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COMPETITOR'S CORNER
The competitive shooting season is winding down. We have completed the events at Camp Perry and, overall, I’m pleased with the results. That’s not to say that we didn’t have problems, but we are already working on ways to improve. In Pistol, for example, we had a complete breakdown of the 70-year-old target system on Range 3, and Range 4 began showing signs of deterioration. I have been consulting with manufacturers of turning target systems, as well as considering moving to an electronic system. The latter is more expensive but, like cell phones, systems will likely become smaller and cheaper. Specifications will be developed and, if a manufacturer can meet those requirements, we might head in that direction. We implemented new targets from Krüger for the Pistol and Smallbore phases this year. These targets use shorter paper fibers than what is typically used in the USA. The result is a target that produces cleaner shot holes and improved scoring. In Smallbore, however, they didn’t work well in Camp Perry’s high winds, tearing easily. Pistol will likely continue to use these targets since they are glued to cardboard backers, while the Smallbore competitors will revert to the U.S.-made targets. For those concerned about using German-made targets, the quality of these targets is not available in the USA as an American-made product. However, Krüger does have a stateside presence, employing American workers with a business in Oregon. Krüger is also looking for a partnership on the east coast. The majority of our difficulties in High Power and Long Range were a result of competitors submitting incorrect scorecards to the statistical office (i.e., Match 446 scorecard submitted during Match 442) and failing to check their scores during the challenge period. Steps are being taken to make it easier to insure the correct scorecard is submitted and extending the challenge periods. New statistical software also presented some problems, the repairs for which are underway. After leaving Camp Perry, I managed two days in the office before heading out to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM, for the Black Powder Target Rifle Championships. Upon my arrival, NRA Program Coordinator Jonathan Leighton handed me a squadding ticket and scorecards, stating: “I’ve arranged for a rifle and ammunition if you want to shoot the Creedmoor long range event, fired at 800, 900, and 1000 yards.” I couldn’t resist. For those who do not know it, the Creedmoor Match is NRA’s oldest shooting event and awards our oldest trophy--the Castle Trophy, first presented in 1871. The competition is shot much the same as it was in the first match--with black powder rifles in a choice of either muzzleloader or cartridge rifle. Jonathan Leighton and his crew have done a superb job at bringing this event back to life. The competitors here are the happiest that I’ve encountered anywhere and not one of them voiced a single complaint to me. In addition, Jon has managed to put together a prize table of over $40,000 for the 59 shooters who attended. Every person walked away with multiple prizes and most won more than the value of their entry fee. As for me, I came in about 42nd place out of 59. (And, if you’re wondering, NRA staff are ineligible for prizes.) Not bad for having been away from 1000-yard shooting for more than 20 years, plus using an unfamiliar rifle and ammunition. I had a terrific time and plan on returning next year. I hope you will look into this and sign up for an event that you might like to shoot, especially if you are already a black powder shooter. By the time you read this, I will have attended the World Action Pistol Championship in Germany. Did I shoot? I’ll let you know in next month’s issue. Meanwhile, we are already at work on next year’s championships. Good changes are coming.

By Dennis willing Director, NRA Competitive Shooting Division

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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Contents
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
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Contents
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Bag Check
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Geissele Triggers — Revisited
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 2012 Northeastern Regional Field Target Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 2012 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Metric Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 2012 NRA National Smallbore Outdoor Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 2012 NRA High Power Rifle Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - 2012 NRA Long Range Rifle Championships
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - A Page From History
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2012 - Coming Events
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