Phillip Velayo

Phillip is a 10-year Marine Corps veteran having served his whole career in the Scout Sniper community. During his time, Phillip completed 4 overseas deployments and served in all billets available to a Scout Sniper, to include Scout Sniper Team Leader, Chief Scout Sniper, and Scout Sniper Instructor. His last three years of service were spent at the 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School as the Primary Marksmanship Instructor. Phillip has attended all follow-on formal Scout Sniper courses, having graduated with honors and recognized as ‘High Shooter’ from all. In 2016, Phillip was nominated for Scout Sniper Instructor of the Year for his meticulous instruction that resulted in institutional changes in the training of Marine Scout Snipers in both formal schools and unit level training.

Upon exiting the Marine Corps in 2018, Phillip served as the Lead Instructor for Gunwerks Long Range University for two years. Phillip is one of the co-founders of Modern Day Sniper and is now the Lead Instructor and Marketing Manager for Modern Day Sniper.

Phillip is also well known as a nationally ranked precision rifle competitor in the Precision Rifle Series and National Rifle League circuit, having placed in the top 10 in the 2018 season for both organizations. Phillip’s best finish is winning the 2018 Precision Rifle Series Finale.

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"From podium finishes, to harvesting deer and elk, Hornady ammo allows me to do it all – I’m excited and beyond humbled to join Team Hornady."

- Phillip Velayo

In the News

Hornady® Precision Rifle Challenge Recap
July 14, 2021

Hornady® Precision Rifle Challenge Recap

Grand Island, NE — Nearly 200 shooters competed in the 2021 Hornady® Precision Rifle Challenge,…

Team Hornady® Shooters Excel at Hornady Precision Rifle Challenge
July 13, 2021

Team Hornady® Shooters Excel at Hornady Precision Rifle Challenge

Grand Island, NE — Hornady® congratulates Doug Koenig, Austin Orgain, Dave Preston, Phillip…

Hornady® Shooters Velayo and Wojcik Dominate at Granite Creek Sniper Challenge
June 9, 2021

Hornady® Shooters Velayo and Wojcik Dominate at Granite Creek Sniper Challenge

Grand Island, NE — Hornady® congratulates shooters Phillip Velayo and Caylen Wojcik on their…