By Kyle Jillson | August 19 2011 13:26
2012 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and Rifle Club Championships

The dates and locations for the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships have been announced.

This year, both events will overlap at Fort Benning, Georgia, as part of the U.S. Army's Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships, held from March 13-18. The NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships will be held March 13-17 and the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships will take place March 13-16.

Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the inaugural Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships are on course to be the biggest multiple-discipline, shoulder-to-shoulder gathering of collegiate and junior shooters in the history of competitive shooting.

Along with the two NRA championships, the Scholastic Steel Challenge Collegiate Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program Challenge will also be held during this event.

From the USAMU's press release:

The ASCSC is designed to connect the Army with and promote youth and collegiate shooting sports. It aligns directly with the youth and collegiate shooting programs of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division, SSC, and SCTP, which all foster junior and collegiate participation in prestigious competitions while promoting firearms safety. The USAMU connects to America's youth through teaching, coaching, and mentoring junior shooters throughout the year, and Soldiers make ideal mentors and role models for our nation's youth. In these respects, the Army's hosting of this event a perfect fit.

The ASCSC will be sandwiched around the electrifying Army Strong Experience, hosted by Maneuver Center of Excellence March 15-16. This event showcases the capabilities of the Army through demonstrations by an array of units on the Army post. Spectators can see the “Rangers in Action” demo, featuring the abilities of the world’s most advanced infantry Soldiers, or the “shock-and-awe” of the Hands-on Training Exercise (HOTEX), which shows off the lethality of some of the Army’s mechanized and armored forces.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to witness the “Airborne 5000” demonstration and Fort Benning Silver Wings Skydiving exhibition, and the jaw-dropping shooting demonstration performed by members of the USAMU Shotgun platoon. The Army Adventure Semi, a culmination of hands-on and interactive systems, will also be on hand enabling the public to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a tank crew member, an Apache pilot, or an explosive ordnance disposal team member, among others.

NRAblog will bring you more information on the championships as details get hammered out with sponsorships and potential prizes. March is a long way out and collegiate shooting seasons have not even begun. There's still plenty of time to prepare.

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