A United States Marine Sergeant shattered a 31-year-old record by shooting near perfectly to win the Pershing trophy for the National Rifle Trophy Team Match at Camp Perry.
Marine Sergeant Antonio DiConza scored a 500-15x, which just edged out the previous record of 499-28x which was shot back in 1985 by SSG Donald Manning.
“It’s like winning the lotto, even though the lotto is luck and this takes a bit of skill,” he told The CMP. “But it’s the same feeling. I can’t believe it.”
In order for him to break the record, he had to shoot near perfect and consistently shoot almost all 10’s.
He said at the end, he realized how well he was shooting and began to get nervous.
“My nerves started getting to me. But I just stayed calm – and in those last two shots, I was like, ‘Is this going to make me or break me?’ So I shot one more shot, and the last shot, I was shaking,” he told The CMP. “I told myself, ‘You know, I just shot 19 10’s and a few x’s – just shoot another 10. It’s not that hard. Relax.'”
During the shooting competition, shooters have to fire at targets in kneeling, standing and prone positions at ranges of 200, 300 and 600 yards.
DiConza was a part of the United States Marine Corps Altendorf Team which won the National Trophy Infantry Team Match.