t the first END of TRAIL, Dennis Ming was asked for an alias. The name that popped into his head was China Camp, a town’s name that fit his family’s 1886 California immigrant history. Since then, China Camp has been a competitor at every END of TRAIL with the exception of one year when he was only able to shoot a side match due to a broken arm.
His interest in shooting sports started with high school ROTC, but his love has been Cowboy Action Shooting™. A pharmacist by trade, China Camp is also a 21-year police reservist and firearms training instructor. Over the years, his skills have helped many Cowboy Action Shooters improve their focus and shooting scores, including his wife, Prairie Weet, and his daughter, Sweetwater. The Ming family received a SASS Spirit Award in 1995 for their contributions to the sport.
His first END of TRAIL win was in the Modern category in 1987. With a change to Traditional category, he began a winning role in 1990 that continued until his injury in 1997. During those years, China Camp became known as a shooting machine with fluid movement, few misses, and times few could match. He has been the top overall shooter at five END of TRAILs, four Winter Ranges, nine Showdowns, and numerous other matches. Faced with limited range-of-motion medical expectations, China Camp met the challenge and today continues to be a top competitor in the 49er category.
China Camp won END of TRAIL more times than any other Cowboy Action Shooting™ competitor -a feat that may never be equaled.
Cowboy Action Shooting™ has evolved over the years from blue jeans and out-of-the box guns to authentic reproduction clothing and smooth-action-job guns. What hasn’t changed are our champions who win with class and a cowboy spirit of fairness. China Camp has been that type of champion.