During the gray days of winter, conventional, smallbore and air gun shooters keep in shape for the outdoor season by shooting in gallery matches and leagues to participate in the highlight events of the winter—the NRA National Indoor Rifle, Pistol and Collegiate Championships.
Since 1952, local match directors have forwarded their results and top-scoring targets to NRA Headquarters to be combined into nationally ranked championships. NRA sanctions these local matches, provides numerous awards and certificates, and scores them. NRA sanctions local matches called sectionals in three categories—Open, Junior and Collegiate. Each category recognizes local winners in pistol and rifle disciplines in international, conventional, air gun and smallbore.
Below are the 2017 National Indoor Championship open and junior individual winners:
Conventional Position Smallbore Rifle: Mari Butler (Casselton, ND)
Light Rifle Standing: Lee Widdel (Minot, ND)
Metric Position Smallbore: Hannah Black (Oxford, MS)
Precision Air Rifle Position: Kristen Hemphill (Lohn, TX)
Precision Air Rifle Standing: Emily Stith (Colorado Springs, CO)
Sporter Air Rifle Position: Tom Strang (Canonsburg, PA)
Precision Pistol: John Zurek (Tucson, AZ)
International Air Pistol, International Free Pistol: Will Brown (Twin Falls, ID)
International Standard Pistol: David Lange (Glen Rock, NJ)
BB Gun: McKenna Logan (Palmyra, PA)
Conventional Position Smallbore, Metric Position Smallbore: Katie Zaun (Buffalo, ND)
Precision Air Rifle Position: Emily Stith (Colorado Springs, CO)
Precision Air Rifle Standing: Ruby Gomes (East Freetown, MA)
Sporter Air Rifle Position: Nicolas McKeon (Turlock, CA)
Sporter Air Rifle Standing: Jaden Fraser (Church Hill, TN)
The 2018 National Junior Indoor Rifle Championships will begin January 1, 2018 and end March 31. There will be seven National Junior Rifle Indoor Sectional Championships up for grabs: Metric Position, Conventional Position, Precision Air Rifle Standing, Air Rifle 3-Position Precision, Air Rifle 3-Position Sporter, Sporter Air Rifle Standing and NRA BB Gun 4-Position.
Next year’s National Open Indoor Rifle Championships are scheduled to start January 1, 2018 and conclude March 31. Six National Open Rifle Indoor Sectional Championships are on the docket for next year. They include: Metric Position, Conventional Position, Precision Air Rifle Standing, 3-Position Air Rifle (Precision), 3-Position Air Rifle (Sporter) and Smallbore Light Rifle Standing.