One of skeet shooting's top stars lets the NRA peek in his bag
Fairfax, Virginia - Four years ago US Army sergeant Vincent Hancock won Olympic gold in Beijing at the age of 19. This past summer he took home another gold and became the first skeet shooter to win consecutive Olympic titles. Now 23, Hancock is still substantially younger than the average medal-round qualifier and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Barbara Baird of Women's Outdoor News recently caught up with Vincent to ask a very important question for this month's issue of Shooting Sports USA: What's in your range bag?
Vincent Hancock is the first skeet shooter to
win consecutive gold medals in the Olympics,
winning in Beijing in 2008 and London this year.
Hancock, also a sergeant in the United States
Army and a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, GA, packs a very small
range bag. He keeps spare parts for his Beretta
DT10 Trident shotgun in his gun case. He says
he has been shooting this Beretta for 10 years
and has never had any problems with it. He is so
trusting of this gun that he does not even carry a
back-up gun to competitions.
When he competes, he packs these items
in a range bag:
- Rain gear
- Snacks (to keep my energy up
throughout the day)
As for future plans, Vincent said, “I will
be getting out of the military this December
and moving back near Eatonton, GA, to
run my shooting academy, Hancock
And of course, we had to ask if he
planned on visiting Disney World soon,
since he just won the Gold. He said,
“Maybe after my next Gold Medal in 2016,
I’ll take my girls to Disney World.” Vincent
and his wife are the proud parents of