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Shooter Spotlight: Patti Clark

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 67th interview in the series.

Patti Clark

Where do you call home?
I currently live in Newtown, Connecticut and have been there since 1986. I started out in Stratford Connecticut where I learned to shoot with the Stratford P.A.L

How long have you been shooting?
I have been shooting in a club setting since I was 10 but don’t think you are going to get me to say how many years!!!!!

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
I was the first born and was supposed to be a boy but I wasn’t. My father decided that did not matter so much and as soon as I could, we took to the woods going hunting, fishing and camping. My Dad was a Trap and skeet competitor but I was not coordinated enough for that so at age 10 he took my to the PAL to meet Captain Joe Carten and Al Metzger. I started in that program and shot until I went to college.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I am a pretty open person so I think everyone knows it all. Maybe some people did not know I started ballet class at the age of 27 to help my standing position and to become more aware of balance. I showed up at the range in my snowflake tutu once. Am I allowed to mention standing on pronematch.com?

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
I have to say it is not my personal shooting or scores but the influence I have had on hundreds of juniors that I coached and helped go on to great schools, careers and shooting achievements

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
Oatmeal and bananas

What is your favorite post match drink?
A lot of water

Do you have a favorite range?
There has never been a better range to shoot on than the PAL range which was on Sikorsky aircraft property. Igor Sikorsky allowed the PAL to shoot there for over 40 years. When United technology took over, they tossed us out. The range was great because it was kind of in a bowl, protected from wind and laid out so that by the time a match started the sun was in a good position. It was quiet except for when they were testing rotor blades. The Blackhawk’s Asheville range is similar so I like shooting on that range as well.

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
Now that I am older, I think I shoot to be with my friends of many decades. I want to continue to do this as long as I can. So, I guess my long term goal is to still shoot for a long time. My short term goal every time I shoot is to beat Greg Tomsen.

What shooting skills are currently focusing your energy on?
Focus! It seems to be more and more difficult to stay focused on the task at hand. Like most adults, I have a career that brings a lot of responsibility and it is hard to leave behind. I tend to like short matches because it is easier for me to be tuned in for a forty shot match. We shoot a league at my club Bell City in the summer every Tuesday and it is 40 shots at 100 yards and I really look forward to it.

Thanks Patti for sharing a little bit about yourself with the pronematch.com community!

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About the Author: 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.

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  1. George Hadley says:

    Patti is and always has been the Queen of smallbore. She didn’t mention she has been an NRA director for many years and has been a wonderful representative of competitive shooter on the Board. I look forward to checking off her name every three years when she is running.

  2. Nicole Panko says:

    As one of the many juniors that was coached by Patti…I say THANK YOU!!!

  3. Jim Hinkle says:

    Patti is a real asset to us on the NRA Board, and she and Greg are great friends.

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