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2014 National Smallbore Rifle Championships Moving

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2014 National Smallbore Rifle Championships Moving to Bristol, Indiana

For only the third time in over 100 years the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships will not be held at Camp Perry, OH. The decision was made in 2013 to move the Championships to Bristol, IN, at the Chief Wa-Ke-De Range. Located just off Interstate 80, and about three hours driving time west of Camp Perry, the Wa-Ke-De Range features a 100 point asphalt covered firing line. The range sits in a large grove of trees providing a beautiful setting and shelter from the wind. The range is ideal for smallbore rifle competition.

The 2014 National Smallbore Rifle Championships will combine the National Metric and Conventional Championships (for the first time). Both of these events have a Three-Position Championship and a Prone Championship that are contested individually. Starting on July 14 and ending July 25, Championships, including the International Postal Team matches, will be fired over twelve days of competition.

This year the Position and Prone Team Championships will have a different twist. The team matches will be “paper matches” with the scores coming from the Individual Championships. Additionally, an overall team champion will be presented in each of the 3-Position and Prone Championships. At the end of each Championship the International Postal Team events will be shot.

The Smallbore Rifle Championship Tournament Program will be posted online on March 3rd with on line registrations beginning April 1, 2014. This year when a competitor or a coach registers their squadding and entry confirmation will be mailed to them; there will be no special squadding. Entries will be limited to 200 competitors for the Metric Position and Prone Championships; and up to 300 competitors will be accepted for the Conventional 3-Position and Conventional Prone Championships.

Special awards ceremonies are being planned for each Championship. The Metric Championship awards ceremonies will feature a BB-Q at the end of each Championship. The Conventional Championships will feature an Amish dinner and awards presentation at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus Convention Center. All of these events are expected to be well attended by competitors, coaches, families, and representatives of the local communities.

Competitors who like to camp will have plenty of opportunity with a KOA Campground located just a mile away from the range and, in addition, the range has 20 RV hookups to support twenty early birds. Competitors who want to stay in a motel or hotel do not need to look very far to find a place to stay. There are a few motels located about two miles from the range in Bristol and about 15 miles away in Elkhart, IN, there are over 21 hotels and motels. There is also a variety of restaurants in the area to support the competitors and staff. Food service will be available at the range for folks who want something to eat during the day.

More information will become available in 2014. Currently, NRA Staff is planning the tournament details and working with the Championship Sponsor to get specials at the local hotels and motels for the competitors. Keep watching for more information as it becomes available.

Schedule:

Metric 3-Position Championship: July 14-15

Conventional 3-P Championship: July 16-17

Drew Cup: July 18

Conventional Prone: July 19-22

Dewar, Randle, Whistler Boy, Made In America, Mentor Match: July 23

Metric Prone Championship: July 24-25

 

Dining & Hotel Info at Exit 92: http://www.amishcountry.org/pdf/2013_Exit92_Dining.pdf

Things to do & hotel info: AmishCountry.org

Category: Camp Perry, Upcoming Matches

About the Author: Dan Holmes started shooting competitive smallbore in 1986. During his Junior career, he earned two national junior team titles as well as local and regional wins. After a 10 year year hiatus to attend college and start a family, Dan returned to the sport and has added local, sectional and regional wins to his shooting resume. Dan is a Distinguished Rifleman, National Record Holder, U.S Dewar Team Member, Black Hawk Rifle Club Member, Digby Hand Schützenverein member, and is the founder of pronematch.com. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and 2 children.

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