Sophomore Cornhusker waits to shoot the good shot in NCAA finals

Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships
Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska - Rachel Martin never wanted to learn how to shoot. But thanks to a little prodding from dad, she eventually found a passion for the sport. A passion that brought her the 2015 NCAA National Smallbore Rifle Championship.

“It’s a little overwhelming right now,” she exhaled after winning the title.

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Shots of the shots and the shooters who shot them

NCAA Rifle competitors shoot from the standing position at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska - All that's left for Day One at the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships is the crowning of the champ. That should take place in about an hour or so. By then, the eight individuals who fired the highest scores of the day will gather once again to fire for the 2015 smallbore crown.

But those eight only represent a fraction of those who took to the range today. 17% to be exact as 47 shooters took to the line and fired away. So with a bit more success than others, some with a malfunction or two, and some that just couldn't bring the magic.

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Huskers rifle team shooting for first in NCAA National Championships

The all-female Nebraska Rifle Team
The University of Nebraska's Rifle Team.

Lincoln, Nebraska - While most college fans are gearing up for a run at the hardwood, a carefully selected handful of college teams are readying for another championship - the Rifle Championship.

Taking place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' E.F. Horton Rifle Range and Patty Center, the Elite Eight is made of teams from schools such as West Virginia, Kentucky, TCU, and the University of Nebraska.

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Mountaineers win exclusive Rifle Conference Championship in March Madness prelude

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Oxford, Mississippi - One of the last big matches leading up the NCAA Rifle Championships is the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) tournament. Made up of nine NCAA recognized rifle teams without an NCAA recognized rifle conference, GARC is a power rifle club onto itself. So powerful that three out of the eight teams invited to compete in this year's NCAA Rifle Championships are GARC teams. Now that's muscle.

The 2015 tournament was practically a repeat of the 2014 championships as the University of West Virginia dominated the Air Rifle matches to top Kentucky by a convincing 38 points.

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From Hornady® - Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2015

Hornady® and Heartland Public Shooting Park Present Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2015 3-Gun Match

Zombies in the Heartland Grand Island, Nebraska - “Molon Labe” is the mantra as Zombie hunters are called to the 2015 Zombies in the Heartland Pandemic. The Zombie match will take place May 29 through May 31 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska and there will be a special industry day for all sponsors on May 28th.  Hornady® is the presenting sponsor of the fourth annual 3-Gun event. Registration will begin April 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. with a live link posted to the Zombies in the Heartland homepage.

 In its fourth year, this popular match will feature 10 competitive stages and five side match stages... more on Zombie hunting in Nebraska ...

From Cabela's - Cabela's Offering Pre-Black Friday Deals

Cabela's

Online and in-store daily deals available Nov. 13 - 26

Sidney, Nebraska - Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, today announced it is offering daily deals online and at its U.S. retail stores, Thursday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 26, as part of the company’s Holiday Head Start: Pre-Black Friday Deals.

Each day, three new Pre-Black Friday deals will be offered for one day only, online and in-store, while supplies last. These exciting deals offer outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to get a head start on their holiday shopping this season.

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From Hornady - Hornady® and HAVA Help Disabled Hero Realize Lifelong Dream

Hunting Bison with Hornady & HAVA Mullen, Nebraska - Spending six hours hunting for bison in a Polaris RZR in 7-degree temps and 20 mph winds may not be on everyone’s bucket list, but it fulfilled a lifelong dream for Matt Keil, a quadriplegic veteran who shot an 1,800-pound bison during a hunt organized by Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). The hunt took place in February at Dismal River Outfitters, a 50,000-acre ranch in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills.

Matt Keil’s life changed forever February 24, 2007, when he was critically injured while on a mission with the 3rd Platoon Able Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Ft. Carson, Colorado - just six weeks after he married his wife, Tracy.

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First time competitor flourishes at NRA's National Police Shooting Championship in New Mexico

Michelle Jochum of the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department at NRA's NPSC in 2012
Michelle Jochum of the Lincoln PD in Nebraska takes aim during NRA's National Police Shooting Championships.

NRA's National Police Shooting Championships attracts a wide assortment of law enforcement marksmen from around the globe. Last year, we met one of those competitors — Officer Michelle Jochum from Lincoln, Nebraska ...

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Michelle Jochum as been on the job for five years. Just shy of five to be exact. A patrol officer for Nebraska's Lincoln Police Department, Jochum works the third shift in the downtown area known as the center team.

"Right smack dab in the center of the city," she said.

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From Hornady Manufacturing - Patriots Assemble!

Hornady announces Zombies in the Heartland tournament “Patriots Assemble!” is the rally cry as Zombie hunters are called to register for Zombies in the Heartland – Pandemic 2013, May 31 through June 2, 2013 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. Hornady® is the premiere sponsor of the second annual 3-gun event, along with the Nebraska Army National Guard. Registration is limited, and begins April 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. using this online registration form.

Back by popular demand, the match will feature 10 competitive stages, and five sidematch stages. Event sponsors will provide new and reactive zombie targets developed specifically for this match, with most targets falling over, moving, or exploding. Shooters will be required to compete with pistol, rifle and shotgun. For a complete list of rules/equipment requirements, please go to the Zombie Guide aka Rules and Regulations.

"Shooters are encouraged to bring their ARs, AKs, shotguns, pistols and all the high capacity magazines they can carry, because this event will test their skills," said Neil Davies, Marketing Director for Hornady® Manufacturing. "With a fun, challenging course of fire and another outstanding prize table, Pandemic 2013 promises to attract shooters from all over the country." For complete event information, visit http://zombiesintheheartland.com or follow on Facebook.

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