Port Clinton, Ohio - A new NRA National Pistol Champion will be announced this Saturday, July 14th. The winner will have accumulated the highest point total in the .22 matches (designated as 101), center fire matches (designated as 102) and the .45 matches (designated as 103). That segment of the competition starts tomorrow. Today we have the Preliminaries.
The Preliminary matches are sometimes used to identify an early favorite. Won last year by SFC James Henderson, the prelims employ a National Match Course of fire (30 shots at slow and rapid fire) fired with a .22, center fire and .45 pistol. Though each competitor has the opportunity to earn a total of 900 points, the overall record was set back in 1996 by 10-time NRA National Pistol champ (and Top Shot runner-up) Brian Zins 894-50X.
So keep an eye out for today's top shooters. Though it's not a lock, odds are, once the dust settles, you'll see those names again on Saturday.