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About Us

Recognizing the need for a state-of-the-art, indoor shooting range in the area, firearms instructor, Mark Owensby created Rampart Range. By taking into consideration the features and benefits offered by only the best ranges he experienced across the country, he developed Rampart Range to be the first choice for any new or experienced marksmen in the region.

Mark has been involved in law enforcement for much of his career and possesses a lifelong interest in firearms and shooting sports competitions.

Mr. Owensby is a retired Illinois State Trooper with more than 25 years of service. For 13 of those years, he served on the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team as an operator/sniper. He has trained in the areas of shooting and tactical methods with elite U.S. military teams and federal units.

Today, and for nearly his entire police career, Owensby was a firearms instructor for both law enforcement and civilians. His expertise includes, but is not limited to, the areas of pistol, rifle, shotgun, fully automatic weapons and tactical training.

Owensby has been a competitive shooter for more than 25 years. He has participated in local, national and international competitions, where he has won numerous awards and distinctions.

Mark is a Benefactor of the National Rifle Association. He is active in the Shoal Creek Friends of NRA.


  MARK OWENSBY - Career Highlights

  Illinois State Police

  • Retired after 25 years as a state trooper
  • Served as a State Police and civilian firearms instructor for 30 years, focused in the areas of pistol, rifle, shotgun, fully automatic weapons and tactical
  • Held designation as a Certified instructor by Illinois Local Law Enforcement Officer Training Board for 25 years
  • Served as an Operator/Sniper on the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team for 13 years
  • Trained with elite U.S. military and federal units in the areas of shooting and tactical methods

  Memberships

  • Mark is a Benefactor of NRA.
  • Served as Chairman and Committee Member of the Friends of the NRA for the last 20 years.
  • Lifetime member of the IL State Rifle Association.

  Competitive Shooting

  • Has been actively competing in the disciplines of IPSC, PPC, Action Pistol and Bullseye for the last 25 years
  • Maintains professional sponsorships from Rock River Arms Co., Stiles Communications, Hellweg International, Pro Shot Products and Demoulins
  • Has won multiple wins and top place finishes in a variety of local, state, regional and national championship competitions Five-Distinguished Badges in PPC, Semi-Auto, Revolver and Action Pistol - Metallic and Production Bullseye Revolver
  • Working toward obtaining Distinguished badges in Bullseye Service Semi-Auto
  • Competed in 2006 World Championships in Australia as member of the U.S. Action Pistol Team
  • With teammate Bruce Piatt, won the Two-Man Metallic Team World Championship in that same competition

  MARK OWENSBY - Accomplishments

 2011

  • Cameron Cup, Columbia, MO, - Production Class: Overall Winner (with a score of 1894-128x)

 2010

  • Cameron Cup, Columbia, MO, - Action Pistol, Production Class: Overall Winner
  • New Open National Record - Action Pistol Production Class: July 19, 2010 Score 471-21x. Fired at the Cameron Cup, Hallsville, MO.
  • Bianchi Cup, Columbia, MO-Action Pistol, Production Class: Practical Event, Production Class, Overall Winner; Production Class, 7th Place. (see video below!)

 2009

  • Bianchi Cup Metallic Class: 4th place 1901-125x
  • Speed Shoot Off Metallic: 3rd place
  • Ray Chapman Speed Star Event: 2nd place
  • World Action Falling Plate: 1st place
  • Cameron Cup, Columbia, Mo - Metallic Class: 2nd place

 2008

  • Cameron Cup, Columbia, Mo - Metallic Class: 1st place

 2007

  • Metallic Ambidextrous Falling Plate Event
  • Cameron Cup, Columbia, Mo - Metallic Class: 1st place

 2006

  • World Action Pistol Two Man Team Champion (with Bruce Piatt)
  • Metallic 1st place Mover

 2004

  • National Police Shooting Championships: Co-Holder National Record, Match 1, Semi-Auto
  • Bianchi Cup Metallic Sights: 4th Overall, Production Class Overall, Speed Shoot-Off 3rd Place, World Championships Metallic Class 3rd Overall, Expert Class 2nd Overall, Dueling Tree 3rd Overall winner.
  • Tennessee MidSouth Classic Regional Winner, Semi-Auto Distinguished Winner, Revolver 1500: 3rd Overall winner.

