By Kyle Jillson | June 7 2012 10:34

NRA National Junior Indoor Rifle Championships

Two weeks ago the preliminary scores for the Open Indoor Rifle Championships were posted and the two week challenge period begun. Now with Open's scores finalized, it is time for the Junior Indoor Rifle Championships' challenge period.

This is the same deal as with Open Indoor Rifle. Preliminary scores have just been posted on the National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships' website and shooters can now check how they fared.

"Check your scores as soon as possible, competitors," said Sectional Program Coordinator Dian Bullock. "These scores become final in two weeks and if there's an error in your score it needs to be fixed."

The Indoor Championships are comprised of Sectional Tournaments shot throughout the country. Junior Sectionals run a month longer than Open's, starting on January 1, and running through April 15. The cutoff for the Junior Championships is 20 years old - above that and you're shooting with the adults in the Open Championships.

The National Indoor Championships have a unique situation when it comes to the challenge period. First off, the purpose of a challenge period is for match officials to post all scores for shooters to review and check the accuracy of. Typical challenge periods run about two hours, giving plenty of time for issues to be resolved. After the challenge period ends and scores are final, awards may be handed out. This prevents competitors calling in months after a match to dispute a score that would have jumped their final standings and possibly won them the match.

Now, since the National Indoor Championships are shot across many sectionals over a few months and scores are mailed in from all corners of the United States, things take a little longer to process. It would be entirely unfair to have a standard challenge period in this situation since shooters are not milling around NRA Headquarters waiting for scores to be posted. It is for this reason that the challenge period is extended to two weeks.

Check your scores now on the NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships website and make sure they're accurate.

Results used to be mailed to shooters, but the championships have now moved to an all-online format.

Do the Indoor Championships sound like something you could do? It's NRA's biggest match and is extremely easy to compete in. If you didn't take part in this year's title hunt, then you'll have plenty of time to prepare for next year. To find out how to get in on the action, call Dian Bullock at (703) 267-1482 or email her at

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