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August 13th, 2011

Carl Bernosky Wins 2011 High Power National Championship

Ninth High Power Title for Bernosky
Carl Bernosky has won the 2011 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship with a final Aggregate score of 2393-160X. Rodrigo Rosa finished second, just three points behind, but Carl had a huge edge in X-Count, 160X for Carl vs. 132X for Rosa. Over the course of the past week, while amassing his winning Aggregate, Carl won a number of trophy matches without dropping a point, including the Scott Trophy Match (200-15X), Appreciation Cup Match (200-18X), Crescent Cup Match (200-15X), and the Crowell Trophy Match (200-17X).

One of his most impressive accomplishments this year was tying a National Record for slow fire standing from 200 yards. The record, a 200-15X, was originally set by Gary Anderson in 1971 in the Navy Cup. “When I shot that 200 with 15X standing, that was discipline. I didn’t shoot a bad shot,” Bernosky said. “That was the best target I’ve ever shot, including practice.”

Shooting for Team SOG in 2011, this win marks Bernosky’s Ninth National High Power Championship*. This was a sweet victory for Carl, as last year he finished just one point behind 2010 Champion SGT Sherri Gallagher. As far as we can tell, Carl’s 2393-160X was the second highest National High Power Championship Winning Agg in history, exceeded only by Gallagher’s 2396-161X record set last year. Congratulations to Carl for his impressive victory! Now a nine-time champion, Bernosky has won the High Power Championship in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1992, 2000, 2007, 2008, and 2011. *In 1981 Carl won the Match Rifle division, but D.I. Boyd, a Service Rifle shooter, had the highest overall Aggregate.

The top five finishers in the 2011 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship were:

  • 1. Carl Bernosky, 2393-160X
  • 2. Rodrigo Rosa, 2390-132X
  • 3. Brandon Green, 2385-126X
  • 4. Sherri Gallagher, 2383-146X
  • 5. Norman Houle, 2381-114X

Watch Bernosky in Action in Video
In this video from the 2011 Crowell Trophy Match segment of the National High Power Championships, Carl Bernosky (in maroon shooting coat) shoots prone with his AR spacegun. Note the minimal recoil after shots.

Bernosky Explains How to Read the Wind
Below is a video interview with Carl Bernosky recorded at the 2010 Shot Show. Carl explains when you need to shoot fast, and when you need to be patient and wait for the conditions.

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August 13th, 2011

SAAMI Hires New Director of Technical Affairs

Randy BimsonThe Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) has named industry veteran Randy Bimson as its new technical advisor and director of technical affairs. In his position, Bimson will manage all activities of the SAAMI Technical Office. He succeeds Ken Green, who recently retired after serving as SAAMI’s technical advisor and director of technical affairs for the past 16 years. A 35-year industry veteran, Bimson most recently served as senior technical advisor for Beretta USA Corp. Other positions he has held over his career include technical services manager of Brownells’ factory parts division, and gunsmithing products division manager at MidwayUSA.

“The role of technical advisor requires the technical knowledge and attention to detail of a top-notch engineer, great management skills, the social skills of a diplomat and a working knowledge of law thrown in for good measure,” said Rick Patterson, SAAMI managing director. “[Randy’s] knowledge and years of experience will help ensure SAAMI’s technical work remains second to none.”

Founded in 1926 at the request of the U.S. Federal Government, SAAMI is an association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition and components. It publishes voluntary industry standards, coordinates technical data and promotes safe and responsible firearm use. It handles both domestic and international technical and regulatory issues that affect safety and reliability of firearms, ammunition and components.

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