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Monday, September 29, 2014

VSSA Highpower Junior Shooters Featured in CMP First Shots E-Magazine

The recent CMP First Shot Online Magazine had this article on how the VSSA Junior Highpower Team made the transition from Air Rifle to Highpower Rifle:
Maj. Mike Darnell is the junior highpower program director for the Virginia Shooting Sports Association (VSSA). He began as the air rifle coach for the Brooke Point High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) in Stafford, VA, before a trip to the United States Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA, with four of his shooters for a community service project opened an entirely new marksmanship perspective.


VSSA is very blessed to have some dedicated coaches and program directors working with our junior shooters.  Besides Mike, Highpower Rifle Committee Chairman Mike Jamison and Coach Bill McKaig have worked very hard to make this one of the most active shooter programs in VSSA.
Left to right: Back row: Andrew Ross, Sam Cavender, Anthony Kissik, Nathan Dvornick, Theron Hawkins Front Row: Matthew Ross, Dawson Kissik
CMP noted that last year, VSSA brought a group of eight shooters to Camp Perry. This year, with the growing attention the team has received from other young shooters, the Camp Perry bunch almost doubled – growing to 14 shooters.
Maj. Mike Darnell began as the air rifle coach for Brooke Point High School before a few of his juniors became interested in highpower. The 2014 National Matches at Camp Perry was Darnell’s second trip as coach of the VSSA team.
It's a great article.  Congratulations to the shooters and coaches for catching the eye of CMP.

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