Jim Cox (Jimmy Ray), began his shooting while in the US Army in 1978. While stationed at Ft Bliss, TX, Jim was approached by the Post Rifle team commander and was invited to try out for the post High Power Team. While already an Expert in qualifying for an M16A1 Jim had to make the team by shooting a National Match M14. He qualified for the team and began the shooters journey for 2 years. While with the Team Jim was trained in competition marksmanship and completed around the United States at other military installation in High power matches, civilian NRA matches and the All Army Nationals at Ft Benning, GA.
After the Military Jim was out of the shooting area until 2015 when he started back in to competition world. Being a little older with the eye sight, he was not able to return to the “iron sights” but found a new NRA class of F/TR Mid-Range and F Class Long Range. Being in his third year back he has completed in the mostly F/TR mid-range and training for future Long Range matches. Jim is qualified as an Expert in the NRA Mid- Range class and admits that “It’s all about getting back on the bicycle and getting used to it again. Being trained in competition marksmanship you don’t lose what you had learned but takes a little time to get back into that zone again when you are away for some time. Along with the new technologies in shooting and reloading, it make it more competitive and changes the way you approach the sport”.
2015- West Virginia Mid-Range Regional, 3 place F/TR, Expert Class2016-NRA F Class Nationals Mid-Range, 6 place F/TR, Expert Class
2017 "Remembering the Brave" Long Range Match, Quantico, VA, 1st in Match 1 and 2, 1st in Aggregate
2017 Delaware State Mid-Range Championships, 3rd
2017 Remington Long Range in PA, Team Match - Gold Medal
2017 Mid-Atlantic Long Range Regional Championship - Team Match, 2nd Place - Individual Aggregate, 3rd Place
2017 "Remembering the Brave" Matches, Eastern Armed Forces Memorial Games
- SSG Marc Small Memorial Trophy Match, Champion F-TR, 1st Place Individual Aggregate 1000 Yard
- Cpt. Claudio Patino IV Memorial Trophy Match, Champion F-TR, 1st Place Individual 2nd String 1000 Yard
- 1st Place in F/TR Match
- Received Petty Officer Joseph McSween Memorial Trophy
2018 Cabela's Mid-Atlantic Long Range Regional Championship - Individual - 2nd Place, Silver Medal
2018 NRA F Class Nationals - Mid-Range - 3rd Place F/TR, Expert Class in Raton, NM