Despite power outage, NRA's 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony powers on

Joseph Hall on stage when the lights go out at NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The lights have gone out at Camp Perry before. In fact, a championship without a power outage for at least a few hours just wouldn't feel like Perry. But this time they did it right.

Just as Deanna Binne made her way up to claim the High Junior Any Sights awards it went dark. Nothing to see. Just cellphones and the odd flashlight or two to light up the night, Smallbore Match Director Howard "H.Q." Moody powered on.

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NRA Celebration brings down the house ... our at least the lights ... for Smallbore Awards Ceremony

Trophies sit upon the Hough Theater stage for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships took place on Wednesday night this summer at Camp Perry's Hough Theater. The festivities were emceed by NRA Smallbore Rifle Manager Howard "H.Q." Moody.

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Rising Senior Todaro edges last year's top college shooter during NRA's 3-Position Rifle Championship

Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships
Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at NRA Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - A number of champions took to the stage this summer during the awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle. Staring with the overall winner Joseph Hall, we saw High Civilian Tarl Kempley, High Woman Amy Fister, and High Collegiate Joseph Todaro.

A cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Todaro won the college title by firing a 2367-148x over the three days of three positioning along the shores of Lake Erie. In addition to High Collegiate, Todaro's total was also good enough to finish in the top ten overall.

"It's a true honor to achieve such an honor," he said following the ceremony. "I can't wait to bring it back to New York."

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Over 150 youth shooters learn rifle, pistol and shotgun basics and more with help from Friends of NRA

Friends of NRA grant funds 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp

Ohio experienced more shooting excitement this July than just Camp Perry. As a matter of fact, NRA Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawless has the scoop on a great 4-H camp last month that saw more than one hundred fifty young shooters turn out.

165 Teenagers Attend Ohio 4-H Shooting Camp

Jackson, Ohio - During the week of July 21-26, The 16th Annual Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp brought in 165 teenage campers and instilled them with a deeper appreciation for the shooting sports. Held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio, students learned how to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows and muzzleloaders over the course of its packed six-day schedule. The camp used approximately 37,800 rounds of .22 LR, 34,500 rounds of assorted pistol ammunition, 35,200 shotgun shells and 30,500 clay targets throughout the week.

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West Tacoma Thunderbird Lauren Phillips puts plans for rifle and future into action

Lauren Phillips packing up her rifle at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships in Camp Perry
Lauren Phillips packs up her rifle after the Drew Cup at NRA's Smallbore Rifle Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - Two years ago, Lauren Phillips didn't know anything about Camp Perry. She was just your average high school kid living in the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. She spent lived her life just like any other 16 year-old; go to class, hanging out with friends, and head off to the football game on Friday night. But that wasn't good enough for her. No, Lauren wanted more. She was looking for new challenges and a foolproof plan to secure her future.

Her plan revolved around a rifle.

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From the Rifle Clubs in Sacramento to the Champion's podium at NRA's National Long Range Championships

Sergeant Tyrel Cooper, NRA's 2013 National Long Range High Power Rifle Champion
Staff Sergeant Tyrel Cooper stands alongside the Tompkins Trophy at NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Awards Ceremony.

Port Clinton, Ohio - It was a close one for Staff Sergeant Tyrel Cooper. He's been close before at NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, but not as close as this. Not so close that his overall point total of 1243, while impressive, was not good enough to win. It was only good enough for a tie. Thank god for the X count.

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Teams get first crack at the titles for NRA Long Range Awards Ceremony

All Guard Rifle team accepting their prize during NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - After a long day of gunning for NRA's overall Long Range High Power Rifle title, a smaller group of competitors decided to cast aside an afternoon of rest and relaxation in lieu of a team match. All you have to do is round up three shooters, one coach and one captain — that's a team. That's also the easy part. The tough part comes when you get behind the gun. Even worse, when they get behind the gun.

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Army Marksmanship Unit takes top prize at NRA Long Range

Ty Cooper of the US Army Marksmanship Unit wins NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Tyrel Cooper of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit won NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships this afternoon with a final score of 1243-71x. Held every summer at Ohio National Guard base known as Camp Perry, the Long Range phase marks the conclusion of NRA's National Rifle & Pistol Championships.

"It's a long time coming," said Cooper with a smile. "Years of shooting and now here it is."

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Shooting at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards for NRA's final rifle title of the season

Shooter expels a round during the 800 yard phase of NRA's 2013 Palma Match

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final day of NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championship is devoted to Palma. A course of shooting different from others, it's been known to send some shooters home early.

"We saw one guy who fired the first relay, grabbed his equipment, and went home," said Gary, a competitor from Michigan. "Guess it's not for everybody."

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