From USA Shooting - Injury Forces Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray to Retire

Colorado Springs, Colorado - There comes a time in every elite athlete’s life where they eventually succumb to the pain they place upon their body to perform the sport they love. Today is that day for reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) as she reluctantly retires from her competitive rifle career. 

No doubt that the gold medal she earned in London helped make the decision a little bit easier as did the new life she’s building in Kalispell, Mont. But more than that, Gray wasn’t willing to forego her long-term health for the opportunity to continue shooting. 

Since 2010, Gray has tolerated a lower back that was unbearable at times and something that worsened each time she put in the training time necessary to compete at the very best. Simply put, her back could no longer bear the brunt and it told her so every time she tried.  

“It has taken a toll on my body, mind and life since,” Gray acknowledged. “At the Olympics, I had three injections in my back after the air rifle match, which allowed me to be successful in smallbore.” 

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Ten-day competitive shooting program teaches the tricks of the trade in Vermont

Smallbore Rifle Shooters taking aim at NRA's National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - You've been working on your game. Practicing your breathing, sight alignment, trigger control ... everything. But you still can't seem to break into the medal yours. Here's what you need to do.

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From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

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Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill

A Winchester 1894 rifle from American Rifleman In his latest piece for American Rifleman, Dave Campbell goes over the 120 year history of the Winchester 1894

A Look Back at the Winchester 1894
With more than 7 million produced, the Winchester ’94 is the most popular sporting rifle ever made.

Let’s go back 120 years to 1894, when John Moses Browning was at the pinnacle of his fertile developmental mind. He had improved the lever-action rifle to be easier to manufacture, while at the same time capable of handling some of the most powerful cartridges of the time with the Model 1886. Then he turned around and scaled the rifle down in 1892 to handle popular pistol cartridges. A year later he introduced a pump-action shotgun. Winchester recognized that if Browning invented a firearm it would sell—and sell well.

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One of many National Records displayed in the office of NRA's own HQ Moody

Fairfax, Virginia - Did you know the NRA keeps track of nearly 7,000 national shooting records? Is that more than you thought there were? With so many, you probably have a better chance of tying or breaking one than you thought. Maybe this will be your year!

Are you wondering how there are so many records? They add up rather quickly once you stop to consider it.

The NRA keeps track of a lot of disciplines including Air Pistol, Action Pistol, High Power Rifle, Silhouette Pistol, Smallbore Rifle, Fullbore and to name a few. And from each of those disciplines it branches out further.

Within each discipline there are records for metallic sight, any sight, rapid fire, slow fire, prone, standing and all the variations of ways to shoot. Don't forget about shooting indoor, outdoor, distance and number of shots fired. Think the number is big enough? Don't forget about all of this being stored for both individuals and teams. The final whammy comes with all of the possible classifications (e.g. Open, Civilian, Service, Woman, Junior, Senior, Police, etc.).

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NRA helps clubs around the United States host 3-Gun competitions, the world's fastest growing shooting sport

Fairfax, Virginia - In case you haven't noticed, 3-Gun competitions have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the past few years. In fact, it's the fastest-growing action shooting sports in the world. The NRA, wanting to bring the fun, exhilarating, physical challenge to new and intermediate shooters, is introducing NRA Sports 3-Gun Shooting Events. Safe, mildly competitive, and fun for the whole family, these recreational experiences have something for everyone.

And creating your very own NRA Sports 3-Gun Experience is easy! We're working with clubs across the country to bring the non-traditional action packed, sport to your local range. Events can incorporate either a .22 (3GE.22) or airsoft (3GAS) version into your club's schedule and bring shooters to your range in droves for the thrilling new experience.

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Over 150 youth shooters learn rifle, pistol and shotgun basics and more with help from Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA grant funds 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp

Ohio experienced more shooting excitement this July than just Camp Perry. As a matter of fact, NRA Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawless has the scoop on a great 4-H camp last month that saw more than one hundred fifty young shooters turn out.

165 Teenagers Attend Ohio 4-H Shooting Camp

Jackson, Ohio - During the week of July 21-26, The 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp brought in 165 teenage campers and instilled them with a deeper appreciation for the shooting sports. Held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio, students learned how to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows and muzzleloaders over the course of its packed six-day schedule. The camp used approximately 37,800 rounds of .22 LR, 34,500 rounds of assorted pistol ammunition, 35,200 shotgun shells and 30,500 clay targets throughout the week.

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From the Rifle Clubs in Sacramento to the Champion's podium at NRA's National Long Range Championships

Sergeant Tyrel Cooper, NRA's 2013 National Long Range High Power Rifle Champion
Staff Sergeant Tyrel Cooper stands alongside the Tompkins Trophy at NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Awards Ceremony.

Port Clinton, Ohio - It was a close one for Staff Sergeant Tyrel Cooper. He's been close before at NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, but not as close as this. Not so close that his overall point total of 1243, while impressive, was not good enough to win. It was only good enough for a tie. Thank god for the X count.

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Teams get first crack at the titles for NRA Long Range Awards Ceremony

All Guard Rifle team accepting their prize during NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - After a long day of gunning for NRA's overall Long Range High Power Rifle title, a smaller group of competitors decided to cast aside an afternoon of rest and relaxation in lieu of a team match. All you have to do is round up three shooters, one coach and one captain — that's a team. That's also the easy part. The tough part comes when you get behind the gun. Even worse, when they get behind the gun.

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