Hall of Famer Bob Lepor Is First Sporting Clays Shooter To Register 200,000 NSCA Targets
San Antonio, TX –-(Ammoland.com)- Bob Lepor, National Sporting Clays Association Past Chairman and Hall of Famer, has achieved a milestone that has never before been accomplished in sporting clays: He shot his 200,000th lifetime NSCA-registered target.
Bob crashed the 200,000-plus marker while shooting The Homestead Cup in May.
In three separate years, Lepor has topped the 20,000-target mark, with his most prolific year in 1998 when he shot an amazing 31,650 targets.
That meant shooting tournaments every weekend except Mother’s Day. Not surprisingly, in a number of years, he has won NSCA’s High Volume award for most targets shot. He has shot 14 consecutive National Championships, starting in 1997.
Bob Lepor – 200k Targets
Lepor is a seven-time NSCA All-American and in 2009 was inducted into the NSCA Hall of Fame as the Hal DuPont Service Award recipient. He has served the association on the Advisory Council since 2000, as Executive Committee Vice-Chairman in 2004-2005, as EC Chairman in 2006-2009, and as Past Chairman in 2010 and 2011.
Bob’s record journey began on March 14, 1994, when he joined NSCA. He shot 1000 registered targets the first year but quickly increased his pace after a serious illness in 1995 prompted him to shoot as part of his rehabilitation. “It wasn’t about shooting a big number, but rebuilding my stamina and upper body strength,” said Lepor. “The more I shot, the stronger I got.” He worked his way from E Class to Master Class, which he achieved on September 30, 2001.
He reached 100,000 targets in August 2000 at Owens Station Sporting Clays while shooting with his granddaughter, Elizabeth Carbone. When he reached 200,000-plus last month at The Homestead Cup, Elizabeth was again on his squad demonstrating some family talent for the game, placing as Lady Runner-up while shooting her first tournament in seven years.
Bob Lepor – 100k Targets
“It is wonderful that Bob has been able to share his incredible achievements with his granddaughter,” said Robert Crow, NSCA Director. “I can remember back in the 1990s watching Bob teach Elizabeth how to shoot. There wasn’t a squad on the course that was having more fun than theirs! Sporting clays has evolved into a great family sport that leaves incredible memories like this.”
Lepor is known not only for his annual high-volume shooting and entering many tournaments, but for his endurance and shooting as many targets as possible at tournaments. He once shot 1050 targets in one day, a feat that took him only five hours.
“In the past when I would shoot tournaments, I got there early and shot every event,” said Lepor. “I tried to shoot every course through twice instead of once. Still, during the National Championship, I’ll shoot 1000 targets.”
Remarkably, all of Lepor’s second 100,000 targets were shot at tournaments. “In the early years, I used to do some league shooting, but now everything is in tournaments,” he said.
According to Crow, not only is Lepor’s accomplishment a first for NSCA, but the next-highest volume shooter is more than 50,000 targets away.
Lepor wouldn’t commit to the quarter-million mark. “I don’t know about 250,000,” he replied. “We’ll let that run its own course. We’ll see.”
Robert Crow expressed appreciation to Lepor on behalf of the assocation. “Hall of Famer Bob Lepor has volunteered countless hours to the NSCA to better the game of sporting clays,” he said. “Bob’s dedication to the sport is visible to the membership and is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Bob, for 18 wonderful years in sporting clays, and here’s to many, many more!”
The National Sporting Clays Association is the official governing and sanctioning body of Sporting Clays in the United States. Headquartered at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, it is the world’s largest Sporting Clays organization, with members in 50 states and 10 foreign countries. To locate NSCA member clubs in your area or for more information on the National Sporting Clays Association, visit our website at www.nssa-nsca.org.