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VOL. 26 NO. 6 JUNE 2013

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COMPETITOR'S CORNER

By Dennis willing Director, NRA Competitive Shooting Division

Let me start off by offering you an apology for not getting the National Matches online registration up and working as we predicted. We ran into some computer glitches as well as bumping heads with NRA Annual Meetings items that also needed to be put online. In the end, the Annual Meetings were held before the National Matches, so that had priority. Since we just rewrote the entire program for the National Matches and wont have to do that again next year, we will shoot for a March 1 online date for 2014. This year, Benchmade Knives is producing a commemorative knife for the National Matches. The knife will display the 2013 National Matches logo and will sell for $149. A portion of the sales will be directed to the Competitive Shooting Division to support the National Matches. Benchmade will then produce a different knife for 2014 with that years logo and will continue doing so annually to create a collectors set. We will have 200 knives at Camp Perry in the NRA Store, but you can also order your knife online today at: www.benchmade.com/campperry2013. I ordered two. We are working on improving our official target files and have just consulted with National Target to have the files digitized. The new files will then be sent to all of our licensed printers so that the targets will be uniform, no matter where you buy them. It will take a while to use up those targets that the suppliers have in stock but when they are gone, a more uniform target will begin to appear. Filling some vacancies in the Competitive Shooting Division has been a high priority. This will help eliminate the overburden suffered by the staff who are working double duty to compensate for vacancies. The Black Powder position should be filled by the time that you read this and the Air Gun position will follow shortly. The toughest position to fill might be the High Power Program Coordinator position, so keep us in mind if you think that you or someone you know might be interested. Keep checking the NRA website for the official job posting. Under consideration at this time is moving the Smallbore Rifle Championships out of Camp Perry for 2014 and 2015 to accommodate acceptable dates for the 2015 World Palma Championships and a dress rehearsal in 2014. Dealing with the international shooting community adds another dimension to our scheduling difficulties in that we now have to take another countrys shooting schedules into consideration. The Metric National Smallbore Championship is currently held in Bristol, IN. This offered the perfect location to relocate Smallbore, since a like event was currently being held there. It is a beautiful range with more than enough, reasonably-priced housing and lots of good restaurants nearby. In addition, a banquet can be offered. Interested parties are currently considering the possibility of the move and Ill keep you posted as things develop. The e-mail address that I recently established to help answer competitors questions has been going over well. We have daily use of this service and everyone seems to be satisfied with the answers that they receive. If you need help, please be sure to contact comphelp@nrahq.org. Once again, I want to mention the pistol camp for juniors at the National Matches. As of this writing, the rifle camp was almost full but the pistol camp had zero registrations. Juniors are the future of the pistol sports, so take advantage of having a junior trained by some excellent instructors and get them signed up for the camp. If it goes away for lack of interest, we might not be able to get it back.

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College Shooting Sports


Shooting sports participation drops at the age of 17-18 when youth shooters either head for the work force or college. Tori outlines the many programs available, either through school or club teams.
By Victoria Croft

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Collegiate Shootings March Madness


Kyle les his entertaining report on the annual pistol and rie matches that attract the best collegiate athletes each spring.
By Kyle Jilson

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Accurizing a Revolver
David Sams reviews a surprisingly long list of steps required to accurize a wheel gun in preparation for competition. We conclude with a peek behind the doors of renowned Milt Sparks, Inc. for their custom leather holsters.
By David Sams

ON THE COVER
Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, we asked master gunsmith David Sams to accurize the worlds most inaccurate revolvera snub-nose .38 lemon squeezer, as an introduction to this months feature article on match-grade revolvers.
Cover Photo: Forrest MacCormack

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Kent Reeve Interview


Rick gets National Palma Champion Kent Reeve to share his views on being in the moment on the ring line and spending a little less time on the reloading bench.
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Zero/Lapua Pistol Team


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4 Competitors Corner

Updates from the desk of Dennis Willing, Director, Competitive Shooting Division.

12 Product Focus

Normas Diamond Line Match Grade bullets and cartridges.

Shooting Sports USA (ISSN 1069-6822) is published monthly by the National Rie Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400; (703) 267-1000. Copyright 2013, the National Rie Association of America. To update your email address for the digital subscrition, simply re-register at www.shootingsportsusa.com. No advertised item is intended for sale in those states, or in those areas where local restrictions may limit or prohibit the purchase, carrying or use of certain items. Check local laws before purchasing. Mention of a product or service in advertisements or text does not necessarily mean that it has been tested or approved by the NRA. All rights reserved except where expressly waived. The editors are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. WARNING: All technical data in this publication, especially for handloading, reect the limited experience of individuals using specic tools, products, equipment and components under specic conditions and circumstances not necessarily reported in the article and over which the National Rie Association (NRA) has no control. The data has not otherwise been tested or veried by the NRA. The NRA, its agents, ofcers and employees accept no responsibility for the results obtained by persons using such data and disclaim all liability for any consequential injuries or damages.

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34 A Page From History

Highlights from the world of competitive shooting sports.

Reprints from American Rieman magazine on competitive shooting in the early years.

10 Bag Check

A mini-series by Barbara Baird, Womens Outdoor News, on tips from the pros on what they take to the ring line in their range bags.

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Downloadable Coming Events lists NRA-sanctioned matches from coast to coast.

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USA Shooting will host the 2013 Coach College (Sept. 16-18) and Coach Conference (Sept. 20-22) for continuing education of USA Shooting coaches and program leaders at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Registration is now ofcially open for both programs by clicking on the following links. COACH COLLEGE: https://www.usashooting.org/membership/ coaches/coachcollege COACH CONFERENCE: https://www.usashooting.org/membership/ coaches/coachconference

Bag Check - Whats in Your Range Bag?


