Competitors approach half-way point of High Power's National Championship

2014 NRA High Power Rifle Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Ominous rain clouds hang over Camp Perry's ranges today as the High Power Rifle Championship soldiers on through its second day.

Sunday's three matches have competitors beginning at 200 yards with the slow fire, standing match of the Navy Cup, before taking a seat - or knee - for the rapid fire Coast Guard Trophy. Shooters then move all the way back to 600 yards for the Army Cup, a slow fire match shot from the prone position. Every match in the High Power Championships consists of 20 shots, all at once in a slow fire match and broken into two 10-shot strings when doing rapid fire.

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USAMU poised to take Mumma Trophy home for the second consecutive year

SSG Shane Barnhart of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit at the NRA High Power Rifle Championships, presented by Remington

Port Clinton, Ohio - With one day down and three to go in this year's NRA National High Power Rifle Championship, SSGT Shane Barnhart of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit is out in front with an early lead, racking up a 598-36x of today's 600 possible points.

A win for Barnhart, who was one half of the top two-man team in Thursday's Remington/NRA 2nd Amendment Team Match, would be the first High Power Rifle title in an impressive shooting career that includes one NRA National Smallbore Prone win and three NRA National Smallbore 3-Position championships. The other member of Barnhart's winning team, defending High Power champion SSG Brandon K. Green, currently sits sixth with a 595-38x.

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Hundreds of shooters converge on Camp Perry, Ohio, for four days of High Power action

2014 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - And they're off! The 2014 NRA High Power Rifle Championship officially began this morning as hundreds of competitors took to the firing line (and pits) to vie for the prestigious Mumma Trophy. And right in the mix with them is United States Army Marksmanship Unit member and defending champion SSGT Brandon K. Green.

The Army marksman has already demonstrated he's in fine form this year after top finishes in the preceding days' team matches, but the national championship isn't just one match, it's twelve.

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Shooters break into teams for two days of joint competition on Lake Erie's shore

2014 NRA Enlisted Men's Trophy Team Match at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - Before the High Power Championship officially starts at this year's NRA National Rifle and Pistol Matches, presented by Remington, competitors have a couple days to grab their buddies and shoot some team matches.

Yesterday's two-person matches, Whistler Boy and the Remington/NRA 2nd Amendment Match, saw a number of both civilian and military shooters line up on Rodriguez range. The 2013 High Power National Champion, SSGT Brandon Keith Green of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, looked ready to pick up where he left off last year, winning the 2nd Amendment Match with USAMU teammate SSGT Shane Barnhart and a combined score of 982-41x out of 1000.

In the Whistler Boy Match, open only to junior shooters, team California Hodgson's Forrest Greenwood and Lane Ichord took first after shooting the match-high of 952-28x.

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Popular for decades, the NRA-Springfield M1A Match breathes new life into a legendary rifle before the High Power Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Before the rise of the AR-15 as the competition rifle of choice in the shooting sports, the Springfield M1A enjoyed a number of years in the spotlight. Still an effective firearm, many still enjoy shooting the M1A whether they have owned one for decades or recently began appreciating the classic rifle. Because of its sustained popularity, the NRA teamed up with Springfield Armory a few years ago to create the NRA-Springfield M1A Match, celebrating its use.

The match is the most prize-rich High Power event the NRA holds, with more than $25,000 in cash and prizes awarded across all skill levels. If you shoot the match, there's a very good chance you'll walk away with some cash.

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NRA Pistol winner started his military career in high school, learned pistol later

Patrick Franks lifts NRA National Pistol Trophy over his head in celebration

Port Clinton, Ohio - Patrick Franks didn’t start with a love for pistol. Probably an odd thing to hear when referring to NRA’s 2014 National Pistol Champion, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

“My father started me shooting smallbore when I was a freshman in high school,” Franks explained from the Hough Theater stage in Camp Perry, Ohio. “I got older, less interested, joined the military and became more interested.”

Probably a familiar tale.

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From Interservice Champion to NRA National Champion in under a month

Patrick Franks of the US Army Marksmanship Unit wins NRA's 2014 National Pistol Championship

Port Clinton, Ohio - Just as the shooting community was getting use to the idea of this year's Bianchi Cup upset we have another.

This afternoon, Patrick Franks of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit walked off the Rodriguez range as NRA's National Pistol Champion. It's the first time in 14 years that someone besides Zins or Hemphill was allowed to hoist the trophy to the sky. With a final score of 2649-147x, his victory was by the slimmest of margins.

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Title winners and past champs gather at NRA Pistol Championships for team win

Colorado's State Pistol Team

Port Clinton, Ohio - They say you're never shooting against the competition ... only against yourself. If your performance continues to improve then that's all that matters. But there are times when you are shooting for more. More than individual performance. When you're shooting for others. For teammates.

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Shooters of all shapes and sizes come out for the shot at the NRA title

Centerfire shooter on the 3rd Day of NRA's National Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - If you've never attended a match held by the National Rifle Association then you don't know what you're missing. The sights and sounds are enough to overwhelming the tamest of all firearm enthusiast, driving one to ask ... why the hell am I watching and not shooting in this thing?!!?!

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