Harry Flynn

TAYLORSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

State Director Info

Background

  • NRA Certified Smallbore/Air Rifle Level 1 Coach
  • President & Coach, American Legion Hickory Post 48 Air Rifle Team
  • Chairman, Department of North Carolina American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program Committee
  • North Carolina CMP State Director
  • NRA Recruiter
  • Staff Member, 2014 American Legion National Junior Air Rifle Championship in Colorado Springs, CO at the Olympic Training Center
  • I am a member of CMP, NRA, USA Shooting
  • I have been the sponsor/host of three NRA/USAS/CMP sanctioned Smallbore Rifle/Air Rifle Coach Schools
  • Match Director & Range Officer for American Legion Hickory Post 48 Air Rifle Matches

Awards

I became a Level 1 Rifle Coach in 2013, I was appointed as North Carolina CMP State Director, February 2015.

Personal Info

I am married to my wife, Judy. I have five daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. I am also a freelance photographer. I shoot sports action photography, and I do wildlife and nature photography. I enjoy Air Rifle and Pistol Shooting, Archery, and I also enjoy hunting and fishing.

Reasons

I want to expand and promote shooting sports and opportunities in North Carolina. I would like to improve junior shooting sports opportunities in the state and encourage these competitors to pursue national competition. I got involved in shooting sports because I remember when I was a Boy Scout at the age of 14 years old, and how the local sheriff\'s department taught me about gun safety and marksmanship. I believe in a gun safety, education, and marksmanship program that provides the elements of: Safety, Education, Enjoyment, and Competition. Our youth of today are not being taught these skills or what the Second Amendment means. As senior adults, it is our job to teach young people what it is all about and what our Founding Fathers believed in.

Goals/Hopes

My goal is to teach our youth and my State that Marksmanship is a proud part of our American heritage, culture, sports and recreation. I want to teach and train our young people a gun safety, education, and marksmanship program that provides the elements of: Safety, Education, Enjoyment, and Competition. My goal is to get more youth involved at a competitive level, whether it’s “fun” or “serious.” I’d also like to help build more opportunities for shooting and bring shooting back to the mainstream – where everyone wants to learn to shoot. Nothing is more rewarding than working with our youth and teaching them – not just to shoot safely, but the values of shooting – and to be a part of a program whose mission is to accomplish that in this day and age is remarkable! My goal is to get more junior clubs started in North Carolina. My goal is to get clubs to join and affiliate with CMP and present advantages of being a CMP club.

Ferguson, Others Spark New Records at 2022 Eastern CMP Games & Highpower Matches

CAMP BUTNER, N.C. – SSgt Stephen Ferguson, 40, of Blackstone, Virginia, set a new event record in the Springfield Match Course at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2022 Eastern CMP Games & Highpower Matches, with a score of 295-13X. Ferguson edged the previous record, set by David Thompson in 2016, by only five X-shots.

Competitions on the firing line for pistol events
Eastern Games features a lineup of pistol events, including challenging aggregate opportunities.

The annual Eastern Games was held April 22 to May 1 at Camp Butner in North Carolina, with over 400 participants firing in the variety of vintage, modern military, highpower rifle and pistol opportunities offered on the schedule. Designed to provide unique challenges to a wide spectrum of guests, the event is filled with recreational-style competitions and educational courses that are suitable for new and experienced enthusiasts. 

Recognitions and awards for individual accomplishments, such as for Overall, High Woman, High Senior and High Junior competitors, are part of the CMP mission and are featured at each competitive event held throughout the year. 

William Trowell, 58, of Raleigh, North Carolina, claimed the overall win in the As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match and commented on his positive experience during the 2022 Eastern Games, thanks to the CMP staff members’ commitment to the sport and to the comfort of those in attendance.

“I saw that the CMP Support Staff was passionate in supporting the program and the shooters,” he said. “Even us little shooters – to get the achievement medals in a ceremony is a big morale booster.”

Trowell, who has been attending the Eastern Games since 2013, also earned the high non-distinguished honor and second place overall in the .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match. 

Jonathan Shue with his award
Jonathan Shue was the Overall Individual Pistol competitor, among other wins at the 2022 Eastern Games.

Winning the .22 competition was Jonathan Shue, 40, of Liberty, North Carolina. Shue went on to lead the Service Pistol EIC match, guiding him to the title of Overall Individual Pistol competitor of the Eastern Games event for his consistent outstanding scores.

Offered for the second year at Eastern Games was a series of pistol aggregate matches to further challenge competitors on the firing line. Overtaking the Match Pistol 2700 Aggregate, an accumulation of scores fired in the .22, .45 and Center Fire 900 Aggregates, was, again, Shue, after collecting all three 900 Aggregate wins and earning an overall score of 2628-125X.