By Barbara Baird, www.womensoutdoornews.com
NRA instructor Nikki Turpeaux, lead instructor and founder of the Get a GRIP Personal Defense and Firearms Training Program, recently signed on to represent 5.11 Tactical as an ambassador for its Tactical Training Alliance Program. Turpeaux, a featured instructor of Panteao Productions Make Ready video series, provides high quality tactical and defensive training throughout the United States. With bases in Alpharetta, GA, and Houston, TX, Turpeaux and her mobiletraining unit offer a wide range of tactical courses in handgun, shotgun and rie disciplines, along with its ever popular Get A GRIP Ladies program. In her spare time, she enjoys shooting IDPA matches with her GLOCK 19 and GLOCK 26 with XS Sights at ranges in the Atlanta area. Heres what she packs in her favorite bag, a 5.11 COVRT 18 backpack. SAFARILAND ALS paddle holster and Jones tactical belt Fobus double mag pouch and plenty of double stack mags Leather Palm MechanixWear Gloves (for women) 5.11 Tactical Min-Pin folding knife and Leatherman tool Duct tape and an extra roll of target pasters ESS Eyepro ballistic shooting glasses PremEar Hearing silicone molded ear protection Small medical kit Bingo marker to easily mark bullet holes in targets Rogers cleaning kit and Rem Oil Red/Gray Training Gun (Turpeaux likes to always be prepared to teach a newcomer.)
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NRA Instructor Nikki Turpeaux teaches self defense and competes in IDPA matches.

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FEATURE // COLLEGE

For college students, there are over 500 shooting programs on college and university campuses from which to choose.

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BY VICTORIA CROFT, NATIONAL MANAGER, NRA COLLEGIATE & SCHOOLS PROGRAMS // NRA FILE PHOTOS

f youre thinking about college, you may be worried that youll have to let your shooting skills get rusty. Youll be glad to know that there are more than 500 shooting programs on college and university campuses across the United States. This is because more and more schools are discovering that shooting programs are considerably less expensive than other athletic programs. Theyre also learning what youve known for years: Shooting is exceptionally safe and helps develop sportsmanship, leadership, responsibility and concentration. Competitive shooting also teaches self-discipline and teamwork. Generally, collegiate shooting programs appear in the curriculum as educational courses, intramural or recreational programs and intercollegiate competition.
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One of the easiest ways to shoot as a college student is to join a marksmanship intramural program. Shooting is a coed sport, and virtually all students on campus can take part. Intramurals are fun and can offer dorms and independent groups the chance to compete with each other and learn about the responsibility of using and owning guns. At the center of most collegiate shooting programs is competition. Intercollegiate clubs or teams engage in postal (competitors are in different locations) or shoulder-toshoulder (competitors are on the same range) matches. Collegiate shooting championships are considered some of the most competitive of all college sports. NRA Intercollegiate Sectionals provide rie and pistol shooters the

opportunity to compare their marksmanship skills against their peers, nationwide. The Intercollegiate Sectionals are NRA-registered indoor matches held at various locations throughout the United States. Sectional events include Smallbore Rie, Air Rie, Standard Pistol, Air Pistol, Free Pistol, Womens Sport Pistol and Womens Air Pistol. A collegiate shooter must participate in an NRA Intercollegiate Sectional in order to qualify for the NRA Championships. The Reserve Ofcers Training Corps (ROTC) program offers another means by which college students can participate in collegiate shooting programs. Many ROTC programs offer scholarships through an ofcers commissioning program in one of the military service branches.

(Above) NRAs Commemorative book NRA All-Americans chronicles this rich history from 1936 through 1998 and is available through: http://materials.nrahq.org/go/ product.aspx?productid=CC%2019505. (Right) Of the 1,281 non-prot institutions that make up the NCAA, approximately 33 participate each March in the Rie Championships. West Virginia (2013 victor) and Alaska-Fairbanks, combined, have won 25 of 34 Championships.

AWARDS
The NRA All-American Program, created in 1936, stands out because of its commitment to recognize and honor collegians who have performed remarkable shooting feats during a shooting season. To be named an NRA All-American is the utmost in athletic achievement, requiring consistent, excellent performance. All-Americans are also known for their integrity, respect and responsibility. Therefore, these highly motivated men and women distinguish themselves on additional levels other than just shooting. Check out the history of the award here: http://www.nrahq.org/compete/ col-aa-team.asp.

CHAMPIONSHIPS
NCAA Rie Championship To be eligible for the NCAA Rie Championships, an individual or team must represent a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-afliated school, and rie must be ofcially recognized as a championship sport at that institution. To qualify for the championship, an individual or team must compete in an NCAA qualier. Click here to learn more: http://www.ncaa.com/ championships/rie/d1.

NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship The NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships determine the individual and team champions by attracting competitors and schools nationwide. Competitors participate in Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Air Pistol, Womens Sport Pistol and Womens Air Pistol events. The Intercollegiate Sectional scores determine qualications for an invitation to the championships. Click here to learn more: http://www.nrahq.org/compete/ col-pistol-champ.asp.

Eleven teams, including newcomer Yale University, participated in the 2013 NRA Pistol Championships held at Fort Benning, GA.

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NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships The purpose of this championship is to determine the National Collegiate Rifle Club Individual and Team Champions, as well as ROTC Individual and Team Champions. The championship features Smallbore Rifle and Air Rifle competitions, Training Summits for all participants and coaches, and an opportunity for coaches and shooters to meet others in the sport they may not usually see during the regular season. Click here to learn more: http://www.nrahq.org/compete/ col-rifle-champ.asp. ACUI Clay Target Championship The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) sponsors the National Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships annually. Open to fulltime college students, the championships are the only national tournament in which shooters may compete in six different clay target games in the same program: American Trap, International Trap, American Skeet, International Skeet, Sporting Clays and Five Stand. Click here to learn more: http://www.acui.org/claytargets.

This was the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Clubs fourth championship since its inaugural match at Purdue University in 2010. click here for the story.

ResouRces
The NRA has many resources available to potential collegiate shooters. The best resource for finding collegiate shooting opportunities is the online NRA Collegiate Shooting Sports Directory. With hundreds of entries, the Directory lists information about each shooting discipline offered by a particular college. Each section includes: Contact information, team status, ROTC programs, scholarship availability, shooting equipment, range facilities, web addresses and contact information. Check out the Directory here: http://www.nrahq.org/compete/ college_lookup.asp. The NRA Collegiate & Schools Program has recently revised the book called Developing a Scholastic Shooting Program. This book offers

San Antonio, TX, is the annual host for 350 students from 40+ schools, competing in six clay target events.

