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From action pistol and bullseye champions, smallbore, high power and precision rifle masters, trapshooters and Olympic gold medalists—SSUSA has compiled this list of 50 (52 to be exact) female athletes that are influencing the ever-changing landscape of competitive shooting—for the better.

Note: This isn’t a ranking, though we purposely grouped the first four women at the front in recognition of the attention generated by their respective shooting careers. Otherwise it’s a random selection, with the goal of presenting female shooters from as many disciplines as possible.

Kim Rhode: One of a few household names on this list, Kim Rhode and her Olympic bronze medal performance in Rio last year made her a six-time Olympic medal recipient. Kim has won an Olympic medal on five continents.

Julie Golob: The legend of Julie Golob begins with a young girl taping targets and picking up brass with her dad at their gun club. Working at these matches, she was able to observe some of best shooters in the world compete. After learning the basics of shooting, she knew that she wanted to become a champion shooter.

Jessie Duff: Jessie Duff started out in cowboy action shooting, progressing to USPSA, Steel Challenge, Multi-Gun and Bianchi Cup. She is a multiple-time National and World Champion in all divisions, and has appeared on Fox News as an expert on competition firearms. 

Ginny Thrasher: This Olympic gold medalist needs little introduction. Quietly arriving on the scene after years racking up smallbore and air rifle victories—Ginny Thrasher arrived at West Virginia University and made history. Not only did she win the smallbore championship at NCAA in 2016, but her performance at the Rio 2016 Olympics started a media frenzy. 

Check out the full article at NRA Shooting Sports USA to see the other 48 Competitive Shooters!

Original article by: John Parker SSUSA

admin Jun 23 '17
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If you’re thinking about college, you may be worried that you’ll have to let your shooting skills get rusty. You’ll be glad to know that there are more than 500 shooting programs on college and university campuses across the United States. This is because more and more schools are discovering that shooting programs are considerably less expensive than other athletic programs. They’re also learning what you’ve known for years: Shooting is exceptionally safe and helps develop sportsmanship, leadership, responsibility and concentration. Competitive shooting also teaches self-discipline and teamwork. Generally, collegiate shooting programs appear in the curriculum as educational courses, intramural or recreational programs and intercollegiate competition.

One of the easiest ways to shoot as a college student is to join a marksmanship intramural program. Shooting is a coed sport, and virtually all students on campus can take part. Intramurals are fun and can offer dorms and independent groups the chance to compete with each other and learn about the responsibility of using and owning guns.

At the center of most collegiate shooting programs is competition. Intercollegiate clubs or teams engage in postal (competitors are in different locations) or shoulder-to-shoulder (competitors are on the same range) matches.

Full article is available at Shooting Sports USA.

by Victoria Croft, National Manager, NRA Collegiate and Schools Programs

admin Jun 13 '17 · blogs+tags college, ncaa, nra
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The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has awarded $158,000 towards outstanding junior marksmen through its CMP Scholarship Program to be used for the 2017-2018 term - over $5,000 more than the previous year. A total of 289 applications were received, with 158 awarded to both junior males and females.

CMP staff member Michelle Woods awarded two local scholarship winners, Kaitlyn Fourman and Brayden Jeffries, both members of a local 4-H air rifle program.

Check out the full story at the CMP.

The CMP is dedicated to its commitment to youth programs and furthering the education of the successful young adults involved within them. Through these scholarships, the CMP is able to uphold its goal of awarding those who present exceptional talent, determination and citizenship within the field of marksmanship.

admin May 26 '17 · blogs+tags cmp, scholarships
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We need your help to post pictures and scores from the National Championships on ShootingBUZZ. If you will be attending either the CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championships at Camp Perry (June 21-26), or the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships at Bristol (July 8-17).  Just a few clicks and your pics can easily be shared with the competitive Air-Rifle and Smallbore Community.


Please join us for free at ShootingBUZZ to upload your pictures, or you can email any pictures (with a short description) and results to


Let's team together to quickly get the word out on new matches and results for Air Rifle and Smallbore competitions!


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Rachel Garner of Texas Christian University (TCU) won the Women's Three-Position Rifle competition at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC), held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, CO, earlier this month. Garner, a sophomore from Celina, TX, was the standout performer in a talented field. Firing back-to-back world-level qualifying scores of 587 and 585, her 1172 cumulative score earned her the victory.

On what it means to be a Junior Olympic Champion and now a Junior World Championship Team member, Rachel Garner (pictured) said, "It's a dream come true and just a tremendous honor."


