The NRAWSC was held at the Peacekeeper National Training Center in West Virginia last month. This was the first time the NRA has hosted the event and it lasted three days with over 200 competitors. Sponsors included Magpul, Kahr, Mossberg, STI, and many others. Competitors shot 12 stages, ranging from cowboy action (which included a Shotgun, a Lever Action Rifle and a Single Action Pistol) to long distance precision shooting over 800 yards distance, to wobble clays to classic running and gunning, steel plates, etc.
|Precision Long Distance|
|Runnin' and Gunnin'|
There were Professional Shooters, including some well-known names competing for cash prizes and amateur shooters competing for their pick of some great prizes from sponsors and bragging rights.
|My Idol, Jerry Miculek|
One of the things that set this apart was all the firearms and ammunition was provided. This not only leveled the field somewhat, it opened the competition up to people who might not have all of the necessary equipment.
With the backdrop of the Blue Ridge, the scene was beautiful.
The RSOs and volunteers at each station were thorough, making sure everyone understood how each firearm functioned, and keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure that safety was practiced at all times.
As a Champion Skeet Shooter, I’m no stranger to competition but this tested me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I had never shot some of the events, and there is a very fast learning curve. But it was fun, challenging, exhausting and exhilarating. And, I know what to practice before Next Year!