10 chapters of useful information that will be helpful to colleges and universities that are developing a shooting program. The topics cover everything from choosing the right shooting program to creating a budget and writing the proposal. It also includes a brief history of collegiate shooting in the United States, NRA activities and much more. Click here to view the book online: http://www.issuu.com/compshoot/ docs/shooting_program_scholastic. For a complete listing and explanation of everything the NRA Collegiate & Schools Programs has to offer, and to find our contact information, check out our website: http://www.nrahq.org/ compete/coldir.asp. I know youll be impressed with all of your shooting opportunities!

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FEATURE // MATCHES

Story and Photos by Kyle Jillson

NRA Intercollegiate Pistol competitors sight-in during the Standard Pistol Championships at Fort Benning, GA.

PISTOL & RIFLE MATCHES


When the Individual Aggregate title was announced during the awards ceremony, it came as a complete surprise to the winner, who had not placed in a single match.

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Kirsten Asdal of the United States Naval Academy steadies her hold during the Womens Sport Pistol Championships.

NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

The United States Naval and Military academies werent the only teams competing in this years championMore than one hundred collegiate ships though. Tired of seeing the serpistol shooters representing vice academies rivalry play out during 16 schools traveled to Fort Benning, the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol ChampiGA, for this years NRA Intercollegiate onships, The Citadel (the Military Pistol Championships. Shot over College of South Carolina) took matMarch 12-14, the matches were a ters into their own hands. segment of the United States Armys The third championship, Standard 2nd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Pistol, had been dominated by West Shooting Championships. Point and the Naval Academy for 22 Hosted by the Army Marksmanship of its 32 years. Army had claimed the Unit (AMU), the event is the largest four most recent titles and Navy had multi-discipline, shoulder-to-shoulder, the two before that. But none of that collegiate shooting sports championmattered this year as The Citadels ship event in the excellent teamUnited States. work bested the In addition to two behemoths the Intercollegiate and the Bulldogs Pistol Championracked up a win for ships, the Army themselves. Their Strong Matches victory did not include the NRA come from Army Intercollegiate Rie or Navys lack of Club Championtrying, however, ship; the Scholastic as the two came Steel Challenge in second and (SSC) Collegiate 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Team ChampionsThe United States Military Academy. third respectively. Championship; the Beaten by West Scholastic Clay Point in both Womens Air Pistol and Both Mowrer and Meyers deparTarget Program (SCTP) Challenge; Standard Pistol, a United States Naval tures from the championships left the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Academy win in the fourth event, a power vacuum for the individual Collegiate Championship; and Womens Sport Pistol, would accomtitles. And with no shooter bearing the the Association of College Unions plish two things for the Midshipmen: weight of defending a title, the only International (ACUI) East Coast Secure the Womens Team Aggregate pressure was among those vying for Clay Target Championship. title and stay in the running for Team the vacant spots. This years collegiate rie and pistol Aggregate. With patience and swagAfter three grueling days of teams came from a pool of more than ger, the United States Naval Academy battling back-and-forth with service 200 colleges and universities throughdid just that, capturing the win and academy rival Navy, the Black out the country who offer NRA-afliturning the last match into a winnerKnights of West Point captured ated rie and pistol programs. Tourtake-all. In the end, Army nished with this years aggregate to become nament invitations were sent to top more ups than downs and emerged the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol individual shooters and teams based victorious after winning the nal match Team Champions. But it was no on performance in NRA Intercollegiate of Open Air Pistol. Out of the three easy accomplishment. Sectionals during the preceding comchampionships that make up the overIn the rst matchFree Pistol, Navy petitive shooting season. all aggregate, the Army cadets tallied bested Army by just two points. This The Intercollegiate Pistol Champion6,326 points out of a possible 7,200. outcome was not unexpected, as the ships individual and team overall aggreHow did they pull it off? By focusing Midshipmen are the all-time record gates are comprised of three matches: on the basics, said coach LTC (Ret) holders of the event with sixteen title Free Pistol, Standard Pistol and Open Dustin Saunders. Coach Saunders conwins. Army came back in Womens Air Pistol. Womens team and individual tinued: Eye alignment, trigger control, Air Pistol, retaliating with a victory champions are determined from only and encouraging each shooter to that broke Navys streak of three two matches: Womens Air Pistol and execute their shot plan while avoiding consecutive wins. Womens Sport Pistol. Absent from the 2013 championships were Nick Mowrer of Pikes Peak Community College and Emily Meyer of the United States Naval Academy, the respective individual open and womens champions from 2012. Mowrer, a four-time Individual aggregate winner, often eclipsed the scores of his competitors by as much 100 points. Last years silver medalist shot a 1603 out of 1800, compared to Mowrers 1700. An unparalleled shooter during his era, Mowrer recently helped represent Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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FEATURE // MATCHES
distractions was our focus. If a cadet has a bad shot they cant dwell on it. Most importantly, they should focus on the shot ahead. The shot youre shooting right now, thats the important one. You do that and youll do well. This was West Points 11th National Team title since the championships start in 1986, as well as their fourth title in five years. Armys team included the years top female shooter, Heather Deppe, who took the title after a razor-thin finish in the Sport Pistol match. What West Point didnt have was the competitions top overall shooter. Neither did the Naval Academy. That honor fell to The Military College of South Carolina The Citadel. Cadet Stephen Bowden of The Citadel earned the Individual Aggregate title and the distinction of National Champion, despite not placing in a single match. His totals in the Free, Standard and Open Air pistol matches gave him an overall score of 1609 out of 1800. It was Bowdens steady shooting that prevailed in the end. He wasnt expecting to win. In fact, when the seniors name was called during the awards ceremony, it came as a complete surprise. I didnt think I had a shot at the aggregate. I honestly had no idea Id won, Bowden said. I was really excited and proud. Both the team and I didnt do very well last year and I made a personal challenge to come back and do as well as I could. Just like last year, the two top individual shooters will graduate at the end of the year, leaving a new challenge for 2014s solo hopefuls. But that is the nature of collegiate sports: Veterans graduate and theres always new talent. Expect an equally unpredictable ride next year. In 2012, the Michigan State Spartans won the Air Rifle Team Championship and members Amos Peck and Tyler Luce won first and second overall, respectively. This year, the Rifle Club Championships, like the Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, were wide open due to the absence of not just Peck and Luce, but Michigan State, who was not competing at all. So, who would come out on top this year? The second and third place teams in 2012, Penn State University and the University of Michigan, were respectively the 2011 and 2010 champions. With previous championship experience, both teams were in the running to add a second trophy to their accolades. On the morning of March 16, more than 50 shooters gathered for the Air Rifle Championships, the first of Rifle Clubs two matches. Winners of the 2010 and 2011 Air Rifle titles, Clemson University, posted a 2201 out of 2400 and appeared to be on their way to a third victory. One of the shooters who patiently used their 105 minutes of allotted shooting time was female shooter Ying Yi Liu, a junior at the University

NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships


Continuing the madness of Marchs collegiate shooting championships, the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships picked up where the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships left off. Held March 16-17, Rifle Club was the second of the NRAs two tournaments in the Army Strong Championships, fielding shooters from 13 colleges and universities across the United States.

