2014 was an amazing year filled with many highlights. Attending the National Championships for Across the Course, Mid-Range, Long-Range, and International Full-bore was tons of fun! My top five highlights for this year (in no particular order) would have to be:
- Attending the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio
- Winning high Junior Over-All, at the National Mid-Range Championships
- Taking 2nd place and a Silver medal shooting on a U.S./U.K. combined 4-man team for International Full-Bore
- Winning the Kentucky State Long-Range Championships overall and Jr. winner
- Shooting my new personal best at Mid-Range with a 596-30X
However, sadly the season has wound down and now is the time for lots and lots of dry firing. To keep my skills sharp and focused I dry fire all of my guns. However, thanks to the generosity of the Kentucky State Rifle and Pistol Association, when I dry fire with my AR-15 it is a little bit more fun than the rest because I actually get to live fire in my home! The Kentucky State Rifle and Pistol Association provided me with an AirAR-15 air rifle upper to use for practice. This is one of the coolest and most fun ways to practice, because I can do it in my basement. I get to see instant results while shooting my AR and it does not even feel like I am practicing; it just feels like I am on a range, aiming to win a match. I have had this upper since June of 2014 and I noticed almost instantly that this would not only help my scores and positions but also my parent’s wallet. I love getting tons of practice for just the price of some compressed air and a box of pellets, I don’t have to worry about building tons of rounds and using up a bunch of my reloading components to practice and see instant results like I would going out to the range and shooting. The best part is since it is all in my basement I do not have to go very far and I can do it at any time of day that I want to. With the world championships at Camp Perry, this year being on top of my game is my number one priority and practicing is the best way to get me to the top. Therefore, a huge thank you goes out to the Kentucky State Rifle and Pistol Association for helping make my practice just a bit more fun and productive!