Shooter Spotlight: Kevin Winters

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 49th interview in the series.

Kevin Winters. Photo by Todd May.

Where do you call home?
Well I grew up in Stoughton, Ma but my home is definitely in Easton, MA.

How long have you been shooting?
I first shot in a junior program at Ames Rifle and pistol club back in 1981 so 29 years of target shooting.

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My former coach and friend Dave Williams taught me how to shoot in 1981 and back in 1984 Larry Bean and Chuck Cannon made my first jaunt to Camp Perry a reality.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
Back in 1984 I shot on the Mass state junior team at Camp Perry and we won 2nd place.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
This is the toughest one to answer. I have set and achieved many of my goals…

Let’s see, over the years I have shot in a lot of matches and won some and others maybe I did not fare as well but I have to say my finest shooting achievements have been by the juniors I worked with in the past and some I still coach.

But I would have to say my personal best was shot in January of 2010 I shot a 290 in a pistol match which placed my name on a plaque with a fairly short list of shooters dating back many years at the Taunton RPC. And I achieved this plateau after only 10 months of shooting competitions with pistol.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
I try to not eat a lot of before a match although before a big all day match I will eat high carb. foods the night before. I also avoid caffeine and sugar on match day.

What is your favorite post match drink?
Depending on climate conditions either spring water or a nice tall Samuel Adams Summer ale.

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
My favorite indoor range is Taunton RPC because they really designed it right… It has in floor heat, safe proper ventilation, very good lighting and a water cooled backstop to eliminate lead dust.

Outdoors range I would have to say Camp Perry… it’s kind of like a classic car it may not have all the technology of today but the history and the challenge of fighting the wind there makes it #1

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
Where do I start… I need to train more in Prone and some of my short term goals are to do well in the bay state games. For long term goals I would say coaching will be my biggest focus but work towards being a Master at pistol and prone will be my focus for a while.

What shooting skill are you currently focusing your energy on?
Currently I am preparing for Air pistol in the Bay State games. This is and area I am new at so I need to get the focus at 100% along with building up my stamina to shoot a 60 shot course without wearing down.

Thanks Kevin 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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