Smallbore Championship firing line during the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, GA.

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of Michigan. Having shot in the mid to upper 90s in every 10-shot string so far, Liu was now working on her sixth and final string. She focused only on the shot at hand, stopping periodically to ask a range officer how much time remained. She did not notice the crowd gathering behind her. Scanning her electronic target, Liu noticed her eight previous shots were all tens. She had never shot a clean 100 before in a match. With two shots left, now was her chance. Clearing her mind and taking control of her breathing, Liu squeezed off her ninth shota 10. The crowd was now excited with anticipation. Liu was the last shooter on the line. Coaches, competitors and spectators all came to see if she could shoot the clean string. One thing Liu didnt have to worry about, however, was the team title. Her eighth shot had brought Michigan to a 10-point lead over Clemson, securing Air Rifle. There was no way Michigan could lose. The individual championship was another matter. Brandon Godbout from North Dakota State University currently sat in first with a 571, but Liu had a 565 and one shot left. A 10 would be a personal best for Liu, but she could

still win her first title as long as she didnt fire less than a seven. Everyone was tense, time was running out, and Liu had one more shot. Clearing her mind again and focusing on her goal, Liu fireda perfect 10. The roar of the crowd was tremendous and the matchs timer went off only seconds later. Liu had done it. In one match, she helped Michigan win its first Air Rifle Championship; she won her first individual title; and managed to shoot her personal best. The following morning, shooters gathered for the second half of the tournament, the Smallbore Championships. Fired from three positions Kneeling, Prone and Standing, the match is divided evenly into three 20-shot strings. Michigan entered the day with a 20-point lead over Clemson and was determined to hold onto the top spot. After the dust settled, Michigan had won Smallbore with a score of 2142 out of 2400 and the overall Championship with a 4363 out of 4800. A late surge by Penn State granted them second place overall, with Clemson coming in third.

The whole team is driven to do well. They go to practice to challenge each other to become better, said Michigan Coach Michael OConnor. He went on to emphasize the importance of working towards a goal. He said, They wanted to win the National Championship and that was the goal they worked on. Lastly, he joked that listening to the coach always helps. In the individual championship, Matthew Chezem from the University of Akron leaped from third overall to first with a 1132 out of 1200, firing a stellar 565 of 600 in Smallbore. I wasnt focusing on the outcome during my last few shots, just the process: Sight picture, Trigger control, Follow through, said Chezem. It generally works, he laughed. Prior to this years championship, Chezem had spent a considerable amount of time honing his skills. This years championship, while momentous, was a means to a greater end. Next year Im going to be on the NCAA team at the University of Akron, but my main goal is to make the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, he said. Good luck, champion.

RA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Team Champions.

Matthew Chezem of the University of Akron is the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Individual Champion.

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FEATURE // ACCURIZING

Having learned his craft while a member of the esteemed Army Marksmanship Unit, 28-year-veteran master gunsmith David Sams prepares a boring head and a kicker for drilling a barrel through-hole to the nearest .0005 inch, on the precise plane with the center of the ring pin hole. In this case, the gun is a Beretta 92.

Revolve
Accurizing a

By David

A revolvers simple appearance can be deceiving, as Da this article about preparing a wheel gun for match gra

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t still amazes me how we can achieve precision accuracy from a revolver. Most of my work involves accurizing semi-auto and bolt-action ries and semi-auto pistols, all of which have an integral chamber and bore. When I chamber a barrel, I go to great lengths to ensure that the bore and chamber are PERFECTLY aligned to allow the bullet to transfer from chamber to bore without any offset. A revolver really makes it challenging to achieve this same degree of alignment. Each time the cylinder rotates, a new and separate chamber must be realigned with the barrel. For the revolver builder, this becomes quite an obstacle to overcome to ensure precision accuracy. Hopefully, your gunsmith is trained and skilled enough to accomplish this. Certain adjustments, alignments, alterations and even replacements need to be performed to bring out the best function and accuracy of a revolver. Additional considerations are the shooting disciplines for which the gun is intended: PPC (Police Pistol Combat) competition, Bullseye, Distinguished Revolver, the Harry Reeves Match, Action Pistol (NRA Bianchi, IDPA and IPSC), Hunting, Silhouette or a precision defensive revolver. Each one will have its own limitations or expectations, either by rule of the game or the desire of the customer. However, all will share the same areas and components that require attention to detail to perform at their best.

The rst step in rebarreling a revolver is truing the receiver/frame shoulder where it joins the barrel shoulder. Next, cylinder/chamber alignment and adjustments are made, followed by proling the barrel (setting external dimensions), threading, crowning and installation. The end of the barrel that joins the cylinder face is then cut to obtain a proper gapnormally .004 - .006 inches. Some gunsmiths use a .002 gap, but I feel this is a little too close due to leading, which can cause cylinder drag during rotation. Adjustments are then made to the cylinder hand and stop to achieve timing release and cylinder lock. The throat/forcing cone is then cut to within tolerance.

