Andre Gross began shooting competitively in late 2011 through the American Legion Shooting Sports Program. His father bought him the Crosman Challenger in early 2012. “As soon as I started shooting with the Challenger, shooting became much more natural for me, and my 3 x 20 scores immediately jumped from an average of 370 to 450,” said Gross.
At his very first competition with the Challenger, the 2012 New York State American Legion Sporter Rifle Championship, his score of 479 placed him 9th among 83 participants and 3rd among first-year shooters. “I was 12 years old at the time, one of the youngest shooters in the competition,” he added.
At the same event a year later, Andre improved his score by 15 points for a total of 494, finishing in 8th place. For his age class, he finished in 1stplace overall, 1st place kneeling, 1st place standing, and 2nd place prone.
“Over the past nine months, I have been practicing almost every day with my Crosman Challenger, and my 3 x 20 average score is now in the 500–520 range” said Andre. “I just competed in the US Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship Sectionals (Binghamton, NY) with a score of 540. My score put me in 4th place overall in New York State, and in 1st place standing, 4th place prone, and 6thplace kneeling among all New York competitors. With two weeks to go in the US Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship, I am currently in 15th place overall out of 753 competitors in the nation for this competition.”
“I know that I never would have accomplished all of this without the Crosman Challenger.”