October 20th, 2011

Britain’s Richard Jeens Wins World Long Range Rifle Title

Great Britain’s Richard Jeens won the Individual World Long Range Full-Bore Rifle Championship in Brisbane, Australia with a final score of 725-49V. (A “V” is a center-ring hit, equivalent to an “X” in American matches). Ceremonially hoisted in the air by his fellow competitors at the awards ceremony, Jeens was all smiles, having earned a title he’ll retain until the next World Championships in 2015. Jeens topped a field of 374 shooters from seven countries. Andre Du Toit of South Africa took the Silver Medal after a shoot-off for 2nd/3rd position against bronze-medal winner David Luckman of Great Britain. CLICK HERE for complete results.

World Rifle Championship Australia

Finishing 5th overall in the Three-Day Aggregate, Jeens had to rely on his shooting skills (plus a little bit of luck) to win the shoot-off (the top ten competitors after three days of competition advance to a final shoot-off.) The little bit of luck came by way of the winds during the 1,000-yard phase of the competition. Long Range shooters usually deal with all sorts of conditions, but the day’s wind was enough to knock a few of the favorites (such as SGT Sherri Gallagher) out of the Top Ten. Nonetheless, it was a well-deserved win, and we congratulate Richard on his achievement. Looking at Richard’s winning rifle, we surmise his victory settles the question whether a thumb-hole stock will work for long-range prone shooting — it seemed to suit Jeens just fine.

Jeens wasn’t the only hot-shooting marksman from Great Britain in the competition. Fellow Brit David Luckman shot a 723-68V, matching South African Andre Du Toit for the second highest score (Du Toit then prevailed in a shoot-off for second place). Only 4 Vs behind her team-mate Luckman, Great Britain’s Jane Messer finished fourth with 723-62V. Notably, three women finished in the Top 10, led by Messer, with Americans Trudie Fay and Nancy Tompkins in sixth and tenth, respectively. Heading into the final day of the Individual Championships, Nancy’s daughter SGT Sherri Gallagher was in the lead, but she dropped points in the very windy conditions on the last day.

With the individual side of the competition complete, all that remains is the Palma Match. Here are the final individual scores:

World Rifle Championship Australia

Photo Credit: US Palma Team member Dave Cloft. Report by Lars Dalseide for The NRA Blog.
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October 20th, 2011

NRA Introduces “Club Champion” Program — Entry-Level Matches

NRA Competitive Shooting is introducing a simple, low-cost, “novice-friendly” form of competition for shooting clubs, businesses and civic organizations. This NRA’s new NRA Club Champion Challenge program is designed to provide low-key, fun matches with affordable equipment. These events will encourage your members to try a variety of disciplines and courses of fire.

“New grassroots programs such as the NRA Club Champion Challenge are the best way to get shooters, new and old alike, out on the firing line,” said Mike Krei, Director of NRA Competitive Shooting. “This is a recreational and fun event. We want everyone to be able to grab guns out of their closet and come to the range and shoot.”

NRA Club Champion Challenge

The Club Champion Challenge is NOT a high-level competition using expensive, state-of-the-art hardware. The idea is to have fun with basic entry-level pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Any club or organization can participate and any range can configure a challenge. NRA membership is not required.

Club Champion Challenge Guidelines — Match Requirements
Here are some of the basic guidlines for running a Club Champion Challenge at your facility:

  • Minimum of three courses of fire required. (Competitors must shoot all courses of fire.)
  • All courses of fire (except shotgun) are adaptable to metallic/paper silhouette targets.
  • At least two different firearm types must be used. (Rifle/Pistol, Shotgun/Rifle, Pistol/Shotgun)
  • Firearm support options (sandbags, bipods, benches) may be used.
  • Optics are limited to iron sights or scopes of 4 power or less.
  • Competition firearms prohibited.
  • No competitive shooting apparel. (Gloves, shotgun vest permitted.)
  • NRA medals are awarded to category winners with the highest Aggs.
  • Fees to NRA are $10 per adult shooter, $5 per junior competitor.

To sign your club up for a NRA Club Champion Challenge event, visit www.nraclubchamp.com. NRA Grants may be available for your event via FriendsofNRA.org.

Story by Karen Brinkman for The NRA Blog.

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October 20th, 2011

$20 Off Promo at Cabela’s — Plus Big Sale on Hunting Gear

$20 Off at Cabelas.com

Here’s a nice promo offer just in time for hunting season. Cabela’s is offering $20 off all orders of $150.00 or more. In effect through October 25, 2011, Cabela’s $20 off deal is good for catalog purchases, online purchases, and even in-store purchases. Just click this link or the graphic above to go to the promo page. Be forewarned, you do need to enter your email address to get the rebate code.

While you’re shopping at Cabelas.com, now’s a good time to gear up for the fall hunting season. Cabelas is having a huge sale on hunting clothing, with prices up to 70% off. You’ll find everything you need for the wild, from camo clothing, to Hi-viz safety vests, and even gloves and headwear.

Cabelas hunting sale

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