Thanks to the generosity of Daisy Outdoor and Match Director Clyde Furr, each day this year during the NRA Smallbore Nationals there's a BB Gun side match where a customized Red Ryder will be given to the high score each day. The customized stock features the 2018 NRA National Matches Logo. Half the guns were provided by Daisy, and the other half were purchased by Furr for the good of the match. What a guy!
The 2018 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships, and the marathon to win the coveted Lones Wigger Trophy and title of “Ironman,” began with the Conventional Position Championship at the Wa-Ke'-De Rifle Range in Bristol, IN.
Wa-Ke'-De Rifle Range
Daniel Martz, of Columbia, MO, won the prone stage of the Metallic Sight Championship with a 400-38X, the best of the 13 perfect score posted. West Virginia University’s Elizabeth Gratz took the standing match, shooting a 394-17X. The final match of the day, kneeling, went to Marksman Jaden Thompson who posted a 398-23X—giving him an aggregate score of 1190-74X for the metallic sight championship and the William Krilling Trophy. It was quite an achievement as he outshot two Master class shooters for the win: Gratz, 1190-73X, and William Marciniak, 1190-66X. Thompson also picked up high civilian and intermediate junior laurels.
Gratz (left, sitting) coaching during the 2018 Whistler Boy match. Not long after this photo was taken there was a tornado warning
Mandy Otero was presented the Meister Trophy as senior champion, Mike O’Connor was the top intermediate senior, and Marciniak was collegiate champion. The George Alves Trophy went to junior shooter Richard Clark of Jackson, MI, while Katrina DeMerle was top sub junior.
Day two of the championship was any sights and Megan Hilbish of Emporia, KS, posted a 400-37X prone for the win in the first match. She continued, with a full head of steam, to win standing with a 397-24X on a tie breaker with Gratz who tied in integer score but only mustered 16 Xs. Clark broke Hilbish’s stranglehold on any sight wins when he shot a 397-24X to win kneeling. Having quietly been below the radar all day, a consistent performance by Gratz saw her win the any sight and civilian titles with an 1193-68X, besting Clark, 1189-80X, who was also was high junior, and Lisette Grunwell Lacy, 1188-77X.
Kneeling at the 3-Position Nationals
Otero, Marciniak, and DeMerle repeated as senior, collegiate, and sub junior winners. Paula Lambertz of Streamwood, IL, was the intermediate senior title winner. Thompson grabbed the intermediate junior win.
Gratz, with a score of 2383-141X, emerged as the conventional position and civilian champion. Thomson and Marciniak were locked at 2378 but Thompson had 142X, two more than Marciniak who earned the aggregate collegiate win.
Otero, O’Connor, Clark, Thompson, and DeMerle held on to category wins in senior, intermediate senior, junior, intermediate junior, and sub junior competition.
2018 NRA Conventional 3-Position Grand Aggregate Leaderboard
National Champion Elizabeth Gratz, 2382-141X
Second Place Jaden Thompson, 2378-141X
Third Place William Marcinak, 2378-140X
Fourth Place Richard Clark, 2375-150X
Fifth Place Lisette Grunwell-Lacey, 2371-144X
Sixth Place Malori Brown, 2368-121X
Seventh Place Megan Hilbish, 2364-130X
Eighth Place Daniel Martz, 2360-139X
Ninth Place Rachel Engels, 2356-114X
Tenth Place Martina Gratz, 2353-104X
Day three of the National Smallbore Championships will mark the start of the National Metric Smallbore Rifle Position Championship. For the latest match coverage, check back with SSUSA often. For the most up to date results, please visit competitor.nra.org/ChampionshipResultsSmallbore.aspx