“Finally got the shot!” was the name that Kelly Johns gave to his compelling photograph of a Coke can, set behind our target can, exploding at the moment of bullet impact. Kelly can add that he got the prize rifle, too–a Smith & Wesson M&P10 rifle–for winning our 2013 Gun Nut Challenge photo contest.

“Who could resist, every country boy has grown up shooting cans!” says Kelly. “After some serious pondering and crazy ideas, I figured nothing could be more patriotic than catching something blowing up in the shot.”

Our fourth consecutive Gun Nut contest called for readers to shoot at the target that was printed in our August 2013 issue and take a creative photo of it. Editors judged several hundred entries to find the most creative image. We narrowed it down to 10 finalists, and Kelly’s photo came out on top.

Congratulations to Kelly, and thanks to all shooters who participated.

Click here to see the other contest finalists.