By Lars Dalseide | August 12 2013 18:25

One year after moving from Smallbore to Long Range High Power, Barnhart is in reach of NRA title

Shane Barnhart of the US Army Marksmanship Unit shooting an NRA Long Range High Power Team match

Port Clinton, Ohio - Shane Barnhart of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit finishes the third day of NRA's National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in a precarious position … in the lead. How he got here, however, is somewhat of a mystery. Not because of his skill or training — he has plenty of that — but because of his lack of wins.

There have been eight shoot offs during the first three days of the National Championships. How many has Barnhart won? Zero. Quite the feat for the man who managed to rack up 799 out of a possible 800 points.

"I'm getting the points, I'm just not getting the Xs in the right places," he explained with a resilient laugh. "But it's working out so far."

A dominant competitor in the Smallbore Rifle field, Barnhart was moved from that section of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to the Long Range High Power group last year. Why move a man who won national titles in smallbore to long range? After looking at his accomplishments so far, the question is why not.

Because as of this moment, Barnhart holds a one point lead over teammates Tyrel Cooper and Brandon Keith Green (this year's High Power Rifle Champion). One point can make all the difference in shooting sports. But these aren't the only shooters Barnhart has to worry about ... there others close behind.

Right along side Cooper and Green is the current high senior and high woman Shirley Mcgee. A step behind that group is past Long Range champ Michelle Gallagher. All within striking distance as the final day grows ever near.

Competitor expends an empty casing during the NRA Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio

Until then, here's where we stand at the end of Day Three:

NRA's 2013 Long Range High Power Rifle

Place Name Score
1 Shane Barnhart 799-50x
2 Tyrel Cooper 798-50x
3 Brandon Ketih Green 798-42x
4 Shirley Mcgee 798-41x
5 Michelle Gallagher 797-47x
6 Bob Gustin 796-48x
7 Mark Laramie 796-37x
8 John Whidden 795-53x
9 Nancy Tompkins 795-39x
10 Eric Smith 795-37x

Hanna Gaddie calls for a scoring update from officials during NRA's 2013 Long Range High Power Rifle Championships in Port Clinton, Ohio

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