Teams from American, England, Wales, Ireland and South Africa compete for international rifle title

Shooting the International Long Range High Power Championships at the General de Wet Range in South Africa

Bloemfontein, South Africa - Protea is the top team trophy at the South African International High Power Championships. Named after the South Africa's National Flower, The International Protea is shot over three ranges measuring out at 300, 600 and 900 meters. Keeping with the earlier team matches, it was South Africa that powered past England and the United States to claim the hometown title.

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Images from Team England's photo library at the South African International Championships

While putting together our final report from the International Long Range High Power Championships at the General de Wet Range, we thought now was the perfect time to share a few images that you won't see at the range. We'll be back with final scores from the Protea Match, were a contingent of American shooters are making their stand, later today.

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Long Range High Power Rifle Championships bring in teams from the United States and Great Britain

Warming up for the American Match in South Africa - pics from James Watson of the England Rifle Team

While gearing up for the National Rifle & Pistol Championships this summer in Camp Perry, Ohio, we decided to wet your appetite with news from an international long range high power match taking place this week in South Africa

The General de Wet Range is located just outside of Bloemfontein, South Africa. It sits about 4,500 feet above sea level. The air is thin, the conditions are dry and the winds can be unforgiving … a perfect place for an International Long Range High Power Rifle Championship.

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High Power Rifle shooter starts in Scotland, ends up in Singapore

Jacqui Rankin from Scotland and Singapore of the Great Britain Rifle Team at Camp Perry, Ohio for NRA Long Range High Power
Jacqui Rankin of the Great Britain Rifle Team relaxes at NRA Long Range High Power Championships in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Jacqui Rankin doesn't shoot much these days. Fact is she can't. Living in Singapore (permanently as of the last four years) means that only those who belong to a gun club are allowed to shoot with any regularity. So what was she doing at the NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships this summer in Camp Perry? Shooting for the Great Britain Rifle Team (Great Britain Rifle Team) of course. And shooting better than ever.

"Parag (teammate Parag Patel) has a theory," explained Rankin. "There are a few of us expats who come back to Britain and for us, it's a tour. And you always shoot better on tour."

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Fans of the Canadian Rifle Team looking on the America Match at Camp Perry 2012

Ottawa, Ontario - Have you been keeping a watchful eye upon the Canadian Fullbore Championships up at the Connaught Ranges in Ottawa? If you're a fan of the long range rifle, then you should be. Though we've been concentrating on NRA's Creedmore Championships this past week, that doesn't mean we haven't been keeping one ear fixated on the Canadian tundra. How else are we going to keep tabs on how those who compete in NRA events are doing after leaving the fields of Camp Perry?

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David Luckman, England's long range rifle marksman, finds time

Great Britain's David Luckman keeping score at NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio
Great Britain's David Luckman keeping score at NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio
There wasn't much left for David Luckman to accomplish in the world of Long Range High Power Rifle. Representing the Great Britain Rifle team for almost two decades, Luckman has earned almost every honor in the sport. Seventeen consecutive Grand Aggregate crosses in the United Kingdom, a World Palma Rifle Individual Championships, and now — the 2012 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle title.

"To win the overall (NRA) Championship is just brilliant," said Luckman. "I'm very very pleased."

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Canadian Rifle Championships follows NRA Long Range in Ohio

Bruce Condie, Captain of the Canadian Rifle team, during a shoot off at the NRA Rifle Championships in Camp Perry

Riding on a Long Range High Power Rifle high after the NRA Championships, we go from the range in Ohio to the one up in Ottawa. That's where you'll find a number of those same NRA Rifle competitors taking the field in the 130th Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships.

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U.S. beats Great Britain, Canada, Australia and Japan Rifle Teams for America Match

U.S. Rifle team wins the 2012 America Match to close out the NRA Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Separated by a single X (bullseye) at the halfway point, The United States Rifle Team completed their mission to beat the Great Britain Rifle team by a final score of 4,784-308x to 4,781-305x.

"Both sides fired four hundred and eighty bullets each," said Emil Praslick. "And it came down to three points on a ten point target. Unbelievable."

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Rifle teams from across the globe compete in America Match at NRA Championships

Team flags from Great Britain, America, Japan and Australia fly during the America Match at NRA Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Scores from the first two round of today's America Match at the NRA Long Range Rifle Championships finds the Great Britain Rifle Team in the lead by two points.

Starting with targets at 300 yards, eight-man teams from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Australia fire 120 shots per round before moving to the next distance. Once the day is done, teams will have shot from distances of 300, 800, 900 and 1,000 yards. The 300, according to some, just might be the most difficult.

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