4 MAN TEAM USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 1000 YARDS
L to R: Robert Bock, Shiraz Balolia (Captain), Trudie Fay (Coach), Emil Kovan, Larry Bartholome

Shooting Bio of Shiraz Balolia - President of March Optics, USA

Mr. Balolia has been shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns for over 40 years and has been involved in long range rifle shooting at the National and International level for over 10 years. He served as the Captain of the United States F-Class Open Rifle Team for the 2013 World Championship, and is a four time US National Champion in a four man team at 1000 yards, and a three time Canadian National Champion at 700, 800 and 900 Meters. He has won numerous gold medals in long range shooting, has set several National records, and was recently awarded Distinguished Rifleman, the highest honor in shooting!

Shooting Bio:

  • Three time Washington State F-Class Champion
  • 2007 - Appointed to Vice-Captain of the United States F-Class Open Rifle Team
  • 2008 - Gold medal USA / European Team match
  • 2009 - Represented U.S.A. at the F-Class World Championships in Bisley, England. Came home with bronze, silver and gold medals in various categories
  • 2009 - Gold medal, Team USA, four man International Team match, Bisley, England
  • 2010 - Gold medal at 1000 yards, United States F-Class National Championships
  • 2011 - Appointed as Captain of United States F-Class Open Rifle Team
  • 2012 - Gold medal at 1000 yards, United States F-Class National Championships
  • 2013 - Match winner and gold medal, F-Open, Berger Southwest Long Range Rifle Championships at Phoenix, Arizona, 800, 900, 1000 yards
  • 2013 - Match winner F-Open, Rocky Mountain Palma Championships at Raton, New Mexico, 800, 900, 1000 yards
  • 2013 - Gold medal, four man team match United States National Championship, 1000 yards
  • 2014 - Gold medal, four man team match, Berger SW Nationals
  • 2014 - Team Grizzly sets a national record at 800, 900, 1000 yards.
    L to R: John Myers, Shiraz Balolia (Captain), Trudie Fay (Coach), Alex Lipworth, Kenny Adams
  • Canadian National Champion 700, 800, & 900 Meters – 2014

  • 2014 - Gold Medal and National Champion of Canadian F-Class National Championships, Ottawa
  • 2014 - Gold Medals in all 3 Four-Man Team matches at Canadian F-Class National Championships in Ottawa
  • 2014 - Represented USA National Team and won gold medal at the America Match against the Canadians
  • 2014 - Gold Medal 1000 Yards at 2014 United States F-Class Nationals
  • 2014 - Gold Medal 1000 Yards Four-Man Team match (Team Grizzly), United States F-Class Championship
  • 2015 - Gold Medal 700, 800, 900 Meters Aggregate at 2015 Canadian National Championships.
  • 2015 - Gold Medal and National Champion of Canadian F-Class National Championships, Ottawa.

    Canadian National Champion 700, 800, & 900 Meters - 2015

  • 2015 - Gold Medal 1000 Yards at 2015 United States National Championships.
  • 2015 - Gold Medal 1000 Yards Four-Man Team Match (Team Grizzly) United States F-Class Championship.
  • (Back) Shiraz Balolia (Captain), Kenny Adams, (Front) Emil Kovan, Trudie Fay, John Myers
  • 2016 - Remarkable third consecutive Canadian F-Class National Championship win 2016,2015, 2014.
  • Canadian National Champion- Gold Medal 700, 800, 900 Meters Aggregate - 2016

  • 2017 - Gold Medal, 4-Man Team Match (Team USA), Canadian National Championship. 700, 800, 900 Meters. Teams from 13 Countries Competed in this Huge Match.
  • 2018 - Won a gold medal at the United States F-Class Championships at 1000 yards, shooting an incredible 200-14x. (14 of his 20 shots were within the 5” x ring at 1000 yards)
  • 2018 - Gold Medal, 1000 Yards Four Man Team Match, United States F-Class Open Team Championship. Note all the March Scopes on the rifles!
  • (Back row) (L) Shiraz Balolia (Captain), (R) Kenny Adams, (Front row) (L) Emil Kovan, (middle) Trudie Fay, (R) John Myers
  • 2018 - Awarded International Distinguished Rifleman Award, the highest and most prestigious award given to a rifleman in the USA.
  • Certified as a high master by the NRA in Long Range, Mid-Range and Full Bore F-Class shooting, the highest classification in rifle shooting. Holder of several national records in F-Class competition
  • NRA Life Member
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