PROOF in the Results: Wimbleton Cup


PROOF in the Results: Wimbleton Cup

The Wimbleton Cup is a prestigious shooting trophy that’s been awarded to a long range shooter annually since the mid-1870’s. Earlier this year at Camp Perry, former Special Forces pipe hitter Norm Crawford beat out the rest of the crowd of experienced shooters to take it home. For the last several years, Crawford has been using PROOF Research barrels. Here’s what PROOF had to say about it:

Norm is a 30-year Army veteran with combat experience in South East Asia, Central America and the Middle East. He served his last 22 years in service with Delta Force (1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta) and an additional 15 years as a Department of the Army Civilian Equipment Specialist working equipment acquisition for the Joint Special Operations Command.

Norm has been competing in NRA mid and long range rifle competition since 1990, obtaining the NRA’s highest High Power Rifle qualification, High Master, in 1996. In 2003 he won the Wimbledon Cup during the Long Range National Championships and in 2005 he won the US Long Range Rifle National Championship. He has set or tied 5 national records, the High Service Member Palma Rifle Regional Course Record (800, 900 and 1,000 yard aggregate w/308 and iron sights), the 600 yard Fullbore Record (308 w/iron sights), the 1000 yard 4-Man Team Record, the Fullbore 300 yard Senior Record (308 w/iron sights), and in November 2015 he tied the 600 yard Any Gun Any Sight National Record with a PROOF Research carbon fiber-wrapped barrel. He has also won the North Carolina (5-time), South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and Wisconsin State Long Range Rifle Championships. In 2014, he placed 8th overall and won the Senior Trophy during the Long Range Rifle National Championships using PROOF Research carbon fiber-wrapped barrels.

Over on PROOF’s webpage, they detail each barrel that Crawford uses and also his corresponding commentary. Here’s a sample:

Barrel #1

30” Carbon Fiber Sendero taper, chambered in .284 Shehane

I did not expect this barrel to stand up to 22-30 round strings of fire in 15-30 minute matches. However, this barrel has far exceeded my expectations. I’ve had as many as four consecutive perfect (20 shot) 200 scores with X counts over ten with iron sights and many scores at 1000 yards with both iron and optical sights in the high 190s with high X counts. In the fall of 2015 with just under 2000 rounds through it, I tied the NRA 600 yard optical sight record with a 200-19X and followed it up with a 200-18X. This barrel now has 2278 rounds through it and the last two strings I fired with it at 1000 yards were 199s with 10-11Xs. In comparison, the two stainless .284 Shehane barrels I shot out at 2000 and 1600 rounds. I took this barrel off last spring as I could not afford to trust it going into another match season. However, I plan to put it back on this fall and see how much longer it will shoot.

Check out the whole thing here.


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