The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce that this year’s Intercollegiate Pistol Match will be held March 16-20, 2009 at Fort Benning, GA. This annual championship determines the national individual and team champions in NRA Intercollegiate Pistol competition. Events include NRA Intercollegiate Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol, and Women’s Sport Pistol.
Qualifications for an invitation to participate in the national championship are determined from pistol scores fired in the annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals held throughout the United States between January and February each year. To be eligible to participate in the championships, a shooter must be a regularly-enrolled undergraduate student who complies with the eligibility rules of his or her institution.
NRA Collegiate Shooting Manager Tori Croft said of this year’s championships, “We’re excited to be returning to Fort Benning. Our collegiate competitors have an immense opportunity in front of them to compete on a premier, Olympic-style range with electronic targets. As always, we are very grateful for the help and support of the Army Marksmanship Unit.”
This year’s competition promises to be intense, with such all-star teams competing as the U.S. Naval Academy, Ohio State University, and MIT. The top women’s team from the U.S. Military Academy will also be returning. “We are looking forward to fantastic performances from all of our competing teams,” said Croft.