One of the shooting world's best pistol shooters gives us a peek of his equipment
There's no two ways about it, ten-time National Police Shooting Championship winner Phil Hemphill is a shooting legend.
The marksman has made quite the name for himself in the shooting world since first stepping onto the NPSC scene 26 years ago, but until 2011 a win at the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, had remained elusive. A year ago Hemphill finally took home gold from the shores of Lake Erie, winning it all in spectacular fashion with a 2632-113x.
Unlike football or basketball where player equipment is almost entirely the same, competitive shooting sees a lot of variation in what competitors use. And as any shooter knows, there's a lot more to choose from than just the gun.
Barbara Baird of Women's Outdoor News recently caught up with Hemphill to find out exactly what is in his range bag. Or rather range box, as Hemphill elects to carry his equipment around in something sturdy.
So what aids-to-victory did the legendary shooter share with Barb?
- Pistols – Two Feinwerkbau AW93 .22 cal.
pistols and two Rock River Arms .45s. that
“shoot like a house on fire!”
- Screwdriver to make a sight change if necessary
- Kowa 15-25 spotting scope
- Rosin powder – Remember, he trains in Mississippi
- Hardware wire – “to keep neighbor’s brass from
- Timer – “to make sure I finish up on time”
- CMM brass catcher (which he prefers for Camp Perry
because it is heavy and doesn’t blow over) – “Besides,
I’m too old and fat to bend over and pick up brass!”
- Peltor ear muffs and soft plugs
- Tinted pair of Randolph shooting glasses with
With the National Police Shooting Championship coming up next week, we'll be bringing you plenty of news on the competition for the 2012 title. Current NPSC hot shot Robert Vadasz looks to add a fourth title to his belt, but it won't be easy with fellow Border Patrol Agent and teammate Enoch Smith vying for the top spot.
We've got a long way to go before we see another Hemphill at NPSC, but he wouldn't be a legend if it were so easy to catch him.
Read Barb's article on Shooting Sports USA's website here.