November 4th, 2014

The F Zone: Nightforce Photo Gallery from 2014 F-Class Nationals

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nightforce opticsThe folks from Nightforce Optics attended the 2014 F-Class National Championships in Phoenix last week. Sean Murphy and his Nightforce colleagues snapped a ton of photos of F-TR and F-Open shooters in action. You can see over 300 images from the Nationals on the Nightforce Facebook Page. Below are some of our favorite shots, with captions. Facebook users can access the full F-Class Nationals Gallery.

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Here’s winning 2014 F-TR National Champion James Crofts, with his PR&T-built rig.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

Young female shooter uses SEB JoyPod, a coaxial, joystick-actuated bipod. Yes it is F-TR legal.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

Yes, you CAN shoot F-Open with a Tube-gun. This modular chassis sports a Delrin bag-rider.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

With the rising popularity of F-TR compeition, shooters are adapting Benchrest-style stocks to use a bipod. Here’s a McMillan Bench stock fitted with a bipod.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

It was hot in Phoenix. Notice that the shooter covered his ammo as well as his head.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

“See, Focus, Trust” — One competitor wrote his mantra on his ammo box lid.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

Here ballistics Guru Bryan Litz shoots a John Pierce-built F-TR rig. This uses a low-profile, Benchrest-style carbon composite stock.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

Shiraz Balolia had a very patriotic rig and a blinged-out tripod front rest.
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

Cactus and morning balloon ascents before the wind starts. Yes, this is Ben Avery…
F-Class Nationals Phoeniz Berger Arizona

All photos copyright Nightforce Optics 2014, used with permission.

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November 4th, 2014

Shooting USA TV Features Camp Perry National Matches this Week

“Ready on the Left, Ready on the Right… Commence Watching!” On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Shooting USA will broadcast coverage of the 2014 National Matches and CMP events at Camp Perry, Ohio. This is a “must-watch” episode for anyone interested in competitive shooting. The National Matches at Camp Perry are the World Series of American shooting sports, attracting the nation’s top pistol and rifle marksmen. Shooting USA’s coverage begins Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel. This week’s episode will also feature the m1903 Springfield, an historic American military weapon.

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Shooting USA Wednesday Broadcast Times on the Outdoor Channel:

Eastern Time – 3:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 12:00 M
Central Time – 2:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM
Mountain Time – 1:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM
Pacific Time – 12:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM

History of Camp Perry
The National Matches have been held at Camp Perry since 1907. The range is located along the shores of Lake Erie in northern Ohio near Port Clinton. The site was first acquired in 1906, in response to the need for a larger facility for military training and the NRA’s shooting programs. In 1906 Gen. Ammon B. Crichfield, Adjutant General of Ohio, ordered construction of a new shooting facility on the shores of Lake Erie, 45 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. The original land for Camp Perry was purchased in 1906, and the reservation was named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the American naval commander who won the Battle of Put-in-Bay during the War of 1812.

NRA National Matches

On August 19, 1907, Cpl. L. B. Jarrett fired the first shot at the new Camp Perry Training Site. And that year, 1907, Camp Perry held its first National Pistol and Rifle Championship events. This location has hosted the annual NRA National Matches ever since. Today, over 4,000 competitors attend the National Matches each year, making it the most popular shooting competition in the western hemisphere.

Federal legislation originally launched the National Matches. In February 1903, an amendment to the War Department Appropriations Bill established the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP). This government advisory board became the predecessor to today’s Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. that now governs the CMP. The 1903 legislation also established the National Matches, commissioned the National Trophy and provided funding to support the Matches.

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November 4th, 2014

Today is Election Day — Participate in the Process

Here’s a reminder that today is Election Day across the nation. This morning your Editor took the time to hop in the car and go cast my vote. You should too. We live in a democracy — it’s important that all concerned, voting-age citizens participate in the process. Remember that you have no right to complain about politicians (or their policies) if you haven’t exercised your right to vote.

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