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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2014 National Matches kick off on Ohio's Lake Erie shore

Shooters lined up for the 2013 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia – With the first shot ceremony behind us, the 2014 NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships are officially underway. Considered the top shooting sports event in the country, this year’s matches are expected to bring another summer of top level competition all with the help of title sponsor Remington. The matches, held July 7 through August 10 will be split between the legendary Camp Perry, Ohio, and Bristol, Indiana.

“Remington is one of the most trusted names in the shooting industry and has been involved with the National Rifle & Pistol Championships for a very long time. They are an excellent sponsor for our National Matches,” said Director of NRA Competitive Shooting Dennis Willing. “Their title sponsorship, which began last year, shows their commitment to the shooting sports and will allow us to help the matches become more popular than ever before.”

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From USA Shooting - National Champions Named in Men's Air Rifle and Women's Three-Position Rifle

Lauren Phillips, the gold medalist for Junior Women’s Three-Position RifleFort Benning, Georgia - Not only were titles, medals and bragging rights on the line, but for Junior shooters in these events, the chance to represent the United States at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain was also up for grabs.

Garrett Spurgeon (Canton, Missouri) claimed yet another National Title today by winning the Junior Men’s Air Rifle event. Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch. Colorado) once again claimed the silver and Brandon Muske (Burton, Texas) won bronze.

Seems Spurgeon and Sherry are often atop the Junior Men’s Rifle podiums together. The pair has been gold/silver and vice versa since earlier this year when Spurgeon won gold and Sherry won silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifle at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC). In Men’s Air Rifle at NJOSC, Sherry instead would win the gold.

At this National Championships, Spurgeon also won the Junior Men’s Three-Position Rifle title and silver in Junior Men’s Prone. Sherry took silver in Junior Men’s Three-Position Rifle and bronze in Junior Men’s Prone.

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Register online for the 2014 Remington and NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships in northwest Ohio

NRA High Power Rifle shooter at Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - The 2014 Remington and NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships are just a couple weeks away. Join another great summer of shooting sports at Camp Perry, Ohio and register for one or more of the matches online - right here.

The finest civilian and military marksmen in the United States, and the world, will square off for weeks of rifle and handgun competition while vying for the NRA's historic and prestigious trophies. From pistol, to smallbore rifle, high power rifle, and long range high power rifle, the national matches have something for just about everybody.

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NRA recognizes best of the best in collegiate rifle after NCAA championships

2014 NRA All-American Smallbore First Team

Murray, Kentucky - Following West Virginia University clinching their 16th NCAA Rifle national title, the most in the sport's history, the top rifle shooters in college sports gathered for the closing NRA banquet, where the 2014 NRA All-American teams were announced.

Started in 1936, the All-American award honors collegiate shooters in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun disciplines. Pistol All-Americans were announced simultaneously down at the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships at Ft. Benning. Shotgun All-American awards were presented a couple weeks later at ACUI Clay Target Championships.

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Top spot in 3-Position Olympic Junior Rifle Championship goes to Nebraska freshman

Nebraska freshman Lauren Phillips at the  National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships I first read about Lauren Phillips in 2012. Back then she part of a spitfire quartet known as the West Seattle/Vashon Thunderbirds. Fresh off her team's NRA National Junior Sectional victory, she decided to start taking a more serious approach her shooting career.

Since then, she hit the road for matches in Fort Benning, Georgia, Anniston, Alabama, Camp Perry, Ohio and Colorado Springs, Colorado. What did that travel catalog get her? How about a scholarship to the University of Nebraska and a spot in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

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