THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Like Presidential elections, serious preparation for the Olympic Games starts a couple of years in advance of the big day. In recent issues of the Airgun Wire, you’ve probably noticed a flood of stories about various World Cup competitions leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Games. We thought it would be fun to follow the journey of one of the aspiring Olympic Airgun shooters from Team USA. 

One of the best parts of attending the NRA Annual Conference is meeting new and interesting people. I had the pleasure of talking with USA Shooting team member Kellie Foster and her family. While on her way to an appearance at the Eley Ammunition booth, we had an opportunity to chat for a bit about Kellie’s shooting career. Here’s what she had to say. 

Airgun Wire: So, Kellie. Tell us about your specialties. What competitions do you shoot?
 
Kellie Foster: I shoot both Air Pistol and Sport Pistol, which is .22 caliber pistols at a range of 25-meters.

AGW: Did you start with .22 rimfire or air pistols? When did you start shooting?
 
Kellie: I began with Air Pistol in the 4-H program. I started when I was 10-years old. It was a father-daughter bonding time activity. I became involved with USA Shooting when I was 13 and after that competed in the Nationals. About a year later, I was able to represent USA Shooting at the World Championships in Grenada, Spain. 

AGW: That’s a big leap in a very short time. How did you go from plinking at home and competing in local 4-H matches to World-class competition?

Kellie: I was doing really well in the local 4-H program and winning a lot of competitions. My dad really encouraged me to get better by competing against people better than I was. He believed that adding even more challenge would help me focus and take my shooting to the next level. When I got involved with USA Shooting, I realized that there are a lot of really talented and skilled shooters out there, so that really increased my motivation and focus. 

AGW: Do you have a coach now?

Kellie: I’ve only had a coach helping me for about the past year. I’m currently working with Vladimir Chichkov who coaches for the National Pistol Team. He’s the representative for Pardini competition guns here in the United States. I also am being coached by Libby Callahan. She’s the National Pistol Coach for USA Shooting. 

AGW: What guns are you shooting?

Kellie: I actually started with Walther guns for both Air and Sport Pistol. My Walther was a LP400 Match Air Pistol. More recently, I’ve switched to Pardini for both sports. My Air Pistol gun is a Pardini K12.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

American Airgunner is set to air its all new 2018 season on Pursuit Channel beginning July 6th. The new episodes will entertain and education as host of the show, Rossi Morreale, and guests will bring you along with them as they dive into the world of airguns and airgun hunting.
 
This will be American Airgunner’s sixth season on Pursuit Channel with Rossi Morreale as host. “I couldn’t be more stoked about this season. It’s epic! We’ve gone on big game hunts with the new .50 caliber Umarex Hammer, we’ve explored various airguns from Pyramyd Air and we’re bringing new people into the world of airguns.”

Precision Air Distribution is pleased to announce that they will be attending the 13thannual POMA conference in Lincoln, Nebraska June 12 to 15th, 2018. 

Precision Air Distribution represents many prestigious brands such as MTC Optics, Daystate Air Guns, Brocock Air Guns as well as many other related brands. 

Air Arms are proud to support airgun enthusiasts from around the world; constantly developing their community of global ambassadors to both entertain and educate Air arms shooters through their comprehensive portfolio of digital media platforms. As part of this continuing strategy, Air Arms are delighted to introduce South African airgunner Richard Leonard to the team. 

Pyramyd Air, the world’s largest internet airgun retailer in conjunction with Digital Wave Corporation, a leading authority of modal acoustic testing, is pleased to announce the release of Life Extended SCBA tanks for use with precharged pneumatic airguns. Using groundbreaking technology, each expired tank is rigorously tested and restored to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, extending each tank’s usable life, providing years of dependable service, and presenting a low-cost gateway for PCP airgunning.

Medals were awarded in five events today at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol, taking place at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia.

On the line are National Championship titles, as well potential invitations to the National and National Junior Teams for medalists in the Olympic events. Medals were awarded in Women’s Air Rifle and Men’s Three-Position Rifle based on the cumulative score from two days of Qualification matches, as well as points earned based on finish in the Final.

Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain will host the three legs of the inaugural Target Sprint competition series in 2018, ahead of the 2nd ISSF World Championship Target Sprint to be held in Changwon (KOR) in September.

Following the success of the 2017 ISSF World Championship Target Sprint in Suhl, the International Shooting Sport Federation launches the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint. The new competition series is designed to foster the development of the new “Sport for All” discipline, that combines running and 10m Air Rifle shooting

CALENDAR
June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD

Info: dempstersc@gmail.com

Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Info: wayne.labeau@browardschools.com

2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL

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2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA

Info: mromero@selmausd.org

2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA

Info: pentz22@yahoo.com

3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA

Info: claudedavenport@gmail.com

2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register 

Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS

Info: bahampton@oxfordsd.org

2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC

Contact: sdavis@rock.k12.nc.us

Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA

Info: fduckworth@kgcs.k12.va.us

2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

Info: riess.pellegrino@oursma.org

2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 23-24
Texas Airgun Show and Field Target Match 2018

Arlington Sportsman's Club
11500 CR 525, Mansfield, TX 76063

Information: texasairgunshow.com

June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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July 6-8
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships - Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

More Information

July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543

Register

August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

August 19
The 26th Annual Kalamazoo Michigan Airgun Show

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo Airgun Show Website

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