By Kyle Jillson | March 13 2012 13:48

Top Intercollegiate teams and shooters arrive at Ft. Benning

NRA pistol at Ft. Benning

Columbus, Georgia - As if last weekend's NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State weren't enough, tomorrow kicks off the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships along with the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships here at Fort Benning.

Traditionally these championships were held independently of each other. This year, however, they will take place simultaneously as a part of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit's (USAMU) Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships.

In addition to the two NRA championships, the new Army championships will include the Scholastic Steel Challenge Collegiate Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program Challenge.

Today teams arrive for registration, equipment checks, coaches meetings and practice on the range.

Setting up for Intercollegiate Championships

The USAMU has a collection of top of the line ranges kept in excellent condition that can easily accommodate the four championships. Last year's NCAA Smallbore Championships were held here and they have been host to the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships for a number of years.

NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

In only its third year, the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships are open to College Rifle Clubs, ROTC Teams, and independent shooters, for which there is currently no national championship. The championships are a mirror of the NCAA Rifle Championships, containing both smallbore and air rifle competitions.

The NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships allow for quite a few more shooters than the NCAA championships, seeing the top thirty ranking individuals in each gun and the top ten teams in each gun after the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Sectionals receive invitations.

NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

The NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships determine the National Collegiate Individual and Team Champions in the following disciplines: NRA Intercollegiate Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol.

Like the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships, invitations to the championships are received by the top teams and shooters in the annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals.

There will be a great deal of bustling here at the USAMU's range over the next few days. By the time the weekend arrives, a whole new slew of champions will be crowned. In the middle of it all, the Army will be demonstrating their latest vehicles, firearms, ordnance, airborne and more.

Tonight's welcome reception at the National Infantry Museum will officially start the championships. Then the shots for record begin bright, but not too early, at 0900 tomorrow.

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