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The March 1944 issue of American Rifleman
sums up this period of the Nationals best.
"The first gun at Pearl Harbor signaled the end
for the duration of the war of the entire NRA
program of competitive shooting."
In the aftermath of World War II, the
various National Championships were shot
sporadically scattered and across the country.
By 1950, once again the National Matches faced
federal funding problems. NRA officials were
all too familiar with the drill. The NRA moved
forward once again without government
dollars, making bold plans for combined rifle
and pistol championships in San Francisco to
be held in conjunction with that year's Annual
Meeting. But, the conflict in Korea led to the
cancellation of the 1950 National Matches as
well as the NRA's convention.
The last time all three core NRA National
Championships were conducted at the same
venue was in 2013 at Camp Perry, ending a run
that began in 1953. If all goes as planned, the
next unified NRA Nationals will be at Camp
Atterbury in 2021.

As a silver lining to all the doom and gloom
that the coronavirus pandemic has brought

us, the NRA alluded to future events at Camp
Atterbury in the fall in its aforementioned
statement. The 2020 NRA World Shooting
Championship is still on the calendar as of
this writing for September 16-19. And the
Bianchi Cup, now under the stewardship of
the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, will
also be held in September.
Perhaps the luckiest of all will be smallbore
rifle competitors. When the NRA Smallbore Nationals begin their run at Camp Atterbury next
year, some of the competitors will be able to
claim that they have shot the National Championships at three different venues-Camp Perry,
Chief Wa-Ke-De Range in Bristol, IN, and Camp
Atterbury. Only shooters that were competing
during the early 1950s, when the Korean War
forced a short-term diaspora for the National
Championships, can make a similar claim.
And of course, there is 2021. This author is
optimistic about the future. As in years past, the
NRA will be a force behind national shooting
competitions through its tireless efforts to promote the shooting sports. See you on the firing
line in Indiana at Camp Atterbury next summer.
For the latest championships updates, be
sure to subscribe to the free SSUSA Insider
newsletter.

in the movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,"
as he screamed out, "That's it then, cancel the
kitchen scraps for lepers, no more merciful
beheadings and call off Christmas."
Calling off Christmas may be unthinkable, but
the unthinkable has happened six times to the
shooters' Christmas. Army maneuvers wiped
out the Nationals in 1912, but the NRA ran its
championship at Sea Girt. World War I put a
stop to the 1917 event. Congress' tight purse

strings shut the National Matches down in
1926 and again from 1932 to 1935, although the
NRA ran Regionals to take up the slack. World
War II shut down national competition from
1942 to 1945. Finally, we have the previously
mentioned Korean War in 1950. When I think
about it, I am struck by the irony that the last
match cancellations-1942 through 1945 and
1950-fell victim to Asian invasions just like the
2020 matches.

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