Shooter Spotlight: Joe Hein

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 55th interview in the series.

Joe Hein


Where to you call home?
I live in Alabama, but call Michigan my home.

How long have you been shooting?
11 years

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
4-H Clubs and NRA Jr Programs.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I am very easy to talk to even though I seem very serious and unapproachable while at the range.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement.
Winning the 50 prone match in Beijing China 2010

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
Peanut Butter and Blackberry Jam Sandwich.

What is your favorite post match drink?

Do you have a favorite shooting range?

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
My short term goals are to get my world rankings for both 50 meter events back to the top ten. My long term goals are to make the US Olympic team and win an Olympic medal.

What shooting skills are currently focusing your energy on?
I am focusing most of my time on finals and my shot plans.

Thanks Joe 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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