JERICHO, Vt. –-(Ammoland.com)- Hopefully PO1 Charlie Petrotto has a lot of free wall space. He’s going to need it.
At the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) New England Travel Games, held at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Base in Vermont in September, the 34-year-old took home a plaque as the overall winner of every single event during the pistol portion of competition – seven in total.
Competitors during the pistol events saw the skies open up to periodic rain showers, but, according to Petrotto, the biggest challenge wasn’t the precipitation so much as the darkness brought on from the clouds overhead.
Talking of how he overcame the setback during his performance, he explained, “Obviously you need to be hard on your front sights and smooth on the trigger, and it was hard to do the first part, so it was hard to get on your sights and stay on your sights – the target was so bright, and your sights were so dark. It was easy to just jump to the target.”
He admitted, “I shot a couple of 7’s that way, not paying attention to my sights.”
Though adequately tested, he captured each win during the weekend – led by the sophisticated skills he has garnered throughout his encouraging career.
Every piece of Petrotto is passionate about marksmanship. He’s a petty officer first class, gunners mate in the Coast Guard currently stationed at the Coast Guard Academy, where he studies marksmanship and works with cadets and Officer Candidate School (OCS) candidates.
“With that, we really get to do a