NRA recognizes best of the best in collegiate rifle after NCAA championships

2014 NRA All-American Smallbore First Team

Murray, Kentucky - Following West Virginia University clinching their 16th NCAA Rifle national title, the most in the sport's history, the top rifle shooters in college sports gathered for the closing NRA banquet, where the 2014 NRA All-American teams were announced.

Started in 1936, the All-American award honors collegiate shooters in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun disciplines. Pistol All-Americans were announced simultaneously down at the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships at Ft. Benning. Shotgun All-American awards were presented a couple weeks later at ACUI Clay Target Championships.

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Top collegiate shotgun shooters named NRA All Americans at ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio

2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun First Team

San Antonio, Texas - The 46th Annual ACUI Clay Target Championships were a hard-fought five days that saw competitors go through couple hundred thousand clays and shotgun shells. When the dust settled at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, perennial favorite Lindenwood University had won their 11th consecutive national title.

Among the awards handed out that evening were the announcements of the 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Shotgun teams.

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Student athletes finish championships with America's oldest shotgun sport

2014 ACUI American Trap Championship in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - The final day of the 2014 ACUI Clay Target Championship ends with probably the first shotgun sport people encounter - American Trap. Easy to learn and very forgiving on new shooters, American Trap is the championships' most popular match. It featured a total of 597 of the 633 shooters who showed up this year.

In American Trap, clays are thrown in steady, smooth arcs contrasting the harder to hit International Trap clays which are thrown faster, further, and with the zero to three second delay. Competitors rotate five stations, taking five shots at each for a maximum of 25 points per round. Without needing to change stations after every shot, a group of American Trap shooters work themselves up a smooth cadence, working through a round very quickly.

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Shooters move to American shotgun disciplines in skeet and trap as ACUI Clay Target Championships continue

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - It's a bright and sunny day at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, where hundreds of collegiate shotgun shooters have descended to compete in the ACUI Clay Target Championships. The days are long, but fun, as the students go through round after round on the fields and scramble to finish their homework here and there.

Now that the International events are finished, competitors have moved on to the American variants of trap and skeet. Today the action is at the complex's lower fields, where shooters are engaging in American Skeet.

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More than 600 collegiate shotgun shooters descend on Texas for shooting sports title chase

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio's population of college students increased by a few hundred this week, and it isn't because of spring break. No, they're here for the 46th Annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target Championships.

Representing 75 colleges and universities from around the United States, these 600 shooters will be breaking - or at least taking shots at - more than 280,000 clay pigeons as they compete in the International and American varieties of skeet and trap, along with Five Stand and Sporting Clays.

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Wolverines take second Rifle Club title in a row after strong Smallbore and Air Rifle performances

University of Michigan 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Champions

Columbus, Georgia - The University of Michigan Wolverines won their second consecutive NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship yesterday at Fort Benning, Georgia, after shooting a combined smallbore and air rifle score of 4404.

Michigan has now won three of five national titles since the NRA Rifle Club Championships' creation in 2010. North Dakota State University placed second and Clemson University finished third.

The Wolverines established a strong, practically insurmountable 60-point lead after shooting a 2146 in Saturday's Smallbore Championship. Entering the final day's Air Rifle Championship, Michigan was determined not to relinquish their lead, no matter how large, and sealed their victory with a 2258.

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National Championship on the line in today's rainy NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club match

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Air Rifle Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Competitors are at the line for the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship's second and final match, Air Rifle.

Another 60-shot match, this time competitors trade in their .22 rifles for compressed air power. Also unlike the Smallbore Championship, all shots are taken from the standing position.

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From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

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Wolverines poised to defend national title after first place finish in Smallbore Championship

Mohawk adorned rifleman takes aim at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Defending champions University of Michigan are half way to their third NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship after winning today's Smallbore title with a commanding 2146.

North Dakota State University, currently in second, sits 60-points behind the Wolverines with a 2086. Clemson University has a hold of third while Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue, Wisconsin-Superior, and Canisus ROTC round out the top seven.

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