USA Beats France For World Skeet Title

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The ISSF World Championship Shotgun showdown hosted in Lonato, Italy, the has been won!

The Skeet Men Gold-medal match turned into a top-level battle between France’s Anthony Terras and USA’s Vincent Hancock, with the latter prevailing over Terras after a breathtaking shoot-off. Both athletes, in fact, shuttered 16-out-of-16 final targets, and it took 8 more to witness the first mistake and award the World Championship title to Hancock.

Original story at issf-sports.org

LONATO - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Silver medalist Anthony TERRAS of France, Gold medalist Vincent HANCOCK of the United States of America and Bronze medalist Gabriele ROSSETTI of Italy pose with their medals after the Skeet Men Finals at the Olympic Shooting Range "Trap Concaverde" during Day 7 of the ISSF World Championship Shotgun on September 17, 2015 in Lonato, Italy. (Photo by Nicolo Zangirolami)
LONATO – SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Silver medalist Anthony TERRAS of France, Gold medalist Vincent HANCOCK of the United States of America and Bronze medalist Gabriele ROSSETTI of Italy pose with their medals after the Skeet Men Finals at the Olympic Shooting Range “Trap Concaverde” during Day 7 of the ISSF World Championship Shotgun on September 17, 2015 in Lonato, Italy. (Photo by Nicolo Zangirolami)

 

Lead photo: SEPTEMBER 17: Gold medalist Vincent HANCOCK of the United States of America competes in the Skeet Men Finals at the Olympic Shooting Range “Trap Concaverde” during Day 7 of the ISSF World Championship Shotgun on September 17, 2015 in Lonato, Italy. (Photo by Nicolo Zangirolami)

 

Extreme Shooting Event Features “Widow’s Hill”

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Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf Hosts Third Annual Vortex Extreme

Article and photos by Tessa Karrington

Vortex Extreme7Just as the technology world is constantly evolving, so is the world of outdoor sports. New shooting sports, such as rifle golf, are creating a new breed of outdoorsmen who love the challenge of pushing their limits. Not only does rifle golf push limits, it also helps hunters dial in their shot and rise to the most extreme challenges.

One competition that stands above all other extreme challenges is Vortex Extreme. Recently, Vortex Optics took advantage of the unique rifle golf course set up at Spirit Ridge in Tremonton, Utah, to host the annual Vortex Extreme, one of the industry’s most challenging yet rewarding endurance and accuracy matches.

Vortex Extreme8“The Vortex extreme is a highly unique event that blends long-rang shooting with a physically-challenging 7-mile course,” said Mark Boardman, Vortex Optics marketing manager. Competitors  run, hike, and walk to each shooting station carrying everything needed to engage targets and ultimately cross the finish line. The natural terrain and design of the Spirit Ridge facility make it the ideal platform to host the competition.

This was the third year that Vortex Optics and Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf teamed up to put on the tournament. Close to 100 people gathered at Spirit Ridge on Saturday, July 27th to participate and watch the action. There were nearly 40 teams of two who prepared for a day of extreme running, extreme shooting and extreme competition.

Vortex Extreme10DURING THE COMPETITION, hunters traverse seven miles of land, including a steep hill known as “Widow Maker” and mountain passes like “Mulligans Pass”. While competitors are running to and from each station, the team carries back packs that contain everything they will need, including their rifle, ammunition, food and water.

Teams begin the tournament five minutes apart starting at 6:30 a.m. and most teams finish in four hours or less. They arrive at six stations throughout the tournament, along with the driving range and bonus holes, where guides, EMTs and other volunteers keep a watchful eye on the contestants as the teams stay focused on dialing in their shot. Participants must stay with their partner while running and shooting and they are timed for the entire race.

Vortex Extreme6Though the tournament may sound brutal, many teams come back again and again. This being the third annual Vortex Extreme, many participants, like Utah local Eric Omen, are returning shooters.

“The experience I had at Vortex Extreme was fun and challenging. It is always good to push my skills to the max,” third year veteran Omen said. “Many great memories and many new friends were made here.”

Teams from all over the country gather at Spirit Ridge to participate in the competition. This year, teams came from Wisconsin, California, Wyoming, Idaho and others.

Vortex Extreme4“I had a great time watching teams compete,” spectator Ryan Baylis said. “It is amazing how one tournament can help you dial in your shot and hit the target exactly where you planned. Rifle golf is unlike any sport you’ll ever see.”

