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Prone to Success Luckily the Men’s Prone


Rifle competition at World Cup USA was April 2. A day earlier on April


Fool’s Day and Nick Mow- rer may have never lived down the jokes. The lanky, mild-mannered guy from a small town in Montana usu- ally doesn’t draw too much attention to himself – he hopes his shooting does the talking. A 2012 Olympian in 50m Men’s Free Pistol, Mowrer represented the United States on the largest stage possible, but now he’s garnering more attention for something none of his U.S. teammates have ever done before. Mowrer, 25, qualified for


the U.S. Prone Rifle Team to compete at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga., making him the first athlete to compete in two entirely different disciplines on an international level. To top it off, he won a bronze medal doing so.


“I think a lot of the com- munity – not to be hasty or anything – but a lot of them thought it was a joke,” Mowrer said, matter-of-fact- ly. “Straight up thought - it


couldn’t be serious that a pistol shooter made the rifle team. And I’m sure it would be the other way too – I know it would be the other way if a rifle shooter made the pistol team or the shot- gun team or any combina- tion thereof. It seems very… odd. People were confront- ing me to confirm the story. I think they thought it might have almost been an April Fool’s thing; like it was just a news release to see how


everyone would react.” But it was no joke - his


results prove it wasn’t even pure luck. There was no Olympic qualification on the line – Mowrer, an Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete for pistol just en- tered the U.S. Rifle Selec- tion Match for the reason he and most shooters get into this sport – Fun. “I’ve been shooting


Prone for quite a while now and learned (Resident Ath- letes) couldn’t train on the range the week of the rifle match so I asked if I could shoot rifle and they said I could if I paid my entry, so I did. Paid my entry fee, shot the match and made the


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USA Shooting News | May 2014


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