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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Service Rifle's top prize at NRA Championships goes to All Guard Shooter

All Guard's Cody Shields wins NRA's 2013 Porter Trophy in a shoot out at NRA Long Range Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - This time last year, Cody Shields was in his final days of deployment with the National Guard. Described as "eventful", there was little else said about his time in Afghanistan. A sentiment shared by many returning from battle. The important thing is that he made it back home.

"Ten fingers and ten toes," said Shields. "All is good."

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Heat generated from barrel use creates heat waves in sights

Scope with a mirage shield attached at NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships

Rain fell for hours last night in Camp Perry, Ohio. The night before competitors shoot the Palma Matches; where they will fire 30 of their 45 shots from the field and NOT the raised firing points. It could cause problems for some.

Port Clinton, Ohio - There are several types of rifles here at the NRA National Long Range High Power Championships. But no matter what the rifle, there are only two types of sights; metallic and any. Metallic sights are what you find on a gun fresh out of the factory. Any, typically, are scopes that magnify the target. What we've seen over the past few days, however, were attachments to the end of the scopes.

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"It doesn't get any tighter," Green exclaims after close finish in NRA High Power Rifle Championships

SSG Brandon Green at the 2013 NRA High Power Rifle awards ceremony at Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - For years, the NRA High Power national title had always been just out of reach for Staff Sgt. Brandon Green. But finally, in 2013, after four tense days of shooting, Brandon Green is a national champion.

"It feels extremely good," Green said after receiving his national title at last night's awards ceremony. "It was a very tight match the whole way through. The weather conditions were so difficult but everybody still shot well. I fought hard to finally get here and it feels pretty good for everything to come out in my favor."

Brandon would have had enough to worry about with just the weather, but throw in a neck-and-neck race with defending champion Carl Bernosky and things get nerve-racking.

"It doesn't get any tighter than it was today," Green said to me.

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Staff Sgt. Brandon Green wins NRA title after extremely close struggle with defending champion Carl Bernosky

Camp Perry's Shooter Shuttle brings competitors from the firing line to the targets in the pits

Port Clinton, Ohio - In closest finish the NRA High Power Rifle Championships have seen in a long while, Staff Sgt. Brandon Green of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit captured the 2013 national title from defending champion Carl Bernosky by a tie-breaker.

The fourth and final day of the championships began with Green and Bernosky each at 1789 points, but Green possessing six more tie-breaking Xs - 98 to 92. With three matches left to shoot, the two men were presented with an opportunity to break away from one another and add an additional 600 points to their scores. As the sun sat low in the early morning sky, competitors assembled at the 200 yard line for the first match, the Crescent Cup, whose 20 shots are taken slowly from the standing position. As fate would have it, both men stumbled during the match. Bernosky and Green each dropped four points and were now tied at 1985. Green managed to push his overall X lead to seven, posting eight to Bernosky's seven.

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Brandon Keith Green edges Carl Bernosky by six X's for the NRA High Power Rifle lead

NRA High Power Rifle shooter at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Yesterday, Brandon Keith Green was third on the NRA High Power Championships' leaderboard, two points behind defending champion Carl Bernosky. Today, with three of the championship's four days in the record books, he is in control of the lead.

But where Bernosky led through Wednesday by one point, Green's lead is even slimmer. Tied in points with Bernosky at 1789 apiece, Green holds the superior number of tie-breaking X's - 98 to 92. So how do you score an X? Within the 10-ring that lies at the center of a target is an even smaller ring half its diameter known as the X-ring. A fired round that hits the X-ring not only counts as 10 points, but awards the shooter an 'X' used for tie-breaking situations just like this. At 200 yards the X-ring has a diameter of 3", at 600 yards it increases to 6". Needless to say, the ring is very hard to hit.

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New High Power Rifle Competition sees former champions battling for the new prize

NRA Rifleman Bob Gustin leads the midrange rifle championships at the NRA Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Running along side the NRA High Power Rifle Championships are this year's Mid-Range Rifle Championships. So what does that mean? Well, it's a rifle match with targets further out than the High Power Championships yet not quite as far as the Long Range High Power Rifle Championships. Simple enough? It is for Bob Gustin.

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2012 NRA High Power Champion Carl Bernosky leads by one at half-way point

NRA High Power Rifle shooter at Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Half way through the hunt for the 2013 NRA National High Power Rifle title, defending champion Carl Bernosky is in the lead with a 1193-69x. It is a narrow lead, but a lead nonetheless. One point behind Bernosky is 2009 champion Normal Houle at 1192-49x who himself holds off three very capable shooters by just one point.

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