Shooter Spotlight: Will Mengon

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 71st interview in the series.

Will Mengon

Where do you call home?
Ambridge PA

How long have you been shooting?
Pulling a trigger since I was 5, shooting competitively for 4 years.

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My Boy Scout troop went on a trip to a rifle range and they had some Anschutz target rifles, and I was hooked.

What is a little known fact about yourself that fellow competitors might not know about you?
Instead of getting a class ring for high school graduation I opted for an AK.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement?
Since I started shooting so late, junior year of high school, most of my time was spent getting my scores up to a competitive level and I didn’t win many matches. If I had to pick though I would say that my progress from visiting West Point for a weekend to see the rifle team, at that point having no shooting shoes, shooting pants, pad, kneeling roll, or air rifle, but in the next year getting my scores high enough to get recruited for the team was probably my best accomplishment.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
I find the meal before shooting most often to be breakfast so I typically eat a banana, oatmeal cookie, and drink some apple juice.

What is your favorite post-match beverage?
Water and lots of it.

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
I do like my home range Ambridge District Sportsman’s Association in PA since I am almost always the only one there and it makes it easy to focus and get a good training session in, even though in winter the range is about 38 when you walk in.

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
Make the Olympic development team, be an All American, and bring the NCAA title back to Army.

What shooting skills are you currently focusing your energy on?
Getting into the zone faster in SB standing and rejecting lesser quality shots in air rifle.

Thanks Will 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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1 Response to Shooter Spotlight: Will Mengon

  1. Don Wood says:

    Thank you Dan for bringing back shooter spotlight.


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