Shooter Spotlight: Mark DelCotto

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 68th interview in the series.

Mark DelCotto

Where do you call home?
After growing up in the Chicago area, I attended Murray State University in Murray KY. After graduation, I moved to Lexington Ky and have lived in and near Lexington for 27 years.

How long have you been shooting?
I began shooting smallbore at the age of 9 and high power at 12

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My father introduced me to the shooting sports. He was then and continues today to be an active competitor in both disciplines.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
I really have little to add other than I have been blessed with a great family and appreciate each and every day I can spend with them and my friends and fellow competitors on the range.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
I have been fortunate over the years to have performed well from time to time. There have been two (maybe three) occasions when I have shared the stage at Camp Perry with my father. Those nights provided me with the most satisfaction and sense of achievement. Being a part of 2009 Roberts Team was also a tremendous thrill for me and something I will always carry with me.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
A small leaded coffee and an egg Mcmuffin

What is your favorite post match drink?
Any ice cold beer

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
I have three 1) indoor smallbore is the range at MSU as I spent many hours there at all and any hours during the day and night 2) outdoor smallbore is the range in Asheville, NC and 3) high power is Rodriquez Range at Camp Perry

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
My short term goals are to create more opportunities to train and compete which is seemingly more difficult these days. Over a longer term horizon, my goal is to remain as competitive as I can be while still having fun and enjoying the people around me.

What shooting skills are currently focusing your energy on?
These have never changed for the most part 1) staying in the moment and 2) trigger control, sight alignment, an aggressive trigger squeeze and follow thru.

Thanks Mark  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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