Silhouette Shooting BrochureJohn Parker tells us the new NRA Silhouette Competition brochure is now available. 

For everything from the proper shooting equipment to the origin of silhouette competition, check out this publication!

To order the brochure, call the NRA Program Materials Center at 1-800-336-7402 and request item CS17620, or click here to order your copy online.

David McCarthy, Mick Hutton, and Robert Tobler

Australian David McCarthy became the first international competitor to win the title at this year’s Cowboy Action Championship in Raton, New Mexico. McCarthy is pictured above with Australian teammates Mick Hutton and Robert Tobler.

McCarthy received his first rifle, a Daisy BB lever action, when he was just two years old. He became a member of the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia by age eleven and competed in his first Lever Action National Championships in 1994. Just 13 years old, he won all five junior events.

Over the next 15 years, McCarthy shot in many competitions, including the Muzzleloading National Championships, Lever Action National Championships, Field Rifle & 3-Positional Championships, and the U.S. National Matches at Camp Perry. Winning many medals and setting national records along the way, McCarthy has also won the Lever Action Nationals numerous times, and became the first person to win back-to-back championships.

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After three days of incredible shooting, Laura Goetsch now holds not one, but two National Champion titles following the 2009 NRA National High Power Silhouette Championships. Goetsch out-shot the competition, winning both the High Power Rifle and High Power Hunting Rifle Silhouette Championships. In addition to being a two-time National Champion, Goetsch was also named Woman Champion for both events. Here are your top competitors from both Championships:

High Power Rifle Championship:

  • First Place: Laura Goetsch: 92
  • Second Place: Derek Greenaway: 91
  • Third Place: Agustin Sanchez, Jr.: 91
  • High Sub-Junior: Jorge Velasquez: 75
  • High Intermediate Junior: Kolby Rasmussen: 70
  • High Junior: P.J. Snider: 78
  • High Senior: Lee O'Neil: 85
  • High Super Senior: Wayne Weems: 53
  • High Woman: Laura Goetsch: 92

High Power Hunting Rifle Championship:

  • First Place: Laura Goetsch: 78
  • Second Place: Eric Boos: 72
  • Third Place: Enrique Kuess, Jr.: 70
  • High Sub-Junior: Rachel Rayment: 34
  • High Intermediate Junior: Kolby Rasmussen: 59
  • High Junior: Kyler Monares: 52
  • High Senior: Lee O'Neil: 63
  • High Super Senior: Wayne Weems: 50
  • High Woman: Laura Goetsch: 78

Congratulations to the 2009 NRA National High Power Silhouette Championship winners!

It's the final day of competition for the High Power Silhouette Championships, and the National Champion titles are still anyone's game at this point. Several top ranked competitors are neck-and-neck going into this afternoon's final match which could make or break a shooter. High winds are still an issue here in Northern New Mexico, leaving no room for error when setting up a shot.

The results from this morning's match still aren't back, and rumor has it that there may be a shoot-off this afternoon to break some ties for top rankings. However, NRAblog does have the results from yesterday afternoon's High Power Hunting Rifle Match 2, which contained extra shots for competitors after the first day of competition was called off for winds. Here are your top three finishers from yesterday afternoon:

  • First Place: Laura Goetsch: 41
  • Second Place: Agustin Sanchez, Jr.: 36
  • Third Place: Eric Boos: 35

Laura Goetsch (pictured above) has been shooting very well over the past three days, but will it be enough to take the National Championship title from last year's Champion Agustin Sanchez, Jr.? NRAblog will have final results from the 2009 NRA High Power Silhouette Championships later tonight, so don't go away.

The second day of the High Power Silhouette Championships is now halfway complete, with competitors having shot Match 3 this morning. Derek Greenaway, who has been shooting consistently well this week took first place with a score of 31 out of 40. Veteran competitor Dennis Martinen and familiar name Laura Goetsch both scored a 29, but Martinen's eight turkey targets to Goetsch's six turkeys broke the tie, with Goetsch settling for a third place finish.

Yesterday's afternoon match came to a halt due to high wind, so competitors have a lot of ground to cover today during the High Power Hunting Rifle Match 4. Shooters must fire an extra 20 shots both today and tomorrow to compensate for yesterday's wind conditions.

Check out NRAblog later today for more news and photos from the 2009 NRA High Power Silhouette Championships.

Just as we did for Smallbore Silhouette, here are some statistics about our High Power Silhouette competitors:

High Power Rifle Championship

  • Number of High Power Rifle competitors: 98
  • Number of states represented: 18
  • Number of countries represented: 5
  • Number of Junior shooters: 5
  • Number of women competing: 10
  • Number of Senior shooters: 28

High Power Hunting Rifle Championship

  • Number of High Power Hunting Rifle competitors: 93
  • Number of states represented: 17
  • Number of countries represented: 5
  • Number of Junior shooters: 3
  • Number of women competing: 10
  • Number of Senior shooters: 26

High winds brought today's High Power Hunting Rifle Match 2 to a stop by blowing silhouette targets off the rails before being shot. That means the remaining two High Power Hunting Rifle matches over the next two days will jump to 60 shots rather than 40 to close the gap.

Despite this setback, NRAblog has your top three scorers from today's High Power Rifle Match 1. The match was very close going into the last bank of targets, and a tie for second place was broken by the number of turkey targets:

  • First Place: Joy Cox - 35
  • Second Place: Angustin Sanchez, Jr. - 34 (9 turkey hits)
  • Third Place: Laura Goetsch - 34 (8 turkey hits)

Champion Agustin Sanchez, Jr. at the High Power Silhouette Championships at the NRA Whittington Center

Raton, New Mexico - The High Power Silhouette Championships at the NRA Whittington Center started this morning with many Smallbore Silhouette competitors taking to their big guns for High Power.

The High Power Silhouette Championships are similar in format to the Smallbore Silhouette Championships held earlier this week. Standard High Power Rifle matches are shot in the morning and High Power Hunting Rifle is shot in the afternoon. The main differences between the disciplines are obviously the type of rifle (High Power vs. Silhouette) and the distances.

More on the High Power Silhouette championships in New Mexico ...

NRAblog has been bringing you live coverage from events at the NRA Whittington Center, including the Youth Hunter Education Challenge and the Smallbore Silhouette Championships. Beginning tomorrow, we'll be reporting from another two competitions here in Raton, New Mexico.

Both the JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Competition and the High Power Silhouette Championships will be held August 6-8 in the foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These two competitions may be going on at the same time, but they’re quite different.

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