This month’s 60x pro-staff spotlight is on Calvin Smock.
Inspired by the beloved outlaw Robin Hood, Calvin has been shooting traditional-style archery since he was a young boy. And the skill he’s developed since then is plain to see in his list of accomplishments. His impressive resume includes:
- 7 IBO World Champion titles
- 8 IBO National Triple Crown titles
- 3 IBO Shooter of the Year titles
- 1 World Archery team gold medal
- 4 gold and 2 silver USA National Indoor medals
- and 6 NFAA Indoor National titles
When Calvin isn’t participating in tournaments, he and his wife Janet are co-owners of CD Archery, along with Dewayne and Sue Ellen Martin. They use their love of the sport to design innovative barebow risers for everyone from the bowhunting enthusiast to the serious tournament archer.
All that said, it’s safe to say Calvin lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps archery. Here’s what he had to say when we sat down with him:
How did you get involved in archery?
Watching Robin Hood on TV.
How long have you been shooting?
Since I was 8 years old.
Indoor or outdoor archery?
Favorite 3D target?
Least favorite 3D target?
Sounds like a love-hate relationship with the elk target. What’s up with that?
That target is as big as a house, and it always looks closer than it is. I’ve watched many people shoot low, or even miss it. I always give it a few yards.
Funniest travel story?
I lost my passport in Paris, France. Don’t do that!
Best place to eat while traveling?
Waffle House. We don’t have any locally.
Who has the best nickname in archery?
Larry Morgan – Milk. He used to be a milkman. But no one really knew that, until now.
Favorite archery moment of all time?
Standing on the podium in France and receiving a gold medal.
Favorite sport other than archery?
Favorite sports team?
Any USA Archery team.
Finding my wife…and winning gold in France.
Most annoying thing about you?
I talk too much!
Last person who made you nervous?
Old time rock & roll.
Favorite non-swear word?
How many tattoos do you have?
Yes, I need to wear my lucky clothes on the first day of deer season.
Words to live by?
Be fair and treat everyone as you would want to be treated.
Coolest thing about competing in archery tournaments?
Meeting people from so many different places.
Favorite tournament venue?
Lancaster Archery Classic.
Advice for someone just getting started in archery?
If you’re young, JOAD programs. If you’re old, come to a shoot and ask to shoot with me!
Current equipment choices?
- 21st Century Longbows
- I also shoot barebow with our own CD Archery riser WF27XO, currently with Dryad limbs and Yost tabs Victory arrows
- 60x Custom Strings