Brian Williams is presented the Modern Military Match Winner Plaque
Brian Williams earned overall wins in numerous rifle matches during the event.

In rifle, last year’s Garand Match winner, Brian Williams, 48, of Granby, Massachusetts, returned in 2022 to claim the overall win in the event as well as overall wins in the Modern Military and Carbine competitions.

Also marking a new Eastern Games Record was Keith Schachle, 63, of Jasper, Georgia, who fired a score of 293-10X in the Vintage match – surpassing his own 2017 record by one point.

In the CMP Highpower Matches, USAMU Green (SSG Ben Cleland, SFC Brandon Green, SSG Jarrod Mcgaffic, SSG David Bahten) overtook the Match Rifle 4-Man Team event with a new record score of 1981-97X, just one point above the previous record set in 2019. 

SFC O'Neill with the Overall Service Rifle Cup Award
SFC Erin O’Neill earned the Overall Service Rifle title in the 2400 Aggregate Match.

SFC Brandon Green, 37, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), went on to break the CMP 2400 Aggregate Overall Match Rifle record he had originally set in 2018 – collecting a 2022 score of 2390-115X. USAMU teammate SSG Ben Cleland, 29, claimed a record of his own in the EIC Service Rifle Match after reaching an incredible score of 499-25X. Cleland dropped only one point the entire match, during the prone slow portion, while cleaning the rest of the stages.

SFC Erin O’Neill, 33, also of the USAMU, earned the Overall Service Rifle title in the 2400 Aggregate Match with a score of 2379-104X.

Daily highpower awards were also presented to the top civilian and military competitors in the Match and Service Rifle categories as well as to aggregate winners by slow and rapid fire stages. Find a complete list of results, including “High” categorical winners, on the CMP Competition Tracker page athttps://ct.thecmp.org/EasternGames22Results.

The High Senior of the Vintage Military Match accepts the Award Plaque
Eastern Games and other CMP events recognize a number of accomplished individuals such as for High Junior, High Woman and High Senior honors.

Other Notable Results of the 2022 Eastern Games & Highpower Matches:

Games Rifle:

M16 EIC Rifle: John Wilson, 49, Tampa, Florida – 379-5X

Garand: Brian Williams, 48, Granby, Massachusetts – 294-10X

Springfield: SSgt Stephen Ferguson, 40, Blackstone, Virginia – 295-13X

Vintage Military: Keith Schachle, 63, Jasper, Georgia – 293-10X

Modern Military: Brian Williams, 48, Granby, Massachusetts – 294-8X

Carbine: Brian Williams, 48, Granby, Massachusetts – 373-8X

Vintage Sniper Manual Team: Hard Leg 3 (Terrence McCoy, Michael Gugulis) – 391-20X

Rimfire Sporter: 

O-Class: Ryan Ward, 25, Greenville, North Carolina – 575-14X

T-Class: : SSgt Stephen Ferguson, 40, Blackstone, Virginia – 591-29X

TU Class: Andy Miller, 47, Coshocton, Ohio – 585-27X

Games Pistol:

M9 EIC Pistol: Nicholas Madison, 30, Roanoke, Virginia – 252-3X

As-Issued 1911: William Trowell, 58, Raleigh, North Carolina – 377-7X

Military & Police Service Pistol: MSgt Nicholas Capko, 38, Fredericksburg, Virginia – 384-9X

CMP .22 Rimfire Pistol: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 281-10X

Pistol EIC: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 285-9X

Match Pistol 2700 Aggregate Any Sights: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 2628-125X

Match Pistol 2700 Aggregate Metallic Sights: Nate Gunn, 38, Spencer, West Virginia – 2420-37X

.22 Rimfire 900 Aggregate Any Sights: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 883-44X

.22 Rimfire 900 Aggregate Metallic Sights: Nate Gunn, 38, Spencer, West Virginia – 819-12

.45 900 Aggregate Any Sights: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 871-34X

.45 900 Aggregate Metallic Sights: Nate Gunn, 38, Spencer, West Virginia – 803-12X

Center Fire Aggregate Any Sights: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 874-47X

Center Fire Aggregate Metallic Sights: CDR Phillip Geiger USN, Suffolk, VA – 813-18X

Overall Individual Pistol Aggregate: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 1302-29X

CMP Highpower Matches:

4-Man Team: 

USAMU Greenwood (Service Rifle) – 1970-81X

USAMU Green (Match Rifle) – 1981-97X

SFC Green earns the CMP 2400 Aggregate Award
SFC Brandon Green broke the CMP 2400 Aggregate Overall Match Rifle record he had originally set in 2018.

CMP 2400 Overall Aggregate: 

Overall Service Rifle: SFC Erin O’Neill, 33, Fortson, Georgia – 2379-104X

Overall Match Rifle: SFC Brandon Green, 37, Box Springs, Georgia – 2390-115X

Overall EIC Service Rifle: SSG Ben Cleland, 29, USAMU – 499-25X

Photos of the event are available for free download at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f620606501.

