April 1, 2011

NRA Club Championships to Be Held At The Citadel Marksmanship Center This Weekend

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Marksmanship Center will be the host site for the 2011 National Rifle Association Club Championships this weekend. The Championships will include Rifle Clubs, ROTC Teams, and independent shooters, for which there is currently no national championship.

"The Citadel Marksmanship Center is the state-of-the-art facility in the SEARC and contains 16 points for smallbore/center fire and air rifles at 50 feet, and we are proud to be the host site for the NRA Championships," said Bulldogs Rifle coach William Smith. 

In 2008 The Citadel Marksmanship Center received a technologically advanced upgrade in its scoring system.  The new electronic scoring system will leave no room for personal judgement or error when scoring a shot.  The system provides immediate recognition of the shot to the marksman.  The metal target that is shot relays a signal that is accurate up to one tenth of a point to the shooter.  A perfect score is 10.9.  The results are also relayed to a computer to compile them for each round and essentially the entire match. In 2009, four 42-inch plasma displays were added to the facility to allow viewers to follow the scores.

The 2011 NRA Championship will feature smallbore and air rifle competitions, training summits for all participants and coaches, and an opportunity for coaches and shooters to meet in their sport.

To be eligible for participation in the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships a shooter must be a regularly enrolled undergraduate student who complies with the eligibility rules of his/her institution. Qualifying teams and individuals will be selected based on scores fired in the current years' NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Sectionals.

The top 30 ranking individuals in each gun and the top 10 ranking team in each gun will be invited. Only one team per institution per event may qualify to compete. Additionally, the top three teams and the top five individuals from sectionals will be given free entry to the championship.

It is the hope of the NRA Collegiate Program that the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship will grow and strengthen the competitive rifle teams on campuses across the nation.

For the 2011 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship Program, click  here.

For more information on Bulldog Rifle, make sure to visit the new official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.

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