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Joseph Pitha

January 15, 2015  |  SPONSORED ATHLETES
Joseph Pitha

My competition shooting started while I was in my teens.  During those years of shooting International Trap, as a member of the US Shooting Team, I was able to travel around the United States and abroad to places like Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Egypt.  I gained a lot of experience in the mental aspect of competition.  This helps me out greatly today.  For a year and a half I trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in the hopes of making the 1992 Olympic Team.  In that, I placed 6th and they took the top 3.

 

 After that I took a long break from any competition.  Starting in 2009 I wanted to get into pistol shooting.  IDPA was a good choice.  In my first year I made 5-Gun Master.  I continued with this for a few more years then went to shooting USPSA more.  USPSA offered me pistol practice as 3-Gun became the sport that I wanted to shoot.

 

Now I am solidly into 3-Gun shooting.  2014 was my second solid year of shooting 3-Gun.  I have definitely improved over the year before. I made the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series this year and will continue on it this year.  For 2015 I expect to participate in an equal or great number of major matches as well as the Pro Series. 

 

 

 


Shooting Experience   

 


  • US Shooting Team member 1986 – 1992 in International Trap

    • 1989 Junior National Champion

    • 1992 Silver Medal World Cup Cairo, Egypt

    • Assistant instructor Junior shooting camps

    • Traveled domestically and internationally

    • Resident Athlete at Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from 1990 – 1992


  • IDPA 2009 – 2012

    • 5 Gun Master in 2009

    • 2010 – 1st Master ESR IDPA Indoor Nationals

    • 2010 – 1st Master ESR IPDA Nationals (2nd highest overall Revolver Score)

    • 2011 – 1st Master ESR IDPA Indoor Nationals (2nd highest overall Revolver Score)

    • Assistant Match Director at Philipsburg and Easton IDPA clubs

      • Designed and setup stages



  • USPSA 2010 – present

    • Classification: Limited – M, Limited 10 – A, Revolver – A, Production – A

    • 2011 Area 8, Revolver 3rd Place


  • 3 Gun 2010 – present

    • 2012 FNH Championship - 80th place TO

    • 2013 Bushmaster Tarheel 3-gun Challenge – 10th place TO

    • 2013 ProAm – 48th place TO

    • 2013 FNH Championship – 19th place TO

    • 2013 Blue Ridge Mountain 3-gun – 14th place TO

    • 2014 3Gun Nation Qualifier – 8th place          

    • 2014 3Gun Nation SE Regional – 19th place TO

    • 2014 3Gun Nation Pro Series Event #1 – 26th

    • 2014 3Gun Nation Pro Series Event #2 – 29th

    • 2014 3Gun Nation Pro Series Event #3 – 39th

    • 2014 Benelli/Rockcastle Shotgun Championship – 2nd         

    • 2014 York Multigun Match – 6th

    • 2014 Freedom Munitions Memorial Multi-Gun – 6th TO

    • 2014 Remington Versa Max Shotgun Challenge – 5th

    • 2014 Colt Topton 3man 3gun – 6th

    • 2014 3Gun Nation Midwest Regional Championship – 6th TO

    • 2014 Rockcastle Pro/Am 3Gun Challenge – 14th TO

    • 2014 FNH USA 3Gun Championship – 22th TO

    • 2014 Blue Ridge Mountain 3 Gun Championship – 22th TO

    • 2014 Remington Versa Max Shotgun Challenge– 10th



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