By Lars Dalseide | October 25 2010 12:09

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran an amazing story on 12-year old Fox Pettinotti's Marksmanship achievements:

Felton boy, 12, earns NRA's highest award, eyes possibility of Olympic shooting team

Fox Pettinotti is one of the lucky few who discovered at least one of his natural abilities early in life.

Fox, a 12-year-old Felton resident and seventh-grader at San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy, spent most of the last year shooting bull's-eyes from 50 feet away -- in upright and kneeling positions, as well as lying down -- as a member of the Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club's junior program.

In July, when he was 11, he used one of the club's .22 bolt-action rifles at the indoor range of the San Jose Municipal Firing Range to complete the requirements for the 4-Position Rifle Qualification.

He now possesses the pinnacle of the NRA's Marksmanship Qualification Program, the Distinguished Expert Marksmanship Award, which shows he's at the same level as a competitively classified sharpshooter. And he had to meet the same requirements as adults at the same rating.

Club members presented him with the award, along with a wooden ammunition box and certificate, during a ceremony last month.

He's the youngest person to receive that rating in the 81-year history of the Santa Clara Valley club, and one of the youngest in the NRA's history.

Read the full story on Pettinotti's marksmanship here.

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