By Kyle Jillson | October 11 2012 07:33

Money from Pennsylvania Friends of NRA events helps supply groups like the Millionaire Marksmen

Jonathan Bartley (center) poses with his father Seth Bartley (right) and Millionaire Marksmen club advisor Brian Soars (left), John Bartley, Seth Bartley.

Fairfax, Virginia - Since 2008 the Millionaire Marksmen has been a great shooting club in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area. The student-run organization promotes engagement, involvement and mentorship in the community thanks to the collaborative efforts of teachers, school district administrators, community members and the Friends of NRA.

All ammunition students practice with is provided through generous Friends of NRA grants. Seeing as it's hard to have a marksmanship club without bullets, the club could not continue providing a safe, fun environment for junior shooters to hone their skills without the Friends of NRA's help.

Recently, Eastern Pennsylvania's NRA Field Representative, Kory Enck, told us about the recent accomplishment of a Millionaire Marksman.

John Bartley, a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School, shot in the 126th National Skirmish of the North-South Skirmish Association last weekend in Winchester, Virginia. Not only did John participate, but his team won a medal: 8th place in the A-2 musket team classification - not a bad start.

John is only the second Millionaire Marksman to shoot in a N-SSA skirmish and the first to win a medal there. His success has caught on and five of his Millionaire Marksmen teammates plan to shoot this spring, led by Johnathan of course.

So how was Johnathan able to shoot the match? Muskets aren't a common thing for teenagers to own. Luckily a friendly shooter loaned to him their 1864 Springfield Musket and brand new 100yd. Already shooting in the "Expert" class for individual competitions, Jonathan's scores that day would have easily produced medals in "Marksman," where many of his friends are.

But you don't stay at the top of your class for long when good shooting means you progress a level. That's a good thing, though.

We're excited to see what Jonathan and his classmates can do this spring and hope Kory keeps sending us updates.

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