“Artillery guns”—with long barrels, mirage shields and fully adjustable buttstocks—are the tools of choice for competitors in the Long Range game at Camp Perry. Each can place a bullet into a 10-inch X-ring from 1,000 yards given that the shooter does his or her part when it comes to doping the wind and exercising proper fundamentals such as breathing and trigger control.
This photo of the “First Family of Shooting” at Camp Perry, circa 2001, shows (l. to r.) Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher, Mid Tompkins, Michelle Gallagher (who won Long Range that year) and Sherri Gallagher (who holds the national match record set in 2009).
On day two, competitors shoot the center-fire slow stage from 50 yards on Camp Perry’s Rodriguez range. Attendance at the pistol matches has continued to climb with 52 new, unclassified shooters joining in at the 2010 matches.
Among the 1,000 bullseye shooters and volunteers was the Marine Reserve team that went on to take third place. Unlike full-time military team shooters, reservists must somehow fit shooting into their schedules of civilian and military duties.