August 4th, 2012

Jamie Gray Wins Gold Medal in 50m Three-Position Rifle

Jamie Gray won the Gold Medal in women’s 50m three-position rifle today at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London. Jamie finished with a score of 691.9, a new Olympic record. Fittingly, Jamie secured the Gold Medal with a 10.8 on her last shot in the finals, just 0.1 shy of a perfect score. “I’ve worked on taking that last shot for four years,” she said. “It was almost a moment of relief… I knew it was a good one.” Jamie finished 4.4 points ahead of Silver Medalist Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia. The Czech Republic’s Adela Sykorova took the Bronze medal, 8.9 points behind Gray. You can watch the Women’s 50m Three Position Finals on the NBC Olympics Website (internet service provider log-in required).

Jamie Beyerle Gray

Jamie shot great throughout the competition and headed into finals with a two-point lead over her competitors. Gray’s qualifying score was 592, also an Olympic record. This was Jamie’s second appearance in the Olympics, and she has made great progress in the past four years. In Beijing in 2008, Jamie finished fifth in three-position rifle, and fourth in air rifle. After winning Gold in Londson, Jamie said: “This is a dream come true. I made a plan and I stuck to it.”

Two Gold Medal-Winning Room-Mates
At the Olympic Athletes Village in London, Jamie shares a room with Kim Rhode, who won Gold in Women’s Skeet Shooting. Perhaps that pairing brought good luck to both ladies. Team USA now has three Gold medals in shooting, the team’s best performance since 1984.

Jamie Beyerle Gray

Earlier this spring, in a USA Shooting interview, Jamie talked about Olympic shooting competition which divides male and female shooters into two divisions: “I am a born competitor and whether it is men or women I want to win. In a sport that is equal between men and women I would most definitely enjoy the competition. I started out only knowing that men and women compete against each other. It wasn’t until I learned shooting was an Olympic sport that I realized men and women didn’t compete against each other. It is exciting to me that there are still sports out there that men and women can be equal, however for other reasons it may be better that there are different categories for each.”

Jamie Beyerle Gray

Jamie began shooting in a BB gun program at 8 years old. An all-round athlete, as a high school student, she played varsity soccer, basketball and softball. Jamie graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and shot for its nationally-renowned rifle team. She is currently the technical coach for the Columbus State University Rifle Team. Jamie is married to another shooter, USAMU SSG Hank Gray. Jamie, who originally hails from Lebanon, PA, competed as Jamie Beyerle before her marriage.

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August 4th, 2012

Video Reminds Gun Owners to Register and Vote

R. Lee Ermey Voter RegistrationHere’s a video featuring ‘Gunny’ R. Lee Ermey. This clip is entertaining to be sure, but it carries an important message — gun owners need to register to vote, and they must go to the polls on election day. Ermey explains: “This is a critical time for our nation, and too many people are sitting back to let others do the hard work. So it’s time for all of us to put some gas in it and persuade all eligible gun owners to register. That’s why I volunteered my time to film the ad shown here.” So if you haven’t registered to vote yet, do so as soon as you can. As Gunny Ermey says: “Now it’s your turn and I want to see results! NO EXCUSES. I expect 110% [effort] right now from everyone who values our freedoms!”

Video find by EdLongRange. We welcome reader submissions.
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August 4th, 2012

Last Day for CMP Matches at Camp Perry

It’s the final day for the CMP Matches at Camp Perry! CLICK HERE to follow the John C. Garand Match results on-line. You can also view results for the other CMP matches completed so far on the CMP Competition Tracker webpage. This afternoon, the final relays for the Springfield/Vintage Military Rifle Matches will be fired. This evening, the CMP will hold its awards ceremony honoring the top shooters at the National CMP Games events. Here are some of the winners of prominent 2012 CMP Matches at Camp Perry (partial listing):

President’s Trophy Winner — Jared Perry, 398-16X
Daniel Boone Trophy (Overall Winner) — SGT Sherri Gallagher, 494-15X
Presidents-NTI-NTT Aggregate (Overall) — SSG Tyrel Cooper, 1286-59X
GSM 3-Gun Aggregate — Dennis DeMille, 858-17X
M1 Carbine Match Winner — Sciarabba, Stephen, 375-5X
NTI Garand Match Winner — Robert Steketee, 468-8X

National Trophy Team Match — USAMU Praslick, 2950-103X
National Trophy Jr. Team match — California Grizzlies Berger, 2880-93X
Vintage Sniper Team Match — Rutherford/Armstrong, 398-17X

CMP Garand Match

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