Rifle Team Scores At State Championship

SOCORRO, N.M. August 28, 2012 – Seventeen smallbore rifle competitors from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas gathered in Capitan, N.M., for the New Mexico State Conventional Prone .22 Rifle Championship.


Austin Mier watching (from left to right) Patrick Ward, Justin Couch, David Best, and Brian Sun prepare to shoot.



Brian Sun in position and David Best preparing for a match.


Smallbore rifles are .22 caliber and competitors shoot in the prone position at distances of 50 yards, 50 meters, and 100 yards; iron sights one day and scope the second day. More information can be found at http://arizona-rifleshooting.com/smallbore.htm. The course of fire is the Dewar (20 shots at 50 yards, 20 shots at 100 yards), 100 yards (40 shots), 50 meters (40 shots), and 50 yards (40 shots) in the prone position, for a total of 1600 points and repeated for a second day for an aggregate total of 3200.

Patrick Ward improved his shooting skills from last spring to earn High Junior. David Best won First Sharpshooter class. Brian Sun also competed and Austin Mier assisted with scoring and is eager to shoot in the next completion. Virginia McLemore is the team’s coach and the N.M. state champion, outshooting the second place competitor by four points. McLemore also competed in the 2012 National Metric Prone Smallbore Rifle Championship in Bristol, Indiana, July 16 and17, where she won high intermediate senior (sixth overall). The Intermediate Senior class comprises competitors of age 55 to 64. McLemore won a championship belt buckle. She then traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio, for the National Smallbore Rifle Championships, where she placed third Intermediate Senior and 31st overall (nearly 320 competitors). McLemore then attended the NRA/USA Shooting Sports Association Collegiate Coaches Conference August 3 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where she attended sessions to improve coaching skills and fundraising.

The New Mexico Rifle Team is currently preparing for the .22 Rifle Clinic on Oct. 12-1, also in Capitan, and additional championships during the winter and spring. New members of the New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club are welcome and encouraged to attend the rifle clinic in October. The club has regular practice at the New Mexico Tech Gym Classroom from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday during the fall and spring semesters. Contact Jim McLemore (5409) or Virginia McLemore (5521) for more information.

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