Teams are scored by how long the entire race takes them along with how many shots they make and miss. The total shots are added up, and the teams with the combination of fastest times and most accurate shots win.

Vortex Extreme5THIS YEAR’S WINNERS WERE Bullseye Precision in first, Team Eberlestock in second and Cross Canyon Arms rounding out the top three. Teams of all types entered the tournament and the top ten teams finished within a few minutes of each other.

Every year the tournament gains popularity and teams get more competitive. Prizes like Vortex scopes and the newest hunting equipment is given away in raffle prizes and auctions.

Vortex Extreme3“I’m so glad I participated in the tournament again this year,” Omen said. “I love shooting targets!”

Spirit Ridge has most of the season left and plans are in the works for other tournaments.

“This was a great season opener for Spirit Ridge and we are looking forward to next year’s event already,” Spirit Ridge marketing director Jeff Petersen said.

Vortex Extreme was created when Vortex Optics Regional Sales Representative Paul Kendall met Spirit Ridge staff at a trade show four years ago. Kendall visited the facility and came up with the idea of an endurance shooting match, one that would test the limits of any athlete to the extreme. From there, the tournament easily came together and has been one of Spirit Ridge’s most popular traditions to date.

The Bullseye Precision 2-man team took First Place.
The Bullseye Precision 2-man team took First Place.

Editor’s note: Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf was born in 2005 when we embarked on a mission to provide outdoorsmen with the most realistic, exhilarating and educational target shooting experience in the world. And we did it! Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf is the must-see, must-do shooting adventure for hunters and all outdoors enthusiasts! For more information on Spirit Ridge or Vortex Extreme, please visit www.spiritridgeriflegolf.com or contact us at 435-764-6980 or spiritridgepr@gmail.com. Spirit Ridge is also on Facebook and Twitter: @srriflegolf.

Scholastic Pistol Program Explodes

Story and photographs by Robin Taylor

Scholastic Pistol Program EmblemThree Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters wheeled over and roared in low, setting up for a mock gun run. Below them, youth teams from every corner of the country looked up in wonder as the helicopters accelerated to attack speed and hissed overhead. Between the mini air-show, the 105mm start cannon and the blend of prestige and industry support, the 2015 Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Southwest Regional competition, highlighted the growth in the industry.

The SPP has exploded onto the national stage

Jake Overstreet

SPP has more or less exploded onto the national stage in the last few years, with youth teams popping up everywhere. The junior high/high school nationals drew more than 300 competitors this summer and the Southwest regional (one of several such events) drew more than 100. Those two matches alone put SPP on par with the largest speed-steel-shooting organizations in the United States. With support from the NRA and the Boy Scouts of America, its current thousand-plus membership, represents what one might call “openers.” The near-term growth potential for SPP has no equal.

My youth group, “Team Gotta” of Custer, Wash., flew down to the Southwest Regional for a chance to shoot against the two top-rated high school teams in the nation, the South Texas Juniors and Red Dawn Marksmanship Academy; both hail from Texas. Many top college teams were present, including the US Military Academy from West Point, Southeastern Illinois College and the Naval Academy. These teams were all there to test themselves against our hosts, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

According to Kevin Jimmerson, match director and Texas A&M coach, the Southwest Regional started three years ago with just 40 shooters. It doubled to 80 the following year and grew to just short of 120 this year. Sponsorship and sporting excellence has tracked that growth, and with more industry support, high-skill athletes are turning fresh eyes to the sport.

SPP is sending kids to college on the strength of their skills with a handgun.

Coach Bruce Hering, from Southeastern Illinois College (SIC), showed up at the Southwest Regional with a four-person squad, all shooting on scholarships. Hering is known for coaching shotgun competitions, but he and team captain Alex Aguilar, made no bones about it; they were here to recruit action-pistol shooters for SIC and had a two-year, full-ride scholarship, for the right candidate. “This is our first match as a (scholarship-level) team,” says Aguilar, who’d been tasked by Hering to form the pistol squad. “What SIC is doing, it’s really an opportunity of a lifetime for me.”

