These matches wouldn't be possible without a great number of volunteer efforts in the form of personal efforts as well as institutional effort and support. The Tussey Mountain Club, an organization that has been in existence for over 35 years, hosted this Match.

The man to the right is coaching Evan Kocher , his name is Erine Harpster, and Evan is just one of the hundreds of new shooters Ernie has coached in the past 40 years. Earnie is responsible for shooters qualifying as competitors in the Olympic matches, winning many college scholarships and winning many national shooting competitions.

These gents are scoring targets, we needed 15 of them plus some fill-ins.

A sound system was needed. This was supplied by DelGrosso's Amusement Park, just down the road in Tipton.

The Bellwood teams were supported by the Bellwood Sportsman's Association and by some grants from the PA Rifle and Pistol Assn.

Alex Sitman of Master Class Stocks, Bellwood PA paid the ten Bellwood contestant's entry fees.

All of the clubs need target stands, floor lighting fixtures, transportation, guns, gun maintenance and more, a lot of volunteer effort!!

If you would be interested shooting, having your children shoot, or are interested in setting up or establishing a team or shooting or working with any of the teams at this match, contact me at stevewag@aol.com or 814-742-8549.

These matches are NRA sanctioned and rules are published and standardized by the NRA. The rifles used are available from Daisy and costs less than $80. A very small amount of modification is allowed. That makes for a very level playing field. Teams can be found at many local gun clubs, American Legions, VFW's and 4H clubs. A national Championship match is held annually, I think in Lexington KY.

If you have looked at the score sheets you will note that one fifth of the total score is a "test". It is just that, a written test containing 50 questions about firearm safety and marksmanship. Think about the 8-year old shooters answering 50 written questions, pretty impressive to me!

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