By Kyle Jillson | March 23 2013 08:39

The NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship's deciding final match

Finalists of the NRA Open Air Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - The last of the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships' five matches this year was Open Air Pistol.

Like in the Women's Air Pistol Championship shot two days prior, the match is shot with 4.5 mm caliber air guns. Competitors take a standing, unsupported position and, when ready, fire on a target from a one-handed stance.

Now, because these are air pistols, the guns produce hardly any recoil and allow for more accurate aiming. Also contributing are the gun's faster lock times, which means less chance for movement between the time the trigger is pulled and the pellet discharges.

Shooters on the firing line at the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Unlike Women's Air Pistol however, competitors in this match fire 60, not 40 shots from ten meters. The time limit has also been increased from seventy-five minutes to 110 minutes. After all competitors have finished shooting, the top eight are selected to participate in a final, determining the individual champion of the match.

Winning the match was Midshipman Timothy Steinberg, a sophomore at the United States Naval Academy. At the same time Cadet Stephen Bowden, a senior at The Citadel, clenched the 2013 Individual Championship despite not winning a single match.

Enjoy some photos from the match below:


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