Smallbore shooters converge in Indiana before Camp Perry matches
Bristol, Indiana - This past weekend, as the NRA National Pistol Championship were wrapping up and Camp Perry was preparing for the NRA National Smallbore 3-Position Championships, some smallbore shooters got an early taste of the summer championship season with the NRA Metric Championship.
Begun in 2010, the Metric Championship is held at the Wa-Ke-‘Da Rifle Range in Bristol, Indiana and is seen by many fun ramp up to the national championships. Only three hours away from the Remington/NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, many metric shooters pack up on the last day and head straight to Lake Erie for another week and a half of matches.
"The NRA National Metric Championship is one of the most enjoyable NRA Tournaments I work with," said H.Q. Moody, NRA's Rifle Manager and the match's director. "The facility's high quality is matched only by the level of competition."
If you're someone who just can't get enough smallbore action, look no further. Next year's Metric Championship will be even more of a prelude for summer smallbore competition as both the NRA Smallbore 3-Position Championships and NRA Smallbore Prone Championships are moving to Wa-Ke-'Da Range in 2014 and 2015. But why leave Camp Perry? Well, the World Palma Rifle Championships are scheduled to be held at Camp Perry in the summer of 2015. The Smallbore Championships are moving in 2014 as well to allow for a “dress rehearsal.” Although there will no doubt be a little commotion, the Palma Championships come around once every 25 years, so it will be a while before Camp Perry's regular schedule gets disrupted again.
So who came out on top this year?
In the Metric Position Championship, Tarl Kempley, 2013's NRA National Smallbore 3-Position champion, took first with a 2296-101x out of a potential 2400. Katie Bridges placed second, shooting a 2250-79x and Mark Matheny brought up third with a 2237-61x.
The Metric Prone Championship saw Katie Bridges capture the title with a 2357-130x, followed by Michelle Bohren's 2356-125x and Mike O'Connor's 2352-121x.
Congratulations to Metric champions and thanks to everyone who came out. We'll be seeing most of you later this week at Camp Perry.