Shooter Spotlight: Joe Smith

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 61st interview in the series.

Joe Smith shooting the Made In America Match at Camp Perry.

Where do you call home?
Niantic, CT

How long have you been shooting?
15 + years

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My brother suggested that I try it

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I once considered voting for a Democrat

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement.
Winning the 1979 Mohegan League Junior Champion title

What is your favorite pre-match meal?

What is your favorite post match drink?
Gin and Tonic

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
Quaker Hill Rod and Gun Club, my home range

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
Improving at the local and national prone matches/ winning same

What shooting skills are currently focusing your energy on?
Indoor 3p until the weather gets better

Thanks Joe  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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2 Responses to Shooter Spotlight: Joe Smith

  1. Mark Wujtewicz says:

    Considered voting for a Democrat??? And I thought I knew Joe!

  2. Shawn Carpenter says:

    Its ok Joe, at least you didn’t follow through… right??

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