Hering’s current crew is made up mostly of top shotgunners who have picked up the pistol, but they’re looking for someone to come the other way – a national-level pistol shooter who can learn shotgun. Hering sees value in cross-training shotgun with speed-pistol and it helps him maximize his scholarship dollars. “I think we’re going to stick with this model,” he says.

Action-pistol scholarships were not available just three years ago; and combining shotgun with pistol was considered lunacy. Now, talented young pistol shooters have suddenly become valuable assets to a growing number of school teams. Let’s be clear: Most shooting teams don’t cross-train the way Hering does, nor have scholarships, but thanks to SPP, young pistol shooters are looking at college programs in a whole new way.

The Competition Breakdown

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If you’ve never heard of steel shooting, it’s simple. Steel shooters start from a “low ready” position with their pistol aimed at a flag on the ground. On signal, they raise their pistol and engage five steel plates of various shapes and sizes until they each shoot one, ending on a “stop plate.” Your score is the time it takes to shoot all five, even if extra rounds are required. Each person shoots the arrangement of plates five times and calculates the best four runs. There are four specified courses, so in all you will shoot 100 targets in a match.

It’s fast, feedback is instantaneous and everyone can tell whether a shooter is doing well or not. On top of all this, there are even endowment prizes available.

Awesome Industry Support

Adam Thomas
Adam Thomas

I’m not sure what magical powers SPP directors Scott Moore and Tammy Mowry have, but they’ve managed to bring exceptional support to SPP. Glock’s Ed Fitzgerald and Smith & Wesson’s Tom Yost not only support the sport in material ways, but they appear in person at many of the big matches – corporate reps literally doing the heavy lifting to help make the sport a go. In a few weeks, I will attend the NRA Level I coach school, dedicated to the SPP competition. The idea that this highly conservative organization would adopt a new program into their coaching school was simply amazing. The weekend schools are elevating the prestige, safety and overall quality of the program, coast to coast.

Ferocious Junior Teams

One would expect college-age teams to dominate the sport, but instead freelance gun-club teams, made up of middle and high school students, have moved into the forefront of the competition. These teams are out shooting, out-competing and out growing all comers to the sport, particularly in rimfire. For example, the Red Dawn Raiders Marksmanship Academy boasts more than 30 members, all of whom focus on action-pistol sports. South Texas has a similar number. When these two teams show up, accompanied by coaches, parents and friends, you would think a tour bus had arrived.

SPP focuses primarily on centerfire (9mm) handguns, but shooters are allowed to use a .22 pistol for up to two years. For many reasons, the very young have flocked to the rimfire division and no college has been able to catch the juniors (yet).

This year South Texas Shooters fielded young Ethan Inocando, who shot the fastest score of the match with a blistering 41.59-second round. Team Gotta’s Adam Thomas (a high school senior), was right on his heels with a 42.26-second round (winning “senior” division). Both far outpaced the leading collegiate competitor, Chandler Lewis at 50.86.

Shooting as a team, the A&M Corps of Cadets won the collegiate rimfire category (with a score of 246 seconds) but were dramatically out shot by the younger guns. Team Gotta set a national course record with a score of 183.85 seconds, followed by the South Texas Juniors with 194 seconds.

Centerfire is another game altogether and here the colleges run slightly ahead of the juniors. College student Anthony Vieth, for example, laid down a truly impressive 43.31-second run for the individual win, and the Texas A&M team posted an excellent 204.45. “That was pretty good,” says Jimmerson, whose cadets set the centerfire record last year with a score of 186 and hope to do it again.

Jordon Castro – The fastest Rimfire kid!

Growth And Change

SPP is changing fast and the shooters with it. The sport is so young, some of the youth teams and coaches enjoy an experience advantage. However, this current crop of high school marksmen will soon graduate and join college teams like the Aggies. When they do, they’ll take that experience with them and the colleges should then dominate the centerfire side of the sport. High school senior Jordon Castro from Bellingham, Wash., holds the record at 39.32 seconds. That’s under 1/2 second per target, making him an excellent candidate for any college competing in this sport.

Right now, top-flight competitors are able to engage all 80 steel targets (SPP Course) in just over 40 seconds. Remember that when you throw away the four slowest runs, you have 80 targets left.

“The sport is maturing so fast, it won’t be long before we’re looking at whole teams with (individual) scores in the 30’s,” predicts Moore.

