Title winners and past champs gather at NRA Pistol Championships for team win
Port Clinton, Ohio - They say you're never shooting against the competition ... only against yourself. If your performance continues to improve then that's all that matters. But there are times when you are shooting for more. More than individual performance. When you're shooting for others. For teammates.
"There's a lot of trust involved," a member of the New York State Pistol Team told me. "You do your job and trust your teammates will do theirs."
It's a difficult concept for some.
Some arrived without ever meeting their teammates. Chosen for their performance at matches throughout their states or service, the individual performance is still up to the individual. But unlike the individual matches, there is the call for coaching.
"If you have a bad habit, no matter how small, sometimes it takes someone who never saw you shoot before to point out the problem. So in a sense, these team matched help with your overall performance."
That's the basic idea when it comes to the team matches here at the National Pistol Championships in Camp Perry. Fired in the afternoon after a (hopefully) successfully morning shoot, there's everything from two-man to three-man to four-man teams. Centerfire, .22, and .45 matches all rolled up into one.
Here's what we can tell you so far.
SA PARDINI USA took two-man .22 with a final count of 582-29 while Team Zero Gold captured the four-man with 1168-51x.
Coincidentally enough, Team Zero Gold also captured the four-man Centerfire crown after firing a 1158-45x while SA PARDINI USA fell to the US Marine Corps Reserve team and their total of 576-16x.
The three-man team, shot after the preliminaries, went to USAR Black after topping USAMU Grey by a count of 880-42x to 876-40x.
The final team matches, overall and .45, will be available once today's relays come to close. Until then, stay tuned and happy shooting.
For more on NRA's Competitive Shooting Programs, visit their website at compete.nra.org