• name: Cassio RIPPEL
  • year of birth: 1978
  • nationality: Brazilian
  • birthplace: Ponta Grossa/PR, Brazil
  • discipline(s): Prone
  • personal best: 630,6 (ISSF South American Cup 2015), 599, 2014 and 2015
  • shoots with: Bleiker Challenger Rifle in an Anschutz Wood Stock, Centra Sights and SE trigger, ELEY tenex


Cassio Rippel is a military officer in the Brazilian Army and he began to shoot when he entered the Military Academy.

Prior to 2003, Cassio only took part in full-bore rifle military events, but then started to compete in Prone and 3x40.

In 2010 he developed a high level plan with the full support of the Army, the Brazilian Shooting Federation and the Olympic Committee. He began to see some great results and in 2012 he scored 598 at the World Cup in Milan. Following this success, he has been a finalist in 5 out of 11 World Cups and became Pan American Champion in July 2015, securing him a Rio 2016 Olympic Quota place.

During the ISSF South American Cup in Santiago, Chile he scored 630.6 which was a new Brazilian and South American record.

60 seconds with Cassio

tell us an interesting fact about yourself

When I began shooting at the Military Academy I was also a basketball player on the Army Team. I trained doing both sports for a few weeks but sadly couldn’t do both. When I asked the basketball coach for advice, he told me to join the shooting team because he said that we already had quite a few great basketball players. I am really grateful to him because he pointed me in the right direction!

what qualifications do you hold?

I graduated from the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1999 with a degree in Infantry. I hold a degree in Physical Education which I obtained in 2002, and I completed a Masters Degree in Military Science in 2009.

what is your proudest moment?

It was at the Pan American Gold Medal award ceremony in Toronto 2015, with the Brazilian flag flying at the highest point of the podium and the Brazilian Anthem playing. It was an amazing moment!

what are your hobbies?

I like to spend as much time as possible with my wife and kids. We travel a lot and they come with me to the competitions - as much as the school calendar will allow. I also love to watch movies, cook and drink a glass of good wine with my wife, or simply be together at home.

do you have a favourite motto or saying?

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get” - Gary Player.

How often do you change your equipment?

Normally, I try to keep my equipment the same especially if it works well and gives me good results. The most important change I frequently make is batch testing ELEY tenex and getting the right match for my barrel - I do this whenever my barrel condition changes at the ELEY test ranges.