Shooter Spotlight: Charlie Adams

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 70th interview in the series.

Adams accepts his Randle Doubles Medal while Patti Clark, NRA Smallbore Committee, looks on.

Where do you call home?
East Haddam, Ct

How long have you been shooting?
All my life

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
I was drafted as the Norwich Free Academy Rifle Coach and shot to lean more about the sport.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I am an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes and am a charter member of my local Holmes society, The Winter Assizes at Norwich, and the national society, The Baker Street Irregulars

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
Shooting my first match at camp Perry, The Randle Doubles/Mentor Match and winning a place medal.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
Pulled pork sandwich

What is your favorite post match drink?
The first cold beer that I come across

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
Yes, my home turf-the Quaker Hill Rod and gun Club both indoors and out. And, now that I have at last shot at Perry I like it a lot.

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

What shooting skills are currently focusing your energy on?
I shoot with a scope and am working at controlling my hold and trigger squeeze so that the crosshairs moved into the ten ring the same time my trigger finger convulses.

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

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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