It’s a changing landscape for youth sports. In a world where liberal politicians want to label our schools as “gun free zones,” SPP is sending kids to college on the strength of their skills with a handgun. And that’s an encouraging thought. ASJ

World Championship Holder Jessie Duff

jduffieJessie Duff is one of the world’s best competitive shooters in the action sports arena. She is also the first woman to hold the title of United States Practical Shooting Association
(USPSA) grand master. So far this year, she has won at the NRA Bianchi Cup, Steel Challenge World Championships, NRA World Action Pistol Championship, USPSA Area 6 Championships, Steel Challenge National Championships and the STI Double Tap Championship. To get a better picture of the intensity of her focus on being the best, consider that she won her first World
Championship title in 2005 when she was 20 years old. It was the Cowboy Action Shooting Western 3-Gun World Championships. Since then, she’s won at another 73 major competitions, making her one of the most recognizable faces of the shooting sports world. We were fortunate to be able to talk with her on the business of professional shooting, her contributions to breaking ground for women in what was once almost exclusively a man’s sport, her television work and what preparations she has made for a zombie apocalypse.

FRANK JARDIM You are recognized as being one of the top action shooting competitors in the world, and since you became the captain of the Taurus Shooting Team in 2012 most people
have thought of you as the face of Taurus. However, I’ve noticed when you win, which is a lot, there are five other companies (Leopold, Hornady, Weatherby, Uncle Mike’s, Hoppe’s)
that also make a point to announce that you are on their team too! In Kentucky, where we only understand college basketball, you can only be on one team at a time. Would it be more
accurate to say that you are sponsored or endorsed by these companies rather than on a traditional sports team? JESSIE DUFF I have been very fortunate in my career to be able to partner with the best companies in our industry. And yes, these partnerships are considered “sponsorships” or “endorsement deals.” In the shooting industry, a shooter may acquire multiple sponsorships for the different types of equipment used, ie, firearms, ammunition, holsters, gun cleaning products, targets, eyewear, etc., as long as the companies don’t conflict with one another. These companies may also contract multiple shooters, and have their own company team.

FJ How do you know who you win for? Does Taurus say, “OK, Jessie, go win the Bianchi Cup for us and we’ll keep you in guns,” and Hornady say, “Win the Steel Challenge for us and we’ll keep you knee deep in ammo until the zombie apocalypse,” and so on? JD My championship wins are celebrated by all the companies that I’m partnered with. I choose my match schedule based on the disciplines that I compete in, and the matches that I think would best promote and highlight my sponsors. Then, if I am fortunate enough to win, all of the companies will promote the title based off of the products I use for them. For example,
when I won the NRA Bianchi Cup this year, Hornady promoted their bullets that I used, Leupold’s scope that I chose for the match, and Taurus for the firearms I had made for that competition.

FJ Unlike a basketball team, the nature of the shooting sports requires members of a shooting team to compete as individuals. As captain of the Taurus team, what exactly does
that entail? JD As captain of Team Taurus, it’s my responsibility to represent Taurus in
the shooting sports and the industry. This includes competing with their firearms, attending trade shows, appearances, etc., and promoting the brand off of the range as well.
While I’ve been at Taurus, we have started a junior shooting program, Taurus Young Guns. This program was designed to give young up-and-coming shooters an opportunity in the industry, and help them along in the shooting sports. Growing the sport and passing on the tradition is important to me and Taurus, and, through this program, we are able to do both.

FJ Taurus Young Guns involves scouting and recruiting young raw talent like Alex Larche to develop into the next generation of superstars shooters. Have you found any more promising prospects?

JD Alex is our first addition to the team, and he has done extremely well with it, proving that the program is successful. We haven’t added any new shooters yet, but I am always keeping my eyes open at every match I go to. There are so many talented junior shooters coming into the sport, but we aren’t just looking for someone who can shoot well. We are looking for someone who can be a good ambassador of the sport, represent Taurus in the best way possible, and be a good role model for other junior shooters. Even though we haven’t
added anyone new since Alex, that doesn’t mean we won’t be scouting and adding in the future!

FJ One of the reasons the shooting sports are great is because you don’t have to have great size or brute physical strength to participate. Men and women can compete together equally. In fact, you are a grand master, which puts you among the top competitive shooters in the world. Why do we even have separate ladies’ catagories? Danica Patrick doesn’t compete in a ladies racing division.

