By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Delivering a memorable showing at the 2016 Talladega 600, held Dec. 6-11, Eric Herrin, 53, of Raleigh, NC, overtook the 5-Gun Aggregate by a commanding lead of 1192-27x – a margin of nearly 100 points to his competitors. Herrin managed to outshoot last year’s 5-Gun winner, Jennifer Creasy, 38, of Montgomery, AL, which is a feat he was unable to reach in 2015 as he finished just short in second place.
During last year’s inaugural Talladega 600, Herrin led the As-Issued 1911 and the Military & Police Pistol matches and reached 12th overall in the Congressional 30 rifle event, along with earning the overall EIC Aggregate title. The versatile marksman came back this year to reclaim his spot at the top of the Military & Police Match, landed in second during the As-Issued match and retained his EIC Aggregate title as the overall competitor.
Eric Pauls, 50, of Fenton, MO, topped the Carbine Match by only one point over second place finisher Sean Leighton (54 of Enola, PA). Last year, Pauls earned overall wins in both the M16 EIC Rifle Match and the Vintage Military Match. He received third overall during this year’s Vintage Match in Talladega.
Overall Talladega 600 Winners:
M16 EIC Rifle:
Anthony Kissik (High Junior marksman), 15, of Matthews, AL – 383-16x
Garand Match Course:
Ryan Vander Poppen, 44, of Hamilton, MI – 289-6x
Victor Betzold (High Senior), 62, of Bel Air, MD – 287-5x
Vintage Military Match:
Victor Betzold (High Senior) – 285-4x
John Powell, 50, of Oneonta, AL – 296-5x
Eric Pauls, 50, of Fenton, MO – 360-3x
O-Class: Robert Cantrell, 52, of Paducah, KY – 541-9x
T-Class: Samuel Payne (High Junior), 17, of Kingston, GA – 596-35x
Manuel: Rum Runners (William Ellis, William Fairless) – 398-12x
Semi-automatic: Pawesome Fun (Russell Parrish, Bryan Parrish) – 336-4x
HP Dixie Double:
Fisher/Taylor (Johnny Fisher, Robert Taylor) – 589-18x
SFC Evan Hess, 30, of Phenix City, AL – 496-22x
Anthony Bellipanni, 46, of Birmingham, AL – 268-5x
.22 Rimfire Pistol EIC:
Ben Amonette, 62, of Radford, VA – 277-10x
Eric Herrin – 977-18x
J. Holzman, 45, of Waxhaw, NC – 376-4x
Military & Police Pistol:
Eric Herrin – 360-7x
Team CMP (Robert Taylor, Johnny Fisher, Nick Till, Ryan Vander Poppen) – 1952-69x
Steven Brubaker, 57, of Saint Robert, MO – 279-6x
Eric Herrin – 1192-27x
The Talladega 600 features rifle, pistol and shotgun events for both new and experienced competitors. Presented as the most advanced marksmanship park in the United States, one of the features of Talladega Marksmanship Park that sets it apart from the rest is its electronic targets. Boasting the latest technological advances in the realm of marksmanship, including electronic scoring monitors, it is a must-see destination for firearm supporters across the country.
The 500-acre park is open to the public, year round, and facilitates rifle, pistol and shotgun opportunities. Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully-stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, pistols, ammunition and accessories, provided by the professionals of Creedmoor Sports, Inc.
For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=14597.
Photos of the Talladega 600 can be found on CMP’s Zenfolio page at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f1059274395.