Competitors facing chance of seizing National NRA crown from the 13-time champ

Brian Zins shoots during the NRA Centerfire Pistol Championship

Port Clinton, Ohio - Certain things in life are certain

Water is wet, frogs should never trust scorpions, and the sun will come out tomorrow. Another certainty, at least in the world of competitive shooting, is that Brian Zins will win the NRA National Pistol Championship. Well get ready for a day without sun.

Heading into the final match of the competition, Zins finds himself 8 points behind co-leaders Keith Sanderson and Nick Mowrer with a 1759-87x. 8 points behind. Not that either man's score of 1767 (we'll leave out the X count for now) is an insurmountable climb. Heck, Patrick Franks sits only 1 point behind while Lange and Henderson are each a mere 2 points away from tasting the Iron Throne.

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Marine takes first title in NRA National Pistol competition in Ohio

Shooter lines up for NRA's Preliminary Pistol Championship at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - The first title taken at the NRA National Pistol Championships is not part of the championships at all. Let me say that again ... the first title taken at the RNA National Pistol Championships is not part of the overall championships. That's because it's the prelim.

"They shoot the same guns, the same 900 shots, but it's more about preparing for the championships than winning them," explain Pistol Match Director Tom Hughes. "Almost a warm up."

Warm up or not, the Preliminary Pistol Championships still comes with a title, awards, and the envy of those who weren't prepared for the first bite at the apple. It means you're tested, firing true and ready to take on the aggregate charge.

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Sometimes the road to an NRA Championship is more than a road, Especially Roads In Nature

NRA welcome sign at the gates of Camp Perry during the National Rifle & Pistol Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Many roads will take you to the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry.

Some are paved with natural talent. Others with years of hard work. But a few, a select few are a combination of both. This is more of the literal take on the road to Camp Perry. The actual road. A road of dirt, dust, and asphalt.

My journey down that road began early this morning. Not as early as my usual departure to NRA Headquarters, but there was a reason for that; traffic. The thought of battling Washington’s traffic on the start of a seven hour trip was a little more than intimidating. Add two hours to the seven just to break through the beltway. Using a little history along with the morning’s traffic report, an 8:45am departure was established.

So I climbed into a white Dodge Ram truck, put the A/C for low and cranked up my Sirius/XM Radio. I'm bringing the boys from my favorite New York radio show with me.

Open roads and scattered drivers were all I encountered through the first stage of my trip. Gunston Road, over to Lorton Road before jumping on Interstate 95 headed north. From there it’s 495 at the Springfield Interchange with Maryland in my sights. A breakfast bar to munch on and a Venti Mocha Frap to sip, it wasn’t until I reached Maryland’s 70 West that the problems began.

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2014 National Matches kick off on Ohio's Lake Erie shore

Shooters lined up for the 2013 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia – With the first shot ceremony behind us, the 2014 NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships are officially underway. Considered the top shooting sports event in the country, this year’s matches are expected to bring another summer of top level competition all with the help of title sponsor Remington. The matches, held July 7 through August 10 will be split between the legendary Camp Perry, Ohio, and Bristol, Indiana.

“Remington is one of the most trusted names in the shooting industry and has been involved with the National Rifle & Pistol Championships for a very long time. They are an excellent sponsor for our National Matches,” said Director of NRA Competitive Shooting Dennis Willing. “Their title sponsorship, which began last year, shows their commitment to the shooting sports and will allow us to help the matches become more popular than ever before.”

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Sponsor of NRA's National Centerfire Pistol Championships celebrating Bullseye

Top Shot Bethards firing a Cabot gun during the NRA Pistol Championships in Camp Perry

Cabot, Pennsylvania - So what do you know about Bullseye? I'm not talking about darts or archery or pin the tail on the donkey. We're talking about the sport of Bullseye. Bullseye shooting to be exact.

That's pistols boys and girls.

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Register online for the 2014 Remington and NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships in northwest Ohio

NRA High Power Rifle shooter at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - The 2014 Remington and NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships are just a couple weeks away. Join another great summer of shooting sports at Camp Perry, Ohio and register for one or more of the matches online - right here.

The finest civilian and military marksmen in the United States, and the world, will square off for weeks of rifle and handgun competition while vying for the NRA's historic and prestigious trophies. From pistol, to smallbore rifle, high power rifle, and long range high power rifle, the national matches have something for just about everybody.

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Receive training from top NRA coaches to improve pistol marksmanship skills

Competitors at the NRA Standard Pistol Championship at Fort Benning

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA's Coach Education Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 Intermediate Junior Pistol Camp, held June 28 - July 2 at the Canton McKinley Rifle and Pistol Club in Canton, Ohio.

This is an excellent opportunity for young shooters to receive expert training from highly skilled NRA Certified Coaches and develop their marksmanship skills. The camp is also immediately before the 2014 NRA National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, and would be an excellent week of practice for shooters preparing to join the NRA National Matches this summer.

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Sign up for your spot in this summer's Remington and NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships

Michelle Gallagher with her winning scorecard for the 2013 NRA Leech Cup Shootoff at Camp Perry

Fairfax, Virginia - Online registration is officially open for our 2014 National Matches, held for the 107th consecutive year at Camp Perry, Ohio. If you fancy yourself a deadeye, you won't want to miss out on the Remington and NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships.

Each summer, the nation's finest civilian and military marksmen and women square off for weeks of rifle and handgun competition while vying for the NRA's historic and prestigious trophies. From pistol, to smallbore rifle, high power rifle, and long range high power rifle, the national matches have something for just about everybody.

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From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Young Hunters Harvest more than 6,000 Deer during Youth-Gun Season

Deer hunting courtesy of NRA's American Rifleman magazine Columbus, Ohio - Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Young hunters were challenged by below-average temperatures and windy conditions during the two-day season.

“Congratulations to all the young hunters who participated and enjoyed Ohio’s youth deer hunting weekend,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “I want to thank the parents and adults who took the time to make the weekend a memorable one for the next generation of hunters.”

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