FRI | MARCH 22, 2019

SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter, and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, Daniel Horner for multiple first place finishes at the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, hosted by the Army Marksmanship Unit held March 10-16th at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Apex Tactical Specialties will be once again taking part in the Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo, exhibiting on the shooting ranges during the March 30-31 event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
Safari Club International's annual Hunters' Convention continues to rise on Trade Show News Network's Top Trade Shows list for another year, according to an announcement today by TSNN.

Retail Technology Group will showcase AXIS, the only Point of Sale and Range Management software designed specifically for the firearm industry, at the NRA Range Conference. The event will be held over the weekend of March 23rd– 25th in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Model 700 Mountain Stainless, a light-weight and durable rifle, is now available in 6.5 Creedmoor. The new rifle features a 22” light contour barrel and premium Bell & Carlson stock.
Buck Knives announced the sponsorship of FLW and Major League Fishing professional angler Scott Ashmore of Broken Arrow, Okla. He is also sponsored by many other top brands.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the ultra-compact MPX Copperhead is now shipping and available in retail stores. The MPX Copperhead features a monolithic elite Series Cerakote finish upper receiver, with an integrated stock knuckle lower, and a 3.5” barrel with integrated muzzle brake.
Versacarry has named Howard Communications, Inc. as their PR/Marketing agency of record. Howard Communications will be handling all media relations activities with the outdoor and shooting media.
Sellmark Corporation announced Dianna Sellers, Sellmark’s CEO since 2010, will retire effective March 31. Dianna has led the privately-held corporation from a once-small startup to a multi-million-dollar international enterprise with headquarters on two continents.

GLOCK, Inc. is proud to announce that the Grafton County Sheriff’s Office in New Hampshire has selected GLOCK as their new duty pistol. The SO will be transitioning to the GLOCK 45 and GLOCK 17 Gen5 pistols. 
Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. is now offering Rival Arms products for distribution to its firearm dealers nationwide. Rival Arms currently manufactures premium, precision parts for GLOCK models 19, 17, 22, 23, 34, and 43.
RISE Armament is proud to announce the company has partnered with the Eagle OPS Foundation to support veterans through a variety of programs.

Modular Driven Technologies announced a partnership with QPro Defense. QPro Defense is a Veteran Owned Small Business based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Apex Tactical Specialties, the industry’s leader in the design, development and manufacture of aftermarket trigger kits for pistols, is seeking candidates for the position of Sustainment Engineer at their Peoria, Arizona facility.
RISE Armament was recently the rifle manufacturer of choice for Kiefer Police Department in northeastern Oklahoma.

Taurus has selected Mid-States Distributing as the Taurus 2018 Buying Group of the Year. Taurus presented the award to Mid-States Distributing at the SHOT show.
Samson Manufacturing has released their new Offset Light Mount. The Samson OLM allows you to continue using the sling swivel stud on Ruger’s PC Carbine when adding a weapon-mounted flashlight.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies announces the latest addition to their brand ambassador lineup, competitive shooter Jeremy Young.

Scholastic 3-D Archery held the 4th S3DA Indoor National Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event, held in conjunction with the National Field Archery Association, continued the program’s explosive growth with over 1,000 archers from 97 different clubs and 23 teams from 23 states participating in this competition.
The inaugural Texas S3DA Indoor State Championship was held at Cinnamon Creek Archery in Roanoke, Texas. There were several archers representing 4 Texas S3DA clubs competing at this event.
The May/June 2019 issue of Combat Handguns features Volquartsen FTV Scorpion and the miniature North American Arms BUG II. Also covered is Mossberg’s 100th anniversary and the subcompact MC1sc the company released to celebrate it.
Americans who served in the First World War discovered the Springfield M1903 rifle was a “world-beater” and “war-winner.” Its many guises are heralded in the 2019 Special Edition issue of GUNS Surplus Vintage & Classic Firearms, Vol. 83.
It’s turkey decoys and hunting strategies, the latest out of D.C. on the bump stock ban, a new shotgun from Weatherby, getting youth involved in shooting sports, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio .

2017 John Martin Cup Service Rifle Champion - 590-20x; Coach Myles Gorin & winner Madison Rovelli (Mesa, AZ) - Picture provided by Madison Rovelli.

Today's feature is from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Every high power competitor discovers the sport in a different way. Some get their first exposure through the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Small Arms Firing School. Others hear about it from a friend or family member or find it though social media, internet articles and general exploration. Madison Rovelli, a 17-year old member of the Arizona State Junior High Power Rifle Team, discovered one of her passions by asking.

Madison explained how she started, noting that, “When I was 13, I begged my parents to take me to Ben Avery Shooting Facility since I had never been, and it looked so cool. While we were there, my mother asked the Range Safety Officers ("RSO”) if they had any junior shooter programs.”

After attending an open house hosted by Arizona Scorpions Junior High Power, Rovelli received an invitation to join the team. This surprised Rovelli, who “had no clue that Arizona had a state ‘association,’ let alone a junior high power rifle team.”

Fast forward three years and Rovell is still “very grateful to her coaches for seeing potential in her.”

Though she did not join the Arizona Scorpions until she was 13, she enjoyed casual shooting with family and friends since the age of nine, finding time on the range calming.

Madison outlines the tenants of what marksmanship has taught her: safety, responsibility, patience, and confidence. Firearm safety is always of utmost importance, but Rovelli indicated that shooting has made her more situationally aware than she was previously.

She has taken on increased responsibilities as she has been with the Scorpions team, “loading her own ammo, cleaning and taking care of her rifle and equipment,” all the while accompanied by her plush scorpion, Wilson, who “resides on her shooting cart.”

2017 Camp Perry Marine Clinic Position Dryfiring; Madison Rovelli (Port Clinton, OH) - Picture provided by Madison Rovelli.

She admits that she is not, by nature, a patient individual, and comments, “I learned the hard way, but the wind isn't always your friend so you need to slow down and roll with it,” referring to spending the time to read the wind and conditions rather than just shooting through it.

Rovelli cites confidence as the primary thing she has learned from marksmanship. She states that, “believing in yourself is important when you're on the firing… Shooting is a mental game that often challenges self-confidence, and it has only made me a stronger person.”

Madison, a home-school high school student, keeps herself busy playing volleyball for her local public high school and as a Brown Belt and Student Instructor in Krav Maga self-defense, working towards her Black Belt. She also is studying for her private pilot’s license.

Even with so many ambitions, Rovelli notes that “I can’t think of anything else that I want to do more than shoot.”

Rovelli loves meeting and learning from new people – which is one reason she is so passionate about the shooting sports.

“Each person has a fascinating story to tell, and I look forward to hearing those stories from all the different shooters during the matches I compete in,” she said. “Competitive shooters are the friendliest, tightest knit group of people that I have ever met. Shooting is the only sport, that I know of, where your competition will come to your aid when needed and help you to become a stronger, better shooter.”

In return for all of the help she has received, Rovelli hopes to give back in the future by returning to the Arizona Scorpions team to coach, to “carry on this great legacy.” First, though, she plans to become a pilot and attend a military academy.

Madison Rovelli offers great advice to new shooters, saying, “Do not join shooting sports thinking that you do not have what it takes to be like the top shooters that you've seen or heard about. Every top shooter started at the bottom; you are no different. As long as you take good advice from other competitors, try different positions (when you need to), practice quite often, and believe in yourself; you can become a top shooter.”

- - Serena Juchnowski, CMP Feature Writer

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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