USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

Dec 15, 2017

Rhode, Sanderson Earn USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

USA Shooting is proud to announce six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson as its 2017 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

Athlete of the Year awards were determined from a points system where points were earned based on finishes at competitions throughout the year.

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode earns her fifth Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of ISSF.With a year that saw so many stellar performances from USA Shooting Team athletes, it took the near-Herculean task of winning two International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship and finishing off the year by winning the ISSF World Cup Final to earn to earn Rhode (El Monte, California)the distinction of USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year.

“It’s a great honor and very humbling,” Rhode said of winning her fifth USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year title. Rhode also received the honor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. She was named 2016’s USA Shooting Female Shotgun Athlete of the Year.



Rhode’s greatest competition for the year’s top honors came from within her own discipline as Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) had a year more than worthy of earning Athlete of the Year accolades. Vizzi became World Champion in September by topping a world-class Finals field that featured two of the three most recent Olympic medalists including champion Diana Bascosi and Rhode. Success at the World Championships is nothing new to Vizzi having now medaled in each of the last four World Championships. Vizzi also won the National Championships while also being a finalist at World Cup Larnaka and ending her successful year with a bronze medal at World Cup Finals.

After becoming the first Summer Olympian to win six medals in six straight Olympic appearances following a bronze-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it would have been easy for Rhode to rest on her proverbial Olympic laurel wreath, but that’s never been an option the year following the Games for Rhode.

“I haven’t deliberately taken any years off after the Olympics,” she said. “It is a lot easier to maintain my shooting at a certain level rather than having to build back up because I didn’t train.”

With so many highlights to choose from, when pressed, Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic champion Bacosi of Italy to win the World Cup Final topped them all.

“The World Cup Final is the crème de la crème of competitors and by invitation only. You have to be at the top of the game to be invited. To be competing with that talent and get into a shoot-off and go 22 straight in doubles, it doesn’t get much better.”

Three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson earns his second Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of the ISSF.Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) earned the distinction by winning gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final. Sanderson finished the Final with 33 hits, just one away from the current World Record. Earlier in the season, the Rapid Fire Pistol specialist and three-time Olympian also won silver at the USA Shooting National Championships and finished in sixth place at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan. He picked up the air pistol to compete at the recent Winter Airgun Championships and finished fourth overall while winning the Day 2 Final.

Sanderson was also named USA Shooting Athlete of the Year for Pistol in 2014 and 2015 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.

“I’m really happy to receive this award, and very humbled by it too,” Sanderson said. “Every World Cup for me is training for the Olympics to have a consistent performance. I’m training for the Qualification and a Final and I’m happy to see that I’m closing in on how to do that better and get good at both. Pistol needs a role model right now so people can see that we can win. When more people in this country see they have a chance, we’ll get more people shooting pistol and we’re more likely to get someone winning an Olympic gold medal.”



Donation by Henry Repeating Arms

Dec 12, 2017

Henry Logo

Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 20 Years
Of Made in America or Not Made at All
With “One of Twenty”
Big Boy .44 Magnum Edition
This Serial Number 20HENRY11
Donated by Henry Repeating Arms to
The Kids & Clays Foundation Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities



In observance of its 20th Anniversary in 2017, Henry Repeating Arms has created a superb, highly collectible “One of Twenty” Edition of its highly popular Big Boy .44 magnum lever action rifle. The “One of Twenty” Edition will feature hand-engraving, AAA-grade American Walnut, special “One of “Twenty” serial numbers and Presentation Walnut Display Cases.

Each of the “One of Twenty” Big Boys has been donated by Henry to an organization working in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage. Each will be auctioned to provide important funding in support of hunting, shooting and conservation in America.

The rifle being auctioned here is Serial Number 20HENRY11 and auction proceeds will be donated 100% to Kids & Clays Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This handsome serial number 20HENRY11 is hand-engraved just like the hand-engraved 20HENRY01 which recently auctioned on GunBroker.com for $25,225.00

The engraving on this rifle is by the internationally-known and award-winning Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. Baron has provided custom engraving services for most of America’s major firearm manufacturers and hunting and conservation organizations including the Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and many others. Baron has also designed and engraved more than 25 one-of-a-kind firearms for the official SHOT Show Auction.

An icon in the firearms industry, Henry Repeating Arms is proudly celebrating 20 years of American manufacturing. Since 1997, Henry Repeating Arms has stood for quality, reliability and has provided award-winning customer service on a personalized level that sets the brand apart. Throughout its history, Henry Repeating Arms has had a steadfast and unwavering commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States and providing its customers with firearms that are “Made in America or Not Made at All.”

“Over the past two decades, I’ve come to realize that it’s our customers that make Henry the brand it is today,” said Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “Henry is a brand that represents many different things for customers from all walks of life. It’s their stories, their passion for Henry and shooting sports that continue to push us to be the best possible firearms manufacturer we can be.”

Supporting the shooting sports has always been at the core of Henry Repeating Arms’ DNA, so Imperato felt it would be fitting to continue that tradition as the company marks its 20th anniversary. Henry has partnered with the Hunting Heritage Trust to auction the “One of Twenty” Anniversary Edition Big Boy .44 Magnum rifles with 100% of the proceeds going to non-profit organizations working to support hunting, shooting and wildlife conservation in America.

Following is the list of organizations that have received “One of Twenty” rifles, and the approximate dates when they will be listed for auction on GunBroker.com

Group 1- Oct 17- Nov 5

Hunting Heritage Trust

Group 2-Nov 5-Nov 19

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies BackCountry Hunters & Anglers Boone & Crockett Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Dallas Safari Club

Group 3-Nov 19-Dec 3

International Hunter Education Association Kids & Clays Mule Deer Foundation Project ChildSafe Foundation

Group # 4- Dec 3-Dec 17

Safari Club International Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Wildlife Management Institute Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

Group # 5- Feb. 4 -Feb 18, 2018

National Wild Turkey Federation Organizations which have received guns but are not included in the GunBroker.com schedule because they will auction their guns at special events include Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and USA Shooting.

“The incredible, positive impact that these organizations have had on the shooting sports industry is immeasurable and we’re proud to have the opportunity to help fund their work for years to come,” added Imperato. “Collectors and Henry enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the intricate, hand-engraved details these rifles will feature, along with their extraordinary AAA grade American Walnut and special “One of Twenty” Edition serial numbers.”

All rifles in the “One of Twenty” Edition will come with the custom Henry Walnut Wall Display shown in the listing photographs.

The High Bidder for each “One of Twenty” rifle will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” from Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato certifying that the rifle was one of only 20 produced in recognition of the company’s 20Th Anniversary was auctioned to raise funds in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage and highlighting the organization that benefited from the auction.

Henry collectors estimate that the “One of Twenty” edition will raise in excess of $100,000.00 for programs in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.