Despite power outage, NRA's 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony powers on

Joseph Hall on stage when the lights go out at NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The lights have gone out at Camp Perry before. In fact, a championship without a power outage for at least a few hours just wouldn't feel like Perry. But this time they did it right.

Just as Deanna Binne made her way up to claim the High Junior Any Sights awards it went dark. Nothing to see. Just cellphones and the odd flashlight or two to light up the night, Smallbore Match Director Howard "H.Q." Moody powered on.

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NRA Celebration brings down the house ... our at least the lights ... for Smallbore Awards Ceremony

Trophies sit upon the Hough Theater stage for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Awards Ceremony

Port Clinton, Ohio - The awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships took place on Wednesday night this summer at Camp Perry's Hough Theater. The festivities were emceed by NRA Smallbore Rifle Manager Howard "H.Q." Moody.

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Rising Senior Todaro edges last year's top college shooter during NRA's 3-Position Rifle Championship

Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships
Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at NRA Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - A number of champions took to the stage this summer during the awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle. Staring with the overall winner Joseph Hall, we saw High Civilian Tarl Kempley, High Woman Amy Fister, and High Collegiate Joseph Todaro.

A cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Todaro won the college title by firing a 2367-148x over the three days of three positioning along the shores of Lake Erie. In addition to High Collegiate, Todaro's total was also good enough to finish in the top ten overall.

"It's a true honor to achieve such an honor," he said following the ceremony. "I can't wait to bring it back to New York."

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West Tacoma Thunderbird Lauren Phillips puts plans for rifle and future into action

Lauren Phillips packing up her rifle at the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships in Camp Perry
Lauren Phillips packs up her rifle after the Drew Cup at NRA's Smallbore Rifle Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - Two years ago, Lauren Phillips didn't know anything about Camp Perry. She was just your average high school kid living in the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. She spent lived her life just like any other 16 year-old; go to class, hanging out with friends, and head off to the football game on Friday night. But that wasn't good enough for her. No, Lauren wanted more. She was looking for new challenges and a foolproof plan to secure her future.

Her plan revolved around a rifle.

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Thrasher from Virginia prepares for Junior Year in Highschool with an NRA win

Virginia Thrasher of Virginia wins NRA Intermediate Junior Metallic Sights Championship

Port Clinton, Ohio - There's a lot that goes into winning a national title at NRA's Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio. There's time, practice, dedication, and discipline. What also helps, when battling the wind, pressure and heat, is a little bit of natural talent.

"I started shooting smallbore rifles last September," said Virginia "Ginny" Thrasher, winner of NRA's High Intermediate Junior with Metallic Sights title. "But I've been shooting for almost two years."

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Kempley of New York fires perfect score, tops military shooters by a point

Reya Kempley of New York wins NRA's 2013 Prone Smallbore Rifle Metallic Sights Championship
Reya Kempley lines up for a shot at the 2013 NRA Smallbore Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio.

Port Clinton, Ohio - The NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships continue this week in Ohio as the Prone shooters take to the field. First on the agenda is the Metallic Sights Match.

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Rifleman return to Camp Perry with a mission to beat America


Neil Gibbons and Jon Leech, Captain and Coach of the 2013 Great Britain Rifle Team. The team is taking part in the Pershing Trophy Match this year at the NRA Smallbore Championships in Camp Perry

Port Clinton, Ohio - Fifteen members of the Great Britain Rifle Team descended upon the Viale Range at Camp Perry this week in preparation for the John J. Pershing Trophy Match. Sporting red team shirts and a touch of British swagger, they're lead by by a man known as Jon Leech. A veteran of the sport, Leech is there to share his decades of experience to this new group of hopefuls.

"They're not juniors, though some have taken a while to mature," he said with a laugh. "But they're bringing with them a lot of experience."

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Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Champ sets sights on Olympics and World Championships

Joseph Hall, winner of NRA's 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championship, hoists Benelli Super Nova Shotgun in celebration
Joseph Hall, flanked by Jason Parker (l) and Joseph Hein (r), hoists a Benelli Super Nova Shotgun in the air while being crowned as NRA's 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Champion

Port Clinton, Ohio - You've heard the start of this story before — mom didn't like guns. But with four boys running around and a father who didn't see the harm, she knew her days were numbered. Instead of battening down the hatches, she went another direction.

"Mom came up with the idea of sending us to a weekend long NRA Hunter Safety Course," said Spc. Joseph Hall of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. "That's when we discovered if we do it safe then it's even more fun. After we joined the junior shoot team ... there was no stopping us."

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Teams of teens take on Rifleman Across the Pond at NRA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Members of the 2013 Drew Cup Team at NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - While at Camp Perry for the 2013 Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships this summer, NRA officials picked a collection of promising young shooters to take part in the Drew Cup — a international postal match sponsored by National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) of England.

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