Erin Gestl Club: Palmyra Birth Date Oct. 8, 1969
Erin has been a dominant shooter in the Inter-County Rifle League since his arrival in 1995. In the last 15 years he has won the Indoor Aggregate 11 times, standing 11 times, prone 4 times, and kneeling 6 times. He is an outstanding Outdoor Prone competitor as well, winning the Pennsylvania State Prone Championship in 2008 and again in 2010.
Camp Perry National Championship performances:
1986 – Intermediate Junior Prone Champion
1987 – Junior Prone and 3P Champion (despite two cross-fires!)
1988 – Junior 3P Champion
1989 – Junior 3P Champion and Collegiate 3P Champion
1990 – Collegiate 3P Champion, Collegiate Prone Champion and Metallic Sight Prone Champion, finishing 2nd Civilian.
1991 - Collegiate 3P Champion
Distinguished Award in both 3P and Prone (probably attained around his 18th birthday and certainly before his 21st birthday, per mother Dallas).
Four time MVP on his High School Rifle Team and was honored as Scholar – Athlete of the year in his senior year.
1989 – New World Record Junior Men in 60 Shot Prone at UIT World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
1991 - Kelly Cup for Outstanding Athlete at the Keystone Games.
1991 - Collegiate All-American Rifle Team.
U.S. Dewar Team several times starting in 1987 and 1988 and once on the Roberts Team.
Erin’s contributions to the League and small-bore shooting are significant. His advice, suggestions and opinions are always valued.
Without the Palmyra Junior program, the ICRL, and the level of competition in the ICRL, would not be what it is.
Erin is also a leader in state and national small-bore shooting. The Palmyra Invitational is the biggest and best indoor rifle match in the country. The Mid-Atlantic 6400, originally started by his father Ernie in 1995 and now taken over by Erin, continues as one of the premier outdoor prone matches in the country. These matches would not be what they are without Erin’s leadership and his ability to involve the many other people who are needed to make them successful.
Erin participates as a shooter in the ICRL Indoor and Outdoor Leagues, but perhaps his greatest contribution is his ability to recruit and develop younger shooters who also shoot in our league. It is therefore not only his personal participation, but more importantly, the participation of the many junior shooters that he and his team of coaches develop, who give the league a real boost in participation and excellence.
Erin’s results as a coach are without parallel. His leadership has forged the Palmyra Junior program into one of the premier junior shooting programs in the United States. There is a constant flow from the Palmyra range of outstanding juniors who become National, All-American, Olympic, and World Champions.
This performance continues to this day when daughter, Alyssa, and son, Alex, also became National Champions following in their father’s footsteps. The 2010 Pennsylvania Prone Championships were dominated by shooters from Palmyra.
Erin’s wife, Shelly, should also be recognized. She is always on hand assisting with the matches and provides Erin with a lot of support.
His mother Dallas informs me, “Erin loves this sport and he has very deep feelings that it is the responsibility of people who love the sport and have gotten so much out of it to give something back”.
Erin has been shooting in the ICRL since 1995. He began shooting at about 12 years of age, coached by his father, Ernie Gestl.