By Kyle Jillson | April 19 2014 12:00

Find out what one of the best in the shotgun sports brings to the trap field

Two-time Olympian and United States Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Glenn Eller. Courtesy USAShooting

Last month's issue of Shooting Sports USA saw Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Glenn Eller, Olympic gold medalist and one of the finest shotgun shooters around. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

A two-time Olympian before joining the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Staff Sgt. Glenn Eller credits the Army for honing his training regimen in Men’s Double Trap, allowing him to claim the gold medal in the sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At these Games, Eller set an Olympic and Final Olympic record. He has represented the U.S. four times on Olympic teams and is in training for Rio 2016.

Eller started shooting in competitions as a boy of 8, and in 1996, he became the first American to win the British Open Sporting Clay junior title.

Last year, Eller earned the “USA Shooting Athlete of the Year” award for capturing two Selection Match titles, breaking the World Record and consequently being named the World Champion in September 2013. Since winning Gold in the 2008 Olympics, Eller struggled to be considered among the best competition shooters in the world. Last year, he came roaring back and reestablished himself as one of the premier shooters in the world. Hailing from Houston, TX, and now assigned to Ft. Benning, GA, this soldier travels lightly when transporting his gear to the trap field. Eller shoots a Beretta DT 10, loaded with Winchester ammunition.

What's in your range bag, SSgt. Eller?

Eller doesn’t carry a range bag. Instead, he loads his gear into a backpack – the one given to him in 2008 when he made the Olympic team.

“I normally don’t carry much. I keep my gun, vest and glasses (Pilla) in my gun case. In my bag is normally just my awards suit. I try to carry as little as possible to the range so I don’t lose things,” said Eller. He also carries Carmex to use as a stock finish, or “to keep my face from breaking open.”

Eller will be competing in the Shotgun Spring Selection competition in Kerrville, TX, from March 13-23. He also will shoot at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Tucson, Ariz., from April 8 to 15.

Follow Eller at his Facebook page and Twitter. For more information about SSgt. Eller, visit Army Strong Stories. Check out profiles on Eller and his teammates at USA Shooting.

See the SSUSA article on Glenn and their entire library of issues at http://www.nrapublications.org/index.php/shooting-sports-usa/

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