2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One

2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship Day One

The 2017 National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Position Championship opened up with 40 shots prone on the A23 target with metallic sights. Just like the prone matches it took hard holding to place and John Pitts won with a 400-36X. Two Xs behind was Elizabeth Ewert and Jeff Philips grabbed third with 400-33X.

Standing follows prone and Lisette Grunwell-Lacey and George Norton fought it out with the both shooting 17X but Grunwell-Lacey posted a 396 to the former Iron Man’s 397.

The last 40 shots kneeling often determine the winner of an aggregate as scores approach prone perfection. Olympian Bill Beard posted a 398-27X to come away with the win. New Hampshire junior Tobin Sanctuary gave Beard a run for his money as he shot a 397-26X. Norton pulled into third just one X behind Tobin.

Aggregate results have Norton with a solid lead at 1193-72X. Antonio Gross is in second having shot an 1189-66X. Grunwell Lacey is standing on an 1187-61X for third but being challenged by Patrick Sunderman who is one point behind but 12Xs ahead.

While the old saying, “Where there is scope there is hope” applies in all cases it will take a lot of hope to displace the leaderboard.

Again, thanks to Joe Graf, my able cub reporter for the data.

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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