Country's best collegiate shotgun shooters receive high honor from NRA

First Team 2013 NRA All-Americans in shotgun

San Antonio, Texas - After there were no more clays to break at the 45th Annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target Championships at San Antonio's National Shooting Complex, the NRA announced this year's rosters of All-Americans in shotgun for the 2012-2013 season.

The All-American award has recognized the top collegiate shooting sports competitors in the rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines since its creation in 1936.

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Collegiate shotgunners square off in American Trap tiebreakers

Men's American Trap winner Matt Perkins gets a hug from his coach

San Antonio, Texas - There is no final round in American Trap. No last gathering of top shooters for one final opportunity to snag the brass ring. That's saved for the International Championships. With American Trap, the shooter with the high score at the end of the round wins. Simple as that.

That's not to say there's never a situation that calls for another round. There is. If, for example, there's a tie for high score (or any of the top three spots) then it must be resolved. And ties happen. A lot. Just ask Southeastern Illinois' Matt Perkins (pictured above).

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Purdue University shooter at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - The ACUI Clay Target Championship's most popular event is its American Trap Championship, and with good reason. Simple and straight forward, it was the first game many of these shooters started with.

After advancing to skeet and playing games with international rules, going back to American Trap is a familiar experience they've been doing for years.

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Collegiate shooters compete in ACUI Clay Target Championship's most popular event, American Trap

University of Arizona shooter at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Easter Sunday served as the setting for the American Trap Championships here at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.

The most popular shotgun sport throughout the United States, American Trap is how most shotgunners start out their career. As a result, most shooters bring years and years of experience with the event ... that translates into extremely high scores.

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Bethel and Texas A&M universities come out on top at the ACUI American Skeet Championships

American Skeet Champion Casey Jones of Bethel University at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Out of the nearly 500 collegiate shotgun shooters who entered yesterday's American Skeet Championships, a mere 1% shot a perfect 100.

Five men racked up four clean skeet rounds of 25 hits a piece. But there is no five way tie for first. There is also no championship round. Unlike the international variant, American Skeet has no finals. If you're the shooter with the highest score after everyone takes their turn, you win.

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More shots from yesterday's ACUI shotgun championships

Shotgunner during the American Skeet Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - While the weekend may have started yesterday, hundreds of collegiate shooters have been at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex in San Antonio all week for the 45th Annual ACUI Clay Target Championships.

Already spending days breaking clays in the championship's events, competitors had even more shooting ahead of them yesterday (and even more ahead) with the American Skeet Championships.

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ACUI shotgun tournament brings hundreds of shooters from dozens of colleges

Bethel University shooter at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Hoofing it back to the skeet fields at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, hundreds of collegiate shooters with shotguns and dreams welcome the day's American Skeet Championships.

Developed as a method of perfecting wing-shooting skills for bird hunting, skeet quickly grew into a competitive sport of its own. Its practically the same competition as International Skeet. The primary differences is that American Skeet is a little easier and tends to produce higher scores.

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Portland State University takes women's title as March Madness pushes ahead at ACUI Clay Target Championships

Lindenwood University's Toll and Fuqua shoot off for the International Trap Championship in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio - Thanks to some great shooting during yesterday's Intercollegiate Trap Championships, many of the shooters at the top of the pack were caught in ties. Unfortunately there is only room for six in the final round. So before competitors are allowed to step up and chase the individual title, the pool needs to be narrowed through a session of shoot-offs; sudden death trap shooting.

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Revisiting yesterday's International Trap Championships in San Antonio

Yale shooter at the ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - Although shooters took their shotguns to the slightly more static game of trap after Thursday's multiple rounds of skeet, it wasn't all that more simple here in San Antonio.

But before diving into the easier American version of the games, there were still hundreds of students at the ACUI Clay Target Championships who needed to complete International Trap portion of the match.

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