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August 12th, 2020

Young Soldiers Shoot Smallbore with Dreams of Olympic Glory

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Even with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is great to see talented young shooters attending competitions — honing their skills with the goal of competing in the next Olympic Games. While few of us have the dedication to become competitive 3-position shooters, soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) are putting in the hours in the hopes of representing the USA in the World Cup and Olympics.

USAMU smallbore olympic competition ASSA championships SmallboreThe USAMU reports: “With the Smallbore Olympic Trials (Part II) still yet to happen, going to competitions now is even more critical for Olympic hopefuls to prepare. So with added safety precautions, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit International Rifle Team recently competed at the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA) National Championships in Bristol, Indiana.”

After all the .22 LR rounds were sent downrange, USAMU soldiers took up the top four spots in both the Prone and Three-Position individual championships. And the USAMU won a Gold and Silver in the Team Championships. SPC Tim Sherry seized the ASSA National Prone Champion title with the score of 6393-515X. SGT Patrick Sunderman took Silver just one X behind — 6393-514X.

In the Prone Team Championships (shown below), USAMU Soldiers swept the podium. SGT Sunderman and SPC Jared Desrosiers combined for 1600-116X to win the Gold and top honors.

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USAMU Shooters Host Training Clinics
Between all the matches, USAMU Soldiers also conducted two separate junior athlete clinics to help young shooters advance their marksmanship skills. We commend the USAMU team members for helping to bring up the next generation of position shooters.

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USAMU shooters on the firing line at a past championship in Bristol, Indiana.

In the Three-Position Rifle Championship, USAMU soldiers again claimed the top four spots. SPC Sagen Maddalena won the ASSA National Three-Position Rifle Champion title with a 2324-102X. First Lt. Sarah Beard took Silver with a 2320-101X.

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The Hardware — High-Tech Rigs with Fully Adjustable Stocks

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Here is a modern Anschutz .22 LR Smallbore 3P Match Rifle.

If you want to get started in 3-Position smallbore shooting, read our Introduction to 3-P Rifle Competition by U.S. Olympian Matt Emmons. For starters, Click image below to launch a BIG full-screen PDF file.

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July 15th, 2014

Smallbore National Championships Commence with Metric Events

Editor: In past years, the NRA Smallbore National Championships have been held at Camp Perry in Ohio. This year, because of preparations for the 2015 World Palma Championships, the Smallbore Nationals are being held at the Wa-Ke-De Rifle Range in Bristol, Indiana. NRA Board Member Walt Walters was there to report on the start of the event for NRABlog.com.

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View Photo Gallery from Day One of Metric Championships

Competitors began arriving about 8:00 am this morning to complete their in-processing for the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Metric 3-position championship. Sunday, July 13th was a practice day for these riflemen and women. An opportunity to hone their skills and sight-in their rifles for the competition which started Monday the 14th.

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The Metric Metallic Sight matches were held on Monday. After completing their 40 shots for record at each of the prone, standing and kneeling positions the overall winner was determined — a new Metric Metallic Sight Champion was crowned.

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The Any Sight champion will be determined on Tuesday with competitors firing the same course of fire as the metallic sight aggregate. At the completion of firing, a BBQ will be held for the competitors after which an awards ceremony will be conducted recognizing all the Metric National Champions.

From there the competition switches to Standard 3-Position, Standard Prone, and Metric Prone. By the 25th of July we’ll have four new NRA Smallbore Champions to honor.

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February 17th, 2014

Online Registration Opens for 2014 National Championships

NRA National Championship Camp PerryOnline registration is officially open for the 2014 NRA National Matches. Each summer, at the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships, the nation’s finest civilian and military marksmen and women square off for weeks of rifle and handgun competition. From pistol, to smallbore rifle, high power rifle, and long range high power rifle (including F-Class), the national matches have something for just about every serious shooter.

As usual, the pistol, High Power, and High Power Long Range Championships will be held at Camp Perry, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. However, for 2014 and 2015, the NRA National Smallbore Position Championships and Smallbore Prone Championships will be held at the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range in Bristol, Indiana, this year and next. The smallbore championship venue is being shifted to accommodate the 2015 World Palma Rifle Championships at Camp Perry. (The World Palma teams will arrive this summer to do a practice run for next year.)

Head on over to the Camp Perry Sign-up Page and get started on this year’s application.

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NRA Also Seeks Target Pullers for Nat’l Matches — $75/day plus housing
The NRA is seeking experienced persons to pull targets during the 2014 National Fullbore Championships, August 4 – 10, 2014, at Camp Perry, Ohio. Accepted applicants will receive a $75 per day pay rate and free housing. Candidates must have 2+ years of target pulling of high-power scoring experience to apply. Interested parties should apply before the May 1, 2014 deadline using the form linked below. For more information, email comphelp @ nrahq.org.

CLICK HERE for Target Puller Job Application (PDF).

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July 17th, 2013

Tarl Kempley and Katie Bridges Shine at Metric Championships

Report based on story by Kyle Jillson for NRABlog
This past weekend, as the NRA National Pistol Championship were wrapping up and Camp Perry was preparing for the NRA National Smallbore 3-Position Championships, some smallbore shooters got an early taste of the summer championship season with the NRA Metric Championship.

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Kemply Wins 3-Position Event While Bridges Wins Prone Title
In the Metric Position Championship, Tarl Kempley, 2013’s NRA National Smallbore 3-Position champion, took first with a 2296-101X out of a potential 2400. Katie Bridges placed second, shooting a 2250-79X and Mark Matheny took third with a 2237-61X. Katie Bridges captured the Metric Prone Championship with a 2357-130X, followed by Michelle Bohren’s 2356-125X and Mike O’Connor’s 2352-121X.

About the NRA Metric Championship
Begun in 2010, the Metric Championship is held at the Wa-Ke-‘Da Rifle Range in Bristol, Indiana and is seen by many as a fun ramp up to the national championships. Only three hours away from the Remington/NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, many metric shooters pack up on the last day and head straight to Lake Erie for another week and a half of matches.

“The NRA National Metric Championship is one of the most enjoyable NRA Tournaments I work with,” said H.Q. Moody, NRA’s Rifle Manager and the match’s director. “The facility’s high quality is matched only by the level of competition.”

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