Carl R. Bernosky of Ashland, Pennsylvania, won his 9th NRA National High Power Rifle Championship, held August 7-12, at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Bernosky posted a 2393-160x to take first place and win the prestigious Mumma Trophy which brings the title of High Power Rifle Champion. In addition to winning the overall high power rifle championship, Bernosky took the title of NRA Match Rifle Champion. He also won top honors in the following matches: Erdman Trophy Match (596-31x); Nevada Trophy Match (798-42x); Clarke Trophy Match (799-63x); Marine Gunner D.I. Boyd II Memorial Trophy Match (1195-76x); Scott Trophy Match (200-15x); Appreciation Cup Match (200-18x); Crescent Cup Match (200-15x); and the Crowell Trophy Match (200-17x).
"It's just a matter of getting your mind ready to shoot the shot when it's there and just tweaking everything a little bit," Bernosky said of preparing for these matches. "You don't have to be thinking about what you're doing, it just happens."
One of his most impressive accomplishments this year was tying a National Record for slow fire standing from 200 yards. The record, a 200-15x, was originally set by Gary Anderson in 1971 in the Navy Cup. "When I shot that 200 with 15 standing, that was discipline. I didn't shoot a bad shot," Bernosky said. "That was the best target I've ever shot, including practice."
Bernosky's feat occurred during the Crescent Cup, which contains the same course of fire as the Navy Cup. "Every time I shoot a standing, whether in practice or in a match, I'm thinking about that record. I always thought I could shoot that well," Bernosky said. "It's tough to do and it's a great feeling to have done that."
Going into the final day tied for first place, Bernosky was looking for a boost during the Crescent Cup to have a great day of shooting and gain sole possession of the lead. "When you enter the final day and you're tied and you just stand up there and shoot a 200-15x, it doesn't get any better than that," Bernosky said. Having grabbed the lead, Bernosky held on for the last two matches to secure first place and left the firing line a champion.
Congratulations Carl on your 2011 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship win.