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2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Two-Any Sight Metric Position Championship

2017 NRA National Smallbore Prone Rifle ChampionshipsDay Two-Any Sight Metric Position Championship

Iron Man

(Based on Preliminary Scores)



The 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Champions moved into the last day. While the Any Sight Championship was in the fore in the back of everyone’s mind was the Iron Man.


McPhail, one of the best prone shooters in the world, opened the match with a winning prone with a score of 399-30X. Dan Pempel, 396-23X, was three points back with Dan Martz right ion his tail shooting a 395-26X.


Standing saw civilian Megan Hilbish win with a commanding score of 384-16X. Patrick Sunderman and Norton nearly needed a Rule Book review to decide second and third when both shot 379s. Sunderman notched 15Xs to Norton’s 11 for silver.


The final 40 shots of nine days of competition would be kneeling and Sunderman came through with a 388-19X for the win. Behind him was Norton and McPhail each with a 386-16X. The Rule Book went McPhail’s way and he was second and Norton third.


Norton, 1160-48X, won the day, a slim point ahead of McPhail’s 1159-51X. Sunderman slid into third with an 1154-55X. When the two days were totaled McPhail took the Any Sight title three points ahead of Norton, 4707-273X to 4708-256X. Sunderman rounded out the top three with a 4685-259.


The final prone match, 40 shots on the metric target with any sights, was the deciding factor in the Iron Man competition when McPhail beat Norton by four points. Over eight days McPhail shot a 9504-711X, Norton a 9501-655X, and Sunderman a 9478-640X.


The last shot of the any sight metric position championship marked the end of the 2017 Smallbore Championships. The targets frames have been stacked away for 50 weeks until next July when smallbore shooters will again converge upon the Wa-Ke’-De Range.


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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 He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and 2 children.

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  1. Richard Williams says:

    Thank you for the reports. Was the position as poorly attended as the prone?

  2. George Hadley says:

    Hap Rocketto and Joe Graf did an outstanding job of reporting the events and scores that we may all enjoy them. The detail of the reports was so clear it was like experiencing the matches themselves. Thank you Gentlemen.

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