Rifle, pistol, and shotgun sharpshooters wanted for World Shooting Championship

Female competitor warming up for the NRA World Shooting Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - If you think you’re one of the best then here’s your chance to prove it.

This is your chance to join more than two hundred of the world’s top shooters as they descend upon the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia this September for the Second Annual NRA World Shooting Championship. We're talking Olympians, world champions, military sharp shooters and more that will make up the roster of those vying for “The Undisputed World Shooting Champion" crown.

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NRA News examines an exquisite 20 ga. over and under shotgun by master craftsman Tony Galazan

Robert Petersen's Pedretti by Tony Galazan of Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company on NRA News

Fairfax, Virginia - "Tony Galazan is a magician," declared National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier as he held up a beautiful 20 ga. over and under shotgun made by Galazan's Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company.

The gorgeous bird gun is the subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News and Schreier couldn't sing its praises enough.

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Lever Action Rifles are finding an old friend in Henry

Lever Action Rifle image from the American rifleman website

Joe Kurtenbach provides a look at Henry Repeating Arms' decision to expand its catalog of American-made lever guns.

Leveraging Heritage
by Joe Kurtenbach

The 1800s were a time of great innovation for firearms-and certainly a time of transition. Flintlocks gave way to percussion cap mechanisms, which in turn were made obsolete by self-contained metallic cartridges. Muzzleloaders were replaced by breechloading rifles built to fire the cartridge ammunition. The American Civil War in particular served as a proving ground for then-modern designs, bringing to the fore actions, arms and ammunition that would change the landscape for military and consumer firepower.

One design element that clearly made an impact was the incorporation of a lever mechanism into the trigger-guard assembly. Early incarnations took the form of single-shot, breechloading rifles, especially of the “falling block” design… more on Henry's recent push in the lever action market ...

Mountaineers take on Kentucky with NCAA title already secured

West Virginia hoists the 2015 NCAA Championship trophy in Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska - The University of West Virginia takes on the University of Kentucky Wildcats this evening at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, tonight. Despite the bravado of freshman guard Daxter Miles and his prediction of the Wildcats ending the season this evening at 36-1, experts say there's a better chance of finding life on Mars. But even if that happens (the Kentucky win not the life on Mars), West Virginia would leave the arena ahead of Kentucky in the 2015 NCAA title race.

How's that? Because they won the NCAA Rifle Championships less than two weeks ago at the University of Alaska's Patty Center.

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Petersen's legendary sense of humor crosses his passion for firearms collecting with this Model 21

Robert Petersen Model 21 double rifle by Tony Galazan on display at the National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - If you set out to commission an entirely custom firearm, what would you choose? Would you engrave it? Ok, of course you would, but what would you choose for the engraving? Many firearms collectors own pieces commemorating their specific interests and famed collector Robert Petersen was no different.

The subject of this week's Curator's Corner on NRA News doesn't have a purpose that is out of the ordinary for firearms enthusiasts living out in the country, but its decor is what sets it apart.

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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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University of West Virginia feeling March Madness in frigid Fairbanks

Prone shooters at the NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska - In a move reminiscent of their 2014 national rifle title run, the West Virginia Mountaineers head into the final relay of the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships with a ten 10 point lead. It's a comfortable lead considering that West Virginia and the teams nipping at their heels - Nebraska and Texas Christian University - each have one competitor left to fire.

"Ten points is a lot to make up with one shooter," said one official. "It can happen, but I wouldn't hold my breath."

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Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Gray shares preparation secrets at Smallbore Championshipos

Fairbanks, Alaska - Olympic Gold Medal winner Jamie Gray meets with fans at the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships in Alaska As the second relay of the day comes to a close, Murray State’s Ben Estes has all but guaranteed a spot in the 2015 NCAA Smallbore Rifle Finals. Also in the all but guaranteed group is Ryan Anderson of Alaska and Rachel Martin of Nebraska.

Though their first round scores are impressive, they are by no means an indication of how these competitors will perform in the finals.

“You need to be prepared for the finals like it’s a whole new match,” explained Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Gray. “It’s more difficult for those who shot in the first relay because by the time the finals start it’s almost 12 hours since you shot. That’s a lot of down time.”

Gray, a University of Alaska alum and two time Olympian (Gold at the 2012 Games in London), was kind enough to explain the process between earning a spot in the finals and actually competing in the finals.

As she explained, competitors have a number of approaches when it comes to dealing with down time. Some sit in the stands to encourage teammates, some catch up on homework, some nap, some eat, and some just hang out. But according to Gray, the main things you need to do is plan.

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