Hot off her win in Women’s Intercollegiate Sport Pistol, Heather Deppe of the U.S. Military Academy stepped to the line for a shot at another title – the Standard Pistol Championship.

Fortune, unfortunately, was just out of reach this time for the young cadet. Despite posting a 562, Deppe could not overcome Nick Mowrer’s exceptionally accurate shooting. The Pikes Peak deadeye blazed through the targets to take his second title of the year with a 572. If he isn’t careful, Mowrer just might end up repeating his 2011 performance where he swept the pistol championships.

But Deppe isn’t heading back to the Academy without a little Standard Pistol hardware of her own. Just like her opponent from the Women’s Sport Pistol match, Deppe is walking away a champion after West Point took the team championship. It wasn’t all the easy either as the Cadets managed to edge out Ohio State by a single point with a final score of 2131.

Basics of NRA Intercollegiate Standard Pistol

Standard Pistol’s course of fire is 60 shots divided into three stages of 20 shots. Each stage has four series of five shots. The first stage’s series must be shot within a time limit of 150 seconds per series, second stage in 20 seconds and third in only 10 seconds.

Unlike the other disciplines’ championships, Standard Pistol does not have a final to determine the individual champion. At the conclusion of Standard Pistol’s three stages, the shooter with the highest total is proclaimed champion.


2012 Standard Pistol Individual Championship
1Nick MowrerPikes Peak572
2Heather DeppeUSMA562
3Joseph TottsOhio546
4Benjamin PothUSMA537
5Gary ReburnOhio537
6Benjamin MooreCitadel535
7Garrett KennedyUSMA533
8Benjamin MorrisUSNA532
9Matt MorrisTAMU530
10James McCaigOhio529


2012 Standard Pistol Team Championship
1United States Military Academy2131
2The Ohio State University2130
3United States Naval Academy2090
4The Citadel2078
5Texas A&M University2036
5University of Virginia2013
5University of Utah1961
5Massachusetts Institute of Technology1929
5United States Coast Guard Academy1882

photo: NRA Blog

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