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It's Here! Shooters Arrive for Largest Nationals
Shooters are beginning to arrive in San Antonio for the largest-ever National Sporting Clays Championship! The first two-day rotation starts this Saturday, and a National Champion -- as well as an NSCA Tour Champion -- will be determined on Sunday, October 25. Close to 2100 shooters are pre-registered for the October 17-25 event, where every shooter will not only have the opportunity to compete against other shooters in their own class and concurrent, but also to win one of 450 guns to be given away. You can learn about everything that's going on with our online event program. Everything you need to prepare for the shoot, including the program, registration links, recommended hotels, and much more, can be found on our National Championship page.

Rewards Redemptions in Shooter's Packet
If you redeemed Shooting for Rewards points for National Championship events, practice, or a gift card for ammo or merchandise but haven't received a certificate or gift card in the mail, no worries! The certificate or gift card will be waiting for you in Registration in your shooter's packet.

Use Our Shotgun Storage Service at Nationals
We can't stress it strongly enough: while you're at Nationals -- or even when you're traveling to and from your home club -- never leave your shotgun in an unattended vehicle. According to SIAI, NSSA-NSCA's gun insurance provider, almost all gun thefts from individuals occur when a firearm is left in a vehicle. It's tempting to leave guns in your vehicle while you go out to dinner or overnight while you're staying in a hotel, but this is asking for trouble. The solution: use the gun storage service at the National Shooting Complex. For only $5.00 per day, we will store and insure your shotgun while you aren't using it.

Win One of 450 Guns at National Championship
Every shooter in every class and concurrent will have opportunities to win one of 450 guns to be given away through random drawings during the October 17-25 extravaganza. Even if you don't win at one of the drawings, you still have opportunities to win a gun -- register for the 2016 Nationals while you're there, respond to our post-event survey, sign up for the USA Sporting Clays Team option -- and you get more chances to win
 

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NEVER leave your guns and accessories in your vehicle at a restaurant or hotel during a large shooting event at THE NSSA COMPLEX in San Antonio! Use the lock up facilities at the complex. Better safe than sorry.

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That's right, Neil. Can you imagine how fast registered trap would disappear if trap shooters had to pay $91 per hundred for targets? Yet there will be somewhere north of 2500 sporting shooters who can't wait to pay it starting this Saturday.

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No matter where you shoot or what discipline your game is, crooks are crooks. I personally know shooters who have had guns stolen from the hotel room, their car, and in some cases included the car. They come to shoots and tag cars or merely follow them to restaurants, etc. I try to park at places where i can watch my stuff through the window, but we know that isn't possible that often.
 

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Interesting factoid: Of the 2077 shooter currently signed up, 658, about 31%, are in Master class, sporting clay's equivalent of AAA. Of those 658, there are about 5 shooters who are favorites to win the championship, and 10 to 15 more who have a realistic chance. That leaves about 638 shooters who have absolutely no chance of winning. I mean none. The winning shooter will miss between
15 and 20 targets out of 300- and they will be tough targets.
Some years ago Kay Ohye entered this event. He broke around 200 out of 300, which was respectable, and lost to winner
Tony Rivera by 86 targets.
 

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Dick, the winner will usually miss less than 10 of the 300 Main Event targets. For Example in 2013 Bobby Fowler won with a 295. Richard Faulds shot a 296 but since he is not a U.S. citizen, he could not be the National Champion.
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You will see targets that dedicated trap shooters don't even know exist. Jeff Prigge put it best, tough targets and can't wait to get there (just to shoot the targets). Go get'em Jeff.

It's no different than the Grand......if you want to shoot against the best shooters in the country, you try to be there.

BTW.... David Radulavich broke the first 100 (almost unheard of) at the Ohio State Sporting Championship (200 bird event over 2 days), and followed with a 92 on the second hundred....won the event. He also went to the Cardinal Classic and won a doubles event with a 99....first time.
 

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And, the NSCA/NSSA own the property...

  • 45 Skeet Fields
  • 47 Trap Fields
  • 5 Sporting Clays Courses, with the ability to add more as needed
  • 2 NSCA 5-Stand Sporting Fields
  • Bunker Trap
  • Lights for After Dark Clay Target Shooting
  • Lighted Stadium Accommodating 1000 Spectators
Put in another 30-40 traps and.....
 

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A good number of trap shooters were weaned on cheep targets at small clubs comparing anything trap shooting with those earlier lower costs. A good number of sporting clays shooters on the other hand came into the sporting clays game knowing the current costs and are obviously not put off by what they spend. It's always come back the same thing, if you want it bad enough, you will find a way to participate.

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its a bit pricer just to shoot sporties due to the cost of the machines versus trap, not to mention they don't just throw the less expensive 108 targets. Take a 16 station 100 target course, which equates to 32 machines,. 3-6 grand per machine adds up quick.
 
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