2012 Rifle and Pistol Club Members

2012 Rifle and Pistol Club Members

Back row (left to right): Kyle Schittenhelm, Rifle Coach Keith Hein, Rebecca McCatty, Assitant Rifle Coach Angelina Taylor, Laura Bell, Pistol Coach Mark McKeel, and Amos Peck. Middle row (left to right): Clayton Peck, Tyler Luce, Mike Niezgoda, Elijah Bean, and Greg Morey. Front row (left to right): Emily Turner, Sarah Yarmatter, Sarah Pfund, and Andrew Traciak. Not in photo: Steven Morey, Katrina Gohil, and Advisor Dale Elshoff.

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It’s been a long summer!

In a few short weeks, the 40,000+ Michigan State University students will flood back into East Lansing, the air will start to cool, and it will be time to get back in the range! I have been looking forward to the start of the academic year all summer. Going into my fourth and last year at MSU, I am ecstatic to make it the most memorable year I’ve ever had.

I have been a member and competed with the MSU Rifle and Pistol Club for the past three years, and it feels like it has all lead me to here and now. I’ve already decided that this is my year. I’ve competed in a lot of competitions and even taken some titles, but I always wondered what it would feel like to win it all.

At the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals, I ended my shooting season with the highest air pistol score I’ve ever posted. Shooting a 546/600, I left Fort Benning, Georgia standing on top of the world. Five months later, I’m ready to get that feeling back and kick off this season with a bang.

I can’t wait to see all the club members, and welcome new ones too. There are so many possibilities for this club to grow!

-Sarah Yahrmatter

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NRA’s 2012 Club Rifle and Pistol Championships

NRA’s 2012 Club Rifle All-Star rosters

This last week members of the MSU Rifle and Pistol Club spent the week in Columbus, GA at the US Military base (Fort Benning).  These shooters qualified to take part in the NRA Intercolliegent Rifle Club Championships and the Intercolliegent Pistol Championships.  Members on the Rifle Club did phenominal by taking the National Rifle Club Champion title as a club in both air rifle and smallbore.  Amos took 1st place in both guns and the aggregate.  Tyler took 2nd place aggregate, while Clayton took 5th place aggregate.  Check out the above blog from the NRA and the following blog post that appeared last week.






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2012 Olympic Air Gun Trails

Good luck to Amos, Clayton and Andrew this weekend at the Olympic Trials in Anniston, Alabama!!!


September’s CMP Monthly Match

On September 17th some of the members of the Rifle and Pistol Club competed at the Camp Perry, OH in the CMP’s Monthly 60 Shot Air Match.  Andrew Traciak competed in the air pistol event, while Clayton Peck, Amos Peck, Tyler Luce and Angelina Taylor competed in the air rifle event.

Andrew shot a qualifying score of 532 out of 600.  He shot a finals match of 95.9 securing second place.

In rifle Clayton qualified in second with 578 and 27 x’s putting him ahead of Tyler who qualified with a 578 and 21 x’s.   While Amos qualified in fourth with a 577 and 28 x’s and Angelina qualified in fifth with a 575 and 30 x’s.  However, these standings changed with the finals.  With a final of 102.4 Amos finished in first place with a score of 679.4, while Tyler finished in third with a final score of 678.5, Clayton in fourth with a score of 677.5 and Angelina in fifth with a score of 677.2.

It was a great match for all that attended and a wonderful beginning for the 2011-2012 season for the club.  Congratulations to all the team members on a job well done!

~ Angelina Taylor (Rifle Team)

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Open House

On Sunday, September 18th the Archery Club and the Rifle and Pistol Club will be holding their open house.  The event will run from 5pm – 7:30pm that night at the Demmer Center.  If you need transportation, the clubs are providing transportation to and from the planetarium between 5pm and 6pm.

The open house will include a tour of the MSU John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center (aka Demmer Center).  Then pizza and pop will be served to our guests while they get either an archery or ballistics safety briefing and then guests will get a chance to shoot.

If you have any questions about this event please let us know!

New Website!!!

Hey everyone!  Want to learn more about the MSU Rifle and Pistol Club check out their website: https://sites.google.com/site/msurpteam/


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2011 USA Rifle and Pistol Nationals – Day 2

Today marks the conclusion of the first events at the USA Rifle and Pistol Nationals here in Georgia.  The women finished up in air rifle, men finished up with 3-position rifle, and pistol finished up on center shot.

On the second day of air rifle competition, I struggled with my sighters, but had a strong start to my match.  I began with a 97 then a 98.  The next 20 shots were a struggle with fatigue and loss of focus affecting my aim.  My second to last ten shots were a 95, and I finished with a 94.  This placed me 6th on the second relay with a 384 with 16 x’s.  My aggregate between the two days was a 767, which placed me 33rd overall.

I will be making my way back to Michigan following the awards program today at 2 p.m.  To see the rest of the results for all the events at the USA Rifle and Pistol Nationals please check out http://www.usashooting.com/results.php.

~Angelina (Rifle Team member)

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2011 USA Rifle and Pistol Championships – Day 1

Today was the true start of the competition down here in Georgia.  This morning the woman’s air rifle competition got underway at 8 a.m.  Thankfully, I was on the second relay that began shooting at 10 a.m.

The top score of the day was a 396 out of 400 and that score did not belong to me.  I did shoot well though.  I began with a great sighter period of one 8 and the other 9 shots were all 10s.  Then, I struggled a little with my first few shots, but picked up my rhythm as I progressed.  Near the end though I began to get a little fatigued and it showed in my scores.  All in all it was a good match that began with a 93 then a 95 then a 99 and finished with a 96.  This gave me a total of a 383 out of 400.  I also had 17 x’s.  So at the end of the day I am sitting in 37th position.  This was a far better start than what I had at last year’s nationals by almost 20 points.

I missed making the first relay tomorrow by one point, but that is okay.  I will be shooting tomorrow on the second relay that begins at 10 a.m.  Then the awards will be held at 2 p.m.  From there I will be leaving Georgia, but I will post some more information tomorrow sometime.

~Angelina (Rifle Team member)

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