JD In the shooting sports, there are divisions based on the type of equipment you use. Within those divisions are categories, for ladies, juniors, seniors, military/law
enforcement, etc. A shooter is capable of winning their category along with their division. So at a match, I compete in the ladies category and in the open division (open is when an optical sight is used on the firearm). My scores are tallied against all other competitors
for an overall standing, but also in my category against the ladies. Should a lady beat all the other competitors, including the men, she would be awarded the overall title, just as Danica Patrick would be if she won a race.

FJ Do your foresee a time when ladies’ classifications will disappear?

JD No, I don’t think that would happen, nor should it. I think having a category/division specifically for the ladies recognizes what we do in the sport. I think if the number of women in the shooting sports continues to grow, then it would be great to see the ladies have their own championships, like in tennis or golf. But until then, I don’t mind
competing alongside the men!

FJ I’m curious if in a male-dominated sport, at least for now, do your fellow professional male competitors consider women shooters as their peers? Since you aren’t in the same
catagories, it would be easy for chauvinistic types to say, “Well, she’s good for a girl,” when in reality, if you competed directly against them you would beat them.

JD I believe in any sport where both men and women are competing, you will always have some opinions that women can’t compete at the same level. Thankfully in my career, all the men I have competed against have been very respectful of what I’ve done, and encouraging to other women competing as well.

FJ In the past few years, women have been participating in shooting activities in record numbers for sporting and self-defense reasons. Part of the reason Taurus brought you on
board was to cultivate women. What are your thoughts on the trend and the role you have played in it?

JD I’m so glad to see more and more women getting involved in with firearms and the shooting sports. I think they are realizing that firearms are not just for men, and that they can have a place in that world as well. With all of the talented women in the shooting industry, we have shown that women too can come and compete, and enjoy it! With Taurus taking such a stance in promoting women, it’s such an honor for me to have the opportunity they have given me. When I retire from shooting, my hope is that I was able to encourage as many ladies as possible to participate and enjoy firearms, whether for recreation or self defense!

FJ To the average shooter, a lot of the guns the pros like yourself use in matches look like something you would see in a science fiction movie. I know that in most cases those pro guns, like race cars, are highly tuned and customized, not just for the specific shooter, but also the specific competition. How critical are those custom guns to your success as a competitor? Could you still win with an out-of-the-box Taurus?

JD The majority of my guns are, as you mentioned, custom built to me and the events I compete in. While I prefer to compete with a firearm that is fine tuned to my specifications, I can and have competed with out-of-the-box firearms. I spent the early years of my career shooting stock guns, and did well with them. As I progressed into the sport, I wanted to expand the divisions I competed in, which led to custom guns. I still shoot in divisions where the modifications are minimal, like Single Stack and Production.
These divisions showcase the Taurus products, and show consumers that they are top-shelf firearms even without all the bells and whistles.

FJ I know you have some experience with vintage firearms. For fun, have you ever tried those courses of fire you do for the Bianchi Cup or Steel Challenge with something completely old school, like a fixed sight S&W M1917 revolver, an original Colt 1911 or a C-96 “broomhandle” Mauser? That would be pretty awesome.

JD My shooting career started in cowboy action shooting, so I got plenty of time behind a Ruger Vaquero! Before I started shooting modern firearms, I shot Steel Challenge with
my single-action revolvers. That was a challenge within itself!

FJ You won quite a few Single Action Shooting Society competitions early in your career. What attracted you to that unique type costumed genre shooting competition? Did your Dad
make you watch Gunsmoke reruns when you were a kid?

JD I grew up watching Westerns; my dad is a cowboy at heart, which is why he loves SASS. My dad was competing in SASS when I made my way into competition, so naturally that’s what
I shot as well. I love the cowboy era, and the costumes you would see at the matches, and shooting firearms that were built hundreds of years ago, that are still functional today. So, it was a great place for me to start my shooting career.

FJ What’s in your sights for next year?
Any plans to expand your Outdoor Channel NRA All Access show?

