2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Wrap Up

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Wrap Up
and Day One of the Metric Position Championship

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

The National Conventional Individual Position Champion is no stranger to the crown. George Norton fired a 2382-159X aggregate, setting several National Record along the way. He was also part of the team champs, US Department of Defense Joint Firing Team Bristol, made up of both Army and Air Force riflemen.

Antonio Gross was second shooting a 2378-128X with Lisette Grunwell-Lacey in third.

The penultimate day of the Bristol tournament opened with the Metric Positional Championship. Bill Beard cleaned the difficult international target with 28Xs. John Pitts was five points behind with a 395-24X as Tobin Sanctuary placed third posting a 394-24X.

Norton bested all in standing with a fine 387-13X. The next closest score was Jack Anderson’s 377-10X. A 374-11X stood Pat Sunderman in good stead as he placed third.

Sunderman had momentum and cruised to an easy first place in kneeling carding a 392-19X. Norton was second, 385-17X, and Beard third, 382-12X.

Norton placed himself well to sweep both position championships taking the metallic sight title over team mate Sunderman, 1164-49X to 1185-17X. Bill Azzinaro shot a consistent three matches and emerged from the day with an 1137-42X and third place.

The Smallbore National Rifle Championships close tomorrow with the metric anysight phase and the naming of the Iron Man.

A tip of the hat to Joe Graf for data capture.

About Hap Rocketto

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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