USAMU poised to take Mumma Trophy home for the second consecutive year
Port Clinton, Ohio - With one day down and three to go in this year's NRA National High Power Rifle Championship, SSGT Shane Barnhart of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit is out in front with an early lead, racking up a 598-36x of today's 600 possible points.
A win for Barnhart, who was one half of the top two-man team in Thursday's Remington/NRA 2nd Amendment Team Match, would be the first High Power Rifle title in an impressive shooting career that includes one NRA National Smallbore Prone win and three NRA National Smallbore 3-Position championships. The other member of Barnhart's winning team, defending High Power champion SSG Brandon K. Green, currently sits sixth with a 595-38x.
In second, and just two points behind Barnhart at 596-28x, is three-time High Power champion Norman Houle. And in third, but tied for points with Houle is Stephen Culpepper with a 596-24x.
Your early leader for the Service Rifle title is currently tied for fourth place with Robert Mango. SSG Joseph Hall, another member of the USAMU, sits at 596-23x and the prospect of winning his first title at the High Power Championships. An accomplished shooter and veteran of Camp Perry already, the Staff Sergeant took an impressive overall win at last year's NRA National Smallbore 3-Position Championship.
Kenneth Lankford, the current High Senior, is also running with the front of the pack after shooting an impressive 595-27x. And not too far behind him are the top Junior and Woman shooters, Nash Neubauer and Julia Carlson, who respectively sit in eleventh and twelfth place with a 593-22x and 592-32x.
There is still plenty of shooting left to be done. Nine more matches over the next three days, to be exact. Already having put 60 shots for record downrange, the remaining matches will see 180 more shots for record with 1800 points up for grabs.
NRA National High Power Rifle Championship
||Brandon Keith Green
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