Port Clinton, Ohio -
The final day of the National Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry focused on the Palma Team Matches. As per usual, the winds out on the Viale Range were at full gale force as the competitors broke down into three categories; Palma Rifle, Service Rifle and Match Rifle
Unlike the the other matches that make up the Long Range High Power Rifle championship that are solely shot form 1,000 yards, the course of fire for Palma matches is split into fifteen shots from 800, 900 and 1,000 yards. With a mobile firing line, the shooters and officials are required be (relatively) mobile too.
Four-man teams receive a set amount of time to fire their 15 shots (not including sighters) down range. Once a shooter completes his relay, team members switch from shooter to spotter to coach to casual observer. Then all that's left is to pack up your rifle and wait for the scores.