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Competitive Shooting

NRA's Competitive Shooting Division offers a wide range of activities in all types of shooting, for everyone from the novice to the world-class competitor. The NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year. Explore the options below to find rules, results, and information on upcoming matches and tournaments.

11,000 Shooting Tournaments

 For a wide range of competitive shooters—from the novice to the world-class competitior

50 National Championships

Are hosted by the NRA each year

300 Colleges And Universities

In the U.S. offer shooting programs for college students

Competitive Shooting Programs

NRA's Competitive Shooting Division offers a wide range of activities in all types of shooting, for everyone from the novice to the world-class competitor. The NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year.

NRA World Shooting Championship

The 2017 NRA World Shooting Championship, held at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV, will be held September 14-16, 2017. The competition, gathering the top shooters in the world to compete in virtually every type of major firearms shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun and combined firearm sports, will crown one competitor the undisputed World Shooting Champion.

Collegiate Shooting Programs

Nearly 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. offer shooting programs. If you are an experienced competition shooter and are looking for a potential college or university to attend, use the Collegiate Shooting Sports Directory as a resource. If you are already enrolled in college, or plan to attend a university that does not have a competitive program and you would like to start one, use the e-book "Developing A Scholastic Shooting Program."

NRA Springfield M1A Match

This match is a fun and friendly competition held during the National Matches. From novice to champion competitor, every level of shooter can be found here and over $25,000 in cash and prize awards will be given out for this match.

America's Rifle Challenge

The popularity of ARs over the past few years continues to rise. Millions of gun owners have purchased ARs for recreational shooting as well as for home defense. To help owners sharpen their skills on this platform, the NRA has developed a unique training and competition event designed to go beyond typical target practice.

Shooter Classification Lookup

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Shooting Sports USA

Over 10,000 competitive shooters read and share the modern-day digital edition of Shooting Sports USA every month for reviews of current firearm technology, what the winners are using and strategies for excellence on the firing line. Shooting Sports USA covers all shooting disciplines, features both big-name and local club shooters, and promotes the competitive shooting sports by listings thousands of upcoming matches nationwide. Each issue features reports of NRA-sactioned matches and local club shoots, as well as product reviews.

Adaptive Shooting

The NRA's goal is to increase access and participation in shooting activities for people with disabilities through specialized techniques and technologies that are safe and unique to each individual.

3 Gun Experience

NRA 3 Gun Experience presented by Smith & Wesson is designed to introduce new and intermediate shooters to the world of 3 Gun with a safe, family fun, recreational shooting program.

Great American Outdoor Show

The World's Largest Outdoor Show! Featuring 1,100 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to archery, fishing, outdoor gear, boats, RVs and hunting outfitters covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam packed schedule including country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more!

NRA Day Presented by Brownells

NRA Day events provide community members the opportunity to come together to learn, experience, share, and grow in appreciation of the shooting sports. Participants will be able to learn about the many different activities available in shooting sports and explore them in a safe environment.

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