Rabbitt Wins AAFTA National Title, Ebersole Wins Crosman Series

The Crosman National Field Target Series culminated with the American Airgun Field Target Association’s AAFTA National Championship. This year’s event was hosted by the Southern Michigan Gun Club in Mattawan. Nearly 100 shooters squared off for titles in a variety of rifle and pistol disciplines.

After placing third in the 2015 AAFTA Nationals’ Hunter Division, Crosman Prostaffer Bill Rabbitt won his first AAFTA National Championship title, successfully hitting 111 of 128 targets. Rabbitt did it with a Benjamin Marauder rifle (photo above).

After assuming the top of the leaderboard this summer, Randy Ebersole of Ashland, Oregon never relinquished his hold in the Rifle Division of the year-long Crosman National Field Target Series. He finished with 3,633 points.

Second place went to Glenn Thomas of Pleasant Valley, New York with 3,018.

Jacob Sumner of Ashland placed third with 2,596.

Ebersole finished just 29 points behind Pistol Division winner Wayne Burns, also of Ashland, who ended the year with 2,957 points. Thomas placed third with 2,556.

Ebersole’s combined performance earned him the All-Around title for the Crosman National Field Target Series. Thomas finished second and Sumner placed third.

To qualify for the Crosman National Series, shooters must use a Crosman or Benjamin product in an AAFTA sanctioned field target match. Scores are normalized based on the top score of the match and added to their aggregate throughout the AAFTA year.

Both Ebersole and Thomas used Benjamin Marauder rifles while Sumner competed with a Benjamin Discovery. All three used Crosman 1720T in the pistol competition.

 Nearly 180 shooters participated in the Crosman National Field Target Series, recording 607 individual rounds across 258 matches.

Among rifle participants, 98.8% used the Marauder while 84% of pistol shooters went with the Crosman 1720T.