It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Woody Atwood, a shooting legend, passed away at this morning’s Sporter Nationals at Piney Hill. Woody was 86 years old.

He served 22 years in the Army and was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Woody served 9 of those years on the US Army Rifle team – an honor reserved for the Army’s top marksmen. Woody then made his mark in the Black Powder shooting world, both as a shooter and accomplished gunsmith. Pursuing his love of marksmanship and accuracy Woody went on to achieve recognition in competitive archery – winning the 1990 Virginia State title in a field of over 250 archers.

Anyone that has shot with Woody knew his love of shooting and benchrest rimfire in particular. Even though he had shot tens of thousands of targets in his long and storied career he approached each one with the idea that something great could happen. Just a week ago he won a target at the Virginia State Indoor 3-Gun match.

Woody will surely be missed at all of the ranges he loved to compete at but his spirit and friendship will live on.