Cylinder
Next is cylinder alignment with the barrel. Adjustments may be necessary with the yoke, cylinder and cylinder bolt. Cylinder end shake (fore and aft movement) can be adjusted at this time, if necessary. All parts are then adjusted and polished for smooth cylinder rotation. If not, it will be felt during double-action trigger pull. Smith & Wesson revolvers, as with the snub-nose project for this article, incorporate a locking bolt and center pin to prevent lateral movement of the cylinder. However, when a replacement barrel is installed, the front locking bolt is usually omitted, which only leaves the rear center pin to hold the cylinder in position. Installing a ball lock in the yoke is the solution. Next is the most critical part of the entire accurizing processthe internal mechanism. The major components are the hammer; stirrup; sear; hammer nose (ring pin); trigger; hand; trigger lever; rebound slide and spring; mainspring; and cylinder stop and spring. These parts allow the revolver to re and operate. All of these internal parts are polished and adjusted for butter smooth double-action trigger pull. Lighter trigger pull is achieved by mainspring replacement or modifying
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d Sams // Photos by Lloyd Hill

Barrel: (Prole, Overall Weight and Length)


The barrel length and weight will be determined by the shooters desired performance. Everything from a round cylinder to attened sides or a combination of scallop cuts can be used to match the shooters grip and technique. The most common barrel bore twist rates are 1:10, 1:12, 1:14 and 1:16 (one complete riing twist in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inches of barrel length). I prefer 1:14 for the more common 148 grain lead wadcutter bullet.

avid outlines in ade performance.

FEATURE // ACCURIZING
Beginning with a Smith & Wesson Classics Model 42 (inset), master gunsmith David Sams improved 25-yard accuracy by a factor of 2X.

Worlds Most Accurate Snub-nose?


As an attention-getter for our cover, we asked master gunsmith David Sams to accurize one of the most inaccurate gunsa snubby. In addition to the 3 barrel, Sams applied all of the measures discussed in the preceding article. The results:
25-YARDS Black Hills Red Box .38 Special +P 125 gr JHP Federal Gold Match .38 Special 148 gr Wadcutter STOCK ACCURZIED MOA MOA 15.4 6.8

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the original. Care must be taken not to make the mainspring too light, or you will not have sufcient primer strike to re the cartridge. Some customers elect to have the trigger pull lightened enough to detonate specic sensitive primers, but wont re other, harder primers. While polishing, care must be taken not to remove too much material, which would cause the mechanism to be out of time with other components. The double-action ring sequence in a typical Smith & Wesson revolver includes thirteen steps, from pulling the trigger; trigger lobe engages sear; hammer begins rotation; cylinder hand begins lift-up; mainspring compressedto the hammer nose nally striking the primer. Theres another, similarly lengthy sequence from releasing the trigger, which starts everything just mentioned to move in reverse. Any one component that rubs or is out of sequence will result in rough operation, malfunction or worse.

Other Options
Other features to be considered include trigger over-travel stop screws; a wide variety of grips; chamfering chambers to aid in loading; removal of the hammer spur (for double-action only concealed use) different trigger pull weights; polishing the face of the trigger and barrel portingto name a few. As you should realize by now, the typical revolver is quite a complex machine, perhaps more complicated than one might think. However, they can be made to be extremely accurate, reliable and smooth operating, if done properly. David E. Sams 254 Columbia Road Cartersville, VA 23027 804-375-3782 samscustom@att.net www.samscustomgunworksusa.com [Editors Note: To his credit, the original draft for this article was prepared by David Sams as a handwritten, one-time draft that required very little editing. Thus, another old world skillhand writing, has been preserved, even if only for a little while longer. How appropriate, coming from a craftsman who still builds rearms by hand, one at a time.]

Winchester Bonded PDX1 .38 Special +P 130 gr JHP Hornady Custom XTP .38 Special 158 gr JHP

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Sights
There are many sights to choose from including a full rib-style that is adjustable (front and rear) with pre-sets for proper lead at different distances. Others include mechanical and red dot sights, each with their own mounting requirements.
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Where did we come-up with the idea for a super snub-nose? Bob Boyd, Assistant Editor, Shooting Illustrated, recounts: With legislation enabling citizens to legally carry a concealed handgun, the industry has responded with rearms developed strictly for the task, the vast majority of which, being semi-automatic pistols. I have to wonder if we arent missing something in our rush to embrace the new technology in semi-automatic, polymer handgun manufacturing. While the bantam-weight protector may feel comfortable in your holster, the reduction in mass creates greater felt recoil and muzzle ip. What gives me pause is the tendency to rule out the snub-nose revolver as a dependable concealed-carry handgun. Boasting a size and weight convenient for concealed carry, theres little wonder why snub-nose revolvers continue to be produced by companies such as Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Taurus, in spite of the popularity of their moreprolic counterparts.

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And for the holster, we went to worldrenowned custom builder Milt Sparks, Inc.
Founded by Milton H. Sparks (1917-1995), Milt began making holsters in the 1960s. The baton was handed over to Tony Kanaley in 1990, who has developed nearly all of the holster designs in the current catalog. Under Kanaleys direction, the custom shop of eight employees, all of whom compete and carry concealed, is managed by Jim Wall, who also attends to the mechanical requirements of the shop. Nick Harvey runs the office and the IT functions, while Scott Kubik handles maintenance. Everyone on the team builds holsters. Rather than use an assembly-line process, each holster is made from start to finish by a single craftsman. The fact that they must manage backorders of several months speaks to their popularity. The process begins with select, Grade A, vegetable-tanned leather and a metal retaining liner sewn into the holster mouth for proper retention and re-holstering (figure 1). Next, the leather is sewn with a lockstitch machine whereby the upper and lower threads are entwined within the hole. Thus, even with external wear, the internal portions of a seam will
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stay put. The holster is then wet-molded for a close fit. In figure 2, the shape is contoured using a molding tool. Final assembly (figure 3) includes waxing, burnishing, dressing the edges and applying the makers mark. In addition to the beauty of hand-tooled leather, Milt Sparks, Inc. produces a holster that effectively retains the gun and pulls the holster in close for proper placement against the waist. Milt Sparks Holsters, Inc. Facebook: Milt Sparks Holsters 115 E. 44th Street Boise, ID 83714 Phone (208) 377-5577 www.miltsparks.com

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FEATURE // KENT REEVE

BY RICK CURTIS
Many matches can run one to two weeks. What do you do to stay in shape?
That is a wonderful question, Rick. As you know, most of the U.S. events are four days or less. International events, however, can take several weeks. At a World Championship, for example, you may shoot during the host countrys Nationals, then the World Individuals, followed by the World Long Range Team (Palma). By the time you add international travel, one match can take you away from home for nearly a month. For cardio, I work out ve days a week by swimming, and do weight workouts three times a week. On weekends that Im not shooting, I might go bike riding or hiking. And there may be mental stress also. Since employment cant usually be put on hold for a month, Im working some when Im overseas. Staying in the present is very important. In my opinion, living for the moment helps reduce the stresses of overseas travel for a shooting tournament. The journey is often as fun, if not more fun, than the destination, so why not enjoy it!

