By Lars Dalseide | August 15 2012 13:08

Rifle teams from across the globe compete in America Match at NRA Championships

Team flags from Great Britain, America, Japan and Australia fly during the America Match at NRA Championships

Port Clinton, Ohio - Scores from the first two round of today's America Match at the NRA Long Range Rifle Championships finds the Great Britain Rifle Team in the lead by two points.

Starting with targets at 300 yards, eight-man teams from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and Australia fire 120 shots per round before moving to the next distance. Once the day is done, teams will have shot from distances of 300, 800, 900 and 1,000 yards. The 300, according to some, just might be the most difficult.

"Almost every international competition includes shorter distances," explained Emil Praslick of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. "We are one of the few countries that only shoots position (standing, kneeling, prone) from the shorter distances. It can be tricky. You might not win the match at 300, but you can certainly lose it."

Shot along side the Palma Team matches, competitors are firing .308 rifles with a maximum bullet weight of 156 grains. With 2012 NRA Long Range High Power Rifle champ David Luckman on their side, it will be an uphill battle for the others to over take Great Britain Rifle.

Here's where we are after the first two rounds:

America Match — NRA Long Range Rifle
Place Team Score
1       Great Britain 2,400-178x
2       United States 2,400-177x
3       Australia 2,392-138x
4       Canada 2,388-149x
5       Japan 2223-67x

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