By Kyle Jillson | March 16 2013 08:33

Teams begin hunt for 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships titles at Fort Benning, Georgia

2012 NRA Rifle Club Individual champion Amos Peck of Michigan State University

Columbus, Georgia - Continuing the March madness of collegiate shooting, the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships begin this weekend at Fort Benning.

Picking up the excitement right where the the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships left off, the next few days will determine the new NRA Rifle Club champions.

And they will definitely be new. Like the Pistol Championships missing last year's individual winners, the Rifle Club Championships are without defending champs. In fact, they're without both the team and the individual.

In 2012 the Michigan State rifle team dominated the competition. The Spartans won the team championship by a margin of 96 points and shooter Amos Peck took the individual title by 19. That second place individual shooter, for that matter, was also a member of the Michigan State team.

But Michigan State was unable to make it this year and won't be there to ward off aspiring champions.

Last year's second and third place teams, Penn State University and the University of Michigan, also happen to respectively be the 2011 and 2010 champions. With previous championship experience, one of these two teams could definitely add a second trophy to their accolades.

What's certain is that one of the thirteen teams who have assembled for the weekend's matches will walk right up and take - or retake - the crown.

The event is comprised of an air rifle championship and a smallbore championship - held in that order, and a reverse of last weekend's NCAA Rifle Championships.

Like the Pistol Championships which wrapped up on Thursday, the Rifle Club Championships are a part of the 2nd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships here at Fort Benning. Hosted by the United States Marksmanship Unit, the event is the largest multi-discipline, shoulder to shoulder, collegiate shooting sports championship event in the United States.

In addition to the NRA, it features championships from the Scholastic Steel Challenge, Scholastic Clay Target Program, Scholastic Pistol Program and Association of College Unions International.

By generously making their top of the line ranges available, the United States Army Marksmanship Unit gives hundreds of shooters the chance to engage in some excellent shooting sports competition.

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