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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 28, 2019 12:40 pm

Verbatim: NCAA to host first-ever rifle event in Fort Wayne

The X Count issued the following news release today:

The X Count recently celebrated its public grand opening and now it is hosting the most significant rifle shooting competition in Indiana history. On October 5, 2019 three NCAA Division I Rifle Teams will converge on the newly recognized USA Shooting Certified Training Center for what will prove to be a very close competition.

Target shooting competition has a long history in the United States. Competitive shooting on college campuses started in the early 1900s. In the beginning, most matches were postal in nature. Teams would shoot on their home range, scores were verified by witnesses and then mailed in for comparison to scores mailed in by other schools.

Technology has changed drastically where matches are shot on electronic targets and broadcast online to be viewed worldwide.

The first National Collegiate Smallbore Rifle Team Trophy was awarded in 1928. In the 1970s, Air Rifle was added to the collegiate game, as it had become an international competition. The NCAA picked up Rifle as a sponsored championship for the first time in 1980. In March of this year the 40th NCAA Championship will be held in Lexington, KY.

What: NCAA Division 1 Rifle Match (Ohio State, Nebraska, and Akron)

Where: The X Count, 5301 Merchandise Drive, Fort Wayne, 46825

When: Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm (The best times to get video or photos will be the noon and 2pm relays)