Long at the very pinnacle of marksmanship -- statewide, regional and national u Augusta crack shot Joe Gilbert ranks among the best in the land in benchmark riflery.
The Gilbert honors roll includes 40 state championships (half of them, 20, in Maine), five national laurels and a national record as he specialized in the Varmint Hunter and Hunter Rifle classes.
Proof of the rewards of patience and maturity, the bulk of the 69-yearold postal veteran's major trigger feats have occurred since he turned 40 in a shooting career spanning more than four decades.
Just two years ago, Gilbert won his eighth New York State crown. Leading up to that stint, Joe packed four International Benchrest Shooter of the Year awards and the 1992 national Grand Aggregate Varmint Hunter championship into a seven-year stretch through '92.
Gilbert has the distinction of being the only benchrester to be named Shooter of the Year more than once. He's also been runner-up four times, including 1993.
In the process, Gilbert set the still-standing IBS national varmint record of 250-23x in '90. A perfect score in that category is 250-25x.
Wrote the highly-esteemed, ageless outdoor authority Gene Letourneau of the Guy Gannett Papers, "Maine shooters have won distinguished honors in virtually all kinds of competitive shooting since the beginning of this century. Now Joe Gilbert is following in their footsteps and making records that could stand for years. In 1991, he won state titles in Maine, Maryland and New York.
Gilbert, has been more than an extremely active competitor. He's been an officer for 20 years in the Capital City Rifle and Pistol Club, he helped organize in 1962 and has been a match director for at least 28 years.
Joseph and wife, Jeannine, reside in Augusta, have a daughter, Joan, and a son, Gary.
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