Bests mom by a single X after delays cause cancellation of Palma's 900 yards

Michelle Gallagher wins the 2014 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championship Port Clinton, Ohio - Taking a page from Joe Hendricks' path to this year's High Power Rifle title, past NRA champ Michelle Gallagher shot a perfect 300-19x in today's Palma Match to win the 2014 National Long Range Rifle Championship.

Beginning the day two points down, Gallagher racked up fifteen 10s at 800 yards along with another fifteen 10s at 1,000. Though Palma traditionally includes a 900 yard phase as well, that portion of today's match was cancelled due to the morning's lightning storm.

"Talk about an exciting finish," said High Power Rifle Match Director Sherri Judd. "She hung in there after dropping a few points in the early rounds and finished strong."

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Three hour delay could force cancellation of Palma rounds - images

Shooter waits for the rain to clear at the NRA Long Range Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Weather came calling early this morning at the NRA Long Range Championships. I know, I know, weather is a constant no matter where you are. But its never appreciated unless the conditions are extreme. And yes, this morning, the conditions were extreme.

First came the winds, then the clouds, and finally the rain. Competitors were soon hustled off the field of play as the weather (yes I’m back to using weather as a catchall) stepped it up a notch with lightning strikes.

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4 NRA Long Range Champs within two points of title as rain & Palma phase closes finals

3-time NRA Long Range Rifle champ John Whidden on the 3rd day of the 2014 finals

Port Clinton, Ohio - There’s a leaderboard logjam on final morning of NRA’s 2014 Long Range High Power Rifle Championship. The top two shooters are separated by a single X. The next three by a point. The next four by two. And that’s just one of the obstacles today’s leader, Phillip Crowe, is facing.

Today there’s a call for rain. Rain and the ensuing winds Camp Perry happily provides throughout the summer championships means Crowe’s starting point of 798-47x is tenuous at best. One little gust, one drop of rain, any change at all in the bullet’s path drops a 10 to 9 … if you’re lucky.

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Ideal conditions at National Rifle Matches sets stage for high scores

Shooter takes aim during the early rounds on day three at the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle matches at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - There are five days in NRA’s National Long Range High Power Rifle Championship. Five days of firing round after round at 6’ by 6’ targets up to 1,000 yards away. Five days of Camp Perry’s wind bouncing off Lake Erie while the sun fights to break through the occasional cloud.

Two sets of relays have already taken their respective Shooter Shuttles out to The Pits … home of those 6’ by 6’ targets. There competitors take their turn at lifting and lowering the behemoth paper squares with every shot. Once fired upon, the target is lowered, scored, and raised back into place.

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Army marksmen dominate from one end of Camp Perry to the other at NRA High Power week

2014 NRA Mid-Range Rifle Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Running one range over at Camp Perry, alongside this year's NRA High Power Rifle Championship, is the NRA Mid-Range Rifle Championship.

Still sporting wet paint, the championship was introduced at least year's National Matches and is shot F-Class, which is target shooting with scope sights and artificial support (e.g. bipods and slings). F-Class was created by older High Power shooters who wanted to keep up the sport but needed assistance to zero in on the targets and keep their rifles steady. Over the years the sport grew to attract young shooters looking to ease into High Power shooting and has developed quite a following.

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Gusts break frames, rip targets, delay start of matches

2014 Army Cup at the NRA National High Power Championship, presented by Remington, at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - For the first time in history, Camp Perry's High Power Championships and Mid-Range Championships are delayed due to wind.

Notorious for it's occasional brutal conditions, the National Matches experienced blasts so strong this morning that targets were strewn across the range. Start time for the Appreciation Cup, the day's first match, has been pushed back to noon ... if the winds subside. Should shooting resume before the wind fully dies down, expect some interesting scores as competitors are forced to wrestle with the wind.

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Postal Match team from the United States led by TCU's Katie Bridges

Junior Shooters at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships

Bristol, Indiana - Every year at the NRA Smallbore Championships, the top 10 junior shooters are brought together for a special match; the Drew Cup.

Brought to life back in 2003 thanks to the British National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Drew Cup is named for British Smallborer William Drew. It is a postal match where each team shoots a the specified course of fire at their home ranges and send the results in to be scored against other teams ... that would be teams from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

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Lapua shooter captures another NRA crown with mastery of prone rifle

2014 NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Champ Kevin Nevius

Bristol, Indiana - It's not the first time Kevin Nevius won the NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle crown. In fact, it's not even the second time he's won an NRA National championship. A surprising notion given his late start in the sport of competitive shooting. One he grabbed hold of with both hands.

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Top scores at NRA Rifle Championships separated by 12 bullseye shots

Shooter adjusts her sights at NRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships in Bristol, IN

Bristol, Indiana - Over the past three days, the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships have been focusing on prone. For the uninitiated, prone is a fancy word for laying on your belly. Legs out, elbows in, rifle to your cheek with the target downrange.

With almost 200 competitors shuffling through two elongated relays - trading morning shoots for afternoon shoots on odd days - this phase of the Smallbore Championships has seen the leaderboard skip to and fro.

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