By Danielle Sturgis | July 29 2010 18:00
National Smallbore Rifle Prone Champion SSG Shane Barnhart on NRAblog

National Smallbore Rifle Prone Champion: SSG Shane Barnhart:  4790-355x                    

Second Place: 1LT Christopher Abalo: 4786-344x                        

Third Place: Charles Kemp: 4786-338x

SSG Shane Goodhart has been to Camp Perry since 1992, minus two years. This year is his best smallbore rifle performance. Did he come expecting to win?

“I was hoping (to place in top 3),” he said. “I knew going into Any Sight that I had Abalo and Kemp, both very fine shooters, to keep up with.” The biggest challenge of the week? “Battling the wind,” he said.

Any encouragement to young people thinking about shooting competitively? “You can get a free ride to college,” he said.

1LT Christopher Abalo practiced for the national smallbore prone championships for only one month. “I took a two year break from competitive shooting, so this feels good,” he said. “I feels great, actually. I expected to shoot well, and I would say I met my expectations.”

Charles Kemp says third place is fine with him. “I exceeded my goals this year,” he said after claiming his commemorative pistol and award. “I got what I came up here after.”

Competing on and off since 1962, Kemp is quick to point out he wouldn’t be here without the support of his wife, Jan. “And a village at home – lots of support.”

Below, find the ceremony's full slideshow in pictures. Special thanks to NRAblog intern Lindsey Morgan for her assistance, and our apologies on the delay in getting this slideshow posted!


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