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October 2020

Hello Florida Sport Shooting Association Members,

Happy October and welcome to the fall season.  With summer behind us, and despite COVID-19, I hope you had a chance to get out and enjoy some “trigger” time.  Despite the virus, FSSA has been and will be able to support several state championships, and FSSA was proud to be able to provide support to several of our “juniors” at a national championship event.  More on that later.

Election day is coming fast, and early voting is just days away from starting.  To all of us, our Second Amendment freedoms are a top priority to protect.  No matter if you are a hunter, collector, recreational or competitive shooter or maybe all of them…coach, student, young, older, man or women, we all enjoy our shooting rights.  Going to the range is a way of life for my wife and I, and for many of you as well.  This is what we do, and our Constitution guarantees our right to keep and bear arms.  At the local, state, and national levels, the difference in the candidates’ view of our gun rights are like night and day.  You know that…you also know how important it is to keep pro Second Amendment folks in office, and “on the bench”.  I have every confidence that FSSA members will vote.  Thank you!  I ask that you please make every effort to encourage and assist others like you to get out and vote.   

With the NRA, CMP and USA Shooting National Championships cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, FSSA saw an opportunity to support seven of our juniors to compete in the ASSA Smallbore Rifle national championships.  Board members Jayme Shipley, Lake Yoke and Jennifer Stanton did all the planning, brought equipment and were onsite helping our juniors shoot well, but more importantly have a great experience.  Congratulations to FSSA’s juniors and their coaches for representing Florida at the championships.  Dates for some of the NRA and CMP 2021 championships have been set.  FSSA looks forward to supporting our teams at these and other championships next year.

Within Florida, it is great to see state championships this year in Silhouette Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, High Power Rifle and Precision Pistol.  Additionally, there are multiple clubs running monthly matches. My thanks to the competitors who attend these events. But a special thanks to the clubs and match volunteers who make the time to run these events.  THANK YOU, and I look forward to announcing our 2020 state champions at our annual members meeting in January.

I am immensely proud of all our shooters, volunteers and our FSSA Directors that work to support FSSA’s shooting programs.  Well done!!

FSSA needs your help as a director!  We have several vacant director positions, and I’m asking you, our members, to consider how you can help your state association.  Please contact me at president@flssa.org to ask about our vacant positions, recommend a candidate or to self-nominate.  We appreciate and need your help.

Please don't hesitate to contact me, or any of your officers and directors with any questions or comments, or for any shooting discipline specific information.  We're here to serve our members and our member clubs.

Thank you for everything you do to support and help grow our state association.


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Last updated October, 2020


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Congrats to FSSA's Tim Goszka who won the Precision Pistol event of the Sunshine State Games at the Wyoming antelope Club on November 1st.  The below article is reprinted and can be found at: https://sunshinestategames.com/sun-city-centers-tim-goszka-repeats-as-top-precision-pistol-shooter/

Sun City Center’s Tim Goszka Repeats as Top Precision Pistol Shooter
The word “Precision,” in the Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting event, Precision Pistol Championships, is no joke.

The nine competitors at the Wyoming Antelope Club, in Clearwater, fired a total of 270 shots from distances of 25 and 50 yards.  Shots are fired in time frames ranging from 10 seconds to 10 minutes.  One final thing, all shooters are required to stand and are not permitted to lean or touch anything while firing with one hand only.

It’s an effort in precision, concentration and focus.

For the last two years, Tim Goszka, has mastered those characteristics and has recorded the overall high score in the event.

Goszka tallied a score of 2528, shooting with three different pistols, a 22 caliber, center fire and a .45 caliber pistol.  His best round came in the .22 caliber, with a first-round score of 856.  He scored an 840 in center fire pistol second round and an 832 in the final 45 caliber round. His score was 35 points ahead of the next best shooter, James Hensler, and he hit the 1 ½ inch center X-ring of the target 70 times.

In 2019, he posted a top overall score of 2544 with 81 X-ring shots.

“I lucked out again,” Goszka said following his performance. “I’m just a regular guy who has practiced and studied the sport.  About 20 years ago, I had a pistol coach and learned good habits. If you’re going to do anything well, you have to do things correctly.”

Precision pistol shooting is an effort where the shooters have to concentrate for many hours as well has possess a degree of physical stamina.  Goszka noted that the event held on Saturday, November 1, began at 9:00 a.m. and lasted until about 2:00 p.m.

Besides his physical preparation for competition that includes yoga and weight training, he is mentally prepared as well.  He finds sport shooting competitions, “very meditative.”

“You can’t be thinking, ‘Did I file my income taxes properly,’ while you’re out there shooting,” Goszka said. “I find it very enjoyable and relaxing.”

When not honing his skills at a range in Ruskin, near his Sun City Center home, Goszka practices, “dry firing,” that involves aiming the gun at a target with no ammunition and squeezing the trigger.

“It really helps with concentration and trigger control,” he said.

While Goszka’s successes with a pistol in the Sunshine State Games are well documented, he won’t be shooting in any other of the disciplines offered in the annual Olympic-style Sports Festival.

“I’m a one-trick pony,” he said with a laugh. “It would be ugly if I was out there with a rifle or shotgun.”

Tim Goszka is quite precise in his one trick and he’s got the gold medals to back it up.

The Florida Sport Shooting Association  - June 2017 

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