Chichkov Wins for Third Year During National Match Air Pistol Events

Our heading photograph above shows some of the action during the National Match Air Pistol events. This included a 60 Shot and a 30 Shot Match. A Center Shot contest was also held concurrently with the 30 Shot Match, with an astounding 658 entries at this year’s event!

While the National Trophy Pistol Matches fired under the hot July sun on the ranges outdoors, things were also heating up within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center as the National Match Air Gun events began. A variety of airgun opportunities were offered to competitors, including 60 Shot and 30 Shot air pistol matches as well as 20 Shot Re-entry and Bench matches for sporter, precision and AiR15 rifles.

Winning the overall 60 Shot National Match Air Pistol event was Alexander Chichkov, 22, of Tampa, FL, who fired a score of 575-17x. No stranger to the event, Chichkov had previously won the match in 2014 and 2015 and earned the High Junior title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Following just 10 points behind Chichkov was Anthony McCollum, 19, of Purdin, MO, with a score of 565-12x and Brenda Silva, 54, of Snowflake, AZ, with a score of 564-11x. McCollum served at High Junior of the event, while Silva was named High Woman. High Senior was Gary Peterson, 68, of Levittown, NY.

Below, the Air Pistol events were held inside the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center on Camp Perry, which houses state-of-the-art electronic targets that allow for instantaneous shot feedback and scoring.

Chichkov Wins for Third Year During National Match Air Pistol Events

In the 30 Shot National Match Air Pistol, junior Michael Soklaski, 19, of Ringoes, NJ, fired a score of 289-8x to become the overall winner – only five x’s above GySgt Michael Lawson, 48, of Stafford, VA, who recorded 289-3x for second. Clifford White Jr., 52, of Pittsfield, MA, claimed the third place spot with a score of 287-7x.

A Top Center Shot is also awarded during the 30 Shot Air Pistol Match to the competitor who fired the closest shot to center, with the Top 8 competitors closest to center receiving monetary prizes based on the number of entries. This year, participation in the match nearly doubled – with 658, compared to last year’s 377.

Winning the Center Shot Contest was Alexander Jushchyshyn, 43, of Cottage Grove, WI, who fired a 10.9 with a radius of 0.0800 of center. For his incredible shot, he received $329. Second place competitor Greg Parker, 60, of Sandown, NH, earned $263.20 for his win, as Hurdis Davis, 54, of Marietta, GA, received $197.40 for third. Competitors in the fourth, fifth and sixth place spots earned $131.60 each, and seventh and eighth place each went home with $65.80.

A full list of National Match Air Pistol event results can be found here: https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=14484&tab=results.

The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center will be open throughout the National Matches. Visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/national-match-air-gun-events/ for more information.