Arizona Junior Feature: Kade Jackovich

By Serena Juchnowski, CMP Feature Writer

Nineteen-year-old Kade Jackovich of Arizona has won multiple national awards and earned his Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge. Come the 2019 National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, Kade will be on a different team, representing the United States as the newest member of the Army Marksmanship Unit’s (AMU) service rifle team.

Kade Jackovich, Overall Match Winner, 2018 Washington Birthday Match, The 126th Annual Firing of our Nation’s oldest continuous service rifle match, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix Arizona

Jackovich started shooting at a young age, finding a passion in it that he did not share for more traditional sports. “When I was 10 I was playing tackle football at the time and I wasn’t enjoying it. I decided that I didn’t want to play football anymore but my parents still wanted me to be involved in a sport. My mom found a small bore program at our local range and I fell in love [with it] as soon as I started.”

The Scorpions organization is proud to announce that team Captain Kade Jackovich has received and accepted an extremely rare opening to shoot for the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU). Kade is a Distinguished Rifleman and has provided great leadership and mentorship to our less experienced juniors.

Discipline – that is what Jackovich asserts is the biggest thing he has learned from marksmanship, as well as attention to detail. He began to realize that even small factors had an influence on his shooting and when he understood this and learned how to minimize things that would cause a bad shot, he began to excel. 

The Deneke Trophy. The 6 top junior shooters received this trophy and were named to the 2018 Junior National Team during the CMP’s National Trophy Rifle Awards Ceremony.

Kade’s accomplishments have certainly attested to his development as a shooter. He earned his Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge in 2015 as well as made the President’s 100, went distinguished in air rifle, and set a National record in the Whistler Boy Match with his teammate Zac Clark. 2018 proved an incredible year for Jackovich. Firing an impressive 1269-40 x out of 1300 possible points between the President’s 100 Rifle Match, National Trophy Individual Match and National Trophy Junior Team Match, his aggregate score earned him one of the six spots on the National Junior Rifle Team and the Deneke Trophy. He was the 2018 high junior in the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match, earning him the Golden Eagle Trophy. He also made the 2018 President’s 100 and won the Junior Mountain Man Award for his performance at the 2018 Camp Perry National Matches.

Kade was the Overall High Junior in 2018 in the P100, NTI, NTT aggregate (1269-40x) during the CMP National Matches at Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio.

Kade describes his aspirations beyond the AMU, “My goals are to keep improving my marksmanship skills and help others improve their marksmanship skills.” As a member of the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club and Arizona Rifle and Pistol Association, and now member of the AMU, Kade serves as a role model to younger shooters. He advises new junior shooters “to always keep an open mind to new ideas.” He stresses that there are many different ways to set up gear and build positions. “Try new things and maybe something will work better for you.” Outside of shooting, Jackovich loves the outdoors, enjoying camping, hiking, hunting, and off-roading.

 With such an impressive list of accomplishments at such a young age, Jackovich is one to watch, especially as he continues in his training with some of our nation’s best marksmen and women.

3 Responses

  1. We are extremely proud of this young man. Kade was a great role model for the young and upcoming Arizona Scorpions. Quang Nguyen Arizona State Junior HP Dir
  2. Woot! Kade is amazing. He's one of a kind! Very diligent and passionate. It makes me happy to see this published.
  3. Good write-up! Kade is definitely an inspiration for young and old alike. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this talented and determined individual.

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