Local 26 member earns gold in marksmanship

Local 26 member John Merges earns a gold medal at the 2007 National Rimfire Sporter Match.

JOHN MERGES, A five-year member of Local 26, Savannah, Ga., earned a gold medal in the Rimfire Sporter T-Class of the 2007 National Rimfire Sporter Match. Sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the competition was held July 22 at Camp Perry, Ohio. Over 200 shooters participated in the sixth annual event.

“I have enjoyed shooting all of my adult life, but it wasn’t until January of this year that I decided to compete,” Merges said. “I picked the Rimfire Sporter National Match in Camp Perry on their 100th year anniversary. Why not reach for the stars? I was fortunate to have the time off with our work schedule to train four days a week. This is my first time at Camp Perry and my first win on the national matches.”