PCC's Jeff Rorer Wins U.S. F-Class Nationals
WINTERVILLE—Already a decorated sharpshooter, Pitt Community College science instructor Jeff Rorer has added a U.S. National Championship to a growing list of accomplishments as a marksman.
At the 8th Annual F-Class Nationals in Wisconsin last month, Rorer set a national record to top 60 F-TR Class competitors at the Winnequah Gun Club and claim the Precision Shooting Cup.
The victory comes a little more than two years after Rorer and his American teammates claimed gold at the F-Class World Championships in Bisley, England. Rorer, who has been shooting rifles competitively for six years, also won bronze in the individual world competition.
“Next to my fourth-place finish in the 2009 World Championship, this was the sweetest win,” said Rorer, who earned Canadian F-Class National Champion honors in 2010 and has won the North Carolina State F-Class Championship in each of the past two years.
Sponsored by Sinclair International for the U.S. National Championship, which took place Sept. 27-30, Rorer shot well all three days of the event to post a record score of 1315-41x. Oregon’s John Weil finished second, seven points behind.
At the end of the first day of competition, Rorer led by a point over Arizona’s John Chilton after three matches. All told, he placed 44 of 45 shots within a six-inch target from 600 yards (0.34 miles) out. In the day’s first match, he scored 150-9x (a perfect score is 150-15x), nearly tying a national record after placing all 15 of his shots within the six-inch circle and nine of the 15 within a three-inch circular target.
Rorer finished day two with a slight 2x advantage over Chilton after three matches. With a light wind blowing, he tied a national record in day two’s first match by scoring 149-8x from 1,000 yards (0.57 miles) out before scoring 147-5x and 145-2x, respectively, in the final two matches.
Scores were much lower on the event’s final day as winds howled between 15-20 mph and gusted to 30 mph.
Because of the wind, Rorer tried a different shooting strategy in the first two rounds at 1,000 yards out before ultimately returning to the approach he’d had success with earlier in the week.
“I started [day three] with a dismal 141-1x,” he said of the strategy shift. “And then—when I didn’t think it could get worse—I scored a 138-0x. I knew I had to return to the strategy I knew best.”
Knowing others had turned in worse scores and realizing he had a real chance of winning, Rorer said he tried to “rest and calm down as much as possible” before the championship’s final match.
“When it was my turn to shoot, I just got into a bubble and tuned out everything around me, even the people next to me shooting,” he said. “On the last match, I scored a 146-4x. I knew I had the win at this point; my closest competitor could not catch me, even if he shot a perfect score.”
A chemistry instructor, the 37-year-old Rorer says his interest in shooting began when his father gave him a Daisy BB gun at five years old. He eventually began shooting competitively in local action pistol matches before moving on to rifle competitions.
“I enjoy competitive rifle shooting, because it allows me to demonstrate my attention to detail, and I get great satisfaction in shooting very small (target) groups at very long distances,” Rorer said.
The F-Class in which Rorer competes is a subset of a high-power rifle class and is broken down into two categories: Open and TR (also known as “restricted” in other countries). Rorer, who was pictured in the October 2007 issue of Guns and Ammo magazine, competes in the TR class, which is shot prone with a scope, bipod and either a .308 Winchester or .233 Remington only.