Above: Stage 10 at the NRA World Shooting Championship has competitors shooting the JP Enterprises LRP-07 .308 rifle, topped with a Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 F1 optic. Photo by John Rickards.
Approximately 200 competitors are at the Peacemaker National Training Center (PNTC) in Glengary, WV, this week for the third annual NRA World Shooting Championship. For 2016, a total of $250,000 in cash and prizes shooters will be awarded in three different divisions. The 12 stages feature a variety of different pistol, rifle, and shotgun disciplines. Additionally, NRA staff members were there to act as RSO for each of the stages.
2015 NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt shooting a Single Action Smoke Wagon .45 revolver at the Cowboy Action stage. Photo by John Parker.
Last year’s champion, Bruce Piatt—is at the match shooting in the Stock Professional Division. Bruce and his fellow competitors may have their work cut out for them, according to Match Director Dennis Willing.
“The NRA is keeping the championship fresh by improving stage design. For example, the 3-Gun stage this year presents competitors with a crashed plane as a firing point. We want all the shooters to be challenged,” said Willing.
The 3-Gun stage design was updated for 2016, including this plane as a firing point. Photo by John Rickards.
Jerry Miculek shooting he Kimber Gold Match at the NRA Precision Pistol stage. Photo by John Parker.
The Stock Professional and Amateur Divisions both stick to the original formula, and also can use a mulligan card—allowing for the re-fire of any stage once. Shooters in the Open Professional Division are not allowed a mulligan.
Doug Koenig shooting the Cowboy Action stage. Photo by John Parker.
Scoring for the championship is point based, with each stage worth 250 points. Each competitor receives points for a stage based on their finishing rank subtracted from 250. For example, a competitor winning a stage receives will receive all 250 points for that stage, second place receives 249, etc. The final aggregate score is from all 12 stages, making a perfect score 3000 points.
The 5 Stand stage has shooters using the Mossberg Silver Reserve Super Sport Over/Under 12 gauge. Photo by John Parker.
Each championship stage is sponsored by a different company, along with Presenting Sponsors Kimber and Nightforce Optics. The Stage Event Patron Sponsors are Armalite, JP Enterprises, Taylors & Co., Kahr Arms, Daniel Defense, Surgeon Rifles, ELEY, Magnum Research, Mossberg, STI, Smith & Wesson, Strategic Armory Corps, and Nexus Ammunition. Additionally, there are two side matches sponsored by Kahr Arms and Pyramyd Air.
Nick Atkinson shooting a 1873 .45 Colt Carbine at the Cowboy Action stage. Photo by John Parker.
The championship concludes this Saturday, September 17.