Shooter Spotlight: Josie Burzynski

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 57th interview in the series.

Josie Burzynski


Where do you call home?
My home is in Stratford, Connecticut, and my home range is Bridgeport Rifle Club. My temporary residence is in El Paso, Texas, where I am on the NCAA rifle team for the University of Texas at El Paso.

How long have you been shooting?
I started shooting my sophomore year in high school, so about 7 years.

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My dad was bringing my brother, Mikey, to BRC to have him try shooting and I went along. From then I started shooting for their junior program, shot on my high school team, and now I shoot in college.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
My favorite hobbies are shopping, reading, and knitting. I will also be getting my bachelors degree in English & American Literature from UTEP.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
I qualified as an individual for NCAA Championships in 2009 for air rifle, and finished 18th overall.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
The night before a match I love to have pizza. Before the match for breakfast I either have a bagel or eggs.

What is your favorite post match drink?
Lemonade or something sweet!

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
The range at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is definitely my favorite.

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
An important goal I have now would be to make NCAA Championships again this year (being my senior year) and make All-American.

What shooting skill are currently focusing your energy on?
I’ve been trying to focus more energy on air rifle. It’s usually my weaker gun and I would like to be more consistent with it this year.

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

About Joe Graf

Joe Graf started shooting competitively as a junior in 1983 in both smallbore and high power rifle. After completing his junior career, he turned his attention to focus on smallbore rifle. In addition to shooting competitively, Joe has been the director of the RI Smallbore Rifle League since 1993, the Director of Smallbore Competition for RI State Rifle & Revolver Association since 2005, a member of the 2007 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, and Executive Officer of the RI State Rifle & Revolver Association since 2010. He is a National Record Holder, member of the Smithfield Sportsman's Club, the Blackhawk Rifle Club, and Digby Hand Schuetzenverein. He is a contributor to
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