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KENT REEVE

INTERVIEW
Twenty-ve-year-veteran long range shooter Kent Reeve made his rst Palma Team in 1999; won the 2006 Long Range Nationals; achieved a rare double by winning the Canadian Fullbore Championships and their Governor Generals Championship in 2010; won the Canadian Fullbore again in 2011; and set a national record with a 200-22X at 600 yards. I caught up with this 55-year-old Floridian and asked him to share some of his experiences.

Please take us through your shot process.


My shot process is pretty simple. I assign an MOA (minute of angle) number to the wind condition Im observing. If that number is inside of the parameter Ive assigned (for example, three to ve minutes), Ill shoot. If not, Ill wait; decide how long I can wait; and keep evaluating the conditions. If Im in go mode, I look through the sights while exhaling to ensure Im pointing at my target. Once exhaled, I release the shot; call it; watch the recoil and make sure I follow through. It happens faster than you can read this sentence. After follow through, my attention is back on the conditions. While the target is being marked, I may adjust my sights according to the condition

Where did you start shooting, Kent?


I got started in over-the-course competition in 1988 with a DCM Garand and used it for two years. [See the story about the Civilian Marksmanship Program on page 32.]
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Mostly that was a waste of time because it simply was not very accurate. Following the advice of Jim Mullis (Charlotte, NC), I transitioned to a bolt gun and immediately started seeing progress. Things took off from there.

I just observed. I have a very good idea of where the shot should appear before the target reappears from the pits. Therefore, that is when I adjust my sights. If the actual shot placement agrees with my prediction, I start the sequence all over again.

Successful shooting requires mastering the six inches of grey matter between our ears. How do you deal with the various mental stresses associated with top level competition?
My mental process is simple and involves staying in the present. One of the things I recall my mother saying to me when I was young was Cross your bridges when you come to them. Mom was not a shooter, but her advice about crossing bridges only when you come to them applies to shooting. That is my mental process. Behind the scenes, I expect to do well. The hardware I bring to a big event is proven, so there is no mental clutter there. I load good ammo and know how it performs. Againno mental clutter. I get good rest before a match and there is not much partying going on. I started playing golf when I was 11 years old and discovered competitive shooting much later in life. For me, the mental process of those two sports is virtually identical. Therefore, when I started shooting, I was already sold on the idea of how important the mental aspects are in our sport.

good scale. My brass is sorted into .5 grain lots, but I dont think that really matters because Ive shot the heaviest next to the lightest brass in a lot, and both shoot into the same group. All my brass is full length sized on every firing. Honestly, I think too many shooters try to buy points with technical stuff. Dont get me wrong, Im bringing a .5 MOA or better rifle and ammo combination to a match. After that, the rest is up to me. Id rather shoot than twiddle in the loading room.

Once I reached a level where I could somewhat understand it, I thirsted for more understanding, and things took off from there. For me, the how becomes much easier when I understand the why.

Do you do much teaching, Kent?


I teach younger shooters through selective, one-on-one mentoring. My mantra is: This is what we are going to do. Heres how to do that. Heres why we do it that way. The what/how/why are the three legs of the stool of understanding. One of my best students is Megan Lee. Megan attends Texas Christian University on a shooting scholarship. Watch her shoot and you will see her using many of the techniques I taught her. She is 18 years old now and I started coaching her when she was 13. I am very proud of what she has accomplished. Kids are the continuation of the sport we love, so I hope I have inspired some of those reading this article to make a positive impact with a young shooter. It doesnt matter how little you have to give, just give it. Some of the biggest things in life were started by someone who had nothing more than a dream, coupled with the willingness to work towards it.

Your wind-reading skills are obviously very good. What works best for you: Flags, mirage or a combination of both?
I believe Im a much better mirage reader than a flag reader, but they both involve the same thing: Identifying an image and recalling if that image has changed. I honestly dont know many shortcuts in this area. How do you teach someone to see mirage flow or flag movement like you see it? This is one area where I struggled when I was learning the sport. My mentor Jim Mullis, would say: See how that mirage is flowing left to right, Kent? More often than not, my answer was: I dont see any flow. All I see is confusion. Then one day the light bulb lit up and it started making sense.
Reeves record-setting 600-yard slow fire prone target with a score of 200-22Xs, fired at Port Malabar, FL, December 28, 2012.

Tell us a little about your loading practices.


My loading practices are simple, too. I dont point and I dont meplat trim. [Normalize bullet tips to reduce aerodynamic drag and enhance ballistic consistency.] My only reason for weight-sorting bullets is to make sure there are no strays in the boxthat a 168-grain bullet didnt fall into the box of 155s. I weigh all charges on a
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FEATURE // ZERO BULLET

Team Gold: Front Row (l. to r.); Fred Stallings (Captain) and Melvin Makin (Coach). Back Row: Dave Lange, Jim Lenardson, John Zurek, Philip Hemphill and Steve Reiter.

By NRA STAFF

Winningest Pistol team in 2012:

team Zero/laPua

If you review last years Shooting Sports USA article about the 2012 Camp Perry National Pistol Matches, youll see that four out of the six champions depicted were from Team Zero/Lapua. In fact, they had more members on the stage that night than any other organization. Heres their story.
Individual (NTI) Service Pistol Senior Champion award and is the 2012 Alabama Regional Champion. In addition to his participation in the NRA National Match wins, team member Dave Lange is the 2012 National Indoor International Standard Pistol Champion; firing member of the 2012 U.S. Mayleigh Cup Team; Regional Champion in Wilkes Barre, PA; Castleton, NY; Boyertown PA; and Gibbsboro, NJ; and is the State Champion in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. In addition to participating in the National Team wins, Jim Lenardson is the 2012 Senior NRA National Pistol Champion; firing member of the 2012 U.S. Mayleigh Cup Team; Ohio Indoor State Champion and the Regional Champion in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Coach Melvin Makin participated in the National wins, set five Grand Senior National Records in 2012 and is the Regional and State Champion in Oregon. His favorite saying during matches is: I Love this Team. A member of the winning National .45 and Aggregate team, Steve Reiter

he team receives sponsorship from Zero Bullets & Ammunition and Lapua Ammunition. In 2009, Zero approached former USAR pistol team member Melvin Makin to develop a competitive civilian team. In 2012, Lapua Ammunition also began supporting the team with .22 ammunition. Considering the team members are civilian competitors who are mostly over 60 years old, they are a testament to the saying that shooting is a Sport for All Ages. Here are some of their team and individual accomplishments, in alphabetical order.

