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].


ALG El Jefe 1
ALG El Jefe 1

Review: ALG Defense El Jefe

The El Jefe is a premium milspec AR-style rifle.

ISSF World Cup: Vincent Hancock Collects Men’s Skeet Silver Medal In Morocco

Federal Ammunition’s Vincent Hancock earned an ISSF World Cup silver medal in Men’s Skeet, plus Skeet Mixed Team gold with teammate Kim Rhode at the 2024 competition in Rabat, Morocco, Feb. 4-13.

Catching Up With Olympic Medalist Mary Tucker

Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Mary Tucker is aiming for gold in Paris this summer.

Collegiate Rifle: Akron Misses The Mark At NCAA Qualifier

Akron senior Gavin Perkowski has a solid chance at an individual NCAA championship invitation after the Zips competed at the 2024 NCAA rifle qualifier held in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 17.

Steel Challenge Shooting Strategies: Pendulum

Many Steel Challenge shooters consider the Pendulum stage to be the most difficult of the eight official SCSA classifier stages.

USA College Clay Target League Announces First Trapshooting National Championship

The USA College Clay Target League’s first-ever Trapshooting National Championship will be held at Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill, Ill., Nov. 1-3, 2024.


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