By Kerrin Brinkman | August 5 2009 15:31

NRAblog has been bringing you live coverage from events at the NRA Whittington Center, including the Youth Hunter Education Challenge and the Smallbore Silhouette Championships. Beginning tomorrow, we'll be reporting from another two competitions here in Raton, New Mexico.

Both the JP Rocky Mountain 3-Gun Competition and the High Power Silhouette Championships will be held August 6-8 in the foothills of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These two competitions may be going on at the same time, but they’re quite different.

High Power Silhouette is a precision game, with competitors shooting at small steel targets from distances as far as 500 meters with a high power rifle. While shooting, competitors remain stationary, focusing on accuracy and the fundamentals of marksmanship.

3-gun competition is fast-paced, where speed and tactical shooting skills pay an important role. The size and type of targets vary depending on the stage design and type of firearms being used. Competitors might use pistols, shotguns, and/or tactical rifles during a stage.

To compare and contrast these two types of shooting, stay tuned to NRAblog for coverage from both competitions beginning tomorrow.

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