is the 2012 NRA Grand Senior National Pistol Champion; NTI Service Pistol Senior Champion; 2012 NRA Grand Senior Open Sectional Pistol National Champion and he set 13 Grand Senior National Records in 2012. Reiter is also the Arizona Short Course State Champion and the Washington Regional Champion. Team member John Zurek is the 2012 NRA National Open Sectional Pistol Champion and set a new Civilian National Record of 893 in the process. In addition to helping the team win the National events, Zurek placed third in the aggregate. He was a 2012 firing member of the U.S. Mayleigh Cup Team; set a new centerfire, slow fire, 25-yard Open National Record and set five new Outdoor Civilian Records: .22 aggregate 983-48X, 2700 aggregate 2679-167X, CF NMC 299-14X, CF aggregate 895-56X and CF slow fire 199-10X. Zurek is also the service pistol NTT and NTI aggregate Civilian Champion; State Champion in California and Arizona; and the Arizona Regional Champion.

Photo by Rick Hill

Team Silver
Bob Anderson is a firing member at Camp Perry and is the Idaho State Champion. Charlie Byrd is a firing member at Camp Perry. Woody Harrison is a firing member at Camp Perry and set a new Grand Senior National Record. Paul Porter was the high scoring member of Team Silver at Camp Perry; member of the 2012 U.S. Mayleigh Cup Team; the Illinois and Minnesota Regional Champion; and the State Champion in Minnesota and Iowa. Team member George Ross set a new National Grand Senior Record in 2012. George Sinclair is a firing member and team coach of Team Silver at Camp Perry. Needless to say, both teams had a very successful shooting year. And, as is always the case, their silent partners are the generous supporters from Zero Bullets & Ammunition Co., Lapua Ammunition, Atlanta Arms & Ammo and Aimpoint optics.

Team Gold
In 2012, the Gold Team became the NRA .22 National Team Champions, .45 National Team Champions and the Team Aggregate National Champions. In fact, during July 2011July 2012, Team Zero/Lapua members set 26 National Records. NRA 2012 National Police Pistol Champion Philip Hemphill was a firing member of the .22, .45 and Aggregate National Team victories. Hemphill also took home the 2012 National Trophy
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FEATURE // CMP/NRA

CMP, the Ohio National Guard and the NRA work together to host the annual National Rifle and Pistol Matches each summer.

By NRA Staff

DCM, CMP or NRA?


Heres how they all fit together.

n 1859, the National Rifle Association (NRA) of the United Kingdom was created for much the same reason as our NRA here in the USA. Its founding aim was to raise funds for an annual national rifle match for the promotion of marksmanship in the interests of Defence of the Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy, Military and Air. NRA of America was established in 1871 with its first Annual Matches held in 1873 at the legendary Creedmoor Range on Long Island, NY. Todays National Championships are held each summer at Camp Perry, located near Port Clinton, OH, on the southern shore of Lake Erie. In 1903, the U.S. War Department (now Department of Defense) formed the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and the National Rifle and Pistol Trophy Matches. The measure provided a great boost to civilian marksmanship training, an effort begun a generation earlier by the National Rifle Association. In 1905, President Roosevelt signed into law the sale of surplus military rifles and ammunition to rifle clubs that met certain requirements. And
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in 1916, the National Defense Act authorized the War Department to further distribute funds to open all military rifle ranges to civilian shooters. Today, many military base rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges are used by civilian shooting clubs and associations, providing excellent opportunities for training, practice and competition. The National Defense Act also created the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM), which was civilianized in 1996 as the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. The restructuring of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), earnestly supported by the NRA, was opposed by anti-gun members of Congress, who would have preferred to abolish the program entirely, eliminating its firearm safety training activities and destroying its rifles and ammunition. CMP continues to administer its historic Excellence-in-Competition program (Leg Matches leading to Distinguished ranking) and to sponsor the National Trophy Matches, which include the Presidents Rifle and Pistol Matches, fired with service rifles (such as the AR-15) and service pistols.

These matches begin each year in July, followed by NRA matches in Bullseye Pistol, Smallbore, High Power and Long Range Rifle through August. You will hear the terms DCM (the CMP Director) and CMP used interchangeably in reference either to firearms sales such as the M1 Garand or sponsorship of the National Trophy Matches. Both CMP and NRA each have their own rulebook, with subtle differences. For example, rules governing rifle magazine loading during rapid fire differ as follows: Whereas CMP dictates that the first magazine be loaded with two rounds and the second with eight, NRA rules allow the first magazine to be loaded with either two or five rounds. Both use different scoring systems. NRA matches allow sighting shotsCMP, generally, does not. In general, however, the two organizations have pledged to make the two rulebooks as compatible as possible. For example, the NRA High Power Rifle rulebook reads: 3.1 Service RifleAny rifle or modified rifle not covered by NRA Rule 3.1, but permitted by CMP Rules is considered a service rifle in NRA sanctioned competition. Paragraph 2.3 of the CMP rulebook explains: Annual National Rifle Association (NRA) National Rifle and Pistol Championships are conducted in conjunction with the CMP National Trophy Matches. The CMP and NRA will conclude appropriate agreements to identify their respective responsibilities in conducting the events that comprise the National Matches. To participate in the National Matches or for more information about the CMP, CMP Clubs, Excellence-inCompetition matches, and purchase procedures, contact 888-267-0796 or www.odcmp.com. For NRA competitive programs, contact 877-672-6282 or http://competitions.nra.org.

