Local affiliate highlights the men and women competing for a NRA National Rifle title

Bristol, Indiana - A little recognition never hurts.

And when a few hundred competitors made up of Olympic medalists, collegiate athletes and regional champions roll into a town with a population of 1,600, the local media tends to take notice.

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First day of Smallbore Rifle in Indiana begins with Metric 3-Position

Competitor waits for the wind at NRA's Smallbore Rifle Metric Championships in Bristol

Bristol, Indiana - Today marks the opening of Day Two at NRA's 2014 National Smallbore Rifle Metric Championships. The final day of the Metric Championships. The one filled with promise.

Promise for those who find themselves somewhere near the top of the leaderboard. Day One's events, Standing, Kneeling, and Prone, all shot with Metallic Sights, left some in better shape than others.

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Officials hope to get final shooting relays in before dark, avoid protests

Competitors run from the rain at NRA Smallbore Championships

Bristol, Indiana - After a morning that offered nothing but sunny skies and a cool summer breeze, the heavens above the Wa Ke De' Rifle Range opened with a thunderous roar. Rain falling like splashing hammers from the sky, officials quickly called an end to the second Metric relay after two of the six scheduled rounds.

"An order to evacuate the range was given after the first lightning strike," explained Match Director Howard Moody. "The first and foremost concern of our championship is the safety of our shooters. We will continue if and when conditions improve."

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Smallbore Rifle Championship shifts all matches from Bristol to Perry

Competitors picking up their registration packs at NRA's Metric Nationals

NRA Board Member Walt Walters was on site for the beginning of NRA's Smallbore Rifle Championships at the Wa Ke De' Rifle Range in Bristol. Here's his intro for the start of the Metric phase.

Bristol, Indiana - Competitors began arriving about 8:00a.m. this morning to complete their in-processing for the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Metric 3-position championship. Sunday, July 13th was a practice day for these riflemen and women. An opportunity to hone their skills and sight-in their rifles for the competition which started today, Monday the 14th.

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Built in America, the Beretta ARX100 derives most of its features from its military counterpart

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Beretta ARX100
Beretta offers high-tech, ambidextrous design developed for the Italian military to U.S. consumers with its new ARX100.

Ten times better than the M16? That was the point Beretta boasted in the naming of the ARX160, the company’s new 5.56 NATO, selective-fire rifle introduced in 2008 as a possible replacement for its AR70/90 platform in service with the Italian armed forces. Arguable as that claim might be, the ARX160 certainly embodies a number of characteristics that can only be described as advanced and outside-the-box.

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New temporary exhibit explores first uniquely American firearm

Kentucky rifle exhibit at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia – The Kentucky rifle, whose role in world history helped secure American independence and settle the United States, is now featured in a new exhibit at the NRA National Firearms Museum. The Kentucky Rifle, A Complete Narrative 1750-1850 spans from the classic American longarm’s pre-Revolutionary War origins to the onset of the American Civil War.

“Kentucky rifle” is the common name for the American longrifle produced during the 18th and 19th centuries. Originating in the 1740s from German “Jaeger” rifles, deemed unsuitable for the backcountry, the Kentucky rifle was an essential tool for frontiersmen. By the 1760s, the rifle had evolved into a uniquely American firearm, possessing improved accuracy over contemporary rifles thanks to modified rifling and a long barrel. Although its nickname appears in advertisements as of the early 1800s, it was not popularized until the 1822 ballad “The Hunters of Kentucky,” commemorating the Battle of New Orleans.

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From USA Shooting - Injury Forces Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray to Retire

Colorado Springs, Colorado - There comes a time in every elite athlete’s life where they eventually succumb to the pain they place upon their body to perform the sport they love. Today is that day for reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie (Beyerle) Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) as she reluctantly retires from her competitive rifle career. 

No doubt that the gold medal she earned in London helped make the decision a little bit easier as did the new life she’s building in Kalispell, Mont. But more than that, Gray wasn’t willing to forego her long-term health for the opportunity to continue shooting. 

Since 2010, Gray has tolerated a lower back that was unbearable at times and something that worsened each time she put in the training time necessary to compete at the very best. Simply put, her back could no longer bear the brunt and it told her so every time she tried.  

“It has taken a toll on my body, mind and life since,” Gray acknowledged. “At the Olympics, I had three injections in my back after the air rifle match, which allowed me to be successful in smallbore.” 

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Ten-day competitive shooting program teaches the tricks of the trade in Vermont

Smallbore Rifle Shooters taking aim at NRA's National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - You've been working on your game. Practicing your breathing, sight alignment, trigger control ... everything. But you still can't seem to break into the medal yours. Here's what you need to do.

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From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

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