After securing the win, Garner finished third in the Final. Garner's performance backs up an outstanding match she had during this year's NCAA Rifle Championship. She was the top qualifier in Smallbore and then finished fourth in the Final. She was the second-best qualifier in Air Rifle there too, and ended up third overall in that event. Garner was runner-up in the Smallbore (.22 caliber) event at last year's NJOSC.

Full story by SSUSA Staff and more pictures are available at Shooting Sports USA

Kevin Apr 24 '17 · blogs+tags njosc, smallbore, tcu, rachel garner
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On March 30, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) wrapped up the first of four quarters of its Aces Postal competition. Nearly 200 air gun competitors fired upon paper or electronic targets at their home ranges to be scored by the CMP and compared alongside other competitors from around the nation.


Given its name from the distinctive poker chip sent to each participant who fires in the match series, the 1st Quarter of the postal competition began in October 2016. Both rifle and pistol junior and adult competitors of all skill levels may choose from a variety of 3x20 and 60 Shot air gun events.


Over 160 juniors entered the satellite sporter and precision 3x20 matches, combined, with Hailey Smith of Winthrop Harbor, IL, overtaking the sporter match with a score of 563-22x, as Adriana Hickerson of White Bluff, TN, topped the precision match with a score of 588-40x.


For a complete list of 1st Quarter results, visit CMP Results page..

Registration and record firing for the 2nd Quarter series of events closes on June 30, 2017. Sign up now for your chance to compete against other air gun athletes and to receive an exclusive Aces Postal poker chip! To register, visit the CMP Aces Postal registration page.


See the complete article at CMP.

(By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer)

admin Apr 23 '17 · blogs+tags aces, cmp, postal
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This year’s Smallbore Rifle shooting season is moving full steam ahead. The 2017 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships will be held on the Wa-Ke'-De Rifle Range in Bristol, IN, July 8-17. Registration for the match is available now online.


The Conventional Prone Championship will be fired first on July 9, followed by the Randle, Dewar and other fired team matches on July 13. The Conventional 3-Position Championship will be begin July 14, and the Metric 3-Position Championship begins July 16.

Photo from NRA Shooting Sports USA


The Smallbore 3-Position Champion is determined from the overall aggregate of each competitor's total scores from the combined Conventional 3-Position and Metric 3-Position grand aggregates.


For more Information see the National Smallbore Championships Event page with links to additional info from NRA.

admin Apr 22 '17 · blogs+tags nra, smallbore, national championships
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In a remarkable performance at the 2017 CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Regional Championships, Kristen Hemphill, 17, of TX Hill Country Shooting Club, fired a new standing National Record score of 200-19X. That same day, she mirrored her standing score by firing a prone score of 200-19X.

The 3-Position 3x20 air rifle match was held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry (March 30-April 1)


Sporter and Precision class competitors from 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC rifle programs fire 20 shots at each position: prone, standing and kneeling fired on state-of-the-art electronic targets. Teams came from as far as Honolulu, HI, and Anchorage, AK, to compete in the annual competition.

Hemphill’s record-score of 200-19X equates to hitting the head of a pin 19 out of 20 consecutive times.


Junior marksmen participating in the CMP National Championship will also automatically be entered in the USA Shooting National 3-P Junior Olympics. Precision competitors will compete on June 22, while Sporter competitors will follow on June 25.


The full article by Ashley Brugnone is on Shooting Sports USA


admin Apr 21 '17 · blogs+tags 3par, air-rifle, hemphill, record
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On the final day of Women’s Rifle competition at the 2017 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC), high school senior Emily Stith just gave herself the best graduation gift imaginable with round trip tickets to Suhl, Germany courtesy of being crowned Junior Olympic Champion in Air Rifle.



Photo by USA Shooting

Full article by Kevin Neuendorf

USA Shooting


WOMEN'S AIR RIFLE PHOTOS available from USA Shooting flickr site

WOMEN'S AIR-RIFLE AND SMALLBORE RESULTS available in the ShootingBUZZ file area

admin Apr 19 '17 · blogs+comments 1 · blogs+tags air-rifle, njosc, usa shooting
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USA Shooting at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado welcomes the best rifle junior talent in the country for the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC). Men’s rifle competition kicks off 18 straight days of shooting action beginning Saturday. April 8th.

Athletes have their sights on a spot on the Junior World Championship Team. The top-two finishers in each event at NJOSC will earn the right to compete for Team USA at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship, June 22-29 in Suhl, Germany.  A junior committee made up of USA Shooting coaches/staff will determine a potential third spot in each discipline.


FINAL RESULTS PDF in Files Section.

Picture and summary from USA Shooting Press release

Check out the full article at USA Shooting

admin Apr 5 '17 · blogs+tags smallbore, usa shooting, njosc
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