The dates and location for the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and NRA Rifle Club Championships are now set.

Last year both events were held simultaneously at Fort Benning as a part of the Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships. The championships will once again be a part of the Army’s event, now in its second year, but will be shot back-to-back.

NRA Pistol is first up, held March 10-15 and NRA Rifle Club starts immediately after from March 15-17.

Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships are a multiple-discipline, shoulder-to-shoulder gathering of collegiate and junior shooters.

Along with the two NRA matches, there are three additional shooting events. The Scholastic Pistol Program Collegiate Championship, Scholastic Clay Target Program Challenge and ACUI East Coast International Conference Championship will also be held as a part of the championships.

The Association of Colleges Union International is a new addition to the championships, bringing its international qualifier for the ACUI Clay Target Championships held later in the month in San Antonio, Texas.

To be a part of next spring’s championships with the NRA, competitors will need to participate in an Intercollegiate Sectionals match between January 12 and February 17.

Sectional tournaments are registered indoor matches conducted at numerous locations throughout the country. Competitors may select the most convenient location from the sectionals listed in the “Coming Events” section of Shooting Sports USA. Pistol Sectionals information may be found here and Rifle Sectionals information here.

Competitors may fire any of the seven collegiate sectional events: smallbore rifle, air rifle, free pistol, standard pistol, air pistol, women’s air pistol and women’s sport pistol. A shooter is allowed to compete in only one sectional per year in each event.

All Intercollegiate Sectional scores must be fired under NRA International Rifle and Pistol Rules. When all tournaments have been fired a national results bulletin is compiled, listing every score for that year’s sectional matches and announcing national rankings.

These matches, and the special events held during the Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships, are a lot of fun. Compete if you can. You won’t regret it.

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