Our National Champion - Molly Simonds

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In June Molly Simonds of Woodsville, with Mom & Dad (Lisa and Bruce), headed off to Friendship, Indiana for the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Spring Shoot. After an 18 hour car trip and only 6 hours of sleep Molly shot her first competition.

Molly, in an impressive display of marksmanship, shot a 50-4X out of a possible 50-5X! For this feat she was awarded the elite 50 patch which is only given once in a lifetime, and this on her very first target shot in the NMLRA national competition. Pitted against over 50 other shooters from all over the USA and Canada Molly went on to win the Sub-Junior National Bench Rest Aggregate championship with a score of 99-6X from a possible 100-10X. In Addition Molly entered the Tomahawk Match and took First Place for Junior Girls. And for a little something extra Molly tried offhand matches for the first time and took two 3rd place finishes. Father Bruce left his mark as well placing 2nd Nationally in Offhand Men’s Aggregate.

The Spring Shoot was held over nine days at the Walter Cline National Shooting Range and included more than a thousand competitors. The NMLRA, started in 1933, is celebrating it’s 75th year in 2008. Molly wants to thank the AVF&G Club for their support and encouragement on her first trip to the Nationals.

We suspect it won’t be her last.