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Mowrer earns Triple Distinguished
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Nick Mowrer earns U. S . Distinguished International Shooters Badge –
Becomes the 35th shooter to become Triple Distinguished

By Gary Anderson, DCME

The 2008 Col. Bill Deneke aggregate winners. Nick Mowrer, third from right, was the Overall Highpower Champion with his aggregate score of 1270-36X.

Nick Mowrer, who is originally from Ramsay, Montana, has been one of our successful highpower service rifle shooters during the National Matches. Nick won the CMP’s National Junior Highpower Rifle Championship (Col. Bill Deneke aggregate; President’s, NTI, National Trophy Junior Team) in 2008 (1270-36X). After his junior highpower career concluded, he took up international pistol shooting and has trained as a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Nick qualified for the USA Shooting Team in the 2010 Championship of the Americas, the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010 he was a member of USA gold medal teams in the Americas Championship 50m Pistol Men and 10m Air Pistol Men events. He finished 6th in the 50m Pistol event in the 2011 Pan American Games and 15th in the same event in the 2012 Olympics. In London, his 558 50m Pistol Men score was only two points short of making the final. Nick also represented the USA in the 2012 Milan World Cup where he finished 8th after making the final in the 50m Pistol Men event.

Gary Anderson, DCME, who earned U.S. International Shooter Badge #1 in 1962, congratulations Nick Mower on his medal win and going Triple Distinguished.

Nick earned his Distinguished Rifleman Badge in 2005 when he was a 17-year-old junior. He earned the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 2013. Nick also competed in the 2013 National Matches where he was the “High Army Competitor” and 2nd overall in the Rifle NTI with a 496-17X. He was also the leading scorer on the USAR Gold Team that placed third in the NTT.

Even though he now specializes in international pistol shooting, Nick has continued to do cross-training with the rifle. Earlier this year he competed in a USA Shooting Team rifle trial where he qualified to represent the USA in the 50m Rifle Prone Men event at the recently concluded Fort Benning World Cup. Nick astounded everyone there by qualifying for the final and then finishing in 3rd place to take the bronze medal (

Nick Mowrer, right, on the Fort Benning World Cup victory stand with his bronze medal.

Nick’s 3rd place finish in the Fort Benning World Cup gave him the final 10 points in the 30 points that are required to earn the U. S . Distinguished International Shooters Badge. This makes him the 35th shooter to become Triple Distinguished. Since this is a list that dates back to the 1890s, this is a big deal! While it would be impossible to confirm without a whole lot of research, at age 26 Nick is most likely the youngest shooter ever to go Triple Distinguished. He may also be the only shooter who has earned International Distinguished points with both the pistol and rifle.

Note: There will be some dispute regarding the precise number of Triple Distinguished shooters because 1) the CMP multiple Distinguished list includes at least a couple of shooters who are shown with two rifle or pistol badges, 2) the CMP list includes one shooter who did not legitimately earn the Distinguished International Shooter’s Badge and 3) CMP records for International Distinguished Badges are not up to date and may ultimately add one or two more names to this list.

Additional Information on the Fort Benning World Cup:
Sanderson and Mowrer win gold, bronze at World Cup USA – USA Shooting - When it comes to days at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga., the U.S. team saved the best day for last. On the final day of the ISSF World Cup season opener, six-time World Cup medalist and 2011 World Cup Finals bronze medalist Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo., pictured right) claimed the gold medal in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol. 2012 Free Pistol Olympian and member of the Pistol National Team Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont., pictured below) picked up the first international medal of his career by winning bronze in the Men’s Prone Rifle event. Read the complete article.



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