For the past few years the NRA Silhouette National Championships and NRA National Black Powder Target Rifle Championships have been held back to back at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, throughout the month of July.
That's about to change as the BPTR Championships have moved to August 19-25, still at the NRA Whittington Center, for this coming year.
The decision to move the championship dates was made after a thorough process considering competitor travel schedules and local weather. Although the new dates may conflict with competitors who teach or have young children that must get ready for the new school year, it was ultimately decided that late August fit the needs of the most people based on a forum held at the conclusion of the 2011 championships.
If you've never shot a Black Powder match before and would like to learn more, check out the website for last year's championships or email the Match Director, Jonathan Leighton.
Black Powder is NRA's oldest shooting discipline and is a very fun sport that draws extremely talented and friendly shooters from all over the country. If you can make the trek out to Raton, the Black Powder Target Rifle Championships are definitely worth your while.