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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the World Shooting Championship.

What awards are the individual categories competing for?

There are three categories in 2016; Open Pro, Stock Pro, and Amateur.  All competitors are eligible to win any of the top three overall awards.  Below those three places the following will apply.  

Open Pro competitors will compete for cash awards only and a cash award schedule has been determined and put in place for this.  Open Pro competitors will not be able to select from a prize table.  

Stock Pro competitors are eligible to select from the Stock Pro prize table, based on the order of their finish in the match.  Stock Pro competitors are not eligible for the cash award schedule provided to Open Pro competitors.  

Amateur competitors are eligible to select from the Amateur prize table, based on the order of their finish in the match.  Amateur competitors are not eligible for the cash award schedule provided to Open Pro competitors.

In the descriptions of firearms, the word “platform” is used. What does this mean?

The term is generally meant to mean that the general style of the firearm (platform) used is similar in design and function to the supplied firearm in that stage but does not have to be identical. 

In the case of an AR-15 type platform, it does not have to be the identical make and model to the supplied rifle, but must be of the AR-15 design and it must match in caliber. The same is true for those stages that are fired using an AR-10 type platform firearm.

In the case of a bolt action rifle, any bolt action rifle will suffice. It does not have to be the identical make and model to the supplied rifle, but it must match in caliber.

In the case of a semi-automatic handgun, any semi-automatic handgun will suffice. It does not have to be the identical make and model to the supplied handgun, but it must be semi-automatic and must match in caliber.

What are the prize table selection procedures?

Separate prize tables will be established for Stock Pro competitors and Amateur competitors.

Award winners will be called to the appropriate prize table in the order of their finish in the grand aggregate.  Amateur and Stock Pro competitor names will be called alternately, and competitors will proceed to the tables and select their award.

There is no preference between competitors in award section.  The first person to select an award will receive that award.  As an example, the 8th place is called and is looking at the award offerings trying to make a selection and the 9th place competitor arrives while the 8th place competitor is still looking.  If the 9th place competitor selects an award first, they get that award.  The 8th place competitor has no standing to request that the 9th place competitor relinquish the selected award due to match position.  

Once an award is selected, competitors will move to the check-out tables where your competitor card will be scanned.  If you win a prize that requires an FFL transfer, you will be given a certificate that represents the firearm selected.  The certificate must be presented at the awards office to arrange the transfer process.  All awarded firearms MUST go through the legal FFL transfer process.

What is a competitor card?

All competitors and staff will be issued a plastic identification card that must be worn throughout the match.  This card will identify you as a staff member, and/or the category of competitor that you selected.  It will also have a bar code imprinted on it that will be scanned before an award can be issued.  This bar code will connect you to the award selected and its value for tax reporting purposes.  Competitors must bring this card to the awards ceremony.

Why must I complete a W-9 (W-8, for non-residents) tax form?

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has mandated that the NRA provide for tax notification of the value of awarded prizes across all of its championships.  Prize awards that equal or exceed $600 are taxed by the IRS.  As a result, ALL competitors are required to complete a form W-9 upon match registration.  Those non-residents competing must complete a form W-8.  Non-residents must pay a 30% tax on their winnings before any awards can be issued.

Due to the short time frame of this event and the limited time that we have verify W-9 information, if the W-9 is not legible or not correct, the competitor’s name will simply be struck from the awards list and a trip to the prize table will not occur.

What if do not complete a W-9?

No awards will be issued.

All W-9s must go through a process where the information contained on them is verified in IRS files for accuracy.  If the information cannot be verified due to being illegible or has errors, no awards will be issued.

Due to the short time frame of this event and the limited time that we have verify W-9 information, if the W-9 is not legible or not correct, the competitor’s name will simply be struck from the awards list and a trip to the prize table will not occur.

Where is the match being held and how do I get there?

The NRA World Shooting Championship is being held at Peacemaker National Training Center Glengary, West Virginia. Click here for directions.

What does the registration fee cover?

Registration fee covers the cost of competition and equipment as well as your banquet ticket.

Are there any age restrictions for competitors?

NRA World Shooting Championship competitors must be at least 12 years of age. Those under 18 years of age must be under direct supervision of an adult who is not shooting in the match at all times.

All competitors, at least 12 years of age and under 18 years of age, must complete the NRA Liability Waiverr

Are there any additional forms I must complete before competing?

All shooters will be required to sign the Peacemaker National Training Center, LLC waiver and the National Rifle Association Liability waiver prior to accessing the facility for the match.

NRA Liability Waiver - Adult

NRA Liability Waiver - Minor

Why must I attend the shooter meeting the night before the match?

The shooter meeting is critical to complete registration, squad assignments, safety briefing, scoring, rules and is the opportunity for shooters to ask questions.

What are the rules of the competition?

More information regarding the 2015 rules will be posted soon.

What do I need to bring to the match?

The NRA will be providing all the guns and ammo needed for every stage. You will need to bring eye and ear protection along with appropriate clothing.

Is there a map of the range showing where stages and other events are located?

An event map will be available as part of the NRA World Shooting Championship Match Program which competitors will receive on-site.

How are the stages scored?

Scoring is commonized and provided by Practiscore so that all stages have the same overall value. The World Shooting Championship has adjusted some equipment, stage types and stages to ensure that "accuracy disciplines" have a suitable level of position and stages are equally weighted. Scoring has been adjusted to ensure that some stages, like the infamous "Double Wobble" stage, do not count for an unreasonable disparity from the scores earned in other stages.

Are sighter or familiarization shots permitted on each stage?

Depending upon the course of fire, sighter shots will be allowed on a stage by stage basis.

Do I need my own guns and ammo?

No! All firearms and ammunition will be provided for each event so competitors will be competing with equal guns and ammo. This will also alleviate the need for new equipment to be purchased for unfamiliar events, and should assist with international and domestic travel for all competitors.

What firearms will be provided?

Specific Firearm Related Information will be available soon.

When will I receive my squadding information?

Squadding information will be given at registration. 

At the match will I drive from stage to stage and where will I park?

There will be available parking near each stage. When you arrive, you will drive to the stage area you are shooting at. All of your daily stages will be within a brief walking distance to your vehicle.

How much time per day will I spend shooting?

Four stages will be scheduled per shooter, per day. Shooters should plan to spend 1/2 day shooting per day. Of course there will be side matches to shoot which you can shoot at any time you are not shooting a mandatory stage.

Are cash and prizes the same as last year’s championship?

No, cash and prizes will not be as heavily weighted for the top few shooters as it was in 2014. The overall prize table will be a minimum of $200,000 and $50,000 in cash will be paid out to shooters.

Can competitors bring guests?

Yes, spectators will be permitted. ALL spectators must check in upon arrival and must wear a wrist band at all times. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted for safety purposes. All minors under 18 years of age must be in direct supervision of an adult who is not shooting in the match at all times.

Can I purchase additional banquet tickets?

Shooters may purchase up to two additional guest banquet tickets.

What is the dress attire for the banquet?

Attire is business casual.

What airport should I use?

We recommend using Dulles Airport or Baltimore Washington International airport as a secondary. Dulles is about a 75 minute drive and BWI is about 90 minutes. 

Where should I stay?

There are two match hotels: 

Hampton Inn | 1204 Berryville Ave, Winchester, VA 22601 | 540-678-4000

Holiday Inn Express & Suites | 142 Foxridge Lane, Winchester, VA 22603 | 540-667-7050

...you can also review our full list of lodging partners here.

Want To Know More 

Contact us at 703-267-1479 or email NRAhighpower@nrahq.org for more information.

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