By Lars Dalseide | October 2 2012 07:38

Distinguished Experts in rifle, pistol and shotgun from California, West Virginia and Kentucky

NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Olsen sent us the following on this year's Isaacs Challenge Program winners — an acknowledgement of those who excel in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Isaacs Challenge is made possible by the generous donation of the Isaacs family to the NRA Foundation. The Isaacs Challenge Program is designed to encourage individuals to expand their shooting experience and clubs to expand their shooting programs by providing an incentive to shoot several different shooting events in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

There are individual and NRA club awards with the Isaacs Challenge Program. In the individual award category there is an award rifle for the individual who achieves the most Distinguished Expert (DE) ratings in a calendar year and also the Isaacs Challenge Certificate for each individual who achieves three or more Distinguished Expert ratings in a calendar year.

This year there was a four way tie between Joseph Cummings, Jackie Bastine, Cynthia Wright, and Eric Hoskins all of which have earned three Distinguished Expert Ratings. The 2011 Henry Award Rifle will go to Joseph Cummings for completing his three Distinguished Expert medals before the others. Jackie Bastine, Cynthia Wright and Eric Hoskins will receive the Isaacs Challenge Certificate for their efforts.

The Isaacs Challenge’s NRA Club Award is for NRA Clubs that have the most Distinguished Expert ratings earned in one of three categories: rifle, pistol or shotgun in a calendar year.

“Achieving proficiency in marksmanship is an achievement. Achieving multiple distinguished expert statuses is a credit to commitment, skill and focus. Those of us that pursue that multiple distinguished expert goal, elevate themselves, shooting sports and firearm ownership to a highly respected level both here in the USA and around the free world. It sets a standard we invite all marksman to pursue and find their own "personal best".- Jonathan Isaacs

2011 Isaacs Challenge’s NRA Club Award Rifles go to:

  • Rifle and pistol category winner is Colorado's Centennial State Shooting Club with 16 Pistol Distinguished Experts and six Rifle Distinguished Experts.
  • Shotgun category Angels Gun Club, Angels Camp, California with 11 Distinguished Experts.

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