By Lars Dalseide | October 24 2011 09:04
The U.S. Palma Team after the final day of competition at the 2011 World Rifle Championships in Brisbane, Australia

Dave Cloft, a member of the U.S. Palma Team and a shooter for the US Army Reserve, sends NRAblog another report on the World Rifle Championships.

Brisbane, Australia - There was very, very stiff competition and the conditions on the range tested our coaches and shooters thoroughly. After two long days of shooting, we found ourselves bested by Great Britain and South Africa. While we did not win gold, this was still a tremendous accomplishment for our team, and it was an honor to be among the best rifle shooters in our country and from around the world.

We were overwhelmed by the hospitality demonstrated by all the great folks in Australia during the past three weeks. It was definitely a wonderful experience. With any luck, this won't be my last time visiting this amazing country.

The 2015 World Championships will be hosted by the USA. The planned location is currently Camp Perry, Ohio following the US National Championships in August. The next US Team Training event is the South African National Championships in October of 2012.

Final team scores are below:

The Palma Team Match
   Great Britain Captain: John Webster 7027-651X
   South Africa Captain: Jacob De Beer 6992-651X
   United States Captain: Dennis Flaherty 6980-655X
   Australia Captain: John Baxter 6966-603X
   Canada Captain: Bob Pitcairn 6910-563x
   New Zealand Captain: Tony Loughnan 6894-533X

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