Washington's Lauren Phillips (center) won the smallbore rifle title for the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship held in Colorado Springs on April 18 and 19th. The NJOSC match consists of two 3x20 matches and an olympic style final. Lauren easily won the two 3x20 match portion of the championships with a 1160x1200. Lauren then place 5th in the final, but won the NJOSC gold medal based on her score on the two 3x20's. With this performance, Lauren wins a spot on the USA Shooting Junior team.
Denise Martin placed third in smallbore at the NCAA rifle championships held on March 14 and 15, 2014 in Murray,Kentucky. Denise competed as a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers rifle team.
The smallbore competition used a typical college format, starting with a 3x20 (20 shots each in kneeling, prone, and standing) scored in even point increments. Denise finished 4th with a score of 586-30x.
The final followed the format used in the Olympics where the 3x20 scores are erased and all shooters start at 0. Shooters fire 15 shots in both kneeling and prone and then go into knockout format for the standing position. By finishing third, Denise made it to the second to last shot before being eliminated, finishing with a finals score of 443.3 (shots in the final are scored to 0.1 of a point with a perfect shot being a 10.9).
Our Constitution provides that no law shall forbid us from keeping and bearing arms because of the necessity for a militia. We have a militia of a sort, but our greatest strength lies in the fact that so many of our people not only posess weapons but also understand their use, and above all they are prepared to defend themselves against any sudden attack by an enemy.
You will remember that we won our freedom because we were armed. We were not a simple peasantry unused to weapons. The men who wrote our Constitution knew our people would be safe as long as they were armed.
--Louis L'Amour, from The Lonesome Gods