Two members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Shotgun Team will be putting on a shotgun and shooting exhibition Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Gun Club as part of the FFA Sporting Clays State Championships.
One of the Army shooters, Sgt. Glenn Eller, was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, one of 23 Olympic medals overall won by members of the US Marksmanship Unit since it was formed in 1956.
A deer and bird hunter, Eller started winning big in 1994 when he became the U.S. National Sporting Clay sub-junior champion.
Eller is from Katy, Texas and was the first American to ever win the junior title in the British Open Sporting Clay competition in 1996. By 1998, he was winning gold and silver medals in the National and Junior Olympic championship.
By 2008, Eller had joined the U.S. Army as a member of the Marksmanship Unit based out of Fort Benning, Ga., and won the men’s gold in double trap at the summer Olympics in Beijing.
The U.S. Army has marksmanship units in several different shooting disciplines which compete in international and Olympic events: shotguns, small bore and air pistols, air rifles and small bore rifles. Plus the unit also has a paralympic shooting team.
In addition, the U.S. Army has a service rifle and service pistol team which competes in national and service matches using the high-powered guns and an action shooting team.
The FFA Sporting Clays State Championships begin at 9:30 a.m. at the shotgun range of the Oklahoma City Gun Club, which is located about four miles north of Arcadia on Hiawassee Road.