by Lars Dalseide - Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Michelle Gallagher receives a congratulatory hug from her mom after winning the Leech Cup at the NRA Championships "This is the first time I've shot this year in a sling at a 1,000 yard match," said Gallagher. "I've been shooting F-Class, so this is pretty special."
While F-Class shooters fire at the same distances, there are a few distinct differences — the targets are smaller and the rifle is shot with support from a bipod.
"I've been shooting with a sling for 17 years. F-Class is new, it's a different challenge and the people are fantastic."
Though Cooper was her closest competitor on paper, last year's Wimbledon Cup winner Bob Gustin was on hand to mount a charge of his own. But Gustin's efforts were hampered by another one of those freak Camp Perry mishaps.
"Everything was fine at the end of the match, but when Bob took his first sighter shot, he wasn't even on paper," explained one observer. "Maybe someone bumped his rifle, messed up the sights, but whatever happened, Bob made a great recovery to find his wind in three shots."
Her official total of 200-12x for the Leech Cup puts Gallagher in 7th place overall as Day Three of Long Range High Power begins.