? Favorite class?

My major is Spanish and Studio art, with a minor in economics. My favorite class is sculpture because I can positively express myself. I choose those majors because I am part of a design team at the restaurant where I work and also help with the business side, where economics comes into play.

Outside of rifle, are you part of any other organizations or clubs?

I play soccer on two club teams, participate in CrossFit and Religious youth organizations.

How old were you when you got involved in rifle?

I was 15 when I started but took a few years off when our coach left. I started again when I was 18.

Favorite rifle (air rifle vs .22) and stage (kneeling, prone, standing)?

I love air rifle because all your focus is on one position. I also love .22 standing because it takes a different level of knowledge and patience to understand.

What do you do outside of rifle to train and better yourself (workout, meditate, etc)?

I do CrossFit four times a week and calisthenics because it helps keep me in shape.

Future plans/goals for rifle and life?

I hope one day to coach rifle and help others in any way I can. I hope to teach people that rifle isn’t a sport to be feared but rather is just like any other sport that requires strength, patience, willpower and practice.

College Athlete #2 Questions

Name: Garett Dall

Hometown/Junior Team: Leavenworth High School JROTC Rifle Team and Wyandotte County 4-H Rifle Team

What is your major? Why? Favorite class?

My major is Biology; I am on the Pre-Med track. This is because I have a passion for biology, and I want to be a trauma surgeon in the Army.

Outside of rifle, are you part of any other organizations or clubs?

Outside of rifle I am part of the ROTC program at Wofford College.

How old were you when you got involved in rifle?

I was 10 years old when I first started shooting rifle.

Favorite rifle (air rifle vs .22) and stage (kneeling, prone, standing)?

My favorite discipline is smallbore rifle with kneeling being my favorite position.

What do you do outside of rifle to train and better yourself (workout, meditate, etc)?

Outside of rifle I try to get a cardio workout in every other day, I stretch and meditate daily, and I read books to further extend my knowledge of the sport.

Future plans/goals for rifle and life?

Depending on how rifle goes in college, I would like to try out for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit or Team USA. If that doesn’t work out, I will still compete regularly whenever I get the chance in 3-P smallbore, air and other types of shooting.

College Athlete #3 Questions

Name: Isabella Timmons

Hometown/Junior Team:

I started my rifle journey at Hartsville High School, SC, as part of their JROTC program coached by LTC Darryl Tumbleson.

What is your major? Why? Favorite class?

I am a Mathematics major with minors in Philosophy and Studio Art. I chose to major in math because it has connections and applications to all other areas of study. Admittedly, though, my favorite classes at Wofford have been two philosophy classes: Feminist Philosophy and Gender, Race and Science.

Outside of rifle, are you part of any other organizations or clubs?

Outside of rifle, I am part of Wofford Vegans and Vegetarians and Wofford Weightlifting Club.

How old were you when you got involved in rifle?

I was about 16 when I got involved in Rifle.

Favorite rifle (air rifle vs .22) and stage (kneeling, prone, standing)?

My favorite stage to shoot is prone with the smallbore .22 rifle.

What do you do outside of rifle to train and better yourself (workout, meditate, etc)?

Since diet can determine mental and physical endurance, being aware of what I eat is the most important aspect of preparing my body for the sport. In addition to diet, the team also participates in regular physical training sessions created and instructed by Wofford’s Athletic Department. Personally, I have also found that mediation and yoga are beneficial in developing a calm mindset, creating awareness of the body and building balance in position.

Future plans/goals for rifle and life?

I hope to continue my journey in academia by continuing my education after graduation.

College Athlete #4 Questions

Name: Ansely-Brooke Springer

Hometown/Junior Team: Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.

What is your major? Why? Favorite class?

I am a biology major on the pre-med track. I have always known that I wanted to go into the medical field, and I enjoy science, so biology was an easy choice for me. My favorite class so far has been Genetics.

How old were you when you got involved in rifle?

I did not start competitive rifle until last year as a true freshman at Wofford. I have been shooting long range as a hobby since I was about eight.

Outside of rifle, are you part of any other organizations or clubs?

Outside of rifle, I serve on the executive board for Wofford College SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee). Also, I am Co-chief Photographer on the yearbook staff at Wofford, and I attend a couple Christian groups as well.

Favorite rifle (air rifle vs .22) and stage (kneeling, prone, standing)?

My favorite rifle to shoot is the air rifle. It just comes more naturally to me, and it is more satisfying to shoot than stressful. As far as .22, my favorite smallbore position is standing because I feel like I have the most control in that position.

What do you do outside of rifle to train and better yourself (workout, meditate, etc)?

The Wofford athletic training staff guides the team through our workouts each week for strength training. Personally, I must focus on balancing sleep and schoolwork every week because lack of sleep is detrimental to success in the range.

Future plans/goals for rifle and life?

I plan to continue competing on the rifle team as I work on my biology degree. I really enjoy rifle and it has become a sport that I share with my family on the weekends when I go home.

Any additional comments/stories/advice you’d like to add?

The Wofford rifle team members and coach have become family to me. I was not on a formal rifle team before college, so to have been taken in and constantly backed and supported by the rifle community has been an incredible experience for me.

College Athlete #5 Questions

Name: Charlie Yang

Hometown/Junior Team: Moore, Spartanburg

What is your major? Why? Favorite class?

Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. I enjoy looking into the human mind and understanding an individual’s identity shaped by their experiences and background. In addition, I want to advocate for mental health equity for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) community as the BIPOC community is statistically less likely to ask for help or know of help relating to mental wellness. My favorite class this semester is Gender Identity in Society.

Outside of rifle, are you part of any other organizations or clubs?

Yes, I am involved with a variety of organizations.

  • WAAPI
  • Bonners Scholars
  • Gateway Scholars
  • Mu Beta Psi
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Wofford Women of Color

How old were you when you got involved in rifle?

19

Favorite rifle (air rifle vs .22) and stage (kneeling, prone, standing)?

Air Rifle, Standing

What do you do outside of rifle to train and better yourself (workout, meditate, etc)?

Outside of rifle, I do digital art to better myself and express myself internally. In addition, I do meditation to help me reflect and relax at the end of the week. Both are very calming activities to let out my internalized energy.

Future plans/goals for rifle and life?

Overall, I wish to continue growing and developing every day. I hope to improve my rifle skills and continue growing my knowledge of the sport. I want to be able to see my consistency and steady growth – but also my lows and highs. I wish to continue this sport until the end of college. Rifle has also grown to be an outlet for relaxation. It started off as a sport of interest and an activity I could dedicate my time to as it would be a change of pace in my daily life. My plan for the future is to complete my degree and go into certification programs before heading to graduate school. I want to be a Forensic Psychiatrist specializing in children, specifically BIPOC children.

Any additional comments/stories/advice you’d like to add?

No matter what happens in your life, day, or class – just look forward to the littlest thing to keep going.

-- By Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer

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