What’s In Your Range Bag, Will Shaner?

by
posted on August 10, 2020
will_shaner2.jpg

Meet University of Kentucky star rifle shooter Will Shaner, who was selected for the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team back in March. Find out what he keeps in his range bag.

What are your first memories of handling a firearm?
The first firearm I ever picked up was a Red Ryder BB gun. My grandfather bought it for me when I was about seven years old. He thought it would be a fun thing for me to do since we lived in the country and could shoot firearms on our property.

Will Shaner


Tell us how you began in competitive shooting.

I started competing in 4-H when I was nine years old. My sister had been showing animals in 4-H for a few years and I wanted to try something different. My grandfather used to compete in the Army in high-power competitions. He and my dad thought 4-H would be a good introduction to the shooting community for me.

Please share with us some of your major shooting accomplishments.
When I was 14, I made the National Junior Olympic team. That same year I also earned my first international gold medal at an air gun competition in Innsbruck, Austria. From there it was a steady progression, eventually landing a spot on the University of Kentucky Rifle Team and subsequently making the Olympic team.

What firearms and other gear do you use for competition?
I shoot a Bleiker for .22 LR competitions. For air rifle, I use a Walther LG400-E action in a Pardini stock.

Will Shaner, Univ. of Kentucky rifle team


Tell us about your range bag and what you carry in it besides your firearms.

For a range bag I use Nike bags provided by the school. They’re small and compact, yet I can still fit all of my equipment nicely in them. This helps me keep the weight down. Besides firearms in my bag I carry my shooting suit, boots, gloves as well as my shooting stand. It also carries all my equipment for my guns like sights, palm block and buttplates.

What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, working on my car and also landscape photography.

What would you tell someone interested in finding out more about your sport?
Start by researching clubs in your area. And check out the SSUSA Coming Events section. Additionally, look into 4-H as it’s a great way to start out because you don’t need as much equipment. Plus, 4-H is one of the best ways to get a feel for the shooting sports, so you can decide whether or not you want to pursue competitive shooting.

Any tips for the new shooter?
Don’t give up. Remember that the basics will take you a long way in the sport, but you have to have the patience to work through it and not let the bad days get to you.


Read more Range Bag articles:

Latest

50Thanniversary SA M1A 3
50Thanniversary SA M1A 3

New: Springfield Armory Limited-Edition M1A 50th Anniversary Rifle

Springfield Armory celebrates 50 years of making the M1A with a special limited-edition model that combines historic significance with modern craftsmanship.

New: MDT Cyke-Pod Case

MDT describes this new case for its Cyke-Pod rifle bipod lineup as a “practical and sturdy carrying solution.”

Results: 2024 USA Shooting Rifle And Pistol Nationals

Rifle and pistol champions were crowned at 2024 USA Shooting Rifle & Pistol Nationals, a week-long event that brought together competitors of all skill levels at Ft. Moore, Ga., Jun. 24-30.

Pistol And Smallbore Only: 1947 National Matches

At the 1947 National Matches, Army shooter Joe Benner became the first competitor at the NRA National Pistol Championship to score more than 2600 points in the three-gun aggregate.

2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals: Promoting The Spirit Of Competition

At the Daisy BB Gun Nationals, young people shoot and compete with the involvement of adult coaches and families, making it a truly inspiring event. The 2024 competition was the biggest in its 57-year history.

Third Annual Remington Shoot To Cure Fundraiser In Arkansas This September

Remington Ammunition’s 2024 Shoot to Cure sporting clays fundraiser to benefit children’s hospitals and disease research will be held in Lonoke, Ark., on Sept. 20.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.