Good day everyone, I'm Marco Sablone, a skeet shooter and I use a Beretta DT11. I'm a member of the State Police Fiamme Oro and I train at theTAV Valle Aniene. I was born in Rome on 3 May 1988 and I've been shooting since 2004. My way of life is simply the belief that life makes no sense without goals. One must always be looking out for the next source of stimulation because that is what provides you with the fuel that you need to reach your goals.
Marco started shooting at his home shooting range, the TAV Valle Aniene in Rome, in 2004. He won the bronze medal at the junior Italian Championship in Lunghezzina.
In 2008, he won gold at the junior Italian Championship which was held in Capua, and he took part in his first European Championship in Nicosia, making his appearance on the international stage. The following year, in 2009, and again in Capua, he won the junior Italian Championship once more.
In 2010 on an international level in the university category, he won bronze in the World Championship in Warsaw. 2011 saw him win the World Cup stage in Beijing, China.
In 2012 he won gold at the Italian Excellence Championship in Capua, while internationally, once again in the university category, he won gold in the World Championship which took place in Kazan, Russia.
What's your favourite shotgun?
My favourite shotgun is the one that allows me to hit the most number of targets! Without doubt my DT11.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
I find that perfect balance is one of the most important aspects of shooting: stability, comfort, good handling and safety! And from an aesthetic point of view, I used to dream of a shotgun like this since I was a child.
Who is your favourite shooter and why?
I don't have one in particular. There are many that I admire for their qualities as shooters and what they managed to show us in various occasions. I try to draw some lessons from them.
Who inspired you to shoot?
I started clay pigeon shooting as a result of hunting which my family has been doing for generations. It was more than just a hobby for us, but a real doctrine and way of life. So when hunting season was over, my grandfather Gianfranco Sablone, my father Massimo and my uncle Pietro would often go try out their hunting shotguns on clay targets. At 16 I started having an interest for clay pigeon shooting and went to the range once a week with my uncle Roberto Poduti. He had already been skeet shooting for some time, and it was love at first sight for me!
What's your best shooting story?
Well I can think of many, including hard lessons learnt but also fun stories: I think the funniest one was when a friend of mine accidentally fired a shot causing the microphone on platform 8 to explode.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
I really feel at home at Valle Aniene, but from a structural point of view and the quality of the targets, I've been quite impressed by the TAV Ponso. The range where I am able to be most at peace though is the TAV Sant'Uberto in Manoppello. It is owned by my great friend, Antonello Iezzi.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
I was possibly about 6/7 when I shot my first targets on the ground. My father used to block my ears and he would hold me from behind so that I wouldn't fall backwards from the recoil. I got my first shotgun when I was 18 years old and I obtained my hunting license. It was an old Beretta A300 that my great grandfather used to own (it was in perfect working order and quite honestly, lethal).
What are your goals and plans for the future?
From a shooting point of view, this year I am training as best I can together with my Fiamme Oro team (Andrea Filippetti and Pierluigi Pescosolido) and with my coach Andrea Benelli, who I have the pleasure of shooting against now and then! I have many goals. The first is being able to improve week by week in order to be prepared for any competition (whether regional or the Olympics) and hit all the clay targets! This year didn't start off very well in Cairo, where we took part as guests. But there is no time to punish ourselves, that too is part of the journey (a sometimes painful one) that will take me to higher levels.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
My advice is to do whatever makes you happy, train hard and consistently and also exercise!