JD NRA All Access is continuing on, with season two currently airing, and we are wrapping up season three. It’s been a wonderful journey through the years with Friends of NRA, and transitioning into NRA All Access! Through the show, my husband and I are able to travel the country and meet the people of the NRA. We get to hear their stories of what the Second Amendment means to them, the traditions that they are passing on, and their passions about the outdoors. I’m excited to see the future the show will have, and to continue to be a part of it! WSJ

Two Girls From Lake Havasu Clay Slayers Take Home Trophies

Kirsten and Ellie at ATA state (1)
Kirsten Shaw (left) and Ellie Wachtel (right)

Brought to you by Phyllis from Arizona Female Firearms Competitors:

I was so delighted to get the following from our ASRPA Lead Instructor, Andrew Wachtel, of the Lake Havasu Clay Slayers. It is nice to feel the pride of their fathers in the emails I received with this accomplishment, as I  am a daughter who learned to shoot at or around age 10 myself from my father. Youth female shooters in competitions of all varieties in Arizona are gaining online and publication exposure. It is my hope to help in their gain of recognition with my submissions to blogs and publications. -Phyllis Gross

Last weekend, in March,  the ATA held the State shoot at Ben Avery. Kirsten won the Junior title in the single event on Saturday, the Double event of Friday and the overall title. Ellie won her first Junior Gold title in the singles event.
These two girls are on the SCTP team in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., The Lake Havasu Clay Slayers. Last year, Kirsten participated on the Varsity squad that won state at the Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner’s in Tucson and Ellie was on the Junior Varsity squad that came in second.
I am so happy to bring more recognition to our youth and adult females who shoot in Arizona competitions. I also love to bring more attention to our male youth, as they are the future teachers, instructors, trainers, volunteers and leaders in the Arizona gun community. -Andrew Wachtel

Spread the contagion! Zombie Shooters United match April 26th in Kentucky

Please help spread the contagion and give this flyer the widest dissemination you can. The April 26, ZSU match is nigh! Get signed up. Borrow or rent guns if you have to. (But don’t steal them.) Life size realistic reactive zombie targets and $1500 in prizes to win and give away. Great fun and family friendly. There should be a rifle stage shot from a boat too. ~Frank JardimZombie Shoot 26APR14 Web Fest Flyer

Compete in Arizona’s first 2-Gun SWAT Rodeo!

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2-Gun SWAT Rodeo comes to Arizona

May 5-10, 2014—SWAT Personnel Competition
May 8-9, 2014—Pro-Am Competition
May 10, 2014—Public (CCW) Competition

Get ready for stucco-scaling, desert-stomping, and mud-running training for active-duty SWAT personnel in a competitive format, fully immersing shooting competitors into unpredictable, chaotic, and physically stressful situations.USTACRA & Day One Arms™ are bringing back the Two-Gun SWAT Rodeo and this time, the high-speed pistol and carbine action will explode at CowTown, a Special Operations range located in the blistering desert of Peoria, Arizona.Your mind, body, and gear will be tested and validated in 11 stages culminating in tense hostage situations built to challenge tactical combat shooters.

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CowTown Range offers raw desert terrain for realistic competition.

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11 Sponsored Stages.
Major prizes include guns & gear.

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We are bringing back the SWAT Rodeo!

There’s still time to compete in the 2014 NRA Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia – All signed up for the 2014 National Matches? If only it weren’t the dead of winter… What if you could find some competitive shooting action now? The answer: the NRA Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships.

Compiled from sectional tournaments held all over the United States, the Indoor Championships involve thousands of shooters and are the NRA’s biggest competition of the year. And between smallbore, air rifle, BB gun light rifle, pistol and air pistol, competitors have a lot of options.

Because the championships are shot postal match-style with all the sectionals, there is a large window for shooters to compete. The Open championship runs from 1/1 – 3/18 and the Junior championship from 1/1 – 4/15.

Results are sent to the NRA where they’re compiled and pitted against everyone else’s. When the winners are determined, final scores are released and prizes mailed out. It’s a great way to compete with many other shooters in a fun championship that’s easy to get involved with and shouldn’t require much travel.

Sound like something you’d want to do this winter? It’s not too late to get involved. The championships are open to anyone and everyone in the country, so there isn’t much excuse to be left out.

If you’d like to learn more about finding a sectional near you or hosting one of your own in the future, give the NRA a call:

You can also e-mail the Rifle Department at rifle@nrahq.org and find out how to get in on the action.

Original Article: http://www.nrablog.com/post/2014/02/15/Theres-still-time-to-compete-in-the-2014-NRA-Indoor-Rifle-Pistol-Championships.aspx