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2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One and Finale

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One and Finale

(Caveat Emptor: This report is based on Preliminary scores)

The second and final day of the 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship opened with a strong prone showing as Jared Desrosiers and Mark Gould went ahead on head with identical 400-38Xs only to have Desrosiers win the tie breaker. Bill Beard was third posting a 400-36X.

George Norton, the first person to win the Iron Man, put all on alert that he was not letting his target mix up in prone bother him. He simply stood up and shot a 400-28X standing to smash the current National record by a point and two Xs. A 400-2bX will be a hard score to beat. Desrosiers 395-19X was good for second place and Billy Azzinaro closed out the top three nipping Desrosiers by a point and two Xs.

Conventional prone closed out with kneeling which Norton won, dropping his only point of the day for a 399-25X. Jeff Doerschler, a former position champion, ended up second on the strength of a 398-23X. Desrosiers had his second third place finish of the day shooting a 397-28X.

Norton won the day with his second National Record of the day, 1199-87X. Desrosiers was in second place carding an 1192-78X just ahead of Azzinaro by six Xs.

Official results have not been posted by Norton’s 2292-159X is yet another National Record assuring he will be crowned the 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Champion.

The 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Metric Position Championship begins tomorrow and this report will be brought up to date at that time.

Thanks to Joe Graf and Edie Fleeman for data gathering.

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About the Author: Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.

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