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field for all shooters, who must not only be amongst the world’s greatest marksman, but also have the world’s greatest ability to read the wind over long distances. For most shooters, the honor of being in the top 100 shooters in the world is a goal. Great Britain’s Richard Jeens (left) won the World Championships after four days of shooting.” In the World Long, Great Britain was the convincing winner for a third consecutive Palma Victory, with a score of 7027-651V. South Africa’s 6992-651V earned the silver medal. The bronze medal went to the U. S. who posted a score of 6980-655V (a step up from their 2007 fourth-place finish.) Host Australia shot a 6966-603V, followed by Canada’s 6910-563V, while New Zealand’s 6894-533V rounded out the field. Nigel Ball fired a 446-45V to win The Fulton Trophy as the highest individual scorer in the match. The United States’ top scorer, John Whidden, shot a 444-53V for third overall for the match. The U.S. team headed home with a full agenda for the next four years. Determined to absorb lessons learned in Australia and to field the strongest team possible, they are also the host for the next World Championship of Long Range Rifle Shooting and Palma Match in 2015. The tentative location for the 2015 matches is Camp Perry, OH. For all the scores, visit http://www.2011.nraa.com.au/ From the diary of Maj. Cloft: “Australia has an interesting history with shooting sports. Australia’s first marksmen were convicts who landed in Sydney cove in 1788. The commandant required the settlers to practice musketry every Saturday. During a famine in 1790, the Governor selected the best marksman and organized them into hunting parties. Their marksmanship prowess enabled them to provide sufficient quantities of kangaroo and emu meat, thus ensuring the survival of the earliest settlers in Australia.”

Britain’s Richard Jeens was the overall top gun, here shown being “chaired” in the British tradition.

Flaharty, Anderson, and Gallagher placed 12th, 15th, and 17th overall. Four years of meticulous planning and training came to a head when the United States took to the line on October 21, 2011. Flaharty and Simpson divided the 16 selected shooters, Bachand, Buxton , Cooper, Fay, Litz, Gallagher, Massey, Reeve, Hengehold, Littlefield, Mayo, Skaret, Whidden, Tompkins, Whittaker, and Forshee, with Gustin and Mead in reserve, into teams of four. Head Coach Praslick assigned coaches Anderson, Cunico, Rasmussen and Hardin each to a team and, under broken clouds and a 12 o’clock wind, the match began. The British led out of the gate, a lead they would never relinquish, with a score of 1191 at 800 yards. The United States and South Africa followed with an 1185 and 1181, respectively. Conditions worsened as Great Britain squeaked out a one point lead at 900 against the Australians. South Africa and the United States struggled but fell further behind the leader. The United States rebounded at 1,000 with an 1143, just three points behind the hard charging British, but, at the end of the first day, the British enjoyed a 25-point lead over second place South Africa and a 29 point lead on the third place U.S. The 800-yard stage on the second day was a photo finish with Great
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Britain, South Africa, and the United States within two points. The competition was stiff but it did little more than reinforce the first day standings. Barring a sudden massive change of fortune for the British, not unheard of in long range competition, the real match was shaping up over second place. The British juggernaut continued to roll at 900 yards, adding to their lead. The United States trailed South Africa by a slim, but not insurmountable, three points and eight Vs as the final stage began. But, at 1,000 yards, it all seemed to unravel for the United States Team as they slipped nine more points behind South Africa. [Editor’s Note: Gallagher, for example, was leading until the last 1,000 yard match. The conditions for most of the relays were terrible - hers included. She went from 1st to 17th in 10 minutes after 4 days of shooting. It was not an easy competition.] From Maj. Cloft: “The World Individual Long Range Championships followed the Australian National Championships. Competitors battled rain and intense, rapidly-changing winds from 800, 900 and 1000 yards. It was not uncommon for the wind to move the bullet over 10 feet in a short period between shots. Rules require the use of a .308 caliber rifle, with iron sights, and no more than a 156 grain projectile. This levels the


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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012
Competitor's Corner
Contents
Shooter's News
Why Hollow Points Fly Straight
Score Sheets
2011 World Championship of Long Range Rifle Shooting and Palma Match
175 Years of Colt
Barrel Crowns and Their Effect on Accuracy
A Page From History
Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Competitor's Corner
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Shooter's News
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Why Hollow Points Fly Straight
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Score Sheets
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Barrel Crowns and Their Effect on Accuracy
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - A Page From History
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Coming Events
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