—National High Power Champion Carl Bernosky in Shooting Sports USA, November, 1992
The shooting game is perhaps unique among sports in that championship-level practitioners often remain at the top of their form for years, if not decades. An obvious case-in-point is, of course, Lones Wigger Jr., who before his untimely passing in 2017 was winning for over 40 years. All that said, there is no one who has combined longevity with versatility better than Carl Bernosky of Ashland, PA.
Carl Bernosky then concentrated on smallbore position shooting and did rather well at that, too. His success came as no surprise as he finished second nationally (with a 798x800) in the 1980 National Indoor Rifle Championships. In 1985 he became the first civilian to win the National Smallbore Position Championship, bringing to an end the 9-year consecutive run of Position Championships accumulated by Lt. Col. Lones Wigger Jr., USA. Bernosky's efforts in position shooting were oriented toward the international game and he's been a member of several international teams since the 1980s.
Once again, in 2000, Bernosky won the National High Power Championship, his seventh. As of 2018, he is a 10-time NRA National High Power Champion, winning most recently in 2012. And, don't forget that Mr. Bernosky is a 2-time NRA National Smallbore Rifle Champion. This gentleman can shoot.
Does this variegated menu of competition help? Obviously, it doesn't hurt Carl Bernosky. He asserts that while the principles of marksmanship apply across the board, each discipline has its unique features that demand special attention.
One is tempted to wonder what he will take up next; whatever it is he will no doubt enjoy continued success.
Today Carl Bernosky builds custom rifles and gunstocks. He competes at the NRA World Shooting Championship every year, still ranking high on the event leaderboard.
Learn more about Carl Bernosky by visiting his website at www.CarlBernosky.com.