Competitors’ Corner: November 2017

posted on November 9, 2017

Here are highlights from this months digital edition of Shooting Sports USA, the NRAs competitive shooting journal. You can subscribe to the weekly insider newsletter and monthly digital magazine email announcement at

Five Great Action Pistols Under $700
Five Great Action Pistols Under $700.

Just in time for Christmas shopping, Field Editor Chris Christian has provided us with a great round-up of affordable action pistols for November’s Product Focus. He has outlined five great semi-automatic pistols from five different manufacturers, all of which retail for under $700. Each is an excellent choice for stock or production class in several different action shooting disciplines.

Grand American World Trapshooting Championships
Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.

The 2017 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships were held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL, this past August. I traveled to the event near the conclusion, but was able to shoot one of the handicap matches at this huge event—which can be best described as the largest and “Grandest” trapshoot this shooter has ever had the pleasure of attending. Read my report, and additionally watch this video with 2017 Grand American highlights.

2017 NRA World Shooting Championship
2017 NRA World Shooting Championship.

The fourth annual NRA World Shooting Championship was definitely one for the history books, with pro shooter Greg Jordan joining the prestigious club of “World Shooting Champion,” joining the three previous winners Daniel Horner, Bruce Piatt and Doug Koenig. Jordan won the $25,000 grand prize at this rapidly-growing tournament that has all guns and ammo provided for participants, and features 12 challenging stages drawn from several disciplines. Learn about this year’s WSC. Bonusread Chris Cerino’s tips on shooting the match.

Why Dry Fire? Part 2 of 2
Why Dry Fire? Part 2.

Why dry fire? Author Jim Shults first asked this question in the October issue, focusing in part 1 on the fundamentals and pistols. Dry fire practice will help with muscle memory if you do it correctly, develop muscle tone, improve target reaction speed, and make for a steadier hold. In part 2 this month, he goes over techniques for dry-firing with rifles and shotguns. The goal of the series is to hopefully help you become a better competitive shooter. Read the conclusion to Why Dry Fire.

Reporters Welcome
In our efforts to recruit more reporters, we frequently hear the comment: “But I’m not a writer.” What people overlook is that they are on the scene, hearing and seeing the action first-hand. Editing and completing the article is our job, so if you’d like to try your hand at sharing draft reports and photographs from national-level matches or interviews with key people in the shooting sports, please email us at [email protected].


50Thanniversary SA M1A 3
50Thanniversary SA M1A 3

New: Springfield Armory Limited-Edition M1A 50th Anniversary Rifle

Springfield Armory celebrates 50 years of making the M1A with a special limited-edition model that combines historic significance with modern craftsmanship.

New: MDT Cyke-Pod Case

MDT describes this new case for its Cyke-Pod rifle bipod lineup as a “practical and sturdy carrying solution.”

Results: 2024 USA Shooting Rifle And Pistol Nationals

Rifle and pistol champions were crowned at 2024 USA Shooting Rifle & Pistol Nationals, a week-long event that brought together competitors of all skill levels at Ft. Moore, Ga., Jun. 24-30.

Pistol And Smallbore Only: 1947 National Matches

At the 1947 National Matches, Army shooter Joe Benner became the first competitor at the NRA National Pistol Championship to score more than 2600 points in the three-gun aggregate.

2024 Daisy BB Gun Nationals: Promoting The Spirit Of Competition

At the Daisy BB Gun Nationals, young people shoot and compete with the involvement of adult coaches and families, making it a truly inspiring event. The 2024 competition was the biggest in its 57-year history.

Third Annual Remington Shoot To Cure Fundraiser In Arkansas This September

Remington Ammunition’s 2024 Shoot to Cure sporting clays fundraiser to benefit children’s hospitals and disease research will be held in Lonoke, Ark., on Sept. 20.


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