I was first introduced to the shooting sports by my father at a fairly young age. He took me to my first competition in Boulder City, NV when I was about 16 years old. It was a Highpower Service Rifle match, I was using my grandpa’s old Colt HBar AR-15. Needless to say, it’s a lot different than the matches I shoot today but it was a good place to start and build some solid fundamentals.
I discovered the precision rifle matches a couple years later down in Las Vegas and was hooked from the start. I went out and bought a Remington 700 in .308 and slapped a 6.5-20 Vortex Viper on it and bedded it into a Bell and Carlson stock. That rifle served me well for many years, until I eventually rebarreled it to 6.5 Creedmoor.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school as an 0313 (Light Armored Vehicle Crewman) and was obviously a little too busy to be doing any shooting of my own. The fact that I didn’t have a car or any firearms of my own with me at the time certainly didn’t help the situation. When I returned home from my first deployment I had already made arrangements to purchase a car and bring my rifle back with me. Within a month or two, I was back at the Vegas precision rifle matches. For being pretty rusty, I remember that I was still able to walk away with a 5th place finish! This is also the place that I first met Joe and Dane, they seemed like pretty solid guys that genuinely enjoyed the sport and it’s progress. Needless to say, I started making more trips from base over the weekend to come out and shoot with these guys, eventually meeting the rest of the team, all great guys!
Since I’ve left active duty, I moved up to northern Utah. As such, I have been deemed the “black sheep” member of Sin City Precision, a title that I wear with pride.
I currently shoot for Team Kelbly and will be rocking one of their extremely accurate rifles, coupled with a March optic. If you ever run into me at a match, feel free to come say hi and check it out!