If you follow competitive shooting, you know that this is a sport with some intense players involved. Being a top-notch shooter requires an immense amount of skill, practice, and love for the sport. These best players keep their skills on point year-round to take part in various high level competitions all over the world.
The three associations that host the most shooting competitions are the NRA, the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), and the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association). Let’s look at a few of the best contenders for the US who right now are truly making their mark known. Some of them even compete on the Olympic level in the summer games, which has fifteen different shooting events that make up the sport.
Here are five shooters to root for.
Kim Rhode: One of the top female shooters in the world, Kim Rhode is practically a legend at this point. She is a six-time Olympic medalist, will probably compete in the summer games in 2024, and was recently made a board member of the NRA. At 39-years-old, this California native has been shooting practically her entire life, with her first skeet competition when she was only 10-years-old.
Jessie Duff Harrison: This National Champion, who has also won many titles, is one of the biggest names in the sport. Her first competitions were in “cowboy action shooting” but then progressed to other shooting competitions. She’s from Georgia, and most recently took home the silver in the 2017 IPSC Handgun World Shoot. Her father was also a World Champion in shooting so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there.
Michael McPhail: Another Olympic athlete on the list is Michael McPhail. His specialty is rifle shooting with two Olympic appearances in 2012 and 2016. He also placed bronze in the World Championships in 2014. Being from Wisconsin, he started shooting a BB gun at the age of 5 running around the woods with his family who loved hunting.
Vincent Hancock: Winning the gold medal in skeet shooting in the 2008 Olympics put Vincent’s “shooting star” on the map. He started winning titles at a very young age, most notably when he won the International Shooting Sport Federation “Shooter of the Year” in 2005 — at 16-years-old. Winning gold in skeet in 2018 and in 2019 keeps his profile high in this competitive sporting event.
Adam Sokolowski: This award-winning Army Sergeant First Class did something that no one else in the history of shooting competition has done — he managed a perfect score in the Metallic Championship in 2018. He also recently won the 2018 Bianchi Cup, which then makes him one of the only people to have won all three divisions in only four short years. Look for him to continue his quest for excellence in future competitions.
~ Ready to Fire News