Lars' #2 Top Story of 2011 - David Tubb returns for his 6th Long Range High Power title
David Tubb with posing with the Tompkins Cup at the NRA's 2011 National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships.
Sometimes, but no often, the trophies NRA awards during the National Rifle and Pistol Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio change. In 1987, a change was made for the overall National Long Range High Power Championship to the Tompkins Cup. David Tubb won the Tompkins Cup that year – and he won it again in 2011 too.
Capturing the Cup five times over the span of twenty-four years is an incredible feat. But that's one of the great things about competitive shooting; you can be at the top of your game for decades. Tubb has proven that.
Called everything from a thinker to esoteric to a heavyweight, an initial interaction with Tubb can be startling. The massive amount of shooting knowledge delivered in his professorial manner may make some dismiss the man as aloof. But a few minutes in, the facade fades and the man appears more in the form of a favorite Uncle or Ball Coach.
Though I've talked with Tubb a number of times over the past few years, this was the first time I really had an opportunity to sit down and have an in depth discussion with the man. Much like the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Emil Praslick, Tubb took the time to ensurethat I understood the basic fundamentals of the sport. With that knowledge in hand, my ability to report on the Championships has been significantly enhanced – and for that I thank them both.
So in recognition of winning his sixth National Long Range High Power Championship in twenty-seven years (and his second Wimbledon Cup in twenty-five), David Tubb is my #2 story of 2011.