How to Find a Match
Similar to how to find a range to shoot at near your house, finding a match to compete in might take a little legwork. In this example of how to find a match, the details refer specifically to shooting sports supported by either the National Rifle Association or USA Shooting. This includes my personal favorites, smallbore and air rifle, as well as highpower rifle and various pistol competition styles. In my journey to get back in shooting shape, I know it is important to set goals so I can see progress and stay motivated. One of these goals is for me to shoot in a sectional air rifle match. That goal is temporarily on hold since I am pregnant (more on that later!) and can't fit into my shooting suit, but a goal deferred is significantly better than no goals at all.
What are the Sectional Matches?
The NRA hosts these matches. You can check out the match program, which I’ll summarize: It’s an indoor postal national championship for the different disciplines of precision shooting. You can check out the results from last year here. I find the sectionals are great because they are convenient (shoot it wherever, on whatever date as long as it’s a registered tournament) and they are ranked. I am a competitor and love to see how I stack up against others. This is a coed tournament, but the results get broken down into several categories like women, service, collegiate, junior, senior, and classification. I want to shoot the open international air rifle sectional. But to do that, I need to find a match!
How Do You Find a Sectional Match?
There are several ways.
NRA publishes schedules online and in print: https://www.ssusa.org/media/1535390/nov_2016_ce.pdf
Look at local club calendars (since sometimes people forget to get their tournament date to the NRA for publication)
Email my contacts at various clubs
I am going to have to drive at least an hour and a half to get to the closest club that might host a sectional. And I need the date of the match to fit my schedule. So I’m employing all three of these methods to find a match that works best for me. If shooting a sectional match is something you are interested in doing, try these out and if you still have trouble finding a match, let me know if I can help!