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FEATURE // NATIONAL RIFLE RIFLE 2013 NATIONAL HIGHPOWER CHAMPIONSHIPS After four long days of firing 264 shots from three firing lines, this year’s matches required a review of NRA Rule 15 to determine the across-the-course winner. PHOTOS AND STORY BY CHIP LOHMAN, MANAGING EDITOR After arriving at his designated firing point before sunrise and a 7:10 a.m. roll call, this competitor begins the match from the 200-yard line with two sighters and 20 shots for record, fired in a time limit of 22 minutes. T he Camp Perry shooting ranges have a history and reverence about them that excite first-timers, perhaps even intimidate. For returning veterans, the annual rendezvous stirs fond memories and reconnects friendships. For others, the Championships are a battleground where second place doesn’t matter. What’s unique about the “World Series of Shooting” is that members of each of these groups will shoot shoulder-to-shoulder, sometimes meeting as strangers, but leaving as friends. During the daily trek to the range, the morning air 28 SSUSA SEPTEMBER 2013 sharpens the senses. Still an hour before sunrise, the darkness provides one last private moment, alone. Am I prepared? Will I “slay the dragon” by overcoming a flinch, maintaining a steely-eyed follow through, or holding a Gibraltar-like position during rapid fire? Will I be the hunter or the hunted? The adrenaline surges as competitors prepare to deal with external forces, internal demons—or both. As the week of Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Trophy Matches came to a close, 330 rifle shooters either remained or arrived to compete in “NRA Week.” NRA Springfield M1A Match (Sunday, Aug 4) Match #453 is a fun and friendly competition held the first Sunday before the NRA Highpower National Championships begin. Fired with 50 shots from the 300 yard line, both novices and champions can be seen here. Of the 274 competitors who participated this year, Shawn McKenna (Colorado Springs, CO) won $2,000 as a result of his first place score of 483-11X. In second was Nick Till (Howell, MI) with a 479-9X, followed by Richard Nowicke’s 472-6X (Beverly Hills, MI).

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