By Kyle Jillson | December 28 2012 17:08

A sibling rivalry at the NRA Whittington Center starts Kyle's Top Ten list for 2012

Bill and Dave Wallinger at the NRA Black Powder Target Rifle Championships in Raton, New Mexico

2012 has been quite the year for NRAblog and selecting just 10 stories for my 'Best Of' list was no easy task. Some hard decisions were made on what to include, but from the moment I began conjuring up this list I knew I had to include the Wallinger brothers.

Top Stories from 2012: #10 - The Wallingers

We do a lot of traveling at NRAblog to bring you coverage from different matches, conferences and events held all across the United States and with that comes the chance to meet some very interesting people. My time at the 2012 NRA National Black Powder Target Rifle Championships was no different and, among all the people I got to know, Bill and Dave Wallinger stood out.

The two brothers from Illinois who now live a thousand miles apart make it a point to meet up at the BPTR Championships every year at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico and put their Trapdoor rifles to use. Being friendly and open like these two isn't anything strange at the championships. Competitors are quick to dispense advice to less experienced shooters and everyone gets to know each other real well between all the time spent at the firing line and working targets in the pits.

Bill (right) and Dave (left) Wallinger at the NRA Black Powder Target Rifle Championships in Raton, New Mexico

The NRA's oldest shooting discipline, black powder also has one of the NRA's oldest trophies - the Castle Trophy. Each year the trophy is awarded to the top shooter of the Creedmoor Match. Comprised of 20 shots at each of the 800, 900 and 1,000 yard lines, the Creedmoor Match is the NRA's original course of fire for a long range competition.

At a match that involves so many expenses on travel and equipment it's nice to win but it's important to have fun and the Wallingers make sure they have plenty of that.

Read my experience of sitting down with the Wallingers here

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