Herrin Produces Big Wins for Second Year at Talladega 600

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.

Eric Herrin was the winner of the 5-Gun Aggregate competition as well as the M&P Pistol and EIC Rifle matches at the 2016 Talladega 600.

Eric Herrin was the winner of the 5-Gun Aggregate competition as well as the M&P Pistol and EIC Rifle matches at the 2016 Talladega 600.

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 led the Carbine Match by a nail-biting margin.

Eric Pauls led the Carbine Match by a nail-biting margin.

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

Springfield Match:
Victor Betzold (High Senior), 62, of Bel Air, MD – 287-5x

Vintage Military Match:
Victor Betzold (High Senior) – 285-4x

Winning the Congressional 30 Match, mirrored off of the National Match President’s 100, was John Powell of Oneonta, AL.

Winning the Congressional 30 Match, mirrored off of the National Match President’s 100, was John Powell of Oneonta, AL.

Congressional 30:
John Powell, 50, of Oneonta, AL – 296-5x

Carbine Match:
Eric Pauls, 50, of Fenton, MO – 360-3x

Rimfire Sporter:
O-Class: Robert Cantrell, 52, of Paducah, KY – 541-9x
T-Class: Samuel Payne (High Junior), 17, of Kingston, GA – 596-35x

Vintage Sniper:
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

Rifle EIC:
SFC Evan Hess, 30, of Phenix City, AL – 496-22x

Pistol EIC:
Anthony Bellipanni, 46, of Birmingham, AL – 268-5x

.22 Rimfire Pistol EIC:
Ben Amonette, 62, of Radford, VA – 277-10x

EIC Aggregate:
Eric Herrin – 977-18x

As-Issued 1911:
J. Holzman, 45, of Waxhaw, NC – 376-4x

Military & Police Pistol:
Eric Herrin – 360-7x

4-Man Team:
Team CMP (Robert Taylor, Johnny Fisher, Nick Till, Ryan Vander Poppen) – 1952-69x

M1/M14 Match:
Steven Brubaker, 57, of Saint Robert, MO – 279-6x

5-Gun Aggregate:
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.

3 Responses

  1. Congrats to all winners and participants. Good to see the face of Mr.Gary Anderson of whom I met at Wolf Creek shooting complex some few years ago. Mr. Anderson was an inspiration to me when I competed in air pistol. God bless
  2. Who's the man in the blue shirt in all of the pictures, Gary Anderson?

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