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50th ISSF World Championship is Underway
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The 50th ISSF World Championship for Shooting was officially opened on July 30th by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.  "I would like to welcome you athletes to Munich.  You are competing not only for medals but for the very special goal of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games," remarked Dr. Rogge in his opening comments.  Over 11 days of competition, more than 2500 athletes from 105 countries will compete for medals in Olympic and non-Olympic international style shooting events with a total of 69 Olympic Country Quotas awarded to the top finishers in Olympic events.  On the first day of competition, two Americans reached the podium in the Jr. Women's Trap event with Miranda Wilder winning gold and claiming the Jr. World Champion title and teammate Rachael Heiden joining her on the victory podium with the bronze medal. 
For complete results and coverage of the championship, visit the ISSF website at
IPC World Shooting Championships Wrap Up
JoshandDanThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Shooting Championships recently ended in Zagreb, Croatia, with a strong showing from the United States Paralympic Shooting Team. The team is comprised of Mike Dickey, Danielle Fong, Eric Hollen, and Josh Olson. In the Mixed R6 event (50m Rifle Prone SH1), Fong and Olson headed into the final seeded third and sixth, respectively. Fong fired a match score of 587 with 101 points in the final for a fifth place finish. Olson had a match score of 585 and marked 102.9 points in the final to retain his sixth place standing. Olson's score was especially impressive considering the difficult conditions on the far right end of the firing line. No one within 10 firing points of Olson, including the Air Rifle Prone Gold Medalist squadded right beside him, made the final. Congratulations to Fong, as she set a new personal record in the prone event.
2010 Shooting Industry Masters & Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards
USA Shooting Team members (L-R) Mark Weeks, Glen Eller and Frank Thompson present the U.S. Flag during the opening of the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence awards presentation.
Members of the USA Shooting Team recently traveled to Grand Island, NE to participate in the 8th Annual Shooting Industry Masters and 19th Annual Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards hosted by FMG Publications.  This year's Shooting Industry Masters event, conducted at Grand Island's Heartland Public Shooting Park, July 23-24, featured a record number of industry teams with 270 shooters competing for individual and team bragging rights in professional and industry classes. 
In conjunction with the Masters event, the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence held its annual awards banquet to recognize the shooting industry's best by awarding the 2010 Academy of Excellence Awards to 14 winners that emerged from a class of 114 product entries and 41 service award nominees.  FMG Publications, an Official Sponsor of USA Shooting, held a fundraiser during the event that raised a record $32,000 to benefit the NSSF's First Shots Program in addition to $7,000 raised to support the USA Shooting Team.  Congratulations to all of the Masters and Academy of Excellence winners and "Thank You" to FMG Publications for your support of the USA Shooting Team!  For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters and Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence please visit
NJOSC Skeet: McGrath and Connor
njosc skeetThe conclusion of this year's National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) brought shoot-offs and high excitement. The gold medalist, Jon Michael McGrath, shot up from fourth place with a perfect 25 X 25 in the final round. McGrath gained a two target lead over the rest of the competition, finishing with 145 total targets, missing just five targets overall. Phillip Jungman, William Brazell, and Thomas Coggins were all tied at 143 targets after the final. A shoot-off between the three quickly eliminated Coggins as he missed one bird; Jungman and Brazell turned up the heat. A clean break assured the silver medal for Jungman, and Brazell became the bronze medalist.
The high shooter of the J2 category was Granger DeWitt at 121 targets. DeWitt also finished sixth in the open division after losing a shoot-off to TJ Bayer. The J2 silver medalist was TJ Bayer at 118 targets (his open final does not count toward category awards). Luis Gloria was the bronze medalist at 118 targets. Coulter DeWitt was the high J3 winner with 108 targets. The silver medalist was Will Dunnebacke at 99 targets. Also scoring 99 targets was the bronze medalist Cole Britt.
Heiden and Walters Rule at NJOSC Trap Events
 njosc women trap
Fierce battles erupted at the NJOSC during the Trap events.  In the Women's event, Rachael Heiden (pictured right, center), conquered the Women's Open Trap event.  Heiden walked into the final with a four target lead (113 birds) and shot a solid 23-target final.  The silver medalist was Kayle Browning at 131 total targets.  Stephanie Martinago won the bronze with 121 targets. In the J2 Category, leader Ashley Carroll finished sixth overall, yet won her division with 109 targets for J2 and a total of 122 targets with her final.  She was followed by Brianne Radulovich at 104 targets and Erin Danhausen at 95 targets.

The Men's NJOSC Champion was Garrett Walters who shot for 142 targets. Walters nailed 24 straight, but missed the last target to fall one shy of a perfect round.  Jacob Gogno won silver by entering the final round with 121 targets and shooting a 20-target final.  The bronze medalist was Jake Wallace with 137 total targets.  Your high J2 winner was David Radulovich with 116 targets, narrowly beating out Dakotah Richardson, who placed second, also at 116 targets, by one target in the second match.  The bronze medalist was TJ Bayer, a member of the World Championship Junior Shotgun Team, with 114 targets.  Finally, the gold medalist of the J3 category was Nick Scholz at 105 targets.  He was followed by silver medalist Will Dunnebacke (100 targets) and Tyler Lirio (100 targets).
Rupert Wins NJOSC Gold Medal in Men's Double Trap
RupertIan Rupert smoked the competition at the National Junior Olympic Championships (NJOSC) in the Men's Double Trap final. Rupert finished with 175 targets - exactly four targets above silver medalist Garrett Walters. Rupert, a J2 competitor, is also a member of the World Shooting Championships Junior Shotgun Team. Walters, the gold medalist of the NJOSC Men's Trap event, finished at 171 targets. The bronze medalist, David Radulovich, shot a strong 44 target final to finish at 170 targets.

The high J2 for this event was Christian Wilkoski at 110 targets. The silver medalist in the J2 category was Tyler Auger with 102 targets. Auger squeezed one target ahead of bronze medalist Justin Brooks. In the J3 category, the gold medalist was Haden Green, who shot for 86 targets. He was followed by Connor Rinker (83 targets) and Lewis Thaggard (80 targets). USA Shooting is pleased with the strong Double Trap turnout - a good sign for the upcoming talent in the sport.
In This Issue
50th ISSF World Championship is Underway
IPC Wolrd Shooting Championship Wrap Up
2010 Shooting Industry Masters & Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards
NJOSC Skeet: McGrath and Connor
Heiden and Walters Rule at NJOSC Trap Events
Rupert Wins NJOSC Gold Medal in Men's Double Trap
NJOSC Women's Skeet
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NJOSC Women's Skeet
Women's Skeet brought fierce competition between Resident Athletes Caitlin Connor and Jaiden Grinnell. Grinnell was leading by two targets after the first day of competition, but lost her stride as she shot a 42/50 in day two. Connor's strong performance left her with a five target lead heading into the final, which she maintained throughout with a strong 25 target final. Connor, the gold medalist, finished at 144 targets and Grinnell, the silver medalist, scored 139 targets. The bronze medalist was Morgan Craft at 136 targets. The high J2 shotgunner was Brandy Drozd at 106 targets. Drozd also finished fourth in the open division. The silver medalist, and new to the podium, was Riley Moody at 97 targets. In third was Brianne Radulovich at 96 targets.
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