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Passing of Mo Mozisek

The officers and staff of the Virginia Skeet Shooting Association are very saddened to report the loss of James “Mo” Mozisek. James “Mo” Mozisek, age 80, passed away peacefully on the morning of July 25 at Manassas Health and Rehabilitation under the care of Vitas Hospice. He died from complications from a traumatic brain injury he suffered from a fall at his home in Luray, Virginia, April 28th. He fought and worked hard, much like he did his whole life, for 86 days to recover but the damage from his brain injury was significant and medically complex. He was born on September 27, 1937 in Shiner, Texas to Rudolph and Caroline (Dornak) Mozisek. He was the eldest of five sons.

After graduating Shiner High School in 1956, James joined the Air Force in 1957. His service as part of the Security Police Division brought him to the Pentagon in Washington, DC in 1964 where he met his wife Barbara Phillips and married on June 4th of 1966 in Framingham, Massachusetts. After being stationed in Turkey and domestically the couple resided in Dale City, Virginia. In 1978 he retired from the Air Force as a trained locksmith at the rank of Master Sargent. He ended his career as a locksmith at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. After 15 years of service in this position the couple retired to Luray, Virginia in 1993. This was a location they found while enjoying Mo’s hobby of skeet shooting during visits to the Page Valley Sportsman's Club. Mo was a avid trap and skeet shooter as well as a deer hunter. For many years he spent deer seasons in Shiner, Texas hunting with his brother Ben and spending time with family and friends in his treasured hometown. Until his accident, Mo worked as a part-time locksmith and owner of Luray Lock and Key.

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He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; daughters Jo Linda (David) Rowe and Theresa Foster and grandchildren; Emily Lawrence and Logan and Ethan Rowe; and brothers Joseph (Florine), Patrick and Benjamin (Beverly) Mozisek.

The family will greet friends from 1-2 pm Thursday, August 2 before a formal service celebrating his life at 2:00pm at the Bradley Funeral Home, 187 East Main Street, Luray, Virginia 22835. There will be a private burial at Culpeper National Cemetery on Friday, August 3.

2018 State Shoot Program

By now, everyone should have received their 2018 State Shoot Program in the mail.  For those that would like a copy to view online, or to download to your computer for offline viewing, I’ve created a PDF version.


Click on the state shoot program to view the PDF.


Upcoming Shoots in August

Listed below are the upcoming skeet shoots for August.
Click on the links to see the flyers for each shoot:

Aug 2-5, Halifax, Summer Shoot-Out Open
Aug 4, Dublin, End Of Summer Open
Aug 4, Arlington-Fairfax IWLA, Doubles Marathon
Aug 4, Arlington-Fairfax IWLA, Doubles 500
Aug 10-12, Dupont Fish & Game, Zone 2 Championships
Aug 11-12, Fort Lee, Pre-State Open
Aug 15-19, Arrowhead, VA State Championships
Aug/Sept 31-2, Piedmont, Labor Day Open
Sep 1-2, Piedmont, Twyman Open

Arlington-Fairfax Doubles Marathon

Last year, NSSA established new World Record events for 400 or 500 targets events shot in one or two days within the same gauge (see article below from the February 2017 Clay Target Nation). There are 10 new categories for shooters to post a World Record 400 or 500 in 12, 20, 28 , .410, and doubles. The Arlington-Fairfax IWLA in Centreville, VA, is hosting the first 500-target doubles event in the Mid-Atlantic region on August 4th. This is a great chance to post a score for the newly established NSSA 500 target world record. 


Don't want to shoot 500 targets in one day? No problem! They are also running four separate 100-target doubles events on the same day. Shoot as much or as little as you like. This is a great time to tune up your doubles before the state shoot or even get those extra doubles for NSSA minimums.

A complimentary lunch will be provided, including hamburgers, hotdogs, cole slaw and potato salad. For more information, contact Ashly Palles at IWLASkeet@yahoo.com. Click HERE to see the flyer for this shoot.


State Shoot Registration Update

Shooters, the 2018 State Shoot is right around the corner. Be on the lookout for confirmations of your 2018 State Shoot registration, e-mails were sent out Wednesday, July 18th. Please review these carefully. State Shoot program booklets have just arrived and will be mailed out to all registered shooters. These should be arriving in your mailbox sometime next week.

Before coming to Arrowhead, please remember the following:

1.  Make sure your 2018 NSSA membership has been paid.
2.  Make sure you bring your average card WITH UP TO DATE AVERAGES.
3. If you need to print out anything from NSSA, please do so before leaving home. Remember there is very limited internet service at Arrowhead, and we cannot just look up your averages for you.

There is still room for 4 gun and single gun shooters. Contact me as soon as possible to register. The best way to contact me is via e-mail at tonda4skeet@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Arrowhead!  -Tonda Finney


Milton Mills Memorial Awards & Benefits

For those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to meet Milton Mills, he was an excellent shooter from Arrowhead who passed away in 2013. Over the years, he won numerous gun championships across the state, and in 2000 was the Virginia State HOA champion with a 398. For his many shooting accomplishments, he was elected to the VSSA Hall of Fame in 2011.

This year, Milton’s family is honoring his legacy with several awards and benefits for our junior and sub-junior shooters. At the Firecracker 400 Open this weekend at Arrowhead, all junior and sub-junior shooters will have their entry fees paid for the doubles and either the 12 gauge or the 20 gauge (targets only). A special cash award of $150 will also be split between the junior champ/runner-up in the doubles, and another $150 split between the sub-junior doubles champ/runner-up.

In addition, the Mills family will be covering the 12 gauge and doubles entry fees (targets only) for all junior and sub-junior shooters at the 2018 State Shoot at Arrowhead, and cash awards of $150 will be split between the junior doubles champ/runner-up and $150 for the sub-junior doubles champ/runner-up.

If anyone has any questions, please contact Chris Metts at 434-315-4464 or email chrismetts@hotmail.com.

Complimentary Entry to World Shoot

NSSA is once again offering complimentary entries to the main events at the World Skeet Championships. In order to win, a shooter must:

- have never attended a World Shoot
- be an active member who has shot targets in the 2018 shooting year
- shoot at least one event at your state shoot to be eligible for the state entry, or
- shoot at least one event at your zone shoot to be eligible for the zone entry

Plus, if you shoot both the state and the zone shoots, you have two chances to win!  Two forms must be completed and submitted separately. For more information, contact Becky Myers at 703-323-8321.

Click HERE to download the form and submit to your State or Zone 2 director to express your interest in this offer. This form must be submitted by the State or Zone to NSSA HQ no later than September 15, 2018.

The complimentary entry is limited to the event entry fees for the world shoot main events only, which is the four main guns plus doubles.  The Mini World events, plus any additional games, options, or purses are not included. Travel expenses, ammo, and other fees are the responsibility of the shooter.

2018 Zone 2 Championships

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On August 10-12, the Zone 2 Skeet Championships will be held at the Dupont Fish & Game Club in Millington, MD. The club is located at 33450 Walnut Tree Road, Millington, MD. Please download and complete the pre-registration form with your squad information and mail to:

Joe Weinbrecht
330 Sandy Bottom Road
Earleville, MD  21919

Forms must be received by July 30, 2018. A deposit of $50 per shooter is required, with checks payable to DFGA.

Clcik on the links for the ZONE 2 SHOOT FLYER and the ZONE 2 PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. For further information, contact Joe Weinbrecht at 443-553-7245 or email joewskeet@gmail.com.

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