Second NRA championship in three years for Olympian McPhail
Port Clinton, Ohio - Only two points shy of a perfect score, SSG Michael McPhail of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit won the 2013 NRA National Smallbore Prone Championship with a 4798 out of 4800. McPhail, who has previously won the coveted Critchfield Trophy in 2011, was absent from last year's National Matches due to competing the London 2012 Summer Olympics as a member of Team USA.
Held July 20-25 at Camp Perry, a National Guard training facility on the shore of Lake Erie, the Smallbore Rifle Prone Championships are a part of the annual NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships. Known in the shooting community as the "World Series of the shooting sports," the National Matches have been a staple of Camp Perry for 106 years.
Matthew Chezem, winner of the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship earlier this spring, placed second by three points with a 4795. In third was McPhail's USAMU teammate SFC Eric Uptagrafft with a 4794.
The Smallbore Prone Championship is 480-shot aggregate of the Metallic Sight Championship and Any Sight Championship; each championship comprising 240 shots spread out over six matches from distance of 50 meters and 100 yards. Reya Kempley, 2012's overall silver medalist, won the Metallic Sight Championship with a perfect 2400. McPhail took the Any Sight Championship with a 2399 and 199 tie-breaking X's, besting teammate SFC Jason Parker's 2399-188x.
Congratulations on your second victory, Michael. We'll see you next year.
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