West Virginia poised to take 2013 collegiate rifle title after strong start in Air Rifle Championship

Air rifle shooters at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio - The close overall standings between teams after yesterday's Smallbore Championship have become a little wider today at the Air Rifle Championship. The final portion of the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships, today will decide this year's national champion.

With Relay #1's scores in and Relay #2 well underway, each shot gives us a clearer picture of who will walk away a champion.

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Nanooks hold on in bid for their 11th national championship in NCAA Rifle

Texas Christian University shooter Sarah Scherer at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships

Columbus, Ohio - The University of Alaska Nanooks, who finished the regular season at No. 5, are holding on to their lead at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State. With scores from three of their four shooters accounted for, the Nanooks are sporting a 1731 team score. One of NCAA's dynasty teams, Alaska-Fairbanks has ten titles to their name, the most recent being in 2008.

Just behind them in second is the other dynasty team, West Virginia University, trailing by four with a 1727. Rounding out third is last year's defending champion, Texas Christian University, with a 1723.

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Who has the best shot at this year's NCAA Rifle title in Ohio State?

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

Fairfax, Virginia - Tomorrow NRAblog heads out to Columbus, Ohio for the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State University. There, eight teams will vie for the title through the Smallbore Championships on Friday and the Air Rifle Championship on Saturday. Who's going to take home the ultimate prize this weekend? Only NRAblog knows. (Okay, that's a lie.)

The competitors were selected by combining the average of a team's three highest regular-season aggregate scores (no more than one match per site) with their aggregate from the designated NCAA qualifiers. Mathematically, we have a good idea of who is going to do what on gameday, but how will it play out this weekend? We need to wait and see.

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NRA Museum Curator's display Guns of Teddy Roosevelt at the Martinsburg Gun Show

President Teddy Roosevelt kept this Fabrique Nationale Model 1900 semi-auto pistol in a White House night stand

Martinsburg, West Virginia - Four hours ago, the Martinsburg Gun Show opened their doors for business. With more than two hundred tables of guns, ammo, antiques and Gatling Guns, the show is sure to thrill the thousands of firearm enthusiast expected to attend this weekend. One table sure to garner a great deal of excitement is the one manned by Philip Schreier, Senior Curator of the NRA National Firearms Museum.

"We brought something special for the good people of West Virginia," said Schreier. "The guns of a President."

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Texas Christian University Horned Toads lead sport into two month break

Texas Christian University shooter Caitlin Morrissey at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NCAA Rifle season takes a break this time of year to allow students to focus on their school work and the upcoming winter break. Now that the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll is out, we see there was some change, but not among the top-ranked teams.

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Horned Frogs end WVU's five week reign at No. 1

TCU's Scherer is 2012 smallbore champion

Fairfax, Virginia - West Virginia has been unseated by defending champions Texas Christian in the most recent Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll that now has the Horned Frogs back on top.

After dominating a four-team invitational at Ohio State and setting a school record for team aggregate at 4708, Texas Christian leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in NCAA Rifle. WVU did not falter as they beat North Carolina State the same weekend, however TCU's big win at Ohio State was enough to propel them to first and end WVU's reign over the poll at five weeks.

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Nanooks jump three spots to #4 as Mountaineers hold on to #1

2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

The top of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll looks the same as it did two weeks ago as top-ranked West Virginia watches Kentucky and Texas Christian University trade spots again. The defending champion Horned Frogs, ranked No. 1 preseason, fell back a spot to West Virginia after the opener and have been battling with Kentucky for second ever since.

The Wildcats, themselves champions in 2011, began the season at No. 2 and shifted to No. 3 after the rise of West Virginia. In Week 3 they bumped Texas Christian only to find their standings swapped again by Week 4. Now in Week 5, the two have switched ranks again after Kentucky's win at North Carolina State.

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Are you a shooting coach? An instructor? Then you can help the Boy Scouts next July in Mount Hope

A proud Scout from the Kansas City area shows off his cherished souvenir Federal  shotgun shells complete with the Jamboree logo after finishing his 5 Stand experience at Camp Thunder.on NRAblog Kansas City area Scout shows off his cherished souvenir at Camp Thunder - shotgun shells with the Jamboree logo. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
The 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree is right around the corner. Taking place at the brand new High Adventure Base just outside of Mount Hope, West Virginia, it appears they are in need. In need of coaches and instructors.

"We were contacted by officials from the Boy Scouts of America," said NRA Education & Training Director Bill Poole. "They are looking for USA Archery Level 1 Instructors, NRA Certified Instructors and Certified NRA Coaches to run what they tell me is the largest youth shooting sports event ever held in West Virginia."

Here's a bit from their formal announcement:

Shooting Sports promises to be a sensational section at the Jamboree as thousands of Boy Scouts and Venturers will experience numerous shooting sports activities. 

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2012 NCAA national champions begin the new season at No. 1

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

After unseating the University of Kentucky for their second National Championship in three years, Texas Christian University is starting the 2012-2013 season at the head of the coaches poll. This is not uncommon for a team returning the majority of their players from the previous year. The Horned Frogs are bringing back four of the five shooters - including Olympian Sarah Scherer - that made up last year's winning team.

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