Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - (Page 22)

FEATURE // SMALLBORE BY DIGBY HAND // PHOTOS BY LINDSEY MORGAN The top 3-Position contenders (l. to r.) Kristen Weis, Cornwall, PA, Tarl Kempley, Carson City, NV, and third place Amanda Luoma, Cortland, OH. CHAMPIONSHIPS If a picture ever summed up why we shoot, it would have to be one taken of the stage at the 2012 NRA National Smallbore Championships Awards Ceremony. 2012 NRA NATIONAL SMALLBORE RIFLE OUTDOOR S ome promote shooting as a way to attend college. Others entice new shooters to the sport with tales of Olympic glory. But there is another reason. A bespectacled Peter Fiori (not shown) stood bashfully next to the Joseph P. Glabb Trophy as the sub-junior champion. Had the diminutive Fiori taken the traditional position behind the trophy and pedestal, he would have been hidden from view. To Fiori’s left stood octogenarian Joe Farmer behind the Sam Bond Trophy, presented to him as the senior champion. Farmer earned his Distinguished Smallbore Rifle Prone Award in 1968, likely before Fiori’s parents were born. Separating them was a span of some 70 years. And that is the real reason we shoot, because it is truly a sport that lasts a lifetime. Eight days earlier, 281 competitors opened the 2012 NRA National Smallbore Championships with a 40-shot prone match won by Army Sergeant Hank Gray (husband of Olympic gold-medalist Jamie Gray) on a tiebreaker with Tarl and Reya Kempley, as all shot 400-37Xs. Good conditions helped Staff Sergeant George Norton punch out a near perfect 399-22X for the win in the standing match. In descending order were Reya Kempley’s 398-23X and Army Captain Chris Abalo with a 397-22X. The top of the leader board was crowded as kneeling started, but eventually went to Hein with a 399-28X. Amanda Luoma and Garrett Spurgeon finished second and third with a 398-24X and a 397-24X. Once the metallic sight aggregate results were posted, Hein found that his hard holding kneeling had earned him the Bill Krilling Trophy as the metallic sight champ with a score of 1194-81X, with Abalo and Norton carding 1193-76X and 1193-73X, respectively. Shooters woke on “any sight day” to a leader’s nightmare. The overnight wind laid waste to the tents and shelters in the assembly area. It is a rare any sight prone match at Perry when there are no 400s and this was one of them. Battling the weather, Edward Hahn posted the winning prone score of 399-24X. Sarah Nakata, intermediate junior metric champion, was second on a tiebreaker. Jordan DiPaola, NRA 2012 Junior Air Rifle Championship standout, was third with a 398-24X. The rain and 25 mph gusts upset the standing match as well. Kirsten Weiss posted a 340-5X for the match win. Greg Drown, the 2009 any sight champion, held hard enough for a 337-5X, while Joseph Barefoot was third with a 334-1X. Drown continued outwitting the wind to take the kneeling match with a 386-16X. Benjamin Swanson of 22 SSUSA OCTOBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - October 2012

Shooting Sports USA - October 2012
Competitor’s Corner
Shooter’s News
Bag Check
Product Focus
Geissele Triggers — Revisited
2012 Northeastern Regional Field Target Championships
2012 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Metric Championships
2012 NRA National Smallbore Outdoor Championships
2012 NRA High Power Rifle Championships
2012 NRA Long Range Rifle Championships
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info

Shooting Sports USA - October 2012