Buchanan's win is first of many for NRA Smallbore in Bristol, Indiana

Competitors stepping up at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position rifle championships in Indiana

Bristol, Indiana - For the first time in decades, NRA’s Smallbore 3-Positions Championships have departed the wind and shores of Camp Perry for the peaceful pines of the Wa Ke' De range. With 100 shooting points, permanent cover, and a considerable asphalt firing line, the Wa Ke’ De is a gem amongst ranges.

“It’s a beautiful location,” said Smallbore Match Director Howard “H.Q.” Moody. “The community is receptive and our competitors are having a whale of a time.”

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The National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship Day One

The Metallic Sight Championship

George Norton on the U.S. Army Marskmanship Unit takes first in Metallic Sights Smallbore

Veteran competitor and shooting sports writer Hap Rocketto sat down with NRA Board Member Walt Walter to put together this report from Day One of the NRA's Conventional 3-Postition Smallbore Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The first day of the National Smallbore Rifle Outdoor Conventional Three Position Championship easily reminded of one of the penultimate scene of the Warner Brothers 1942 classic Casablanca. Nazi Major Heinrich Strasser is shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine. Corrupt Police Inspector Louis Renault was a witness to the shooting but saves Rick's life by telling the investigating police to "round up the usual suspects". It seems that all of the usual suspects were present at Bristol and ready to shoot.

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US Army Marksmanship Unit's Norton atop scoreboard as preliminary scores come in on Smallbore Championships in Bristol

Competitors change targets at the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships in Bristol, Indiana

**Initial scores were inaccurate and corrected at 5:00pm est on Thursday, July 17.
Bristol, Indiana - Temperatures have been cool this week in Bristol, Indiana, as hundreds of shooters get low for the 2014 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships. The Wa Ke' De range is more than just a change of scenery from the traditional location at Camp Perry, Ohio. For this year and next, shooters won't have to battle the high heat and strong winds coming off of Lake Erie's shore as they vie for titles.

But this year's location isn't the only thing that's new. The National Smallbore Rifle Position Championships feature a lot of new young talent, like New Jersey's Peter Fiori who won a few junior titles during the Metric Championship.

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Army Marksmanship Unit holds top spots in NRA National Championship

Female shooter waits for a break to fire at NRA Smallbore Rifle Championship

Bristol, Indiana - The rain has returned.

Here with no where near the fury or bluster that accompanied yesterday's storm, today's downpour is still making an impact. Add the drizzle to the already brisk conditions (expecting a high of 65 degrees today) and you've got quite the collection of chilly competitors. But that's how you build a champion.

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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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