From USA Shooting - Aim For Spain: The Team Behind The Team For The 2014 ISSF World Championship

Smallbore Rifle shooter Reya Kempley at the NRA National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Colorado Springs, Colorado - Any shooter competing in a major competition understands the amount of preparation required before he or she finally steps up to the line: The countless hours training, the workouts, gun tweaks, visits to the physio, the sports psychologist…all of the hard work that it takes. What many may not know, however, is the level of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that athlete can actually make it to the line.

Meet just a couple members of our “Team behind the Team,” Reya Kempley and Morgan Wallizer. The pair not only train as rifle and pistol athletes respectively, but also work on a part-time basis for USA Shooting as Operations Assistants and have both competed on World Championship teams (Kempley will also be shooting as a member of this year’s World Championship team)... more on the team behind the ISSF World Championship Team ...

Postal Match team from the United States led by TCU's Katie Bridges

Junior Shooters at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships

Bristol, Indiana - Every year at the NRA Smallbore Championships, the top 10 junior shooters are brought together for a special match; the Drew Cup.

Brought to life back in 2003 thanks to the British National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Drew Cup is named for British Smallborer William Drew. It is a postal match where each team shoots a the specified course of fire at their home ranges and send the results in to be scored against other teams ... that would be teams from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

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Lapua shooter captures another NRA crown with mastery of prone rifle

2014 NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Champ Kevin Nevius

Bristol, Indiana - It's not the first time Kevin Nevius won the NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle crown. In fact, it's not even the second time he's won an NRA National championship. A surprising notion given his late start in the sport of competitive shooting. One he grabbed hold of with both hands.

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Top scores at NRA Rifle Championships separated by 12 bullseye shots

Shooter adjusts her sights at NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships in Bristol, IN

Bristol, Indiana - Over the past three days, the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships have been focusing on prone. For the uninitiated, prone is a fancy word for laying on your belly. Legs out, elbows in, rifle to your cheek with the target downrange.

With almost 200 competitors shuffling through two elongated relays - trading morning shoots for afternoon shoots on odd days - this phase of the Smallbore Championships has seen the leaderboard skip to and fro.

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Buchanan's win is first of many for NRA Smallbore in Bristol, Indiana

Competitors stepping up at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position rifle championships in Indiana

Bristol, Indiana - For the first time in decades, NRA’s Smallbore 3-Positions Championships have departed the wind and shores of Camp Perry for the peaceful pines of the Wa Ke' De range. With 100 shooting points, permanent cover, and a considerable asphalt firing line, the Wa Ke’ De is a gem amongst ranges.

“It’s a beautiful location,” said Smallbore Match Director Howard “H.Q.” Moody. “The community is receptive and our competitors are having a whale of a time.”

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The National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship Day One

The Metallic Sight Championship

George Norton on the U.S. Army Marskmanship Unit takes first in Metallic Sights Smallbore

Veteran competitor and shooting sports writer Hap Rocketto sat down with NRA Board Member Walt Walter to put together this report from Day One of the NRA's Conventional 3-Postition Smallbore Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The first day of the National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship easily reminded of one of the penultimate scene of the Warner Brothers 1942 classic Casablanca. Nazi Major Heinrich Strasser is shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine. Corrupt Police Inspector Louis Renault was a witness to the shooting but saves Rick's life by telling the investigating police to "round up the usual suspects". It seems that all of the usual suspects were present at Bristol and ready to shoot.

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US Army Marksmanship Unit's Norton atop scoreboard as preliminary scores come in on Smallbore Championships in Bristol

Competitors change targets at the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships in Bristol, Indiana

**Initial scores were inaccurate and corrected at 5:00pm est on Thursday, July 17.
Bristol, Indiana - Temperatures have been cool this week in Bristol, Indiana, as hundreds of shooters get low for the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships. The Wa Ke' De range is more than just a change of scenery from the traditional location at Camp Perry, Ohio. For this year and next, shooters won't have to battle the high heat and strong winds coming off of Lake Erie's shore as they vie for titles.

But this year's location isn't the only thing that's new. The National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships feature a lot of new young talent, like New Jersey's Peter Fiori who won a few junior titles during the Metric Championship.

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Army Marksmanship Unit holds top spots in NRA National Championship

Female shooter waits for a break to fire at NRA Smallbore Rifle Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The rain has returned.

Here with no where near the fury or bluster that accompanied yesterday's storm, today's downpour is still making an impact. Add the drizzle to the already brisk conditions (expecting a high of 65 degrees today) and you've got quite the collection of chilly competitors. But that's how you build a champion.

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Local affiliate highlights the men and women competing for a NRA National Rifle title

Bristol, Indiana - A little recognition never hurts.

And when a few hundred competitors made up of Olympic medalists, collegiate athletes and regional champions roll into a town with a population of 1,600, the local media tends to take notice.

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