By Lars Dalseide | July 18 2013 09:22

Wednesday's Smallbore Metallic Sights matches bring out the best and the rain for NRA Competitors

With teddy bear in view, a smallbore shooter finds her target at the NRA Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Port Clinton, Ohio - Nobody said it was going to be easy.

In a day that saw the the temperature swing from the mid-90s to the mid-70s, from sunny skies to torrential downpours, Day One at the NRA's National Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships was one to remember. When the girls made an early move, the boys recovered, and members of the U.S. Army Marskmanship Unit holds three of the top five spots.

"That's just Camp Perry," said Katie Bridges out of Marble Falls, Texas. "It'll make you giggle."

Starting at eight in the morning and ending around five in the afternoon, Wednesday's competition at Camp Perry focused on the smallbore metallic sight rifles. Shooting from the standing, kneeling and prone positions, shooters battled the elements, the bugs and their own state of mind. Much like a basketball player going for ten shots in a row, the ability to block out the surroundings and concentrate on the matters at hand is not just desirable, it's mandatory.

There were a few big moves, a few missteps and a few new challengers to break up the day.

Here's how it looked from our perspective:

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