9) The Johns Hopkins University Marksmanship Club In March, SSUSA Managing Editor John Parker was at Ft. Benning, GA, covering the 2016 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Championship when he met two young enterprising student-athletes from Johns Hopkins University. The two ladies, Lauren Aldoroty and Anna Carter, proceeded to tell him the story of how they started the school's first marksmanship club in decades. In 2017, the JHU Marksmanship Club is slated to be rolled into the university’s athletic department as a full-fledged sports club.
8) Format Changes for the 2016 Bianchi Cup The 2016 Bianchi Cup had a format change that made the final much different than in years past. The NRA implemented the new Colt Championship Final, eliminating the multi-gun aggregate match and the Colt speed event. All competitors shot once through the four Bianchi Cup Events, and then the top 16 and four each from the different divisions shot an additional time through the four Bianchi Events. The scores were added together to determine the champions.
7) Julie Golob: Competitive Shooting in the Instagram Generation In a social media landscape that inundates competitors looking for daily news and information, champion competitive shooter Julie Golob sets the standard in utilizing the medium for one simple task: Sharing her love of competitive shooting to friends and followers alike. In a wide-reaching interview with SSUSA, Julie shared her opinions on the current state of social media in competitive shooting, as well as tips for prospective future shooters on how to use social media to their advantage.
1) NRA Moving National High Power Rifle Championships from Camp Perry Shocking the high power rifle shooting community, in November the NRA announced they will move the National High Power Rifle Championships from Camp Perry, OH, to Camp Atterbury, IN. This change in venue, which will take effect during the 2017 National Matches (pending approval by the NRA Board of Directors in January 2017)—made for a lively debate from competitive shooters, both for and against the proposed move.