Photo of the Week

At Camp Perry Shawn Carpenter smiles at a 200-15X at 50 yards, his last card shot in his first 1600. Photo by Steve Rocketto.

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,
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7 Responses to Photo of the Week

  1. Erik Hoskins says:

    Great picture Steve, congrats Shawn, you are one of the last people to be able to say you shot a 1600 at Perry. That is where I shot my first one too, those last 50 yard targets sure did feel like meter targets, my chest was pounding so hard.

    • Don Lerner says:

      It’s a shame that we do not still shoot four matches a day at Perry. If enough of us make enough noise, maybe they will bring it back. Till then, congradulations to all of you who have shot 1600’s at Perry!


  2. Shawn Carpenter says:

    Thanks! You can tell how hard my heart was pounding by looking at bull 4. Feels weird that I am now going to have shoot for a 1200.

    • kevin nevius says:


      Great picture! I miss you and all of the east coast crew (even the italians who don’t know BEANS about chili! LOL)

      Congrats on the 1600! (was that in 2008?)

      God bless, till I get to see you again


  3. Erik Hoskins says:

    I shot a 1200 the first year they went to a 3 match format and it really didnt feel like much when I did it. It was kind of a let down, like I really didnt accomplish much, thats not the feeling I was looking for after going clean for a full day at Perry. But then again a full day at Perry today isnt what it used to be, thats for sure.

  4. kevin nevius says:

    PS……..I think I count six shots in that last bull!!!

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