Raleigh Woman Wins NRA Smallbore Rifle Championship

Edie Reynolds (right) receives the Remington Trophy Plaque along with a National Championship Medallion from Brigadier General Jake Lee, Deputy Commander Joint Force Headquarters, Ohio National Guard.

Camp Perry, OH- Edie P. Reynolds of Raleigh, NC, was named Woman Champion on July 27th during the National Rifle Association’s National Smallbore Rifle Prone Championship after posting a score of 6370-437X. This victory gives Reynolds, who is also an NRA board member, her fifth Woman’s Category Championship in Smallbore Prone competition at Camp Perry.

“I was totally surprised,” she said. “I came off the firing line very happy about getting a final X [center] shot for Camp Perry for ’06, when I found out that with my last target I won the Woman’s Championship. I was just so excited.”

Reynolds is a graduate of Wake Forest University and works for Fetzer Stephens, a Raleigh-based strategic communications and consulting firm.  She was an Assistant Coach from 1974 to 2000 for the N.C. State University Rifle Team and has been a certified rifle instructor for over 30 years. Reynolds, who began competitive shooting in 1966, believes her experience as a certified coach has helped her in competition. “Anytime you impart to another person what you truly believe, it just solidifies that in yourself,” she said.

Reynolds is also the Chairperson of the following NRA Board committees: Smallbore Rifle, Collegiate Programs, and Competition Rules & Programs. She is also the Vice Chairperson of the Youth Programs and Air Gun Committees.

Gambier, Ohio native Paul T. Gideon won the overall NRA Smallbore Prone Championship with a score of 6388-464X, just edging out Maj. Michael Anti of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), who shot a 6384-490X. The National Smallbore Rifle NRA Prone Championship is determined from the aggregate of the Metallic Sight Championship and the Any Sight Championship. Gideon had claimed the Prone Metallic Sight Championship earlier that week with a score of 3195-237X to win the Hoppe Memorial Trophy Plaque.

After beating out some of the best shooters from across the country, Gideon was happy to win his first prone national championship since 2003. “I’m still stunned,” the 57-year-old said, who also was the Civilian Champion, Intermediate Senior Champion, and High Visitor. “I always come here to win and the person who wins the Metallic Sight Championship usually has command of their own destiny,” he added.

Kevin Nevius of Gibsonburg, OH, placed third with a score of 6382-478X after a close tie-breaker with Lones Wigger, Jr. who came in fourth place and won the Senior Championship category.

The Smallbore Prone Championship is a 6400-point aggregate of the Metallic Sight Championship and the Any Sight Championship. Each sub-aggregate consists of four matches, of 40 shots each, fired with .22 caliber rifles at targets ranging from 50 meters, to 50 and 100 yards. Metallic sights provide a method of aiming or aligning two separate but visible sights. The Any Sight category includes both metallic sights and telescopic sights.

Special category awards in the National Smallbore Rifle NRA Prone Championship went to Collegiate and Junior Champion Andrew T. Roland of Lake Oswego, OR, at 6378-453X; Intermediate Junior Champion John M. Manzano of Syracuse, NY, at 6368-417X; Sub-Junior Champion Claudia Duksa of Bristol, CT, at 6350-384X; Any Sight Only Champion Robert Clark, Jr. of Gambier, OH, at 6388-464X.

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