Raymond Anti has been coming to Camp Perry for 36 consecutive years. This year he brought along his son and two grandchildren to participate in the National Matches (From left to right: Mike, Will, Matt and Raymond Anti).
The Anti family, like many others, are heavily involved in the shooting sports. Raymond spent over 30 years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a Captain. During this time, he was both a shooter and coach on the Marine Corps Shooting Team. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Raymond served as the coach of the Navy Shooting Team at the Naval Academy for a number of years.
While shooting competitively, Raymond reached the rare and coveted position of double distinguished in service rifle and pistol. This feat requires such a level of achievement that most shooters will not even come close during their careers.
Now, Raymond works on the line at Camp Perry. While not as glamorous as shooting, his duties ensure the matches run smoothly and everyone has a pleasant experience.
For the 2nd generation, Raymond's son Mike is also helping work the line like his father. An accomplished shooter himself, Mike recently retired from the Army and is now the coach of the shooting team at the Air Force Academy.
When he was a child, Mike trained with legendary shooter Lones Wigger -- and it certainly has shown. This is his first year as a volunteer at Camp Perry, but Mike has attended as a competitor in the past, and quite successfully. He won the 3-Position Championship in 1994, 2003 and 2006 as well as the Prone Championship in 2000. Perhaps most impressive in a career's worth of great shooting, Mike won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Matt and Will, Mike's two sons, joined their father and grandfather at Camp Perry this year. This is the first experience at the National Matches for both of the boys. Will has only been shooting a couple years, but will compete in the Prone Championship next week. Matt is not a shooter, but came out to volunteer on the line like his father and grandfather.
It is not uncommon to see mothers and fathers shooting alongside their children at Camp Perry, but a story like the Antis is much rarer. Even though they are not all competing, it is still very impressive to have three generations attending the National Matches and the work they do on the line is not only important, but necessary to having a safe match.