By Danielle Sturgis | March 23 2009 05:57

United States National Rifle Team H.J. “Walt” Walter, NRA Board Member and champion shooter, recently met with NRAblog in Fort Worth, Texas, during the NCAA National Collegiate Rifle Championships.

Mr. Walter was kind enough to send the following update our way:

The United States National Rifle Team, supported by NRA, departed this weekend to participate in the 80th anniversary of the South African Bisley Union matches and their national championships, held at Bloemfontein, South Africa, March 26 – April 4. This will be a fullbore competition, and competitors will fire their Palma rifles.

The team is led by Team Captain Dennis Flaherty of California; Vice Captain Dan Simpson of New Hampshire; and Vice Captain Tom Whitaker, also from California. SFC Emil Praslick III, U.S. Army, will function as Head Coach during this tour. Ian Cheesman and Robert Steketee round out the team officers with Ian as Adjutant and Robert functioning as the South Africa Touring Trip Team Adjutant

During the first week there will be individual matches culminating in a 12-man team match vying for top honors in the 80th anniversary matches. Today the team will overnight in Johannesburg and travel to Bloemfontein on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be training days with the individual matches to begin on Thursday.

Thank you, Mr. Walter! He is in touch with the team and assures us he will pass the results on as he receives them. For the latest in how the programs of the NRA are reaching around the nation and the globe, remember to visit

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