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About Altius

Welcome to Altius Handcrafted Firearms, the only biathlon specialty shop in the world. Altius stocks a complete line of biathlon rifles, parts, accessories, and ammunition. We have the knowledge and experience to help you select the right gear, whether you're just starting out or are headed to a World Cup. Marc Sheppard, Altius proprietor, is the only Anschutz factory-trained service technician in the US with World Championships level competitive biathlon experience, and Altius is the only Anschutz Factory Authorized Biathlon Service Center in the US.

In addition to biathlon equipment, Altius Handcrafted Firearms provides a complete selection of hunting rifles and accessories, as well as general shooting supplies, gunsmithing services, custom stocks and complete custom rifles.


Marc Sheppard, Altius proprietor


  • Anschutz Biathlon Service Center
  • Factory trained Anschutz Rifle Service Technician
  • Custom stocks since 1992
  • Full service gunsmithing shop for all rifles, shotguns, and handguns
  • Repairs, custom work, and refinishing

Coaching experience

  • 2002-2017: Individual and Group Coaching for Youth through Masters Aged Athletes
  • 2014-2017: Volunteer Coach, West Yellowstone School Nordic Ski Team
  • 2000-2003: Program Director and Chief Trainer, U.S. Summer Biathlon
  • 1997-2003: Program Director, West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation
  • 1997-2000: Coach, West Yellowstone School Junior Ski Team
  • 1996: Volunteer Coach, West Yellowstone School Nordic Ski Team

Biathlon Competition Experience


  • 2017 Silver, World Masters Biathlon Championships, Individual
  • 2015 Bronze, World Masters Biathlon Championships, Individual
  • 2015 Gold, World Masters Biathlon Championships, Relay
  • 2004 Bronze, US National Championships, Individual
  • 1992-2006 Competitor, top 20 (USA) or better ranking
  • 1994, 98, 02, 06 Qualified for/competed at U.S. Biathlon Olympic Trials
  • 1996 European Cup, European Championships


  • 2014 US National Champion - Sprint, Pursuit, and Mass Start
  • 2012 US National Champion - Pursuit
  • 2012 US National Champion - Mass Start
  • 2011 US National Champion - Individual
  • 1992-2005 Competitor, top 5 (USA) or better ranking
  • 1995-2005 Member of U.S. Summer Biathlon National Team and World Championships Teams
  • 2002 US National Champion - Pursuit
  • 2002 6th, IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships

Biathlon/XC Event Management Experience

  • 2010 Competition Armourer - IBU Youth and Junior World Championships, Canmore, AB
  • 2009 Competition Armourer - IBU Pre-Olympic World Cup, Vancouver, BC
  • 1992-2017: Chief of Competition for both summer and winter biathlon regional events, National Championships, and World Championships Team selection races.
  • 1993-2017 Chief of Competition, Summer Biathlon Events
  • 2004 IBU WC - Ft. Kent, ME - Disassembled Soldier Hollow Biathlon range for shipment to Ft. Kent - Reassembled after event.
  • 1997-2012 Chief of Competition, NORAM (Biathlon), Supertour (FIS-XC), and National Championships (Biathlon) events
  • 2001-2002 Organized Pre-Olympic Biathlon Training Camps for FRA, GER, CZE, JAP, NOR, UKR, DEN, RUS
  • 2001 IBU WC - Soldier Hollow Test Event - Timing Crew