More than 300 collegiate shooters are at Fort Benning this week for the Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships.
Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and Fort Benning, the event will draw junior shooters from across the country to compete in the National Rifle Association Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship, the Scholastic Steel
Challenge Collegiate Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program Challenge. The competition runs today through Sunday.
Commander Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne said the Marksmanship Unit is the ideal location to hold the ground-breaking championships.
"Our newest generation of collegiate champions across multiple shooting disciplines will earn their titles at the 'Home of Champion,'" Hodne said.
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There are more than 200 colleges and universities with rifle and pistol programs affiliated with the NRA. Ohio State, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, Penn State and New Mexico State are taking part in the championships. The Coast Guard Academy is the defending champion in the Scholastic Steel Challenge Collegiate Championship.