Springfield Armory To Fund Scholarship For Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team

Springfield Armory makes four-year commitment to fund scholarships for Hillsdale’s Action Shooting Team, on top of supplying firearms.

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posted on November 29, 2023
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In 2021, the Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team became a varsity squad. In March at the 2023 SASP College Nationals in Alabama, the team notched a first-place finish in centerfire and runner-up in the 1911 division.
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Springfield Armory recently agreed to a four-year commitment to fund remitted scholarships for members of the Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team. The company also supplies the team with all of their firearms, which includes the XD-M Elite and Prodigy pistols.

The Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team began as a club in 2017 prior to reaching varsity status in 2021. The team currently has 11 members. Members of the team shoot 9 mm handguns at steel targets in a test of speed and accuracy.

Last March, the Hillsdale Action Shooting Team won its second consecutive national championship at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program’s 2023 College Nationals.

“Our action shooting sports team is only a few years old. To date, most of our athletes have been walk-ons, and we have been very successful,” Hillsdale Action Shooting Team Head Coach Adam Burlew said. “Now, with Springfield’s help, we can recruit high school shooting sports athletes who want to help us win more championships, take advantage of Hillsdale’s rigorous academic offerings, and grow in heart and mind.”

Springfield Armory has also supported the Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team by providing access to world-renowned competitive shooter Rob Leatham.

“It has been my distinct pleasure to work with the Hillsdale College Pistol Team,” Leatham said. “Having been in the firearms training industry for so many years I have seen it all. From beginners to winners, I’ve trained the most talented and dedicated shooters throughout the world. None have been more satisfying for me to work with than these young people.”

Last year, the college announced the construction of the Ailes Action Shooting Range, which boasts four 30-yard pistol bays, a 40-yard pistol bay and a 100-yard rifle range.

“Over the last several years, the Hillsdale College Halter Center has become a major hub for the shooting sports—especially the shotgun sports,” Rich Péwé, Hillsdale College’s chief administrative officer, said. Now, with our new Ailes Action Shooting Range and with Springfield Armory’s support, I think people will begin to see the Halter Center as a home to the pistol sports, as well. We are very grateful for Springfield’s support of our work.”

Learn more about the Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team and Springfield Armory.

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