Gary Anderson taking the first shot at the 2014 National Matches.
The 107th annual National Rifle Matches started Monday, July 7, with the First Shot Ceremony honoring Gary Anderson. Anderson, a Nebraska native, taught himself how to shoot by dry firing. In his shooting career, he has won 2 Olympic gold medals, 7 world championships, set 6 world records and holds 16 national records. He also became the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in 1999. Since then membership has skyrocketed from 2250 to nearly 5000.
“There is a big difference between shooting and marksmanship,” noted Anderson during his speech at the ceremony. “Marksmanship makes soldiers more efficient and able to better defend themselves and our country.”