Shooter Spotlight: Jay Sonneborn

The purpose of the “Shooter Spotlight” is to help shooters get to know their fellow competitors a little bit better. We cover a wide range of shooters from “Marksman to Master.” This is the 72nd interview in the series.

Jay Sonneborn

Where do you call home?
Farmington, CT

How long have you been shooting?
Over 60 years

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
Kermit Montross, a great Connecticut smallbore prone shooter, brought me onto the game.

What is a little known fact about yourself that fellow competitors might not know about you?
I was an equestrian instructor in my younger days.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
Being able to meet some of the finest people in the world.

Editor’s Note: Jay is being a bit modest as he has been, among other things, Coach, Captain, and a firing member of numerous Dewar Teams, is prone Distinguished, and as a position shooter has won the Meister Trophy twice as well as the RWS Trophy.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?

What is your favorite post-match beverage?
A Sam Adams Light

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
Asheville North Carolina Rifle and Revolver Club

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?

What shooting skills are you currently focusing your energy on?
Seeing the front sight.

Thanks Jay for sharing a little bit about yourself with the community!

About H

Dan started shooting competitive smallbore in 1986. During his Junior career, he earned two national junior team titles as well as local and regional wins. After a 10 year year hiatus to attend college and start a family, Dan returned to the sport and has added local, sectional and regional wins to his shooting resume. Dan is a Distinguished Rifleman, National Record Holder, U.S Dewar Team Member, Black Hawk Rifle Club Member, Digby Hand Schützenverein member, and is the founder of He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and 2 children.
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