National Guard trains biathlon team at NRA 3-Position Smallbore Championships

Members of the Ohio National Guard's Biathlon Team at NRA Championships in Camp Perry

Camp Perry, Ohio - Two competitors are dominating the Biathlon at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — Belarus' Darya Domracheva and France's Martin Fourcade. Winning four out of the first six events outright, Domracheva and Fourcade personify the marksmanship, discipline and stamina required to succeed at such a demanding sport on the international level.

Seven months earlier and 5,500 miles to the east, we met up with another group of biathletes who share those same characteristics. Those of the Ohio National Guard.

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Sign up for your spot in this summer's Remington and NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships

Michelle Gallagher with her winning scorecard for the 2013 NRA Leech Cup Shootoff at Camp Perry

Fairfax, Virginia - Online registration is officially open for our 2014 National Matches, held for the 107th consecutive year at Camp Perry, Ohio. If you fancy yourself a deadeye, you won't want to miss out on the Remington and NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships.

Each summer, the nation's finest civilian and military marksmen and women square off for weeks of rifle and handgun competition while vying for the NRA's historic and prestigious trophies. From pistol, to smallbore rifle, high power rifle, and long range high power rifle, the national matches have something for just about everybody.

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3-time National Champion travels from Georgia to Nevada to build business relationships

3-time NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Champion John Whidden partakes in the 2014 SHOT Show Las Vegas, Nevada - SHOT Show is more than a few football fields worth of fancy guns. Sure it's fun to ooh and aah over the latest innovations in the industry, but for most in attendance SHOT is about business. Police Department reps are here to upgrade their gear, reporters are getting the skinny on the new and improved, and vendors are meeting with customers.

Big or small, domestic or international, companies of all shapes and sizes are here to get things done. That's especially true for the smaller operations like Whidden Gunworks of Nashville, Georgia.

"As you can imagine, a face-to-face relationship always does more than a phone call or an email ever will," explained John Whidden, owner of the custom rifle and accessory shop ... more on the importance of building relationships at SHOT Show ...

NRA Competitive Shooting Division carries America's shooting sports traditions into the 21st century

Doug Koenig at the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Colt Speed Event

Fairfax, Virginia - My list's #3 is the successful year in NRA Competitive Shooting. While all may seen quiet in the cold winter months, the Competitive Shooting staff is working hard to make sure it continues offering a wide range of shooting activities to everyone interested in our great American tradition - from novices to world champions.

How many activities? The NRA sanctions more than 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors more than 50 national championships each year.

While not as visible as Camp Perry or the Bianchi Cup, NRA Competitive Shooting's largest event actually began yesterday. The National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships is the biggest competition of the year, bringing in thousands of shooters who participate comfortably from their backyards in sectional tournaments across the country.

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Find out what one of the shooting world's best brings to matches

Nancy Tompkins at the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

The December issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Nancy Tompkins, one of the most accomplished shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

World and National Champion Nancy Tompkins likes to reach out and touch targets at 1,000 yards with an iron-sighted rifle. She’s been competing in Palma (.308 caliber at 800 yards, 900 yards and 1000 yards), Long Range (1000 yards) and Smallbore prone for 41 years. Thanks to her father, she began competing in the 7th grade and now shares the love of shoot- ing with her daughters Michelle and Sherri Gallagher; husband, “Mid;” and her goddaughter, Danielle Makucevich. She has competed on numerous international Palma teams, traveling from her home base in Prescott, AZ.

“There is nothing better than traveling, making new friends and competing with the best shooters in the world,” said Nancy. And she only shoots with the best equipment. Her Palma rifle is built on a McGee stock, Stolle Panda action, Krieger barrel, Anschütz trigger, Warner rear sight and a Right Sight (front sight). Her .22 Smallbore rifle is an Anschütz action and trigger with a Hart barrel, McGee stock, Right Sight (front sight) and Warner rear sight.

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Fister turns rifle prowess into NRA Championships and College Scholarship

Amy Fister settles in to shoot during NRA's National Smallbore 3-P Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Finding the X ring while taking part in NRA's National Rifle and Pistol Championships can be challenging enough. Finding it from three positions during the smallbore rifle phase of the championships can be even more trying. But Amy Fister, winner of this year's NRA 3-Position Rifle High Woman title, found it with no trouble at all. A surprising result given her wry self description.

"I'm a nerd," she said with a laugh. "I'm very dedicated to my studies."

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Rifle Championships moving to Indiana's Chief Wa-Ke-De Range

Smallbore Rifle shooter looks out onto the range at Camp Perry, Ohio

NRA National Rifle Manager Howard "H.Q." Moody sent over the following update for next year's National Smallbore Championships ...

Fairfax, Virginia - For only the third time in more than 100 years, the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships will not be take place at Camp Perry, OH. Instead, the Championships are moving to the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range in Bristol, IN. Nestled amongst a large grove of trees, the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range features a 100 point asphalt covered firing line and plenty of protection from the wind. Located about three hours west of Camp Perry, the range is ideal for smallbore.

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Despite power outage, NRA's 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony powers on

Joseph Hall on stage when the lights go out at NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The lights have gone out at Camp Perry before. In fact, a championship without a power outage for at least a few hours just wouldn't feel like Perry. But this time they did it right.

Just as Deanna Binne made her way up to claim the High Junior Any Sights awards it went dark. Nothing to see. Just cellphones and the odd flashlight or two to light up the night, Smallbore Match Director Howard "H.Q." Moody powered on.

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NRA Celebration brings down the house ... our at least the lights ... for Smallbore Awards Ceremony

Trophies sit upon the Hough Theater stage for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships took place on Wednesday night this summer at Camp Perry's Hough Theater. The festivities were emceed by NRA Smallbore Rifle Manager Howard "H.Q." Moody.

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