Camp Perry, Ohio - Last week's Smallbore Rifle Prone Championships began with the Metallic Sight Championship. Combine scores from those matches with those from the Any Sight Championship and you'll have the overall Smallbore Prone Champion.
Despite a windy and rainy finish to the Position Championships, Camp Perry's notoriously bad weather did not appear during the Metallic competitions. That meant the nearly 300 competitors were blessed with optimal conditions.
Metallic Sight Championships are named for the type of sights mounted to your rifle. A Metallic sight is made of metal and fitted to a firearm in pairs, a front sight and a rear sight. On target rifles, the rear sight typically employs an aperture through which the shooter views the front sight and aims at the target.
Metallic sights are also referred to as aperture sights, or peep sights. Opposed to Any Sight matches where sighting equipment is unrestricted, the Metallic Sight championship is fairly strict in what you can and cannot use.
The eventual winner of the Smallbore Prone Championship, CPT Christopher Abalo of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, with a score of 2393-159x - seven points shy of a perfect score. Reya Kempley came in second with a 2390-164x and Stephen Angeli rounded out the top three with a 2389-163x.
Reya's performance was more then enough to earn the High Woman award. Other Special Awards winners include Stephen Angeli, the High Intermediate-Senior and Joe Farmer, the High Senior, who shot a 2388-162x.