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Reiter, 74, of Tucson, AZ has been a member of Team Lapua since 2009. He received his most recent Distinguished Badge earlier in July – earning the new .22 Rimfire Pistol Badge, which has only been in existence since 2015.
Before that, Reiter had earned his Pistol Distinguished Badge in 1972, International Badge in 1973 and his Rifle Distinguished Badge in 1998. Through the years, he has competed in free pistol, standard pistol, air pistol and centerfire events as well as rifle. In addition, he was a member of the USA Olympic Team in free pistol in 1980.
“It’s a big honor, really. When you’re the first at anything, it’s a big honor,” he said. “Most people don’t understand how much work it is. And it being a CMP badge . . . it means something.”
A former U.S. Army Reserve Team member, his extensive list of credentials over his long and incredible career includes:
· Member of the 1980 Olympic team in Free Pistol
· National Match competitor for over 40 years
· Five-time National Champion at Camp Perry
· Two-time President’s 100 Champion in Pistol
· Two-time National Trophy Individual Match Champion in Pistol
· 10-time Winner of the National Match High Senior Pistol Trophy
· Five-time Winner of Citizens’ Military Pistol Trophy
· Two-time Free Pistol National Champion
· Standard Pistol National Champion
· 34 Overall National Championship Titles
· 44 National Records
· Best .22 Aggregate of 899
· Best Three-Gun Aggregate of 2671
· 40+ Regional Championships
· Seven-time Interservice Champions
· Canada International Service Pistol Champion
“You have to work pretty hard,” he said, speaking on how to become a successful marksman. “More or less, you have to do a lot of practicing and a lot of dry firing, and actually work at it. You can’t come out here and just shoot. You’ve got to really work at it, like anything else, to get to the top of your field.”
“It feels great. It feels great to be the first,” he added.