Raton, New Mexico - The High Power Silhouette Championships at the NRA Whittington Center started this morning with many Smallbore Silhouette competitors taking to their big guns for High Power.
The High Power Silhouette Championships are similar in format to the Smallbore Silhouette Championships held earlier this week. Standard High Power Rifle matches are shot in the morning and High Power Hunting Rifle is shot in the afternoon. The main differences between the disciplines are obviously the type of rifle (High Power vs. Silhouette) and the distances.
Targets are set at 200 meters (chickens), 300 meters (pigs), 385 meters (turkeys), and 500 meters (rams) for High Power as compared to the 40, 60, 77, and 100 meters for Smallbore.
The race for Match 1 is tightening up with just one bank of targets left to shoot. Joy Cox, Bill Motl, and returning Champion Agustin Sanchez, Jr. (pictured above) are practically neck and neck going into the last string.
We'll have results from Match 1 and 2 later this afternoon, so keep NRAblog bookmarked for fast access to your news and photos from the 2009 High Power Silhouette Championships.