Top eight scores of the day to shoot for the national smallbore rifle title

Phillips and Anderson taking aim at NCAA Rifle Championships in Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska - Competitors depart the University of Alaska’s Patty Center range covered in smiles, frowns, and stares as blank as the scores on their sheets. Transfixed on the targets resting silently down range, they’re left to wonder what happened.

An entire season lurched to an end in the blink of an eye. Left to ask, “what was I thinking? What gust of wind or trick of fate took hold when the trigger was pulled.” Pulled that fateful time when the shot left as a ten and landed as an eight.

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Competitors begin their quest for the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships

Flying into Fairbanks, Alaska for the NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaksa - I’ve been 30,000 feet over Alaska for about two hours now. One more and we’re on the ground in Fairbanks. My first time in 49th State.

A quick glance outside a properly scuffed Alaska Air 737 window reveals towering mountains sprinkled with snow. Tiny specs of gray and green poke their way through the white blankets in a gasping effort to bake in the seldom seen sun.

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Huskers rifle team shooting for first in NCAA National Championships

The all-female Nebraska Rifle Team
The University of Nebraska's Rifle Team.

Lincoln, Nebraska - While most college fans are gearing up for a run at the hardwood, a carefully selected handful of college teams are readying for another championship - the Rifle Championship.

Taking place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' E.F. Horton Rifle Range and Patty Center, the Elite Eight is made of teams from schools such as West Virginia, Kentucky, TCU, and the University of Nebraska.

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How today's polymer lowers stack up to the traditional gear

FMK Firearms AR-1 Steve Adelmann takes a look at the wave of polymer AR lowers on the market today ...
Polymer AR Lowers
Polymer AR lower receivers are becoming more prevalent, but how do they compare to traditional, aluminum models?

Synthetic materials have been used in firearms manufacturing since the early 20th century. Franzite was one of the first plastic-like materials that replaced hard rubber, wood and ivory grips for a wide variety of handgun models. These materials were relatively inexpensive, durable and could be formed into nearly any shape, texture, style and eventually, color. The lack of aesthetic charm was counterbalanced by practicality. By the 1950s, firearms manufacturers began using similar “space-age” materials for rifle stocks, pistol grips and fore-ends. Most of us have heard about the cool reception the original M16 received from troops forced to trade in their wood and steel M14s for the new aluminum and plastic, small-bore rifles. Heck, senior non-commissioned officers were still referring to them as “toy guns” when I joined the Army in the 1980s.

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From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU) cadet takes Most Accurate Shooter

Cadet Zach Williams of Weatherford, TexasCorpus Christi, Texas - At the Pirates of Texas Carbine Championship, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit commander, Cadet Zach Williams '16 of Weatherford, Texas was awarded one of the matches most coveted prizes: The Most Accurate Shooter Award.

Cadet Williams, using an Adams Arms COR rifle that was provided to CCMU by Adams Arms as a team sponsor, fired the entire seven stage match and was only an amazing 7 points down at the end of the last stage. More amazing is that Cadet Williams fired his match fast enough to also placed 4th in Limited Division (the largest in the match), and 9th overall among all 128 shooters in all divisions.

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California paper shares the story of discipline & fun found in rifle team

12-year-old Elijah Morton reloads his weapon at a February practice for the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team. Wayne Tilcock/ Enterprise photo
12-year-old Elijah Morton reloads his weapon at a February practice for the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team. Wayne Tilcock/ Enterprise photo
Savannah Holmes of California's Davis Enterprise shares the story of the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team ...
Rifle Team has a blast with competitive shooting
By Savannah Holmes

The muzzle of the gun is pointed straight ahead at the targets — 11, 13, 15, 17. Those are not the distances in yards to the target, but the ages of the kids holding the guns.

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Mountaineers win exclusive Rifle Conference Championship in March Madness prelude

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Oxford, Mississippi - One of the last big matches leading up the NCAA Rifle Championships is the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) tournament. Made up of nine NCAA recognized rifle teams without an NCAA recognized rifle conference, GARC is a power rifle club onto itself. So powerful that three out of the eight teams invited to compete in this year's NCAA Rifle Championships are GARC teams. Now that's muscle.

The 2015 tournament was practically a repeat of the 2014 championships as the University of West Virginia dominated the Air Rifle matches to top Kentucky by a convincing 38 points.

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New intense competition with all firearms and ammunition provided set for September 24-26, 2015

The Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association announces the NRA World Shooting Championship Presented by Magpul, will be held September 24 – 26, 2015 at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The elite event, crowning of the “Undisputed World Shooting Champion,” will feature a prize table and cash awards of more than $250,000.

The NRA World Shooting Championship tests a shooter’s skill set across twelve stages, covering disciplines from virtually every major shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and multi gun. Pro, Amateur, and Junior divisions will draw a crowd of the world’s top shooters, casual competitors, and the next generation of competitive shooters.

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From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit Announces The Easley "Deadeye" Award

Brig. General Claudius M. Easley

College Station, Texas - The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University, has created a new Trophy to be presented each year at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Southwest Winter Regional competition in College Station, TX on February 7th, 2015. The trophy will be known as The Easley "Deadeye" Award.

The Easley "Deadeye" Award is named in honor of Brig. General Claudius M. Easley, USA. and will be presented annually to the High-Scoring Service/Senior Military Academy centerfire team at the SPP Southwest Winter Regional.

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