The Columbia Daily Tribune stopped by the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club to see Team Smith & Wesson's Trevor Baucom compete in the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup.
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Veteran competes in Bianchi Cup from a wheelchair
As shots crack at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club near Hallsville, where the Midway USA/NRA Bianchi Cup is under way, cardboard targets are peppered with holes as some of the best marksmen from all over the world fire from behind 6-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide barricades.
Lined up next to competitors from Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the United States, Trevor Baucom takes aim from a seated position while the others stand. Trevor is one of two competitors this year who are shooting from a wheelchair.
“For a guy in a wheelchair that hasn’t shot” competitively “before, I think I’m doing pretty good,” Baucom said.
In June 1998, Baucom enlisted in the military and served in the infantry until 2004, when he graduated from flight school and became a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Then, in June, on a night assault in Afghanistan, Baucom’s chopper went down. He woke up in Germany unable to move his legs.
While undergoing rehabilitation in Atlanta, Baucom met Jim Scoutten, executive producer of three Shooting USA shows on the Outdoor Channel. Scoutten’s son also is in the military, and the two men hit it off quickly. Scoutten gave Baucom the opportunity to train with shooting coach Billy Abbate and be a part of the Shooting USA series as a member of a sponsored team.
As “far as we know, he’s the first … team member shooter in a wheelchair,” Scoutten said. “We’re sending a message to other wounded warriors and other people injured … that the shooting sports will welcome them.”
Baucom said the competitors and staff have been “more than fantastic.”