 2003

  • National Police Shooting Championships: Match 1 3rd Overall, Match 2 2nd Overall winner.
  • Raycom Regional: 1st Overall winner 1500 match.
  • Raycom Regional: 2nd Overall Grand Aggregate.

 2002

  • National Police Shooting Championships: 1st Overall High Master State Category
  • Raycom Regional: 3rd Overall winner, 1500 match.
  • Bianchi Cup: 2nd Overall Winner, Expert Stock
  • Bianchi Cup: 3rd Overall Winner, Side Mover Match Stock
  • Tennessee Mid-South Regional Distinguished Revolver Winner
  • Tennessee Mid-South Regional: 2nd Overall Winner 1500 S-Auto
  • Tennessee Mid-South Regional: 1st Overall Winner 1500 Revolver
  • Tennessee Mid-South Regional Distinguished Revolver: 1st Overall Winner

 2001

  • National Police Shooting Championships: High Overall Winner, Illinois Champion.

 2000

  • Raycom Regional Two Man Team Winners
  • Raycom Regional: 1st High Master, 1500 Match.
  • Raycom Regional: Distinguished Semi-Auto Winner
  • Magnolia Classic Regional, Distinguished Revolver: 2nd Overall Winner
  • Bianchi Cup Speed Load Challenge: 3rd Overall Winner

 1999

  • National Rifle Association Illinois Governor's Twenty Winner
  • National Rifle Association 1490 Club
  • Illinois Governor's Twenty Winner
  • Illinois Tactical Officer's Association Combat Pistol Match Winner
  • National Police Shooting Championships: High Overall Winner, Illinois Champion

 1998

  • Illinois Tactical Officer's Association Combat Pistol Match: 1998 Illinois Governor's 20 Match winner
  • National Police Shooting Championships: Grand Aggregate Match, l5th of 537
  • National Police Shooting Championships: Winner High Overall Illinois Semi-Auto Pistol Champion
  • National Police Shooting Championships: Winner High Overall Illinois Revolver Champion

 1997

  • National Police Shooting Championships: Winner High Overall Illinois Champion
  • National Police Shooting Championships: 1500 match: 3rd place, High Master, State Category
  • Illinois Tactical Officers Association Combat Pistol Match: 3rd place Overall, High Master
  • Illinois Governor's 20: Match Winner
  • World Police and Fire Games: Gold Medal, Action Pistol "B" class winner, 7th overall.
  • World Police and Fire Games: Silver Medal, P.P.C. Match, 2nd Place Overall, High Master
  • National Rifle Association Semi-Automatic Distinguished Badge #117 1997 Tennessee Mid-South Regional: Winner, lst High Master, 4th Overall 1500 match

 1996

  • Illinois Governor's 20: Match Winner
  • National Police Shooting Championships: 1st Master Team, Semi-Auto Pistol 2 Man Team
  • National Police Shooting Championships: Special Grand Aggregate Match, 10th Place Overall out of 498 competitor
  • Raycom Regional l500 match, Camp Dodge, IA: Overall winner; Distinguished Revolver-Overall Winner; Grand Aggregate Match-Overall Winner
  • National Rifle Association Distinguished Revolver Badge #570

 1995

  • Tennessee State Championship 2 man revolver team: Overall Winner
  • Co-Holder of National Rifle Association National Record: Match 1 of 1500 Match

 1994

  • Member 1480 Club National Rifle Association National Police Shooting Championships President's Match
  • 1995-1999, 2001 President's Match member
  • 1993-2002 Illinois Governor's 20
  • Several dozens of plaques and trophies from various local, state, and national pistol tournaments, representing lst, 2nd, and 3rd places.

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