By Lindsey J. Morgan | July 19 2012 18:52

Joseph Hein wins NRA's 2012 3-P Metallic Sight Championship

Port Clinton, Ohio - Sgt. Joseph Hein of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit holds the lead as day one of NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Championship draws to a close. Hein, who has won the Smallbore 3-Position title two out the last three years, shot a record-breaking score of 1194-81x, surpassing the previous National Championship Record by three points.

3-Position Metallic Sight Championship(Prone) — Matches 231, 232, 233
Place Competitor Score
1       Joseph Hein 1194-81x
2       Christopher Abalo 1193-76x
3       George Norton 1193-75x
4       Tarl Kempley 1192-76x
5       Reya Kempley 1191-8ox

As fate would have it, all of the top five finishers beat the 2009 National Championship mark of 1191-76x including the previous record setter Tarl Kimpley. How's that for a little fate?

Part of this total, of course, includes the Kneeling segment of the match. Though still preliminary, here are those scores:

3-Position Metallic Sight Match (Kneeling) — Match 233
Place Competitor Score
1       Joseph Hein 399-28x
2       Amanda Luoma 398-23x
3       Garrett Spurgeon 397-24x
4       Matthew Chezem 397-24x
5       Kirsten Weiss 397-23x

Hein was two Xs (bullseyes) away from tying the National Championships record of Justin Pentz who managed a 398-25x back in 2008. But with three points separating the top five shooters (four points if you go to the top seven) in the overall title race, Hein has more to worry about then racking up records.

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