Dear FSSA members,
Happy Independence Day!! May God continue to bless our great nation as we celebrate…and as we take a moment to honor all those who worked so hard, who risked so much, and especially those who gave their all so that the United States could be and remain the Land of the Free. Have the best day possible!! If you took the opportunity to do some hunting, recreational or competitive shooting this past weekend or today, I hope you enjoyed your Second Amendment Freedoms! I know I did.
FSSA was able to support several of our junior shooters, through our grant program, at the recent 2022 National Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at Hillsdale College and at the 2022 Rifle National Championships at the Olympic Training Center. Congrats to our junior shooters. In the next few days, the NRA National Championships, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and the CMP Championship Matches, at Camp Perry, Ohio, will begin. Good luck to all competitors and especially our FSSA individuals and teams. FSSA is supporting our teams by providing team shirts and paying team fees. Other individuals from various FSSA affiliated clubs are supporting the NRA National Matches with their time and expertise. If you have any stories or pictures to share, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for pictures and stories on FSSA's Facebook page and Website.
I’d like to take a moment and thank Florida’s Marion Hammer for all her years of dedicated service supporting our Second Amendment. As many of you may have already read: “After more than four decades of extraordinary service to the National Rifle Association of America, the Second Amendment, and gun owners nationwide, Marion Hammer is stepping down from her position as a state lobbyist for the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) in Florida. She will continue to serve as an advisor to the NRA, assisting with Second Amendment advocacy in the Sunshine State and beyond.”
I was saddened to learn of the passing of US Marine, long
time competitive shooter and FSSA Director and Officer, Gene Pitts. Gene was a fine marksman and instructor and served
as a tower talker for many NRA National Championships at Camp Perry. His leadership as a former FSSA Director and
Officer were significant in FSSA’s ability to serve our members and affiliated clubs. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Karen and
If you are overdue for FSSA annual membership renewal, or are coming due, I ask you to please consider renewing. A reminder that individual annual membership dues will increase to $25.00 beginning next year. Your membership fees go toward supporting Florida’s state championships, our teams, our juniors, and our women’s programs. The impact and importance of your membership is very much appreciated. If you have questions about what we do, I invite you to contact me at email@example.com. Memberships as well as donations can be made online at: https://www.flssa.org/join-us and at: https://www.flssa.org/http/www.flssa.org/Donate
Thanks to all our Directors for their work and dedication supporting FSSA and our shooting programs. If you have an interest in serving or know someone who might be interested, please contact me.
Again, thank you for your membership in FSSA. Please continue to encourage others to renew or join. To FSSA’s affiliated clubs, thank you for your continued support. Please let us know what is happening at your club, so we can share with our members.
Be well, stay safe, and enjoy our (your) USA’s great Independence Day celebration.
President – Florida Sport Shooting Association.
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Florida Juniors have been busy watching ISSF Junior World Cup in Lima, Peru. USA Shooting juniors walked away with 21 medals at World Cup. It was inspiring for the up-and-coming shooters to watch and hear about at the range.
Firearms Training Club of America in Lakeland have been holding USA Shooting sanctioned PTO’s once a month since September. In September we had 2 smallbore and air rifle shooters along with 6 air pistol shooters. October, we had 1 smallbore, 3 air rifle, and 6 air pistol shooters. In November we were able to have everyone shoot on electronic Sius targets. We had 1 smallbore and air rifle shooter with a personal best in smallbore at 1142 out of 1200. 6 air pistol shooters were excited to shoot on the electronic target for the first time and all recorded a personal best. Now we sit back and continue to practice with Florida State Junior Olympics to be held in December and January. The club will be adding two more Sius targets to have total of 4 to help run a smooth State Junior Olympics and give each shooter a true read of where they stand against the rest of the Junior in the country.
Beginning of November, we had 4 Florida shooters travel to Anniston, Alabama, CMP South Range to participate in Dixie Doubles match. All enjoyed the trip and one shooter just missed finals on both days by less than 5 points. This was an excellent opportunity for 2 of the shooters as they had never attended Dixie Doubles match in the past.
Two Florida shooters will be traveling to West Virginia University to attend the Walther Cup and compete in the Sunday fun match too. The Walther Cup grand prize is a Walther Air Rifle. This will be a well-attended match with 5 relays of 30 shooters in each to include current college team members, AMU, and current USA National team members. We are looking forward to seeing how they do up against the competition.
Next month we have 6 Florida shooters attending Winter Air Gun in Anniston, Alabama, along with Junior Activities Director, Jennifer Stanton. 2 will compete for the very first time in Air Pistol outside their home range. But we will do our best to support them for the wonderful experience they will gain to help them continue the path of competitive shooting. The other 4 juniors will compete in Air Rifle that starts the day after air pistol. This will be the last event for everyone until they attend a State of Florida Junior Olympics competition.
Florida Junior Olympics will be held in several locations across the state during the months of December to March. Disciplines offered will be smallbore and air rifle along for the first time in years air pistol. Locations of events will be Firearms Training Club of America in Lakeland, Hollywood Rifle and Pistol Club in Hollywood and Sarasota Military Academy.
Any questions or comments please feel free to reach out.
FSSA Junior Activities Director