The NRA Air Gun Nationals are a two part match, a qualifying round and a shoulder to shoulder Championship. The qualifying round is shot at multiple locations around the country at the beginning of the year, and the shoulder to shoulder National Championship is hosted at a different location each year.
Competitors may shoot the qualifier closest to them without the need for expensive travel. The three position, sixty shot match is scored to a decimal using electronic scoring, which ensures consistent nationwide scoring and reduces the number of ties. All of the scores are gathered together and visible online, allowing spectators and coaches nationwide to see new results as they are entered.
This portion of the match is shot within a set window of time, allowing each participating location to choose the weekend which best suits their shooting schedule. Any location with the ability to score a match to a decimal is invited to participate, and the NRA is always looking to add new locations. If your club is interested in being a host location for the qualifying round, email Damian Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the conclusion of the qualifying round, the competitors who posted the best scores will receive invites to the shoulder to shoulder championship.
The NRA’s Open Air Gun Championship seeks to bring together the best competitors from around the country to determine the best individual and the best team in sporter and precision air rifle each year. The three position 120 shot match is scored to a decimal, just like the qualifying round. This has allowed for an unprecedented amount of detail for comparing two competitors. Some awards may be decided by fractions of a point!
The shoulder to shoulder championship moves from year to year, and in 2015 was held in Albuquerque New Mexico. The best Air Rifle competitors in the country came from as far as Alaska and South Carolina to compete in the match. Below you will find links to the results from the qualifying round as well as the shoulder to shoulder Championship.
Shoulder to Shoulder
Did you know you could earn a Distinguished badge in Sporter and/or Precision Air Rifle? This prestigious award can be earned by placing in the top 10% at the Indoor National Championships and the National Junior Air Gun Championship. You must be an NRA member and you can only earn two steps per calendar year. Start working towards this award today! Check out the guidelines at Sporter Air Rifle Position or Precision Air Rifle Position
Looking for scoring gauges? There are now two sources for these:
As in 2013, the Progressive Position Pistol National Championship program is a dual venue National Championship in 2014 that will incorporate two of the premier shooting facilities in the country with the Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center and the U.S. Army's Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Ft. Benning, Ga., being utilized as concurrent venues of competition.
The PPP National Championships will take place July 25-27 at these two prime locations. The Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center will serve as the Western venue and Ft. Benning will be the Eastern venue. Registration for the PPP National Championships has begun via this link: www.usashooting.org/membership/youth-programs/youthpistol/2014-ppp-national-championships
The PPP rule book can be found at www.usashooting.org/downloads/2010_ppp_rules2.pdf.
The PPP match competition is a precision pistol event. Multi-shot pistols may be used, but only a single pellet may be loaded at any given moment. The pistols must be .177 caliber (4.5 mm), and use compressed air or compressed, non-flammable gas (such as CO2) for propellant.
There are three categories of competitors in the Progressive Position Pistol Program, defined by the shooting position used by the competitor. They include basic supported; standing supported and international (one-handed) standing.
For directions on how to build a T-stand (to be used in the Basic Supported Position and/or in the Standing Supported Position), check out www.usashooting.org/library/Youth_Development/Z_PPP_Counterbalance_T_Stand.pdf.
To sanction a match, visit www.usashooting.org and download the form from Resources-Downloads tab, then under the Competitions section.
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