Port Clinton, Ohio - Hundreds of shooters competed in the Prone (pictured above), Standing and Kneeling matches at Camp Perry's NRA Smallbore 3-Position Championships two weeks ago and NRAblog has plenty of photographs to share.
Like the Smallbore Prone Championship, the 3-Position Championship is made up of both Metallic Sight and Any Sight championships. Competitors of all ages participated in the 3-P Metallic Matches, but Senior 3-P shooters (65 years and older) had the option of shooting through the matches using any sights.
A few shooting celebrities popped up during the week. Above is SFC Josh Olson of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Although Olson went through the paces with the other shooters, he was not actually competing in the championship. His presence at Camp Perry was merely to get practice in order to be at the top of his game later this summer when he goes to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Josh Olson will be one of our many Paralympic Athletes going for the gold in only a couple weeks time. He didn't hold back all his competitive spirit for London, though, as he shot for score in the following week's Prone Championships.
Olson's USAMU teammates did exceptionally well in the Metallic Championship, SGT Joseph Hein won the title with a 1194-81x out of a potential 1200. CPT Christopher Abalo, who would later win this year's Smallbore Prone Championship, finished second with a 1193-76x and rounding out the top three was SSG George Norton and his 1193-75x.
All in all, the NRA 3-P National Championship Matches were quite the exciting venture. Shooters young and old got their first taste of the Camp Perry Magic and weather. Although the weather caused some tough shooting later in the week, scores still managed to push the National Records at almost every turn.
Congratulations to our overall 3-Position champ Tarl Kempley and all the other competitors.