Service Rifle's top prize at NRA Championships goes to All Guard Shooter

All Guard's Cody Shields wins NRA's 2013 Porter Trophy in a shoot out at NRA Long Range Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - This time last year, Cody Shields was in his final days of deployment with the National Guard. Described as "eventful", there was little else said about his time in Afghanistan. A sentiment shared by many returning from battle. The important thing is that he made it back home.

"Ten fingers and ten toes," said Shields. "All is good."

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Heat generated from barrel use creates heat waves in sights

Scope with a mirage shield attached at NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

Rain fell for hours last night in Camp Perry, Ohio. The night before competitors shoot the Palma Matches; where they will fire 30 of their 45 shots from the field and NOT the raised firing points. It could cause problems for some.

Port Clinton, Ohio - There are several types of rifles here at the NRA National Long Range High Power Championships. But no matter what the rifle, there are only two types of sights; metallic and any. Metallic sights are what you find on a gun fresh out of the factory. Any, typically, are scopes that magnify the target. What we've seen over the past few days, however, were attachments to the end of the scopes.

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Images from around the NRA Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Checking out a shooter's performance at the 2013 Long Range High Power Nationals

Port Clinton, Ohio - While competitors are keeping an eye on their performance, we're keeping our eyes on the competitors. The concentration, the intensity ... not to mention the odd smile or two they unleash during the down time.

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One year after moving from Smallbore to Long Range High Power, Barnhart is in reach of NRA title

Shane Barnhart of the US Army Marksmanship Unit shooting an NRA Long Range High Power Team match

Port Clinton, Ohio - Shane Barnhart of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit finishes the third day of NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in a precarious position … in the lead. How he got here, however, is somewhat of a mystery. Not because of his skill or training — he has plenty of that — but because of his lack of wins.

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Rundown of the NRA Long Range title hunt at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - With only two days left in NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships, it's time for a quick review of where we were and where we are. Because it's not just about Long Range ... it's about everything that the NRA National Championships have to offer.

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Past High Power Long Range Rifle Champ comes closer to title with Leech Cup

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

Port Clinton, Ohio - Competitors came together as Day Two of NRA's 2013 Long Range High Power Rifle Championships drew to an end. Though the scores were already totaled, there was still a list of champions waiting to be crowned. That is done via a shoot off.

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Rookie & veteran members of US Army Marksmanship Unit sit in first & second on second day of Long Range

Members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit coaching a teammate on day two of NRA Long Range Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - The second day of NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships ended in a somewhat familiar tune ... that with members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit sitting alone at the top of the standings. But they're not alone.

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Long Range Rifle means more power and less forgiveness at NRA Championship

Shooters lined up for the 2013 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final leg of NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships is for the Long Range High Power Rifle. Shot over a four day period (five if you include the Palma Team Matches), Long Range is just what is sounds like ... shooting a high power rifle at targets sitting 1,000 yards down range. Not for the feint of heart.

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"It doesn't get any tighter," Green exclaims after close finish in NRA High Power Rifle Championships

SSG Brandon Green at the 2013 NRA High Power Rifle awards ceremony at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - For years, the NRA High Power national title had always been just out of reach for Staff Sgt. Brandon Green. But finally, in 2013, after four tense days of shooting, Brandon Green is a national champion.

"It feels extremely good," Green said after receiving his national title at last night's awards ceremony. "It was a very tight match the whole way through. The weather conditions were so difficult but everybody still shot well. I fought hard to finally get here and it feels pretty good for everything to come out in my favor."

Brandon would have had enough to worry about with just the weather, but throw in a neck-and-neck race with defending champion Carl Bernosky and things get nerve-racking.

"It doesn't get any tighter than it was today," Green said to me.

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