GH grad on target at championship event

Head out to most rifle ranges and you'll find targets set up out to 100 yards, maybe 200 yards at the longest.
Matt DeYoung
Nov 22, 2011

For Grand Haven native Trevor Hengehold, that’s nothing.

Hengehold, a former Marine, recently competed in the Long Range Rifle World Championships in Brisbane, Australia. Hengehold competed both individually and as a part of the United States’ Palma Team. The competition featured shots fired at 800-, 900- and 1,000-yard targets.

Hengehold excelled at the world championships, earning a silver medal at 800 yards.

“It was a 20-day competition,” said Hengehold, a 2001 Grand Haven High School graduate who got his start in long-range shooting through the ROTC program at Western Michigan University. “It started with the Australian National Championships, a full-bore event, which is a term used for shooting at distances that include 300 yards, 500 yards, 600 yards, 800, 900 and 1,000 yards.

“Immediately after that was the individual World Long Range Championships, which consisted only of 800, 900 and 100 courses of fire.”

Amazingly, these competitions take place using .308 rifles with iron sites — no high magnification optics allowed. All shots are taken from the prone position. Shooters used only a sling to help hold the gun steady; no other rests are permitted.

“There’s a 6-by-6-foot target carriage that’s a white target, and the aiming black is a circle that’s 36 inches across,” Hengehold said. “The iron sites have an aperture, a very small hole in the rear site, and the front site is the same thing. You line up the circles, then put the dot in the middle.

“The best shooters in the world shoot a 10-inch group (at 1,000 yards). That’s considered minute-of-angle. That’s significantly smaller than what you’re able to see with the naked eye.”

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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