|2012 NRA Metric Nationals|
|Written by Anthony Zander, VP Smallbore|
|Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:34|
From July 14th – 17th, the 2012 NRA Metric National Smallbore Championships were again held in Bristol. This third annual match was hosted by the St. Joseph Valley Rifle and Pistol Association’s Wa-Ke’-De range. The three-position competition occurred over the first two days, followed by the prone event. Competitors came from many states, near and far, to join in the competition. Nationally known civilian and collegiate competitors were in attendance. The range is a great facility, sheltered by high trees that make it picturesque. However, as the wind picks up it swirls, making the directional flags go in opposite directions. This really challenges the prone shooter at the 100 yard distance.
A total of 39 competitors registered as individuals for the position match. To promote and support this national event, the ISRPA was excited to help send a junior team to compete in the three-position match. The IRSPA Junior team consisted of Sarah Nakata and Rick Arnold. Although many firing points were still open, there was a very significant increase in competitors over the previous year’s event. Team registration also increased from only 5 in 2011 to 11 for this year. Although the NRA is looking for higher attendance, the skill level of those present was exceptional. Against tough competition, Sarah and Rick placed third with a grand aggregate team score of 4325-89 (2220-59 metallic sight & 2105-30 any sight), edging out the “Minnesota Muskies.” The ISRPA Junior team was 158 and 199 points away from second and first place winners, “PA Shooting Academy” & “The K Team,” respectively. Of particular note to the ISRPA was the individual performance by Sarah Nakata, who was awarded the prize as Top Intermediate Junior. Her score was 2220-59, placing 12th overall.
The Prone completion of the Metric Nationals followed the Position match. Forty-two individual competitors registered, out of which a dozen teams were assembled. Like the Position match, the 2012 Prone competition had a significant increase over last year’s attendance. The ISRPA was not able to sponsor a Junior team, but that did not deter Indiana marksmen from entering the fray. Will Zander, who just recently graduated from Purdue University, came out of “retirement” to re-enter smallbore competition after a 4-year absence, which he spent rowing for the Purdue Crew Team. He quickly trained (Rocky Balboa style) to help field a club team with Sarah Nakata. Together they represented Marion County Fish and Game. The “S&W” team (a.k.a. Sarah & Will) took sixth place with a grand aggregate score of 4538-143 (2266-69 metallic sight & 2272-74 any sight), again out-pacing the
"Muskies" who took sixth place. First place winner was the US National Team – Palma with a score of 4648-195. Second place score was 4643-192 by the “Western Wildcats Women”. Again, Sarah Nakata was awarded the Top Intermediate Junior with a score of 2288-87, placing 16th overall.
The NRA Metric Nationals is a great match and hopefully it will be held here in Indiana at the excellent facilities of the Wa-Ke’-De range for many years to come. You can view the details of the match on the NRA website http://www.nrahq.org/compete/natpdf/metric-champ-12.pdf. The NRA is counting on more attendees to keep the Metric Nationals a viable smallbore event. The call goes out to Indiana smallbore competitors to help fill the empty firing points at next year’s event.