Welcome to the Being Of Service Rifle Interview Series. Below is a look into the minds, in their own words – of some of the most influential and passionate people in our sport. The interviews consist of 10-questions: 8 of them are the same, one is unique to the person being interviewed and one extra space is allowed for them to discuss whatever they’d like. Enjoy!
(followed by descriptions below):
|01 – Sara Rozanski
03 – Dick Whiting
05 – Ken Roxburgh
07 – Kris Friend
09 – Dennis DeMille
13 – Norm Anderson
|02 – Donnie “Top” Hymen
04 – Konrad Powers
06 – John Holliger
08 – Jim Laughland
10 – John Scandale
12 – John Sylvester
14 – Don Rutherford
.01 – Sara Rozanski: Sara Rozanski has been shooting competitive National Match Service Rifle since she was a teenager. Having bested many of the ranges across the country, Sara also shot and coached with Team Remington for many years. She still shoots competitively and now works for the CMP at their Taladega Marksmanship Park, often as a coach and clinic instructor.
02 – Donnie “Top” Heuman: Donnie Heuman (aka “Top”) served in the United States Marine Corp for 26-years, much of which was spent shooting and instructing for the Marine Corps Shooting Team. Top also coached the United States Army Marksmanship Unit for a spell and now runs the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, where he still run clinics and even manages to shoot every now and again.
03 – Dick Whiting: Dick Whiting earned his Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge in 1976. He’s made the President’s Hundred four times and the Elihu Root Medal six times for being in the top 6 civilian competitors in the National Trophy Team Match.
04 – Konrad Powers: Once someone takes up shooting competitive National Match Service Rifle, it’s really only a matter of time until they hear the name Konrad Powers… From Illinois, Konrad has been a regular sighting at the National Matches for years. Beyond discussing his bare-bones approach to shooting competitive Service Rifle, his website www.sw-hearing.com/konrad serves as a journal of record for every shot he’s fired in competition since 1998.
05 – Ken Roxburgh: Ken Roxburgh is certainly no stranger to competitive National Match Highpower. From shooting to coaching and consulting, he has been in this game for a little under 40-years. As Head Coach for Team Remington, “Rox” has coached this team to almost countless victories across the country – all the while offering free “Advanced Highpower” clinics to any students that are willing to listen from coast to coast. His clinics, which emphasize the fundamentals of marksmanship – have become known as the foundation of many accomplished competitors throughout the years. Given enough time, and Rox being present at a match – you’ll hear many of such shooters shout praise to him from a dozen or so firing points away with phrases like “HARD ON THE SIGHTS!”, “THREE IS THE KEY!” or other things you’ll have to take a clinic to truly understand…
06 – John Holliger: It is reasonable to say that at any given Highpower match in the country, if you surveyed the Service Rifle shooters as they came off the line as to what kind of upper they were using – at least half of them would say just two simple words: “White Oak“. A vast amount of records have been broken using White Oak Armament products. Even more impressive is how accessible their products are to the new shooter, both cost wise AND in their simplicity and precision. From Carlock, Illinois, John Holliger is the man behind White Oak Armament. Beyond his skills and gifts to our community as one of the main influencer’s and innovators of the equipment we use – John is also a renowned shooter as well. This interview lists just a sample of some of his accomplishments while shooting a Service Rifle, followed by his interview.
07 – Kris Friend: Kristoffer Friend shoots with the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program Service Rifle Team. He is the winner of two President’s Trophies as well as many other accomplishments partially listed here – followed by his interview.
08 – Jim Laughland: Jim Laughland has more patches commemorating all the different years he’s shot at the National Matches than there are rounds fired in a LEG Match. The very friendly and excellent shooter shares some of his many stories and pictures in our interview here.
09 – Dennis DeMille: National Record holder and National Champion Dennis DeMille needs no introduction. His shooting feats are the stuff of legend, as is his charming demeanor and willingness to always help out newer shooters on the line. As General Manager of Creedmoor Sports, Dennis in instrumental in helping to ensure the very best of quality equipment and ammunition is available to highpower competitors of all skill levels. He is also the host and Match Director of the Creedmoor Cup East & West Matches, two of the most highly respected and well attended highpower matches in the country. Included are just a brief fraction of some of his shooting accomplishments, followed by his interview.
10 – John Scandale: From Blue Bell, PA, John Scandale is a Nationally Distinguished Highmaster and National Trophy Winner. In his interview, John recounts some of the many lessons he’s learned from his years starting out, through his time with the All Guard Marksmanship Team and being the proprietor of Keystone Accuracy. John still shoots hard on the circuit and is the Highpower Match Director at the New Holland Rifle & Pistol Club in Gap, PA.
11 – Kirk “The Legend” Freeman: From North Carolina, Kirk “The Legend” Freeman became a Distinguished Rifleman in 15-years old in 1999. Three Long Range Service Rifle National Trophies later, his interview details many of the lessons learned along his journey. Also included is a .pdf download of the loading procedures he utilizes to produce his match winning ammo. He currently competes with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Team.
12 – John Sylvester: From Pennsylvania, John discusses his transition to Service Rifle from Match Rifle, overcoming a catastrophic eye injury and much more. His interview follows just a brief sample of some of his shooting accomplishments.
14 – Glendale “Don” Rutherford: Anybody who has journeyed to one of the many CMP Travel Games events through the years has likely spent time with Glendale “Don” Rutherford. From helping to run the traveling Small Arms Firing Schools and New Shooter Clinics, to helping run lines from coast-to-coast – Don still manages some trigger time here and there. Below is Don’s interview, where he tells of coming up with his brother Leon, his time with the Alabama National Guard Rifle Team, National Competition and traveling with the CMP.
1: What was your experience like when starting out in highpower?
2: Who were your mentors? What do you remember most from these experiences and what still rings true?
3: Can you describe some of your most memorable milestones or breakthroughs? Both starting out… and along the journey to competing nationally.
4: Describe your routine to help you stay on top of your best game? Off-Season, Mid-Season and ramping up to bigger matches?
5: How important is technique, mental program, and equipment in influencing your performance? What is their proportional influence?
6: What was the toughest match you’ve ever competed in where you held it together? What was that like?
7: If you had to choose only ONE answer, what has helped you improve the most towards your goals in highpower?
8: Why do you continue to stay involved with highpower?
09: Unique question to the person being interviewed…
10: What would you like to talk about that wasn’t covered in the previous questions?