Did this year's NRA Bianchi Cup look like fun? What about the NRA National Matches, the NRA Smallbore Championships, and the NRA World Shooting Championship? The only problem is it’s October and all that outdoor fun starts back up again next spring. Do you know where to find some competitive shooting action during the winter?
Look no further than the NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships. Unlike our other championships, which are shot at a single location, the Indoor Championships are conducted at hundreds sectional tournaments all across the U.S. and the results are sent here to the NRA where everybody is pitted against each other. Also unlike the NRA’s more traditional tournaments, the Indoor Championships are held during a window of time spanning practically the entire winter so that ranges and clubs can better schedule their sectional events.
It's by far the NRA’s largest competition, with more than 4,000 people participating every year. And aside from being a fun way to compete with so many other competitors, the Indoor Championships are one of the easiest ways for beginners to get involved with the shooting sports.
So how big of a window are we talking about? Competitors have from Jan. 1 through March 18 for Open Sectionals, Jan. 1 through Feb. 12 for Collegiate Sectionals, and Jan. 1 through Apr. 15 for Junior Sectionals.
After we receive the results and determine the winners, final scores are released and prizes are mailed out. For a national event requiring you to travel no further than your local range, could it get any better?
Sound like something you’d want to do this winter? The championships are open to everyone. All you have to do is sign up! And between smallbore, air rifle, BB gun, light rifle, pistol and air pistol, there are plenty of options on how to compete.
If you’d like to learn more about finding a sectional near you or hosting one of your own, give the NRA a call: