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About Hap Rocketto

Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.

HARDLEY A MAN IS STILL ALIVE…

HARDLEY A MAN IS STILL ALIVE…  Miss Mowry was at the board writing, in a graceful Spenserian hand, our English assignment for us to copy. Ham handed as I was my cursive scribble resembled more of a rat’s nest in … Continue reading

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MARINES HAVE LANDED AND THE SITUATION ISWELL IN HAND…

MARINES HAVE LANDED AND THE SITUATION  ISWELL IN HAND… As I sat at my desk the usual New London High School cafeteria midday feed, a hearty 25ȼ grinder, a couple of  3ȼ half pint cartons of milk, a bag of State Line potato … Continue reading

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The Price Of Basic Necessities…

The Price Of Basic Necessities… I was searching the Internet for some arcane information when I came across an article entitled The Cost Of Basic Necessities The Year You were Born. Never one to pass up an opportunity to fill any … Continue reading

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DOWN RANGE IS NO PLACE TO BE….

DOWN RANGE IS NO PLACE TO BE…. The memory of the first highpower round I ever shot at Camp Perry is still sharp. It was August 18, 1975 and the Members’ Cup required 20 shots. Standing on the 200 yard … Continue reading

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT…

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT… It took my brother Steve years to establish a rifle team at the high school where he taught physics. One of the strongest arguments offered by his opponent on the Board of Education was emotional: … Continue reading

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A Distinguished Scout…

  A Distinguished Scout… I enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard to shoot on the rifle team and actual military duties were the furthest thing from my mind. Assigned to Company C, First Battalion, 169th Infantry based in Middletown, Connecticut, … Continue reading

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640 hits or 36 Hitless, Sort Of The Same Thing…

640 hits or 36 Hitless, Sort Of The Same Thing… ​The 26th of May was a sunny start to the Memorial Day Weekend and I was wielding my power washer while adhering to, depending on your literary bent, either Voltaire … Continue reading

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RANDLE’S RHODE ISLANDRIFLE RANGE RELATIONSHIP…

  RANDLE’S RHODE ISLANDRIFLE RANGE RELATIONSHIP… Rhode Island is a small state, to be absolutely accurate it is more than just a small state, it is the smallest state. Despite its diminutive size, it is but 48 miles from north … Continue reading

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HAP, JAKE, TOMMY, AND MALCOLM…

  HAP, JAKE, TOMMY, AND MALCOLM… During the 2017 Roberts Trophy Match we took a side trip to visit a few of the historical spots that dot the bucolic English country side. Heading west from Bisley we soon arrived at … Continue reading

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ITS TOMMY THIS AND TOMMY THAT…..

ITS TOMMY THIS AND TOMMY THAT….. Life, like a busy main street, is full of intersections. Outside of my family, shooting and aviation are my main preoccupations, with Red Sox baseball and America’s Cup yacht racing following. Recently three of … Continue reading

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  Sherlock And The Soldiers Three… The Old Man, the family black sheep, left high school and a comfortable home, to bum about the country during the Great Depression. On the other hand, my mother dutifully completed her secondary education … Continue reading

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LIKE A FIDDLER ON THE ROOF…

  LIKE A FIDDLER ON THE ROOF… Few sports are more traditional than the shooting sports. We have been doing things the same way for a long time and the traditional way of doing things borders on sacred to many. … Continue reading

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Monophthongs, Diphthongs, And Firearm Terminology…

Monophthongs, Diphthongs, And Firearm Terminology…   My daughters, like most of their contemporaries, are avid Harry Potter fans. At one time the English edition was published in advance of the United States edition. Before the practice stopped I ordered English … Continue reading

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LIKE FRED AND GINGER, WE WERE CHEEK TO CHEEK…

LIKE FRED AND GINGER, WE WERE CHEEK TO CHEEK… When I was a kid, growing up in the shank of the 1950s, there were two great debates that filled miles of column inches in New York City’sDaily Mirror, a tabloid … Continue reading

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SHOOTING’S CARROLL HARDY…

SHOOTING’S CARROLL HARDY… My shooting running mate Shawn Carpenter’s favorite sports teams, outside of rifle teams that is, are the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. In fact, he is responsible for bringing me back to baseball after … Continue reading

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PARTS IS PARTS ANDPIECES IS PIECES…

PARTS IS PARTS ANDPIECES IS PIECES… From my perspective the 2019 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Prone Championship may best be distilled by a novel, a TV ad, and a book of the Bible. The first is Frankenstein; or The Modern … Continue reading

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Roman Slings And Pains…

Roman Slings And Pains… I have always been amused by the M1 cultists that post on the CMP website. After obsequiously knuckling their foreheads to the CMP staff they gloatingly post long lists and photos of surplus firearms they have … Continue reading

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Forrest, Mama Was Right…

  Forrest, Mama Was Right… Those of a certain age fondly recall Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip. Every year, Linus Van Pelt, the strip’s resident intellectual and theologian, holds vigil in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to … Continue reading

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Chekhov’s Rifle…

Chekhov’s Rifle… Back in 2016 the, newly appointed Editor of Shooting Sports USA, John Parker,emailed me confirming that I would cover the NRA Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championships. Former editor Chip Lohman, who had been recently promoted to Deputy Executive Director … Continue reading

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The Wild Bunch…

The Wild Bunch… Tickets in hand Larry Small, Stan Wujtewicz, Mike Franklin and I walked up the slight incline from the street level ticket box of the Garde Theater into the lobby. Passing through the double doors we took a … Continue reading

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The Great Western Schism: Two Popes at One Time…

The Great Western Schism: Two Popes at One Time… We were lounging in Dick Scheller’s room in Olsen Hall after a long day of shooting the All Army Combat Rifle Championships at Fort Benning. We had earned our trip by … Continue reading

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