From USA Shooting - Golden Rhode Again; U.S. Women’s Skeet Team Dominates Olympic Shotgun medalist Kim Rhode Again with Gold, Silver, 6th & Olympic Quota

Acapulco, Mexico - On International Women’s Day, it was an American shotgun trio who turned the celebration into a mostly all-American affair for the fourth time during the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Series season opener in Acapulco, Mexico.

The trio of Kim Rhode, Caitlin Connor and Morgan Craft represented 50 percent of the women’s skeet final and walked away with the top two podium spots, a sixth-place result and an Olympic country quota. It was the second time in four events that all three American shooters made finals following the performance of the Men’s Double Trap team that started the trend Thursday. Through four events in Mexico, the USA Shooting Team has earned five medals, nine top-6 finishes and three Olympic quotas with Men's Skeet still to go on Monday.

Five-time Olympic medalist and current Olympic Champion Rhode (El Monte, California) was her usual stellar self on her way to victory. She’s competed in four World Cups since a London Olympic gold and the birth of her son and she’s won three of them and finished in third in the other. Rhode qualified for the semifinal with 72 targets, and then finished atop of the board making it into the gold-medal match with a perfect score of 16 hits out of 16 targets.

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From USA Shooting - Americans Earn Gold, Bronze, Sixth & Olympic Quota in Double Trap

2008 Olympian Jeff Holguin is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Colorado Springs, Colorado - It’s a pretty good day anytime 50 percent of the finals field is wearing the USA Shooting vest.  That’s exactly what happened Thursday at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, with three U.S. entries into the six-person Double Trap finals. Results would get even better after the U.S. Army Marksmanship trio walked away with a gold and bronze medal, an Olympic quota and a sixth-place finish. 

The two-medal performance adds to a great season-opening World Cup thus far for USA Shooting with two more events still to come. Two of the three gold medals have been earned by Americans, along with two Olympic country quotas as well as three other top-six performers.  Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) earned gold on Monday to get things started for the USA Shooting Team. 

Today, Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, California) claimed the exact same spot on the podium he held to conclude last year’s World Cup season as the victor.  In October, it was as the World Cup Finals champion. Today, it was for the third World Cup win of the 2008 Olympian’s career as well as the start he was looking for with sights on Rio and Olympic selection… find out more about USA Shooting success at the ISSF World Cup ...

From USA Shooting - 17th Title in Sight for West Virginia as NCAA Rifle Season Starts Phase 2 of 2014-15 Campaign

The West Virginia University rifle program has done nothing to deter us from thinking a 17th title is well within its grasp with a perfect 8-0 record at the midway point of the NCAA Rifle season. The second-half of the NCAA rifle season got underway this past weekend with two months remaining before the NCAA Rifle Championship.

Having not lost in 23 consecutive matches including two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) and two NCAA Rifle Championships, the Mountaineers own eight of the top-nine aggregate team scores overall. In both and Air and Smallbore events, they currently have four of the top individual scores with no other school having more than one representative in smallbore and just second-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks showing two in Air.

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From USA Shooting - Winter Airgun Championships Provide Intrigue and Youthful Energy

Colorado Springs, Colorado - The intrigue of performance under pressure, combined with youthful energy and success summarizes all that was special about the 2014 Winter Airgun (WAG) Championships.  Record numbers competed while 12 athletes got their 2015 shooting season jump started with the best performances of the weekend.

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From USA Shooting - Brown Scores U.S. Olympic Quota on Final Shot

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (October 13, 2014)

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) was unnerved on his final shot and the result was a win and an Olympic quota to start things right for the USA Shooting Team competing at the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Brown becomes the first rifle and/or pistol athlete for the USA Shooting Team to earn an Olympic quota.

Down .3 of a point going into the his final shot of the Air Pistol finals and with an Olympic quota on the line, Brown, the 2013 World Cup USA gold medalist, calmly stepped forth, put aside all the distraction being generated from the Cuban entourage cheering on Cuban shooter Jorge Grau, and shot a 10.2. Grau would follow with a 8.8, providing all the satisfaction to Brown and his USA Shooting teammates.

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From USA Shooting - Aim For Spain: The Team Behind The Team For The 2014 ISSF World Championship

Smallbore Rifle shooter Reya Kempley at the NRA National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Any shooter competing in a major competition understands the amount of preparation required before he or she finally steps up to the line: The countless hours training, the workouts, gun tweaks, visits to the physio, the sports psychologist…all of the hard work that it takes. What many may not know, however, is the level of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that athlete can actually make it to the line.

Meet just a couple members of our “Team behind the Team,” Reya Kempley and Morgan Wallizer. The pair not only train as rifle and pistol athletes respectively, but also work on a part-time basis for USA Shooting as Operations Assistants and have both competed on World Championship teams (Kempley will also be shooting as a member of this year’s World Championship team)... more on the team behind the ISSF World Championship Team ...

From USA Shooting - Spain the Gain for Top Junior Shooters at 2014 USA Shooting National Championships

Colorado Springs, Colorado - An invite to Granada, Spain, and the 2014 World Shooting Championships awaits top junior and non-Olympic event competitors at the USA Shooting National Championships (USASNC) for Rifle & Pistol in Fort Benning, Georgia, June 23 – June 29.

With so much on the line, attendance at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is expected to include 525 starts as athletes gun for World Team selection, National Championship prestige and the honor of being named to USA Shooting’s National or National Junior Team for the top-two finishers.

Winning the National Championships is an important goal of every top-caliber shooter, but in the open-level category, it takes a back seat to the season’s ultimate quest which is World Championships success and potential Olympic qualifying opportunities in Spain... find out more about the USA Shooting National Championships at Fort Benning ...

From Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Colorado's fall limited turkey license applications accepted beginning May 22

Denver, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding turkey hunters that they can begin applying for fall limited licenses Thursday, May 22 through the July 10 deadline. Over-the-counter turkey licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, license agents or online beginning August 5.

Hunters are advised that applying for a limited license, or purchasing any license online is recommended to streamline the process and prevent common mistakes that may invalidate an application.

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Public ranges offer hunters the chance to check you sights and test your gear

Public Range partial funded by grants from the NRA

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - The advent of Spring (at least in some parts of the country) brings about a welcoming of all things new. New jobs, new hunting season, and new gear you’re chomping at the bit to take out in the woods. But before you’re ready to take anything out for more than dry run, best to make sure all is in working order. That’s why the reopening of Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Colorado is so important.

Closed in a seasonal fashion in order to protect the “wintering wildlife,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range for the coming season. Open seven days a week, the range is open from sunrise to sunset throughout the fall.

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