A History of the United States National Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championship 1919-2013

by Hap Rocketto

Got some spare time this weekend? Here’s nearly 500 pages of A History of the United States National Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championship 1919-2013.

pdf A History of the United States National Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championship 1919-2013 [UPDATED 10/17/13]

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, pronematch.com.
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7 Responses to A History of the United States National Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championship 1919-2013

  1. Peter V. Lechner says:

    Could you please send me a copy of this fine informative article on the history of small bore shooting by Hap Rocketto. Thanks and enjoy the day. My address is Peter V. Lechner 40 Windway Circle Rochester NY 14624. Call me if you wish. 585-797-3434.

  2. Marion Wiles Howard says:

    Mr. Rocketto, I’m enjoying reading your comprehensive history of the National Outdoor Smallbore Rifle Championships and finding it very interesting. Please note that on p. 44 you say that Bradford Wiles was the son and grandson of veteran Dewar Team members Russell Sr. and Jr. On the contrary, Brad Wiles, my father, was Russell Sr.’s younger son and the brother of Russell Jr. So while at 14 he was indeed the youngest marksman to make the Dewar Team, he was not a third generation member. He and my grandfather, Russell Sr., were both patent lawyers in Chicago, while Uncle Russell founded and manufactured RIG in Oregon, IL. I have always been very proud of our family’s shooting heritage and would like to sincerely thank you for keeping this history alive, for your book and all the fine work that clearly went into it.

  3. Hap Rocketto says:

    Thank you very much for both your kind words and clarifying information. I will see that it is correct in my next revision.

    The Wiles’ were also instrumental in forming the Black hawk Rifle Club of which I am a member. I have some of your Uncle Russell’s letters and club documentation in my archives.

    Again. thanks, keeping the sport alive is a bit of a passion for me.


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