Cameron Bailey Makes the ATA All American Mens Team!!

    In the short time Slanesville, (near Paw Paw) WV, resident Cameron Bailey, has been shooting he has amassed quite the resume. Cameron began his shooting career in 2012 breaking his first 100 straight after shooting singles only ten times. During the WV State Shoot in 2012, he broke the first 100 in the Singles Championship, then dropping two birds on the first field of the second hundred ran the rest for a 198 winning B Class. Cameron ended the year with five 100 straights and a combined average of 92.11 making the WV State Team in his first year. Cameron was also named the 2013 ATA “Rookie Of The Year” based on his 2012 shooting performance. It appeared 2013 would be a banner year for Cameron, and he would've place second on the WV State Team after improving his average in every category.  Unfortunately, a call from his employer during the first day of the WV State Shoot resulted in his leaving Wellsburg early and not returning, “work first”. Cameron did not shoot the rest of the year nor any in 2014, it appeared he might have been “just a flash in the pan” this was not the case, Cameron started his own business, Precision Steel LLC.  Cameron graduated from WyoTech Mechanic and Technical School in 2005 with multiple degrees of interest he worked at Blane/Chase Industrial, Winchester, VA, and at Barrett Machine, Winchester, VA. There he learned to work in the fabrication shops and machine shops. He eventually moved up from floor work to management positions. It wasn't long before Bailey made the move to become an independent business owner. With the knowledge and know-how, he pursued his dream of opening a business in his hometown in Slanesville, WV. ​With the will to succeed and the support of friends and family, Precision Steel LLC opened it's door for business in 2014.

Ok,  so he was kinda busy in 2014 and in June of 2015, he started shooting again and having lost nothing during the time he was away. Cameron was named WV Captain of the first team in 2016 he has remained at the top spot since. The 2016 Doubles Championship was Cameron's first WV Title and this year he added three more; the High All Around, the Handicap and his second Doubles Title.

Determined not to settle for just State titles Cameron headed for the World Trapshooting Championships held in Sparta, IL. At dinner one night he admitted to chasing All American points already having 634 he figured a good showing at the Grand would cement him well into the Men's second team.  In years past, 634 points would put you on the All American Team however, this year, the 634 would be some 50 points short.  In the Clay Target Championship, Cameron broke a 200 straight, (his first) after the shoot off Cameron held the title of 2017 Clay Target AA Champion. (40 additional points). The next day Cameron continued a strong showing by breaking a 98 in the Doubles Championship for another 7 points.

On last day of the World Championships, The Grand American Handicap is held. Cameron broke a 96. After a shoot off, Cameron was 5th and added another (70 points) to his All American points total bringing the grand total to 751.  Once the scores for High All Around were calculated, Cameron’s points total was 394 and he was awarded the High All Around - AA trophy.

Cameron received a call from a friend who advised that Harlan Campbell was listed as the event Runner Up with a 393. He quickly alerted the shoot officials his score was higher than Campbell’s. 

After a check the mistake was corrected and Bailey received the 2017 HAA Runner up trophy but inexplicably not the runner up points of 8 but tie points of 3 which seemingly robbed him of 50 points. Still Cameron totaled 789 points certain to put him in the middle of the second team.  With one big shoot left Cameron went on to break his second 200 straight and the legend of Paw Paw Tunnel Vision was born! (see Cameron Bailey’s Secret Exposed story).

During the Cardinal shoot Cameron gained another 118 points claiming the  Class AA Runner up  and the HAA runner up with a 393. Cameron's total points for the 2017 year were 900.  Well Done Cameron, we can’t be prouder of the man from Paw Paw, WV!