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COMING EVENTS

NRA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS


To be listed, NRA must sanction matches by the 15th of the month, two months prior to the month of the magazine issue. If you are interested in entering a tournament, contact the individual listed. For any cancellations or changes to the listing, please contact Shelly Kramer: (703) 267-1459; mkramer@nrahq.org or Tonia Forte: (703) 267-1466; tforte@nrahq.org, NRA Competitive Shooting Division.
2013 NATIONAL SILHOUETTE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jun. 18-21 Jul. 1-4 Jul. 9-10 Hunters Pistol Dallas, TX Cowboy Rifle Raton, NM Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Scope Raton, NM Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Raton, NM Smallbore Rifle Ridgway, PA High Power Rifle Ridgway, PA The range has 100 covered firing points nestled in a beautiful setting and sheltered from the wind. The Metric Championship is scheduled July 11-13 (3-P) and July 13-15 (Prone). The awards feature NRA Distinguished Rifleman steps, silver and gold belt buckles, trophies, medals and award points to the winners. The Championship Program is available online at: www.nrahq.org/ compete/dept-rifle.asp. For Registration and squadding call (703) 267-1475. Special Hotel rates are available by calling the Baymont Inn & Suites, (574) 284-7222. Camping is available on the range or just about a mile away at the local KOA.

2013 NATIONAL RIFLE & PISTOL CHAMPIONSHIPS


CAMP PERRY, OH
(DRAFT) Jul. 9 Pistol Practice Distinguished Revolver Pistol Match Harry Reeves Revolver Match Pistol Matches Smallbore 3-Position Championship Whistler Boy Smallbore Rifle Match Smallbore Prone Championship Whistler Boy High Power Rifle Match NRA/Springfield Armory M1A Match 2nd Amendment Team Match NRA High Power Rifle Team Match NRA Mid-Range Championship NRA High Power Rifle Championship

Jul. 12-13

Jul. 11-13 Jul. 16-19 Jul. 22 Jul. 20-25 Aug. 4 Aug. 4 Aug. 4 Aug. 5 Aug. 5-9 Aug. 6-9

Aug. 4-6 Aug. 8-10

Program and entry cards are available. Write or call NRA Silhouette Dept., 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030 or contact Greg Connor at (703) 267-1474; silhouette@nrahq.org.

2013 BLACK POWDER TARGET RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIPS


Sep. 16-17 Sep. 18-19 Sep. 20-21 Mid-Range Position Mid-Range Prone Creedmoor 800/900/1000 YDS

2013 NRA SMALLBORE RIFLE NATIONAL METRIC CHAMPIONSHIP


Come and shoot the NRA 2013 National Metric Championships located just off Interstate 80, on the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range, Bristol, Indiana.

Program and entry cards are available. Write or call NRA Silhouette Dept., 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030 or contact Greg Connor at (703) 267-1474; silhouette@nrahq.org.

Aug. 10-12 High Power Long Range Championship

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Aug. 10-14 F-Class Match Aug. 13 Aug. 14 NRA High Power Palma Individual Match NRA Palma Team Match

Jul. 31

Online Registration for the National Championships is available at: www.nmentry.com (select the 2013 Camp Perry Online Entry link). Entry forms and programs are available on the NRA Competitive Shooting website or will be mailed to competitors. To request an entry form and program either: (A) Call (877) 672-6282 and press 1; (B) E-mail a request indicating your desired phase (pistol, smallbore or high power rie) to compadmin@nrahq.org; or (C) Mail a request indicating your desired phase to: NRA Competitive Shooting Division, Attn: National Matches Request, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030-9400.

CMP Hearst Doubles Rie Team Match CMP National Trophy Junior Team Match CMP Vintage Rie Match USMC NTIT Clinic CMP NTT Rie Match CMP Carbine Match Springeld/Military Bolt Rie Match CMP National Trophy Infantry Team Match CMP Garand Clinic CMP Awards CMP Garand Match

NRA MEMBER INFORMATION & BENEFITS


MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT INFORMATION: (877) 672-2000 NRA Headquarters: (703) 267-1000 INTERNET ADDRESS: www.nra.org MEMBER SERVICE (800) 672-3888 NRAstore.com (888) 607-6007 MEMBER PROGRAMS Hertz Car Rental CDP# 166609 (800) 654-2200 AVIS Car Rental AWD# A832100 (800) 225-7094 NRA Endorsed Insurance Programs (877) 672-3006 NRA Endorsed Prescription Plan (888) 436-3700 NRA Endorsed Check Program (888) 331-6767 NRA VISA Card (866) NRA-VISA NRA Real Estate/Relocation Services (800) 593-2526 NRA Endorsed Moving Program North American Van Lines (800) 524-5533 Allied Van Lines (800) 871-8864 INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION Grassroots/Legislative Hotline (800) 392-8683 OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT (877) NRA-GIVE THE NRA FOUNDATION (800) 423-6894 PLANNED GIVING (800) 672-4521 EDDIE EAGLE GUNSAFE PROGRAM (800) 231-0752 FRIENDS OF NRA (703) 267-1342 WOMEN ON TARGET (800) 861-1166 REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM (800) 861-1166 INSTRUCTOR/COACH (703) 267-1500 COMPETITIVE SHOOTING (703) 267-1450 FIELD OPERATIONS/RANGES (877) 672-7264 GUN COLLECTOR PROGRAMS (703) 267-1601 NRA AFFILIATED CLUBS (800) NRA-CLUB HUNTER SERVICES (703) 267-1500 LAW ENFORCEMENT (703) 267-2640 NATIONAL FIREARMS MUSEUM (703) 267-1600 EDUCATION & TRAINING (703) 267-1500 MEDIA RELATIONS (703) 267-1595 YOUTH PROGRAMS (703) 267-1505 PROGRAM MATERIALS CENTER (800) 336-7402

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To request an entry form and program contact: Civilian Marksmanship Program, P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452; (419) 635-2141 ext. 1114; competitions@odcmp.com.

CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM TROPHY MATCHES


CAMP PERRY, OH
(DRAFT) Jul. 7-8 Jul. 14 Small Arms Firing SchoolPistol CMP Pistol Presidents Match NTI Pistol Match NTT Pistol Match CMP Awards Small Arms Firing SchoolRie CMP Presidents Rie Match CMP NTI Rie Match

U.S. F-CLASS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP


RATON, NM
Aug. 1822, 2013 To request more information contact Larry Bartholome, P.O. Box 372307, El Paso, TX 79937; (915) 598-5106; (915) 433-2964; lbart@elp.rr.com.

2013 SPIRIT OF AMERICA/FULLBORE PRONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP


RATON, NM
Sep. 8-14, 2013 To request more information contact Lonnie Kuhns, 2605 W. Vine Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80521; (970) 206-0394; (970) 817-1979; lonnieekuhns@aol.com

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