Due to flight delays we were late arriving in Grand Rapids last night. We were in bed after midnight and up at 6 AM. Team Timney arrived at the range for the Shooting Industry Masters and we received our shoot schedule that started with rifles and ended with handguns. (We shoot sporting clays tomorrow.)
Prior to the match each team had the opportunity to purchase a ringer, meaning; you could bid on a professional shooter to shoot on your team. The shooters are members of the USA Shooting Team which represent the United States in the Olympics. If you won the bid, the money goes to support the USA Shooting team.
Team Timney won Glenn Eller. (Kudos to Timney for supporting this organization!)Glen is currently in the US Army and is assinged to the US Army Marksmanship Unit in Ft. Benning, GA. Eller’s specialtiy is the shotgun and 1996, Eller became the first American to win prestigious British Open Sporting Clay junior title. he also won the Gold for doubles trap in Beijing. Eller’s MOS is 11B – Infantryman.
Today’s course of fire was not really up Eller’s alley. We started with a bolt action rifle speed round at 100 yards. The next stage was .22 LRs at 20 yards. Then we shot S&W 10-shot, .22 LR revolvers and S&W six shot .38 Spl. revolvers. Eller did very well in each event and it was a pleasure to watch a shooter that could perform so well in so many different disciplines. It was an honor to shoot with such a distinguished service member.
Tomorrow when the shotguns come out I expect we will see a real show.
Somewhat cynically, I asked Eller if he ever wore his medal out about town. He said no but that he had with him in a bar in Beijing and it served as a good way to break the ice between him and two female Swedish pop stars. Who says you can’t get anywhere by being a good shot?