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Shooter Spotlight: MacKenzie Martin

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 45th interview in the series.

MacKenzie Martin

Where do you call home?
Fairhaven, MA

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting since I was 9. I am 13 now.

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
I like to Pheasant hunt with my father. He thought I should have someone teach me how to shoot properly because my dad learned to shoot from my grandfather but never had any formal instruction. He took me to the Taunton Rifle and Pistol Club where Jack Barton worked with me to teach me the basics. I loved it. We haven’t had much time to hunt and we haven’t gone to a hunt test for a long time since I shoot so much. We go deer hunting at least one day a season, I haven’t found a deer yet.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I’ve been show skiing since I was three. I’m a down hill and trick skier. I like to jump off things.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement.
The silver medal at the Junior Olympics (14 and under). Also, my National Record in kneeling that I earned this year in a Sectional is really cool.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
Eggs with cheese for breakfast.

What is your favorite post match drink?
Powerade – Punch flavor

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
Wherever there’s a match then I’m at my favorite range. But, my home range is Taunton where everyone is supportive and I feel like I’m at home.

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
I still need to practice each day, I want to compete on an NCAA team someday. Short term, I have want another perfect target in air rifle offhand. I have one, but I want another.

What shooting skill are currently focusing your energy on?
Prone, I need to keep working on the prone position. It is not a comfortable position for me.

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


Category: Shooter Spotlight

About the Author: Dan Holmes 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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  1. Sid Martin says:

    MacKenzie won the smallbore selection match at 21. Time flies.

  2. Sid Martin says:

    MacKenzie just won the Spring Selection Match at 21 and will head to Korea for the world cup.

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