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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First look at Long Range High Power rifle shooter Vikki Gaddie

Vikki Gaddie at the 2010 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Around this time last year, we took a look at 20-year old Long Range High Power Rifle shooter Vikki Gaddie out of Mason, Michigan.

Since then, she's gone off to college, competed for Team USA in Australia, and won a few titles.

Here's our first look at Michigan's own Vikki Gaddie.

Georgia's John Whidden won the 2011 Queen's Prize rifle title

John Whidden, an American from Georgia, is hoisted in the winner's chair after willing the 2011 Queen's Prize at the World Long Range Rifle Championships in Brisbane, Australia

You know what was happening this time last year? We had a contingency of Americans travel to Australia for the 2011 World Long Range Rifle Championships at the Belmont Shooting Complex.

What you're witnessing above is the celebration following the Queen's Prize match. American John Whidden is hoisted in the air after winning with a score of 399-046X.

See all the coverage from the 2011 World Long Range Rifle Championships here.

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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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.

Updates from the 130th Canadian Rifle Championship ...

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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