By Kyle Jillson | January 2 2014 15:35

NRA Competitive Shooting Division carries America's shooting sports traditions into the 21st century

Doug Koenig at the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Colt Speed Event

Fairfax, Virginia - My list's #3 is the successful year in NRA Competitive Shooting. While all may seen quiet in the cold winter months, the Competitive Shooting staff is working hard to make sure it continues offering a wide range of shooting activities to everyone interested in our great American tradition - from novices to world champions.

How many activities? The NRA sanctions more than 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors more than 50 national championships each year.

While not as visible as Camp Perry or the Bianchi Cup, NRA Competitive Shooting's largest event actually began yesterday. The National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships is the biggest competition of the year, bringing in thousands of shooters who participate comfortably from their backyards in sectional tournaments across the country.

Michelle Gallagher with her winning scorecard for the 2013 NRA Leech Cup Shootoff at Camp Perry

When the weather warms up, NRA's Collegiate Championships decide the year's best young teams and individual student athletes in pistol and rifle. And when Spring is in full swing, the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup draws the world's best action pistol shooters to Columbia, Missouri.

Of course, once July rolls around the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Matches arrive at Camp Perry, Ohio, as they have for more than 100 years. The ultimate event for pistol, smallbore rifle, and high power rifle shooters, Camp Perry is known as the "World Series of the Shooting Sports."

But these are just a handful of events and the top echelon of many disciplines. The rest of NRA's tournaments and national championships are being shot during the warm months by tens of thousands of shooting sports fans. From the Silhouette Championships to Police Pistol Combat, Muzzle Loading, BB Gun, the NRA Club Champion Challenge, and so much more, NRA Competitive Shooting has something to offer every shooter out there.

The smallbore firing line at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

The cycle is beginning all over again in 2014. Get in on the action and see everything NRA Competitive Shooting has to offer. And who knows, you just might break one of 7,000 National Shooting Records.

Take a full look at the exciting year in NRA Competitive Shooting on NRAblog.

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