Last night at the awards ceremony for the High Power Rifle Championships, Norman Houle of West Warwick, Rhode Island, claimed his third High Power Championship.
His previous wins coming in 2004 and 2006, the past couple years had been tough for Norman and he joked at what a comeback this year had become.
His final score came in at 2387-124x, just one point over last year's champion Carl Bernosky, and two points over David Tubb. This year was the closest point differential Norman could recall, and he has been shooting with a lot of the other guys who came up for awards last night for over two decades.
The National Champion is the person with the highest aggregate of scores fired in the Vandenberg Cup, Nevada Trophy and Clarke Trophy Matches, and they receive the Mumma Trophy, a footed sterling silver urn with an ornate top, side handles and spout.
The 19th century style urn, purchased by the Mumma family in Great Britain, sits on a square wooden base. Its engraved silver plate on the base reads as follows: "The Mumma Trophy. Presented to the National Rifle Association of America in Memory of Colonel Morton C. Mumma, United States Army. Distinguished Rifleman and NRA Honorary Director for Life 1878-1945, and Rear Admiral Morton C. Mumma, Jr., United States Navy. Distinguished Rifleman and NRA Honorary Life Member 1904-1968."
Congratulations Norman on your excellent shooting!