Shooting Blog of Paul F. Messina

Welcome to My Website!!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my shooting website. Here you will find various pictures, blog entries, and other information related to my favorite passtime...shooting! Take a look around and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see on this site. It is a work in progress so please come back and visit often!

I am a competitive shooting athlete who has a goal of representing the United States of America at the 2016 Olympic Games (I am too far behind the power curve at this point to have a chance at the 2012 games although I will compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials in December). I used to shoot both pistol and rifle but made the complete switch to pistol early in 2010. I currently compete in International Air Pistol, Free Pistol, Rapid Fire Pistol, and Standard Pistol although air pistol and free pistol are the two disciplines I train the most in as they share plenty of similarities. 

The next major events on my schedule include the 2012 Olympic Trials in International Air Pistol. These will take place at the CMP-South in Anniston, Alabama between 2-4 December 2011. I will then make my almost annual pilgimage to Toronto for the 2012 Canadian Air Gun Grand Prix. The Canadian Air Gun Grand Prix brings together 300 shooters from several different countries and has the feel of a World Cup match (a Grand Prix is one step underneath a World Cup event). The Canadians do an excellent job with this match and I have enjoyed competing there since 2009 (I did not compete there in 2010 due to other obligations). 

Although I have done a fairly poor job of updating my match progress this year, I pledge to do a better job beginning with the Olympic Trials. Just to get you back in the quick loop, this year I competed in the 2011 Canadian Air Gun Grand Prix, the USA Shooting National Championships, and the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Champion of Champions Event. My 201,1 shooting year has been full of challenges but I have learned from these and plan to make a major move up the ranking ladder in 2012. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!