By Kyle Jillson | August 20 2012 18:31

No clear leader after shooters battle the elements in New Mexico

NRA Black Powder Target Rifle shooter takes careful aim between his sticks at the NRA Whittington Center

Raton, New Mexico - After a long, hot, windy, sometimes rainy day on the range, the Black Powder Mid-Range Position Championships are half way over - and we don't even have a leader. There's currently a two-way tie for first place between Rick Moritz and Keith Lay at 273-4x apiece.

Position is the first of the two Mid-Range Championships; the other being prone. It is a 60-shot aggregate of 20 shots each at 200, 300 and 600 yards held over two days. The Prone Championship is identical save the position it's shot in.

NRA Black Powder Target Rifle competitor Steve Baldwin at the NRA Whittington Center

An afternoon storm rolled through the valley towards the end of the day, exposing shooters to crosswinds gusting at 35 mph. With the low velocity these competitors are shooting at, hitting the target - let alone an X - was very tough.

Luckily it passed quickly, but not before mucking up some shooters' scores, and the day wrapped up.

Here's where we stand at Position's half-way mark:

Black Powder Mid-Range Position
Place Competitor Score
1       Rick Moritz 273-4x
2       Keith Lay 273-4x
3       Chip Mate 272-5x
4       Klaus Schattleitner 266-6x
5       Dave Gullo 265-0x

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