With a score of 2645-139X, SFC Greg Markowski of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is the 2021 NRA Precision Pistol National Champion. The match was held Jul. 20–25 at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Ind.
Markowski on the firing line during the 2021 Mayleigh Cup Match at Camp Atterbury.
In second place was Jonathan Shue with 2642-128X. Shue’s score also garnered him the Civilian Championship and the Military Veteran award.
Taking third place was Markowski’s AMU teammate, SSG Ryan Franks, who finished the match with a score of 2623-119X.
The top three finishers—Markowski, Shue and Franks—are all High Master-classified precision pistol shooters.
The top three shooters at the awards ceremony. From left: Jon Shue, Greg Markowski and Ryan Franks.
In addition, Markowski was the High Service shooter. He also won the .22-Caliber Championship with a score of 889-55X.
High Woman was Master-class shooter 2LT Lisa J. Emmert of the Army National Guard Pistol Team, who finished the match with a score of 2619-111X.
From left: High Woman winner 2LT Lisa J. Emmert and Joe Arnold.
The 2021 Metallic National Champion was SFC David A. Paquette of the Army National Guard with a score of 2555-77X. Paquette is classified as a Master. The runner-up was Sharpshooter John Dervis of Sheridan, Ill., who finished with 2402-47X.
High Master Steven D. Pardieck of Indianapolis, Ind., was the High Police winner with a score of 2570-97X.
As for High Senior, the win went to Franklin Dessuit of Valparaiso, Ind., with a score of 2593-101X. Dessuit is a Master-class bullseye pistol shooter.
Rounding out the special awards is High Grand Senior, which went to Ron Steinbrecher of Wyndmoor, Pa., with 2549-85X. Steinbrecher is classified as a High Master.
Conditions for the match were the usual for this part of Indiana in the summertime—hot and humid, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Despite the muggy weather, the wind is generally not too brutal at Camp Atterbury—at least for the precision pistol shooters. Plus, the new 100-point covered range provided some protection from the elements for competitors on the firing line, as well as for spectators, referees and other match officials.
Shooters on the firing line for team matches at Camp Atterbury's new 100-point covered range.
This year marked the first time that the NRA Precision Pistol National Championships were held at Camp Atterbury. The First Lady of Indiana, Janet Holcomb, kicked off the NRA National Matches during the smallbore rifle phase at the First Shot Ceremony on Tuesday, Jul. 6.
Additionally, the 2021 NRA Precision Pistol Nationals were headed up for the first time by longtime NRA referee, Kenn Boyd, as the match director. Serving as a match official at Camp Perry for many years, as well as at the Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship, Boyd’s experience made him ideal for the new role. Facing a tough situation at a new match venue for the Pistol Championships at Camp Atterbury, Boyd tackled the job with enthusiasm and aplomb.
“Kenn Boyd is completely selfless, and has answered the call to help the NRA every year,” said NRA Competitive Shooting Division Director Cole McCulloch. “This year as the match director at a new facility, Kenn ran a great crew and gave us a fantastic match, given the circumstances.”