Rim Country rifleman Pat Taylor, shot his way to a gold medal and a national record at the Black Powder Cartridge Rifle National Championships, led last week in Raton, New Mexico.
Predicating in the prone shooting event, Taylor carded a score of 582-22X, which represented at national mark.
He was also awarded the gold medal for being the high-point senior shooter.
In addition to his gold and national mark, Taylor was a member of the Arizona Target Rifle team that earned the gold medal at Raton. With him on the state team were Ron Calderon of Tucson and Chip Mate of Elgin.
Calderon won the gold in the Creedmoor shooting and Mate took first in the Position championships.
Taylor has been competing in black powder shoots for about the past nine years and has won four national titles and set four BPCR national records.
He is a member of the Tonto Rim Sports Club and competes locally at the Jim Jones Shooting Range, located south of Payson. He will be competing Oct. 13 and 14 in the Arizona State Silhouette champions at TRSC.
For more information about the upcoming shoot, call Lee Bumbalow at (918) 468-1095.