Multi-gun champ Horner featured by Army Marksmanship Unit
FORT BENNING, Ga. — In showcasing the U.S. Army and the very best of Army Soldier skills, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are expected to win regardless of the competition around them. Since joining the unit in 2006, Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner has embodied that notion and worn it on his sleeve.
Horner is a member of the unit’s Action Shooting team and in the sport of Multi-gun shooting there is Horner and then there is everybody else. Horner recently won his fourth consecutive United States Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championship in Las Vegas and his fifth overall.
“A champion expects to win every match,” said Horner. “A winner goes to compete and see how it turns out. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn’t. A champion goes to a match and tells everybody to start engraving the trophy, because it’s mine.”
Kyle is down at Fort Benning in Georgia right now covering the 2012 NRA Collegiate Championships, hosted by the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). But other exciting news has just come from the USAMU, making history for both disabled shooting and the Army. At the center of this news is National Matches competitor Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, a combat-wounded veteran who will be competing at the Summer Olympic Games in London. Here's what the USAMU has to say about their latest news:
Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is the first Active Duty Soldier nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Team. (Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU PAO)
FORT BENNING, Georgia — The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is proud to announce its historic expansion with the creation of a Marksmanship Instructor Group and Paralympic Section, the first-ever Army units designed specifically for wounded warriors deemed able to continue to serve on active duty. Approved by the Army this week, this historic first is part of the Army Chief of Staff’s initiative supporting Wounded Warriors.
For these Soldiers, serving in the USAMU will involve raising Army combat readiness by providing the absolute best shooting instruction for all Army units. They will also showcase the Army by competing at a world-class level in national and international competition as part of the USAMU's efforts to connect the Army to the nation's citizens. Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, Operation Iraqi Freedom combat-wounded veteran and USAMU Paralympian, is the first Active Duty Soldier to be nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Team and will compete in London this summer.
This ground-breaking approach inspires wounded combat veterans to remain on active duty, enhances combat readiness, and highlights ability rather than disability. "Despite their injuries, these Soldiers are stronger for serving and continuing to serve; now they will make the Army even stronger,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, commander, USAMU.
Congratulations to SFC Olson and to all of our friends at the USAMU. We look forward seeing how this will revolutionize the shooting sports and increase opportunities for both combat-wounded and disabled shooters.
Fairfax, Virginia - Last week we told you about the newest round of NRA Competitive Shooting Trivia, which asked "Who was the winner of the Wimbledon Cup in 1974?" What we didn't tell you is that answer is actually a person very near and dear to us here at NRA - our very own Greg Connor, Manager of the Silhouette Deparment.
2012 marks Connor's 25th year of service to the NRA, but back in 1974, then Chief Warrant Officer Connor was a member of the United States Marine Corps Shooting Team.
Connor's win is chroncicled in the book The National Matches: 1903 -2003 The First 100 Years. Along with his picture (at right), the caption reads, "Greg Connor put the old 5V 1,000 yard target 'to bed' in style in 1974 with a fine 100-19V winning score in the Wimbledon Cup... Connor is one of the Marine Corps finest all-around riflemen, excelling in both High Power and Smallbore competition."
NRA's Life of Duty recently took a look at the exploits of Jim Allen, a World War II paratrooper wounded at Market Garden in September of 1944. After successfully leading his comrades from a would-be ambush, Allen was hit by a grenade. Recovering over time, Allen eventually joined one of the first group of American Smokejumpers based out of Okanogan, Washington.
Read the full story, titled "Under Fire Over Fire," in the latest edition of American Warrior magazine.
Fairfax, Virginia - As Lars told you yesterday, we had the honor of welcoming a group of wounded warriors from Project Enduring Pride as they visited NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia. The group of nearly 40 included combat disabled veterans and their family and friends. After a quick lunch at the NRA Café, half of the group went to the range with Lars, and the second half came with me to the National Firearms Museum.
Senior Curator Doug Wicklund took the group on a tour of the entire National Firearms Museum, explaining the significance of certain firearms, particularly those relating to the military. The tour began in the Petersen Gallery and included a stop to look at the guns of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. The group also looked at galleries containing the guns of the first and second World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and firearms used in modern warfare in the Middle East. But what were the group's favorite guns? Those contained in the Ruger Gallery's "Hollywood Guns" Exhibit.
Each year at Camp Perry, two special matches are held during the National Pistol Championships - The NRA/USA Civilian Pistol Team match and the Mayleigh Cup match. So why are we telling you the results now? Simply put, both of these competitions are team postal matches and we finally know how our team from the United States ranked against other countries.
With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, I've decided to put together my top ten picks (in no particular order) of great stocking stuffers for the shooting enthusiast in your life. If none of these options will work for those hard-to-buy-for shooters on your list, I suggest you trade them in for a new friend or family member who is less picky or has better taste. If you think I've left a "must have" off the list, leave a comment so I can see what I've missed!
1. Noveske Shooting Team 3-Gun Outlaw Instructional DVD
This is a great DVD for those who are new to 3-gun competition or looking to step up their game. Jansen Jones and Rob Romero from the Noveske Shooting Team take viewers through advanced techniques for 3-gunning including transitions, shooting positions, strategy, and more. It's not the same as attending a Noveske 3-Gun Training Class, but it's the next best thing to learn from two of the country's top competitors.
Last night was a big one here at the National Rifle Association. With our doors open late to any and all, we were lucky enough to play host to a neighbor up the road — The Military Channel. A subsidiary of Discovery Channel, they came to the NRA to premier the latest episode of their new show, "Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World."
More on the Triggers premier at NRA Headquarters ...
Universal Coin & Bullion is the Official Rare Coin and Bullion Dealer of the NRA, but they're also prominent sponsors of several NRA events including the National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry and the NRA Bianchi Cup to name a few. They recently passed along exciting news about the Cougar coin, and now they've purchased 1,900 commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor silver dollars to benefit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. NRA members can purchase these special coins to show their support and add to their collection. Read on to learn more about the Medal of Honor silver dollars and how you can purchase yours:
With the United States Mint's mid-December sales cutoff deadline approaching, the President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is praising an 11th hour effort by a prominent Texas coin dealer to boost lower-than-anticipated sales of the commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor uncirculated silver dollars. By law, the South Carolina-based foundation receives a $10 surcharge for each coin sold, and sales of the uncirculated dollar coins have lagged behind the proof version by over two-to-one.
Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas, has purchased 1,900 of the uncirculated dollars for sale to customers, the largest single purchase of this coin from the Mint. “That will provide $19,000 in surcharge proceeds to the foundation for its work to increase public awareness of the Medal of Honor and the service and sacrifice it represents,” said Fuljenz.
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