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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.

The Wild Bunch

by Hap Rocketto 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 sharp right to load up on popcorn and boxes of Jujubes, Raisinets, Milk Duds, and […]

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Metric Position and Overall Championship Wrap Up

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Metric Position and Overall Championship Wrap Up (Caveat Emptor: This report is based on Preliminary scores) The final day of the smallbore championships could only be called bitter sweet for George Norton. The inaugural winner of the Iron Man Trophy came to Bristol with just one goal, to regain his title. […]

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Wrap Up

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Wrap Up and Day One of the Metric Position Championship (Caveat Emptor: This report is based on Preliminary scores) The National Conventional Individual Position Champion is no stranger to the crown. George Norton fired a 2382-159X aggregate, setting several National Record along the way. He was also part of […]

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One and Finale

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One and Finale (Caveat Emptor: This report is based on Preliminary scores) The second and final day of the 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship opened with a strong prone showing as Jared Desrosiers and Mark Gould went ahead on head with identical 400-38Xs only to […]

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One The 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship opened up with 40 shots prone on the A23 target with metallic sights. Just like the prone matches it took hard holding to place and John Pitts won with a 400-36X. Two Xs behind was Elizabeth Ewert and […]

Day Four, at long last, and Finale of the 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships

Day Four, at long last, and Finale of the 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships The third match of the fourth day was the Dewar won by Morgan Dietrich shooting a 400-36X and followed by Jared Desrosiers who put together a 400-34X just a head of Howard Pitts at 400-31X. The last fired match of […]

Day Three 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships

Day Three 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships

The anysight championship opened with a another set of 400-40Xs posted by match winner Shawn Carpenter and Mark Gould and Hank Gray. Carpenter continued his tear with a 400-39X followed my matt Chezem. Unfortunately the story must abruptly end here to be continued because our cub reporter Joe Graf was involved in the metallic sight […]

Day Two 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships

  The second day of the 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships was overcast, but hot and humid, with challenging winds from six  O’clock The 50 yard match was shot with the best conditions of the day as Kevin Nevius topped Eric Uptagrafft and Katie Bridges in an incredible three way tie as all posted […]

Day One 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships

  The 2016 National Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships Opened under bright skies, switching mirage, and temperature in the mid 80s. The actual matches did not get underway until 10AM as a first shot ceremony was held. Conditions were relatively benign for the 50 yard match with over 40m 400s recorded. The best was posted by […]

The Three Hundred Club

by Hap Rocketto Ken Girard, then editing the Rhode Island Rifle and Revolver Association section of The Outdoor Message, must have been pretty desperate to fill a few column inches. My well deserved reputation for pontificating on any shooting subject was well known, and probably rattling around in his head, as he ambled up to […]

RI: 3P Metric Regional Results

RI: 3P Metric Regional Results

Competitors unpacked their gear under lowering skies…

Rapid Fire

by Hap Rocketto It has been said that the United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language. While it may be true I, as shooter who has had some experience in Anglo-American marksmanship competition, tend to think more parochially. I believe that it is a case of two shooting communities […]

I Like Ike

  by Hap Rocketto For the first 13 years of my life I lived through the administrations of two of the most underrated Presidents of the United States. Born before Harry Truman defeated Dewey I was preparing to enter high school just as Dwight Eisenhower left the White House. As a student of history I […]

Day Two and Final of the 2016 10m Air Rifle JORC Women’s Championship

Day Two and Final of the 2016 10m Air Rifle JORC Women’s Championship Almost all of the New England ladies improved, or shot an almost identical score, to raise their standing during the last day of the  2016 10m Air Rifle JORC Women’s Championship. Making the most of a consistent performance was Mackenzie Martin who […]

Day One 10m Air Rifle JORC Women’s Results

Day One 10m Air Rifle JORC Women’s Results A baker’s dozen of New England ladies, representing every state in the six state region, competed in the first day 2016 Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs. After shooting four strings of ten shots each on Megalink electronic targets, with decimal […]

Day Two 50m Three Position Rifle JORC Women’s Results

Day Two 50m Three Position Rifle JORC Women’s Results The New England ladies rallied on the second day of competition at the 2016 50m Three Position Rifle JORC Women’s Championship with five of the six upping their scores. Massachusetts Mackenzie Martin, a freshman at Murray State, picked up eight points on day one and lead […]

Day One 50m Three Position Rifle JORC Women’s Results

Day One 50m Three Position Rifle JORC Women’s Results The first of four days of women’s Junior Olympic Rifle Competition got underway with the first day of 50 meter three position rifle. Five of the 70 shooters on the line hail from New England and Elizabeth Dutton of New Hampshire posted a 561 to lead […]

Final Day of JORC Men’s Smallbore

Final Day of JORC Men’s Smallbore The men’s competition of the 2016 Junior Olympic Rifle Championship is now in the record books and New England shooters acquitted themselves well. The last day closed with finals in prone and 3X40 but not before the second half of the position match was fired. It was an exciting […]

JORC Prone Championship-Day Two

JORC Prone Championship-Day Two The preliminary matches of the 2016 Junior Olympic Rifle Championship 50 meter prone has ended for the six New England riflemen competing. Tobin Sanctuary shot with amazing consistency over two days, a 614.6 and a 614.8, to come tantalizing close to a finals position. His aggregate of 1229.4 was just one […]

Men’s JORC Smallbore Day One Recap

Men’s JORC Smallbore Day One Recap New Hampshire’s Tobin Sanctuary sits at tenth over all after the first day of prone competition with a 614.6. His closest New England competition is Connecticut’s J3 Kyle Kutz at 610.7. Jared Desrosiers stands at 32 shooting a 608.3. Nutmeg State shooter Eric Sloan’s 604.1 places him 43rd while […]

JORC, Men’s Air Rifle

The first phase of the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships are in the books with the conclusion of the Men’s Air Rifle Championship (JORC) on April 10th. Today’s results were much like the Boston Red Sox’s closing game in the Toronto series played the same day. Much positive to be taken away but still, not the […]