Transplant Down Under moves from Service to Fullbore rifle for America Match

Australian shooter Aubrey Sonnenberg waits for the results of the 2012 America Match at Camp Perry

With the 2013 NRA National Championships right around the corner, we bring you a shooter from last year's long range high power championships:
Port Clinton, Ohio - When the Australian Long Range Rifle Team traveled halfway around the world to compete at NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Ohio last year, they did so with one purpose in mind … team building. Fresh off hosting the World Championships in Brisbane, they packed up more than a dozen or so shooters for a swing through the North America. First Camp Perry, then the Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships, then back home.

Getting to the states was no easy trick. But it was a necessity. After all, the 2015 Long Range High Power World Championships will be shot on the same grounds as the National Championships at Camp Perry. The grounds one Aussie shooter, Mr. Aubrey Sonnenberg, shot on back in 2005. But that's not where it started.

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2012 NRA Long Range Rifle Champion David Luckman

Fairfax, Virginia - With all the excitement surrounding this year's America Match at the end of NRA's Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, there just wasn't enough time or space to tell all the stories. With so much still on the plate we'll probably be telling you about the people and competitions for another month or so. At least.

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Rifle team from Japan takes in NRA Long Range Championships

Flag of Japan flown during America Match at NRA Long Range Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - One of the special events at this year's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships at Camp Perry was the America Match — a competition between eight-man rifle teams from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Japan. Of all the teams, it was the Japanese who faced one of the biggest obstacles ... language.

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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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Australia Rifle team to take on Canadian Rifle Championships

Ron Whalen, Captain of the Australian Rifle Team Port Clinton, Ohio - Yesterday marked the end of NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry. Those still stirring round the base included staff, volunteers and much to my surprise — the Australian Rifle Team.

A surprise because it was only that morning I discovered a portion of the team was bunking a few doors down from me. Exchanging pleasantries while they packed the team rental van, I then discovered yet another surprising fact. They were not headed to the airport for the long flight home. No, instead, Captain Ron (pictured above) Aubrey and the rest of the team were about to embark for Ottawa.

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In an homage to her mother past NRA Rifle Champ wins Leech Cup

Nancy Tompkins at the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Nancy Tompkins has won a number of NRA Rifle Championships throughout the years. In fact, she's won the whole shooting match. But this year there was something more important on her agenda: the Leech Cup. Why so important? Because she promised her mom.

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Rifle team from Australia makes mark on NRA Championships

David Waters of Australian Rifle Team prepares to shoot at Camp Perry during 2012 NRA Chmapionships Port Clinton, Ohio - The excitement surrounding this year's NRA Long Range Rifle Championships isn't just about the individual title, there's also the America Match to consider. Teams from across the globe have traveled here to Camp Perry for that very match … including a team from Australia.

"Right now we're in a team building process," said Australian Palma Rifle Team member David 'The Wagon' Waters. "Cycle shooters through, step outside the square, push the boundaries and see what we can come up with as a team."

Their ability to work as a team has been put to the test so far. In matches such as the Roumanian Trophy Team and Herrick Trophy Team, they're best overall finish is 5th … behind teams from America, Great Britain and Canada.

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100 points and nine Xs gives California's Gustin NRA Rifle win

Bob Gustin poses inside his Wimbledon Cup winning shoot off target at the NRA Long Range Rifle Championships in Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - It's been a long wait for Robert Gustin of Cameron Park, California. But that wait was well because this year he is going home as the 2012 NRA Wimbledon Cup Champion.

Qualifying for the shoot off with a score of 200-14x, Gustin was side by side with contenders from the earlier relays. His numbers were last in that bunch of rifleman. With two members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in the mix, there was every chance that Gustin would leave the range empty handed again. But he pulled out a performance that left the crowd in awe.

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Flags at targets during NRA's Rifle Championships are all wet

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final day of competition for NRA's National Individual Title for Long Range High Power Rifle promises to be a classic one. Not only are ten competitors within 3 points of the lead, but the weather conditions have returned to form. Wind and rain with promises of nothing but more.

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