NRA Pistol winner started his military career in high school, learned pistol later

Patrick Franks lifts NRA National Pistol Trophy over his head in celebration

Port Clinton, Ohio - Patrick Franks didn’t start with a love for pistol. Probably an odd thing to hear when referring to NRA’s 2014 National Pistol Champion, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

“My father started me shooting smallbore when I was a freshman in high school,” Franks explained from the Hough Theater stage in Camp Perry, Ohio. “I got older, less interested, joined the military and became more interested.”

Probably a familiar tale.

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First time competitive shooter arrives on the big stage at the NRA Nationals

Sgt. Lawrence Carter walks his targets back to the 50 yard line at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Ending Day Three of the NRA National Pistol Championships on the third page isn't what you shoot for (no pun intended). But when you've only been worried about marksmanship for grand total of 2 1/2 months, it's not a bad place to be. Such is the case for Sgt. First Class Lawrence Carter from Alpha Company, Special Operations Recruiting Battalion out of Fort Bragg.

"Shooting is shooting, but you have to have a lot more patient when it comes to marksmanship," the Sergeant explained. "It’s very precise. Dramatically precise."

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From the US Army Marksmanship Unit - Army Marksmanship Unit Soldiers continue world dominance in Munich

Bronze medalist Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Holguin in the Double Trap Men Finals at the Olympic Shooting Range Munich/Hochbrueck during the ISSF World Cup

Fort Benning, Georgia - Two Shotgun shooters from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) took home medals in Double Trap at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Munich World Cup June 9.

Staff Sergeants Glenn Eller and Jeff Holguin claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively, continuing an impressive run by USAMU Soldiers in the discipline.

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Find out what one of the best in the shotgun sports brings to the trap field

Two-time Olympian and United States Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Glenn Eller. Courtesy USAShooting

Last month's issue of Shooting Sports USA saw Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Glenn Eller, Olympic gold medalist and one of the finest shotgun shooters around. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

A two-time Olympian before joining the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Staff Sgt. Glenn Eller credits the Army for honing his training regimen in Men’s Double Trap, allowing him to claim the gold medal in the sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At these Games, Eller set an Olympic and Final Olympic record. He has represented the U.S. four times on Olympic teams and is in training for Rio 2016.

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Wolverines take second Rifle Club title in a row after strong Smallbore and Air Rifle performances

University of Michigan 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Champions

Columbus, Georgia - The University of Michigan Wolverines won their second consecutive NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship yesterday at Fort Benning, Georgia, after shooting a combined smallbore and air rifle score of 4404.

Michigan has now won three of five national titles since the NRA Rifle Club Championships' creation in 2010. North Dakota State University placed second and Clemson University finished third.

The Wolverines established a strong, practically insurmountable 60-point lead after shooting a 2146 in Saturday's Smallbore Championship. Entering the final day's Air Rifle Championship, Michigan was determined not to relinquish their lead, no matter how large, and sealed their victory with a 2258.

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National Championship on the line in today's rainy NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club match

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Air Rifle Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Competitors are at the line for the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship's second and final match, Air Rifle.

Another 60-shot match, this time competitors trade in their .22 rifles for compressed air power. Also unlike the Smallbore Championship, all shots are taken from the standing position.

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Wolverines poised to defend national title after first place finish in Smallbore Championship

Mohawk adorned rifleman takes aim at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Defending champions University of Michigan are half way to their third NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship after winning today's Smallbore title with a commanding 2146.

North Dakota State University, currently in second, sits 60-points behind the Wolverines with a 2086. Clemson University has a hold of third while Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue, Wisconsin-Superior, and Canisus ROTC round out the top seven.

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Top collegiate pistol shooters named NRA All-Americans at Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

NRA All American Air Pistol First Team

Columbus, Georgia - This year's NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships concluded with announcing the rosters for the 2014 NRA All-American pistol teams.

Started in 1936, the All-American award honors collegiate shooters in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun disciplines. These collegiate shooters are selected by their grade point average and having the highest average scores during the regular season. They are truly at the top of their game.

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Top shooter in Women's Aggregate; third overall for NRA Intercollegiate Individual Aggregate

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Women's Individual Aggregate Champion Lexi Lagan of University of Utah

Columbus, Georgia - Although the University of Utah's Lexi Lagan shot the individual match of her career at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, winning the Individual Women's Aggregate and placing third in the overall Individual Aggregate, she couldn't have been more humble in crediting her entire team in pushing her to succeed.

"Last year our team was really competitive, but we were missing that little extra nudge to make us contenders," Lagan said.

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