By Kyle Jillson | November 16 2012 07:33

BB Gun and Light Rifle added to NRA's biggest competitive shooting event

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA's largest competitive shooting tournament is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Expecting to bring in hundreds of new competitors, the annual NRA National Indoor Championships are adding BB Gun and Light Rifle to its list of championships starting in 2013. The Indoor Championships, which already see participation in the thousands for its rifle, pistol and collegiate championships, are one of the easiest ways to get involved with the shooting sports.

Unlike NRA matches shot at one range such as the Bianchi Cup or Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are fired at local tournaments called “sectionals," which report their results to the NRA. You have quite a bit of time to get your scores in, too. The 2013 season starts as soon as the Times Square Ball comes to a halt on January 1 and continues through mid-April.

There's no need to travel half-way across the country to compete. If you can make it to a sectional tournament you're golden. And with around 300 sectionals held across the country, it's pretty hard not to be near one. After the top scores are compiled here at headquarters, results are announced and awards are mailed out - easy.

"We've been getting a lot of requests to do this for the past few years," National Rifle Manager HQ Moody told us. "This year we finally got the budget room and, because our goal is to keep supporting our shooters, we did it."

BB Gun is joining the Junior Championship while Light Rifle will become a part of Open championship.

The NRA National Indoor Championships are extremely easy to compete in and you're just in time to start preparing for next year. Want to host a sectional or learn more about shooting in one? Give the NRA a call:

  • Rifle: Dian Bullock, (703) 267-1482
  • Pistol: Ann Boyd, (703) 267-1452
  • Collegiate: Tori Croft, (703) 267-1473

You can also e-mail the Rifle Department at and find out how to get in on the action.

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