Mountaineers take team title; Madeleine Godwin grabs individual championship at Fort Benning

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - West Virginia University's club rifle team secured the school's second national championship in a week thanks to outstanding shooting at this past weekend's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia. The first of the two shooting sports titles came one week ago when the Mountaineers' varsity rifle team took the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Finishing the competition with a final score of 4363 out of a possible 4800, West Virginia's impressive shooting usurped defending champions University of Michigan, who had won the past two titles. The Wolverines, who found themselves in a 36-point hole to West Virginia after the first day's Smallbore Championship, mounted a spirited comeback during the final day's Air Rifle Championship to win the match, but fell just short of the overall title by 15 points and finished third with 4348.

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Mountaineers in lead for 2015 Intercollegiate Rifle Club title; Madeline Godwin on top of individual scoreboard

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - West Virginia University, whose rifle team took the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships title last weekend, is all set to bookend this past week with titles thanks to their rifle club team sitting in first at this weekend's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships.

Clenching today's Smallbore Championship with a 2116 out of a possible 2400, the Mountaineers are carrying a 17-point lead, and their own destiny, into tomorrow's Air Rifle Championship at the United States Army Marksmanship Unit's facility at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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Spring has sprung in Georgia as rifle shooters compete for NRA title

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - After a winter for the record books for much of the country, yesterday's ushering in of spring has competitive shooters across the country itching to get out to the range and put the x-ring in their sights. This couldn't be more true than at Fort Benning, Georgia, where nearly 100 shooters representing more than a dozen colleges have shown up to compete in the 2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships.

"This year's championships are the largest we've ever had and we're so excited for all the shooters," said Match Director and National Manager of NRA's Collegiate and School Programs Tori Croft. "Thanks to competitive shooting growing so much at the collegiate level there are so many schools we'd love to have and Fort Benning has plenty of room."

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Have shooting sports fun this summer and take your skills from casual to competitive

NRA Intermediate Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - If you know a shooter aged 12-21 who would enjoy some shooting sports action this summer, the National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for its annual competitive shooting camps for junior shooters. These camps, run by the Coach Education Program, help young shooters develop their marksmanship skills from casual to competitive through challenging and rewarding lessons.

“These camps have everything you need to take your game to the next level,” said NRA National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia. “Each day will be filled with exercises designed to help you master your body positioning, breath, and trigger control to consistently shoot high scores. You’ll be tired at the end of each day, but you’ll also leave a better shooter than you were before.”

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Sophomore Cornhusker waits to shoot the good shot in NCAA finals

Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships
Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska - Rachel Martin never wanted to learn how to shoot. But thanks to a little prodding from dad, she eventually found a passion for the sport. A passion that brought her the 2015 NCAA National Smallbore Rifle Championship.

“It’s a little overwhelming right now,” she exhaled after winning the title.

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Shots of the shots and the shooters who shot them

NCAA Rifle competitors shoot from the standing position at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska - All that's left for Day One at the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships is the crowning of the champ. That should take place in about an hour or so. By then, the eight individuals who fired the highest scores of the day will gather once again to fire for the 2015 smallbore crown.

But those eight only represent a fraction of those who took to the range today. 17% to be exact as 47 shooters took to the line and fired away. So with a bit more success than others, some with a malfunction or two, and some that just couldn't bring the magic.

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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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From the Civilian Marksmanship Program - Top Winners and Individuals Named in 2014-2015 JROTC Postal Competition

Precision rifle winners at the JROTC Postal Match

Port Clinton, Ohio - A total of 11,515 young marksmen participated in the 2014-2015 JROTC Postal match, with the top shooters and teams in each branch earning an invitation to the JROTC Regional Service Championships, to be held in Phoenix, AZ; Anniston, AL; and Camp Perry, OH.

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NRA's largest competitive match of the year begins January 1 and you can compete at your home range

NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - Are you looking to do some competitive shooting this winter? The 2015 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships start January 1 and they're the NRA's biggest match of the year. Unlike NRA's Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot as a postal match, through multiple sectional tournaments all across the country. This means you can join the action from the comfort of your local range. There's no need to travel half way across the country!

Results are sent to the NRA where they're compared to everyone else's and winners are determined. It's a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it's easy to get involved.

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