SFC Jason Parker of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit shares what he brings to the range
Fairfax, Virginia - In next month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News gets ahold of accomplished shooter SFC Jason Parker of the US Army Marksmanship Unit to ask him the all-important question: What's in your range bag?
He’s “been there and back.”
Sgt. First Class Jason A. Parker
competes and instructs with the
U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit based
out of Fort Benning, GA. If his gold
medals could be melted down for
cash, he probably could retire early.
Shooting competitively since the
age of 13, after his parents purchased
a competition air rifle for him as a
Christmas gift, the Ohioan enlisted
in the Army in 1997 and medaled
consistently from the start. Jason said,
“After the 2004 Olympics, I decided
that I wanted to transition to more
smallbore shooting. Currently, I shoot
mostly Olympic Style 3-Position and
Prone and a few 300 Meter competitions every once in a while.” Most
recently, the Rochester, N.Y. native
won every event he competed in at
this year’s National Championships for
Rifle & Pistol.
He competes with an Anschütz
2013 in a Precision stock with
Eley Ammunition. “I carry a large
OGIO duffle bag for all of my equipment. I like a more rugged bag that
can handle airline baggage carousels,
so it will last longer.”
And, what’s in that bag,
- Knobloch prescription shooting
glasses that can be adjusted
so thatthey are directly in line
with my sight picture.
- Cheap foam earplugs. They
are always clean and I don’t
mind if I lose one.
- Shooting jacket and pants,
needed to provide the
support necessary to hold
the rifle steady
Sling, used in the prone
and kneeling positions.
- Glove, used on non-firing
hand for extra padding and
comfortin all positions.
- Shooting boots that help in
the standing position by
providing a flat platform on
which to build your position.
- Scope and scope stand to
watch for mirage and to verify
all shots on electronic targets.
- Tools for making adjustments
to my rifle for each of the
Jason doesn’t carry any
item for good luck. He said,
“However, I do put my left
shoe and sock on first for
luck. Please don’t ask
But you might want to ask
him, if you see him at one of
these competitions. He’ll be
shooting at the World Cup in
Granada, Spain, from July 3
through 11; at the NRA National
Championships, Camp Perry, OH,
from July 16 through 26; and
the 300 Meter USA Shooting
National Championships and
World Championship tryouts
at Ft. Benning from August 12