SSG Cleland earns award for the EIC Service Rifle Match
SSG Ben Cleland claimed a record of his own in the EIC Service Rifle Match.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2023 Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches! The event will be held April 28 through May 7 – back at Camp Butner. View a full schedule of events for the upcoming Eastern Games on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/eastern-cmp-games-cmp-hp-rifle-matches/.

About the CMP Games:

The Competition Games are regional competitions held around the country throughout the year, featuring CMP’s unique rifle and pistol outdoor matches. Recognized as staple events of the CMP schedule, the Games are centered around recreation-oriented competition and educational activities that are designed to accommodate experienced marksmen as well as those hoping to learn more about the sport. For more information, including a detailed glance into each Games event, visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

Junior Haley Robinson Claims Three New Records at 2021 National Rifle Matches

Haley Robinson, 21, of Mill Spring, North Carolina, set not one, not two, but three new national records during the 2021 National Rifle Matches. The annual event was conducted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and held in August on the grounds of the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility, where it has been set for over a century.

Haley Robinson reached seventh overall in the 2021 President’s Rifle Match. Photo courtesy of Michelle Lunato, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

Robinson’s record performances began with the President’s Rifle event, where she fired a score of 395-15X to earn new High Junior and High Woman records – finishing seventh overall. She was also the only junior to appear in the 20-person shootoff that accompanies the President’s Match.

“The first day, I did pretty decent, and it just stuck,” she said of her President’s showing.

Since 2018, Robinson has had a goal of earning a place in the Top 20 shootoff.

Back in 2018 (only her second trip to the National Matches) she gave herself an objective to reach the Top 20 shootoff. She inched close in 2019, reaching the President’s Hundred (as one of the Top 100 competitors) in 46th place overall and earning a coveted President’s Tab. She had hoped to climb her way into the shootoff the following year, but, with the cancellation of the 2020 National Matches, she wasn’t given the chance.

“This year (2021), I made it my goal, and I practiced hard before we left,” Robinson said. “I was nervous – very nervous – but once I got up there, after the first shot, I was calm.”

She not only earned records in the President’s Match but also went on to do the same in the NTI event.

Along with her marksmanship abilities, Robinson is known for her composure on and off the firing line. She says she doesn’t know exactly how she stays so relaxed, but she has a hunch.

“My dad blames it on my low blood pressure,” she joked. “I’m just always calm.”

After her shootoff performance, she embraced her dad on the line.

Robinson credits her dad, Bobby, for getting her started in marksmanship in 2016 (a year after he began his own journey within the sport). The following year, Robinson and her dad attended countless competitions and practiced whenever they could – talking with one another about nothing but shooting during their long truck rides from match to match. Robinson’s hard work paid off when she earned her Distinguished Rifleman Badge, a lifetime goal for most marksmen, that same year. 

Now that she’s reached the President’s Shootoff, she’s got a new target in mind – winning the match.

“It’s all I have left,” she said with a smile.

Robinson earned her President’s Tab in 2019, along with her dad, Bobby (center). Photo courtesy of Bobby Robinson.

After her success in the President’s Rifle Match, Robinson went on the next day to set a new Women’s Rifle Trophy national record score of 496-25X in the National Trophy Individual Match – finishing 10th overall out of a field of almost 800 competitors that included several decorated civilian and military athletes. 

Seemingly arriving out of nowhere and covering the leaderboards, Robinson claims being a newcomer to the sport with a budding reputation can come with its own challenges.

“It’s very different, especially when people don’t know who you are,” she explained. “And it’s different being out here and being female, because they treat you a little different.”

Robinson is calm and humble on the line – letting her scores do the talking for her.

She welcomes tips and advice, but to those who may underestimate her talents because of her age or her gender – she lets her scores do the talking.

“I don’t say anything to anybody,” she said. “I won’t even tell people my score, until they ask me. I’m very humble, and I don’t want to be THAT person.”

Besides that, she’s not out on the line, day after day, to prove anything to anyone else – she’s doing it all for herself.

“And him,” she said, pointing to her dad. “It’s me and him.”

As for her future plans in marksmanship, Robinson keeps it simple, saying, “Still shoot. Keep going.”

And coming back to the National Matches in 2022 to claim that President’s Rifle win?

“I mean, I’ll try,” she said as she laughed.

Robinson credits her dad for getting her into the sport and loves talking about shooting on their road trips. Photo courtesy of Bobby Robinson.

View a complete list of results of this and other 2021 Camp Perry National Rifle Matches at https://ct.thecmp.org/21nmrifleresults.

Photos of this and other National Matches rifle events can be found and downloaded for free on the CMP’s Zenfolio page at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f641171691.

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