NRA World Shooting Championship: Shanholtz Father-Son Duo Secure Top Titles

Brian Shanholtz wins 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship as his son, Cole Shanholtz, captures High Junior title.

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posted on April 8, 2024
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Starting from left: NRA First Vice President Bob Barr, High Junior Cole Shanholtz, 2024 NRA World Shooting Champion Brian Shanholtz and NRA Board Member Charlie Hiltunen.
Photo by John Parker

Brian Shanholtz topped the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship leaderboard on Saturday, securing victory over a crowded field that included some of the most famous names in all of competitive shooting, including Jerry Miculek, Bruce Piatt, Greg Jordan, Tommy Thacker, Tony Holmes, Todd Jarrett and many more.

At the same time, his son, Cole Shanholtz, captured the High Junior title at the match, as well as a $1,000 prize check from the NRA.

Along with being crowned the undisputed World Shooting Champion for 2024, the elder Shanholtz was presented the grand prize at the awards ceremony—a check for $25,000.

There were 213 shooters at this year’s NRA World Shooting Championship, presented by Walther, which was held for the first time at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, the home of the NRA National Matches. The 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship was held April 3-6.

Brian & Cole Shanholtz
Top finishers with NRA officials at this year’s NRA World Shooting Championship awards ceremony (from left): NRA First Vice President Bob Barr, third place Greg Jordan, High Lady Lanny Barnes, second place Nils Jonasson, High Junior Cole Shanholtz, winner Brian Shanholtz and NRA Board Member Charlie Hiltunen.

 

In second place this year was Nils Jonasson, while third place went to Greg Jordan, the only two-time NRA World Shooting Champion (2017, 2019). Jonasson and Jordan were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 checks for their runner-up and third place awards, respectively.

The High Lady title went to Lanny Barnes. For topping the leaderboard in her category, Barnes received a $2,000 check.

In total, more than $250,000 in cash and prizes was up for grabs this year for NRA World Shooting Championship competitors.

NRA World Shooting Championship stages
Four of the 12 stages featured at this year’s NRA World Shooting Championship. Clockwise, starting from top left: Stage 1: Sporting Clays, Stage 10: Precision Rifle Series, Stage 6: Three-Gun and Stage 4: NRA Precision Pistol.

 

All firearms, optics and ammunition are provided to NRA World Shooting Championship competitors, providing a level playing field at this unique competition. There were 12 stages of fire including rifle, pistol, shotgun and multigun shooting disciplines. Additionally, this year’s NRA World Shooting Championship featured seven side matches, with a $1,000 prize going to the winner of each one.

Past winners of the NRA World Shooting Championship title are Daniel Horner (2014), Bruce Piatt (2015), Doug Koenig (2016), Greg Jordan (2017 and 2019) and Tim Yackley (2018).

Below is a list of the 12 NRA World Shooting Championship stages featured at this year’s competition.

  • Stage 1: Sporting Clays
  • Stage 2: Precision Standing Air Gun
  • Stage 3: NRA America’s Rifle Challenge
  • Stage 4: NRA Precision Pistol
  • Stage 5: FITASC
  • Stage 6: Three-Gun
  • Stage 7: NRA Mid-Range AR-Tactical
  • Stage 8: Biathlon
  • Stage 9: SASS
  • Stage 10: PRS
  • Stage 11: Scholastic Action Shooting
  • Stage 12: USPSA
Greg Jordan
Two-time NRA World Shooting Champion Greg Jordan finished this year’s match in third place.

 

Competitors at the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship had to register in one of two divisions: Professional and Amateur. A Professional is defined as an “individual who receives financial support over $2,000 per year in products, cash or services in support of competitive shooting participation. A Professional is also any competitor who has placed in the ‘top five’ of the Amateur Category in any previous NRA World Shooting Championship.” As for the Amateur definition, that is “anyone who does not meet the definition of the ‘Professional.’”

The competition, which kicked off on April 4, was marred by inclement weather earlier in the week that pounded the state of Indiana, including high winds, rain and more than a few tornado warnings. Due to this, the staff match scheduled to begin prior to the official competition had to be canceled. However, NRA staff managed to quickly get the courses of fire fully functional before the start of the official match. (Jim Shepherd has a great write-up covering the weather in Indiana prior to the NRA World Shooting Championship you can read here.)

Awards ceremony
During the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship awards ceremony, a packed house enjoyed a BBQ dinner prior to the festivities, courtesy of the NRA.

 

You can see the full results of the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship at the Practiscore website.

Be on the lookout for a full match report from the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship in a future issue of the digital magazine. In the meantime, subscribe to the free Insider newsletter at this link: ssusa.org/subscribe.

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