Shooter Profile: Dalton Kirchhoefer

Dalton-Kirchoefer2Dalton Kirchhoefer is a High School honor student in advanced classes. He began shooting in 2010 at the age of 10 when he set up his first lesson with CG Pro Staff shooter, Bob Self, in Indiana. A few weeks later he joined Bob’s SCTP team and within 9 months Dalton won his first State Sporting Clays Rookie Competition. After years of participating in many other traditional sports, Sporting Clays instantly became his passion. After 2 years honing his skills with a 20 gauge, he moved up to a Caesar Guerini 12 gauge Summit Ascent. Since that purchase, Dalton’s passions for Clay Target Sports as well as his skills have grown immensely. In 2013 his family moved to Colorado, expanding his opportunities to include training for Olympic Trap and Double Trap. In the past years, Dalton has put his Summit Ascent, and now his Invictus I Ascent, to the test successfully competing in Sporting Clays, 5-Stand, Super Sporting, FITASC, Skeet, Trap, Olympic Trap, and Olympic Double Trap. Coupled with consistent training and year round practice, the versatility of the Caesar Guerini Ascent line has provided Dalton with a seamless transition between disciplines. The key elements to his success across disciplines are his passion, his drive, and his Caesar. No matter how or where the targets fly – his Caesar Guerini has never let him down. Dalton currently receives coaching from Caesar Guerini ProStaff Mark Taylor, Syren Prostaff Cynthia Kruger, and NSCA Hall of Fame member Jon Kruger. He is the Team Captain of the Rocky Mountain Clay Busters SCTP Shotgun Team. His future goals are to attend the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2018 and shoot for the UW shotgun team while working toward his degree in Petroleum Engineering. When he is not shooting, Dalton likes to hunt, fish, hike, and ski with his family. Disciplines: Sporting Clays, FITASC, International Bunker Trap, and International Double Trap Years Shooting: Dalton has been shooting for 7 years. NSCA Junior; Master Class Accomplishments: NSCA:
  • 2017 Sub Junior All-American Teams: K. Sporting Clays 1st Team Captain; Sporting Clays 12 Gauge 1st Team Captain; B. FITASC 12 Gauge 1st Team; Briley Sporting Clays 28 Gauge 1st Team
  • 2016 NSCA CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR Sub Junior CHAMPION 2016 Sub Junior All-American Teams: K. Sporting Clays Team; Briley Sporting Clays 28 Gauge Team; B. FITASC 12 Gauge Team; Sporting Clays 12 Gauge Team
  • 2016 7th place AA 2016 National Class Ranking Points Race
  • 2016 NSCA Colorado State Main Event Champion, High Over All (HOA), & High All Around (HAA) Champion – Youngest in CO History. Colorado State Sub Jr CH: Pre Lim, Main, 5-Stand, Super Sporting, 20 ga; 28 ga; 410.
  • 2016 Sub Junior All-American Teams: K. Sporting Clays Team; Briley Sporting Clays 28 Gauge Team; FITASC 12 Gauge Team;  Sporting Clays 12 Gauge Team
  • 2016 7th place AA 2016 National Class Ranking Points Race
  • 2016 NE Regional: Sub Jr Champion: Main; 5-stand; 12 ga
  • 2016 Western Regional: Sub Jr Champion: Super Sporting; 20ga; 28ga
  • 2016 Browning Briley: Sub Jr Champion: Main; 5-stand, Junior Champion: FITASC
  • 2016 SC Regional: Sub Jr Champion: 5-stand
  • 2016 Seminole Cup: Sub Jr Champion: Pre Lim; 5-stand; 12 ga
  • 2016 DU Las Vegas Continental: Sub Jr Champion: Main; 5-stand
  • 2015 K. Kup Sub Junior Champion at NSCA National Championship
  • 2015 Colorado State Sub Junior Champion: Pre-Lim; Main; 5-Stand; Super Sporting; 28 ga, 410 ga, & 12 ga Sub Courses;
  • 2014 NSCA All-Region Team, West Region
  • 2014 Colorado State Sub Junior Champion: Pre-Lim; Main; FITASC; 5 stand; 20 ga, 28 ga, & 12 ga Sub Courses
  • 2013 NSCA Colorado All-State Team
2013 NSCA Colorado State Sub Junior and Class Champion in Main & 12 gauge sub
  • 3 Time National Sporting Clay Champion (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 NSSA/NRA All-Scholastic Team
  • Multiple SCTP State Championships in Sporting Clays, placing in the top 6 at Nationals each of the last 7 years in his division.
USA Shooting:
  • Silver Medal in Bunker Trap, and Bronze Medal in Double Trap; 2014 USAS Junior Olympic Nationals
  • Silver Medal at the 2014 Colorado State USAS JO Bunker Trap Championships.
Gold Medal in J3 Double Trap and Silver Medal in J3 Trap at the 2013 USAS Junior Olympic Nationals.
4-H Shooting Sports:
  • 2013 County Grand Champion in Sporting Clays and Skeet;
  • 2013 Colorado State Junior Champion in Sporting Clays;
  • 2013 Junior HOA Champion for Sporting Clay, Skeet, and Trap Combined.
What model do you use: What modifications: Dalton shoots using a Caesar Guerini Invictus I Ascent with 30” barrels, custom fit stock and recoil reducer. What do you like about your Caesar Guerini: How has it improved your shooting: Moving to a 12 gauge at the age of 12 requires a shotgun that is manageable, has the ability to evolve with growth, and is reliable. The Caesar Guerini Summit Ascent’s stock and barrels are designed to balance perfectly allowing for a young shooter to easily remain on target. The adjustable trigger system and comb were key factors in choosing the Summit Ascent. Adjustments are easy and made frequently to keep up with his growth. These adjustments allowed for maximum utilization of his shotgun, and continued to accommodate him throughout years of physical and competitive development. The reliability of a competition shotgun is also a major factor. Throughout the years the Caesar Guerini Summit Ascent he began shooting with, as well as his current gun the Caesar Guerini Invictus I Ascent, have never failed, and during competition where every target counts Dalton knows he can count on his equipment allowing him to focus on his abilities to achieve his goals.