Shoot in the NRA's largest competitive match from your home range this winter

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - We're almost a month into this year's NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships but there's still plenty of time to take part. Unlike NRA's Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot through multiple sectional tournaments across the country during the winter.

Your results are sent to the NRA where they're compared to everyone else's and winners are determined. It's a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it's easy to get involved.

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WVU Mountaineers bump TCU Horned Frogs back to second at conclusion of Winter Airgun Championships

2012 NCAA Air Rifle Champion Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers

After getting bumped to No. 2 for three weeks, West Virginia took the top spot back after an impressive showing at the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships Nov 30 - Dec 2.

Five Mountaineers attended the championships where they faced off against six members of the then-No. 1, and defending NCAA champions, Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and dozens of other collegiate shooters.

As WVU rose to No 1., TCU fell to No. 2., adding another chapter to the tight race the 2012-2013 season has been. NCAA rankings are based on the average of a team's top three qualifying scores and these two teams have been neck and neck all year. I'm sure they are itching to settle things when they face off in the NCAA Rifle Championships this March.

Everything isn't about WVU and TCU though, and still-threatening Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks stayed at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Jacksonville State moved up one position to No. 6 and Army, Nebraska, Murray State, Air Force and Memphis sit in that order to round out the top 10.

The season is almost over and teams are preparing for the last slate of matches to begin this week. If the last part of the season is anything like the first, it'll be close all the way to the crowning of the national champion at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State.

Michigan State Spartans take first win in NRA Rifle Club with authority

2012 NRA Championships

Each March, as much of the country is gathered around televisions watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, I'm out covering some NRA-brand March Madness for the blog. Four years ago we started the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships to go alongside the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and they've created quite a bit of action.

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NRA's largest competitive shooting event set to begin January 1

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - In just a week's time it will be 2013 and competitive shooters may begin taking part in the sectional tournaments that make up the NRA National Indoor Rifle and Pistol Championships. Already the NRA's bigest competition with thousands of participants, the addition of BB Gun and Light Rifle this year is expected to give even more of a boost.

Unlike NRA matches shot at one location such as the Bianchi Cup or the National Matchesat Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are fired at local sectional tournaments whose results are sent to the NRA and pitted against everyone else. Aside from being a fun way to compete with so many other competitors, the Indoor Championships are one of the easiest ways to get involved with the shooting sports.

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Texas Christian University Horned Toads lead sport into two month break

Texas Christian University shooter Caitlin Morrissey at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NCAA Rifle season takes a break this time of year to allow students to focus on their school work and the upcoming winter break. Now that the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll is out, we see there was some change, but not among the top-ranked teams.

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Horned Frogs end WVU's five week reign at No. 1

TCU's Scherer is 2012 smallbore champion

Fairfax, Virginia - West Virginia has been unseated by defending champions Texas Christian in the most recent Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll that now has the Horned Frogs back on top.

After dominating a four-team invitational at Ohio State and setting a school record for team aggregate at 4708, Texas Christian leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in NCAA Rifle. WVU did not falter as they beat North Carolina State the same weekend, however TCU's big win at Ohio State was enough to propel them to first and end WVU's reign over the poll at five weeks.

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BB Gun and Light Rifle added to NRA's biggest competitive shooting event

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA's largest competitive shooting tournament is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Expecting to bring in hundreds of new competitors, the annual NRA National Indoor Championships are adding BB Gun and Light Rifle to its list of championships starting in 2013. The Indoor Championships, which already see participation in the thousands for its rifle, pistol and collegiate championships, are one of the easiest ways to get involved with the shooting sports.

Unlike NRA matches shot at one range such as the Bianchi Cup or Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are fired at local tournaments called “sectionals," which report their results to the NRA. You have quite a bit of time to get your scores in, too. The 2013 season starts as soon as the Times Square Ball comes to a halt on January 1 and continues through mid-April.

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Nanooks jump three spots to #4 as Mountaineers hold on to #1

2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

The top of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll looks the same as it did two weeks ago as top-ranked West Virginia watches Kentucky and Texas Christian University trade spots again. The defending champion Horned Frogs, ranked No. 1 preseason, fell back a spot to West Virginia after the opener and have been battling with Kentucky for second ever since.

The Wildcats, themselves champions in 2011, began the season at No. 2 and shifted to No. 3 after the rise of West Virginia. In Week 3 they bumped Texas Christian only to find their standings swapped again by Week 4. Now in Week 5, the two have switched ranks again after Kentucky's win at North Carolina State.

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West Virginia holds steady as Kentucky leaps Texas Christian University for No. 2 spot

2012 NCAA Air Rifle Champion Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers

After shooting a NCAA-best team score and school record 4717 in its win over No. 10 Memphis last week, West Virginia University has retained their No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll for the third week. The Mountaineers are now 4-0 and have jumped out to be an early favorite for the 2013 title. But it is still very early in the season. Lots of things can happen between now and March.

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