Gold, bronze and silver medals for the 2012 America Match in Camp Perry

Officials within the Association are reporting that an contingency of international long range high power rifle shooters are expected to land on the shores of Lake Erie later this summer. Representatives from INTERPOL member nations have confirmed that four eight-man teams will arrive in Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the America Match.

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Online registration is now open for the 2012 National Matches at Camp Perry

Online registration is now open for the 2012 National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, where thousands of shooters will compete for the title of National Champion. The National Matches are broken down into four different phases: Pistol, Smallbore Rifle, High Power Rifle and Long Range High Power Rifle.

Through online entry, you can enter the various competitions individually. Once you have completed one entry, you will be given the option to enter a different match. Each competition can only be entered once per shooter.

To enter the NRA/M1A Springfield match, please use the NRA High Power Rifle Championship option.

We at NRAblog look forward to seeing you at Camp Perry this summer! If you can't join us, you can follow along with daily updates and photos right here on NRAblog.

The ladies line up in Cowboy Town for the Show n' Shoot

Park City, Kentucky - The Women's Outdoor Adventure got a little wild this afternoon as the ladies headed to Cowboy Town at the Rockcastle Shooting Center. Set with store fronts modeled after the Old West, the range used for cowboy action shooting at Rockcastle transformed into one long firing line as the women got to shoot a wide variety of firearms during the Show n' Shoot.

From Blaser high-power rifles to Smith & Wesson revolvers, and Henry lever-action rifles, the ladies spent the afternoon rotating between firearms. They also enjoyed a special treat - being able to shoot guns used in competition by their instructors including Annette Ayers Smith & Wesson revolvers, Debbie Keehart's custom pistols, and Kay Miculek's Smith & Wesson rifle.

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Custom Camp Perry Springfield M1A Auction Benefits NRA volunteers

If you’ve always wanted to own a one-of-a-kind firearm then we’ve got the gun for you – the Camp Perry 5th Anniversary Commemorative NRA/Springfield Armory M1A Match Rifle. This custom M1A rifle comes with a rich walnut stock and a stainless steel national match barrel. But it’s the special engraving on the action and carving on the stock that makes this rifle a treasure that any collector would cherish.

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This NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar focuses on NRA Youth Programs and Competitive Shooting

Interested in bringing some new programs to your shooting range or club? Then join NRA Clubs and Associations for an upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinar to learn how to start a youth program and how NRA can help you get started. The webinar will also provide an overview of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division's wide range of activities in shooting disciplines, for shooters of all skill levels.

The free one-hour webinar will be held this Thurdsay, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. You can register online or check out a listing of other upcoming NRA Club Leadership & Development webinars. Topics are offered to suit any club and offer great advice on how to make your club more successful.

Have a question or a suggestion for webinar topic? Contact NRA Clubs & Associations at 1-800-NRA-CLUB or at clubs@nrahq.org.

NRAblog's Lars Dalseide is in Wickenburg, Arizona this week for a Precision Law Enforcement Rifle class with American Firearms Training and Tactics. Although he's busy learning the ins and outs of precision rifle shooting and advanced marksmanship techniques, he had time to send us this video featuring a Colt AR-15. He may only be at 100 yards, but he'll be working his way back to farther yardages throughout the course. Keep checking back, because Lars will have more updates of the experience here on NRAblog.

NRA's Greg Connor won the 1974 Wimbledon CupFairfax, Virginia - Last week we told you about the newest round of NRA Competitive Shooting Trivia, which asked "Who was the winner of the Wimbledon Cup in 1974?" What we didn't tell you is that answer is actually a person very near and dear to us here at NRA - our very own Greg Connor, Manager of the Silhouette Deparment.

2012 marks Connor's 25th year of service to the NRA, but back in 1974, then Chief Warrant Officer Connor was a member of the United States Marine Corps Shooting Team.

Connor's win is chroncicled in the book The National Matches: 1903 -2003 The First 100 Years. Along with his picture (at right), the caption reads, "Greg Connor put the old 5V 1,000 yard target 'to bed' in style in 1974 with a fine 100-19V winning score in the Wimbledon Cup... Connor is one of the Marine Corps finest all-around riflemen, excelling in both High Power and Smallbore competition."

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Wimbledon Cup Time for the latest trivia question from NRA Competitive Shooting history! The question this time around is "Who was the winner of the Wimbledon Cup in 1974?"

For those who are unfamiliar with the Wimbledon Cup, it is a trophy with a rich history, dating back to 1875 when the American Rifle Team traveled to the United Kingdom to compete in the Angol-Irish Championships. The Wimbledon Cup was presented to the American team by Princess Louise as a token of hospitality. The Americans then held an impromptu match among themselves to determine an individual winner for the trophy. Newly promoted Captain Henry Fulton posted the high score among the nine-man team, a 133 of 150 points possible for 30 shots at 1000-yards range.

The Wimbledon Cup was then returned to the United States and placed in annual competition at Creedmoor as the trophy for a long range match open to any rifle, and the trophy is now currently awarded in the NRA National High Power Long Range Championships.

To win, just email your answer to compadmin@nrahq.org no later than 4:00 p.m. EST Monday, March 12. Correct answers will entered into a drawing for a 2011 National Matches Under Armour Polo. Don't forget to put "Trivia" in the subject line of your email. Good luck!

Dick Kramer created two pieces of Camp Perry artwork for NRA's Competitive Shooting Division

Two years ago, world-renowned military and law enforcement artist Dick Kramer began producing stunning artwork that captures the spirit of the National Matches at Camp Perry. In 2010, Kramer crafted a piece based on the National Pistol Championships and in 2011 he did the same for the Smallbore phase of the National Matches.

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