SGT Sherri Gallagher Wins 2010 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship
FAIRFAX, VA –(Ammoland.com)- SGT Sherri Gallagher of Fort Benning, Georgia, shot her way to her first National High Power Rifle Championship at the 2010 NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, finishing with a record breaking 2396-161x.
Shooting at a high level the entire week, SGT Gallagher won eight of the twelve match trophies that make up the championship. Sherri’s new record replaces Camp Perry legend David Tubb’s 2389-138x shot in 2003.
“[I'm] just doing the best I can with every match I go to,” Sherri humbly said.
SGT Gallagher comes from a family of shooters and has had a rifle in her hands since she was young. Her mother, Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher, was a previous High Power Rifle champion, winning the national championship in 1998.
Preparing for Camp Perry and other matches falls in line well with SGT Gallagher's duties as a member of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit.
“We spend most of our time in the offseason training up soldiers,” Sherri said. Although opportunities for practice are rich, the ever-courteous Sherri did not come to Camp Perry expecting to win. “All you can do is the best you can every match,” she said.
Carl Bernosky, of Ashland, Pennsylvania, finished second this year with a 2395-140x. Although coming very close to his fifth National Championship, Bernosky accomplished recording a new personal high.
“That's what you come here for,” Bernosky said. “You come here to shoot your own personal best. You shoot to your capabilities and you put a score up there and somebody beats it – that's the way it goes. Sherri shot a great match. [She] shot a great score. She's a good person and I'm happy for her.”
Rounding out the top three was Stephen Culpepper of Sharpsburg, Georgia, with a 2382-121x.
On the service rifle side of the championship, SGT Eric Swearingen of El Cajon, California, won the Service Rifle Championship with a 2381-103x. Continuing with new faces atop podiums at the awards ceremony, this was SGT Swearingen's first Service Rifle Championship.
“It feels pretty good,” SGT Swearingen said of his first win.
SSG Tyrel Cooper of Fort Benning, Georgia, placed second with a 2377-108x and 2009 Service Rifle Champion SFC Grant Singley, also of Fort Benning, Georgia, finished third with a 2372-121x.
This year introduced an Any Sight/Tactical Rifle category to the championships. Albert Wood of Merrillan, Wisconsin, won the category’s inaugural year with a 2308-44x.
A summary of the awards for the NRA High Power Rifle Championships follows:
2010 NRA HIGH POWER RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- SGT Sherri Gallagher – 2396-161x
Service Rifle Championship:
- Champion: SGT Eric Swearingen – 2381-103x
- Second: SSG Tyrel Cooper – 2377-108x
- Third: SFC Grant Singley – 2372-121x
- High Civilian: Troy Lawton – 2369-89x
- High Ohio Civilian Resident: Sara Rozanski – 2338-83x
- High Woman: PFC Amanda Elsenboss – 2347-76x
- High Senior: Jim O'Connell – 2346-88x
- High Grand Senior: Pete Orebaugh – 2188-41x
- High Collegiate: SGT Christopher Atkins – 2359-90x
High Overall Junior: Tyler Rico – 2360-94x
- High Junior: Chad Kurgan – 2360-78x
- High Intermediate Junior: Tyler Rico – 2360-94x
High Sub-Junior: Morgan Owen – 2187-42x
- High National Guard: SPC Cody Shields – 2357-68x
- High Reserve: SGT Eric Swearingen – 2381-103x
- High Army Reserve: SGT Christopher Atkins – 2359-90x
- High Marine: SGT Eric Swearingen – 2381-103x
- High Regular Service: SSG Tyrel Cooper – 2377-108x
- High Police: Allen Young – 2313-74x
Match Rifle Championship:
- Champion: SGT Sherri Gallagher – 2396-161x
- Second: Carl Bernosky – 2395-140x
- Third: Stephen Culpepper – 2382-121x
- High Woman: SGT Sherri Gallagher – 2396-161x
- High Senior: Robert Ward – 2376-81x
- High Grand Senior: Gary Hendricks – 2309-59x
- High Intermediate Junior: Waylon Burbach – 2323-65x
- High Service: SGT Sherri Gallagher – 2396-161x
- High Police: Harry Harrison – 2349-110x
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