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A new format with more locations and competitor
categories helped boost participation, while online
scoring made it seem like a shoulder-to-shoulder event.

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Edie Fleeman

his year's Championships were held
Airgun Nationals represent yet another opportunity
during March 29-30 and April 5-6 at
for individuals with disabilities to compete.
15 locations, thus retiring the longThis year's Precision Rifle Champions were
standing tradition of hosting the
Tim Sherry (Fairbanks, AK), Jack Anderson
matches at a central site. NRA also
(Franklin, PA) and Michael Steinel (Lowell, OH). The
implemented the Orion scanning/scoring system
top scores in Sporter Rifle were delivered by chamso that the scores from all 436 competitors were
pions Justine Hamilton (Zion, IL), Kevin Hamilton
reported in near-real-time. Even the National
(Zion, IL) and Carmen Paige (Ft. Benning, GA).
Champion was declared within moments of firing
There is a great deal of airgun talent throughthe final shot. Shooters from the East and West
out the United States, with national awards sent
Coast, the Midwest and even Alaska and Hawaii
to competitors in Alaska, California, Georgia,
were able to compete without traveling halfway
Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania,
across the globe. And, in order to make the compeSouth Carolina and Washington. Every participant
tition more accessible, this year's Championships
from each of the 15 different locations had a chance
also began accepting a wider variety of competitors,
for a national award and, while many locations
including adults. Some veteran shooters dusted
stand out as having excellent programs that prooff their air rifles from long ago, while others had
duce fantastic marksmen, no single region domikept their skills current and were
nated the competition.
among the first to register. In
The new format for the
addition to presenting more
Championships allowed more
opportunities for adult competitive
shooters to compete than ever
shooting, the expanded format
before, reaching all the corners
allows older shooters to pass on
of the United States. With more
the marksmanship lessons they
locations, one might have expecthave learned throughout their
ed many more problems and
lives. Though currently dwarfed
logistical concerns, but each
by the number of junior competilocation was able to post their
tors, adult airgun competition
scores online within the allotted
is expected to expand in the
time period. The chief lesson of
coming years.
the 2014 Championships was the
One of the main goals of the
value of local shooting clubs. The
Open Airgun Championships is to
multi-location format benefited
include as many competitors as
from the fact that there is a great
possible. In addition to a category
deal of know-how at the clubs and
Becky Martin (Emerado, ND) took
for adults, the 2014 Open Airgun
schools that run airgun events
home a handful of medals that
she won at Ayr, ND.
Championships introduced a
each month. Taking advantage of
category for Adaptive Competithe regional expertise has brought
tors. Programs such as those run by the Paralyzed
more shooters to the Nationals this year, and promVeterans of America use airguns to introduce
ises to allow increasing improvements in the years
adaptive shooters to competition. The Open
to come.
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