Shooting Sports USA, NRA’s Competitive-Shooting Journal

posted on June 13, 2022
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Over the past four decades, Shooting Sports USA, the NRA’s competitive-shooting journal, has been on the firing line bringing news, match results and more to our readers. Since its beginning in 1988 as a print magazine offered for $10 a year to non-classified shooters to replace NRA’s Tournament News, Shooting Sports USA has evolved with the times, re-inventing itself into multiple formats before settling into the free-to-subscribe online magazine and companion website available today.

The modern-day digital edition of Shooting Sports USA is published every month, and it is completely free to subscribe. Supporting the NRA’s mission of fostering the shooting sports at every level, Shooting Sports USA covers all shooting disciplines, features both big-name and local club shooters, highlights what the winners are using and strategies for excellence on the firing line, and promotes the competitive-shooting sports by listing thousands of upcoming matches nationwide. Each issue also features reports from NRA-sanctioned matches and local club shoots, as well as product reviews.

Since the first issue was published in 1988, Shooting Sports USA has been on the scene bringing you coverage from major competitive-shooting events such as the National Matches, the NRA Silhouette Nationals and the NRA National Police Championships, the Olympic Games and other international shoots, ISSF World Cups, the Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship, the Grand American World Trapshooting Tournament, the NCAA Rifle Championships and other big collegiate matches, the recently revitalized NRA National Championships at Camp Atterbury and countless other competitions.

The Shooting Sports USA website at is updated daily with the latest news and events from the competitive-shooting world. On the website, you’ll also find reviews of rifles, pistols, shotguns and other competitive-shooting gear, videos covering advanced shooting techniques and, perhaps most importantly, our Reporter’s Worksheet, a PDF form you can download and use to submit local match reports for publication in our Score Sheets department. 

In addition to the great features posted daily at, the monthly digital edition of Shooting Sports USA is a prime source of free competitive-shooting content that every NRA member should take advantage of. For example, you can find exclusive sections not always featured on the website, such as Shooters’ News, Score Sheets and Page from History.

Every month, our Coming Events section provides a list of NRA-sanctioned competitions that are held throughout the country. Listings in Coming Events are divided into discipline categories and include location and contact information for every match.

Product Focus is another monthly department you won’t want to miss, with reviews, roundups, and in-depth features for guns, gear and ammunition.

History is another focus for Shooting Sports USA, with articles going deep into the rich past of the shooting sports, some even stretching back to the beginning of the National Rifle Association in 1871. There’s also plenty of classic coverage from the “Golden Age” of competitive shooting in the U.S. during the mid-20th century, including some familiar names such as Col. Walter Walsh, R. Adm. Morton Mumma, Maj. Edward J. “Jim” Land and top Olympic rifleman Lones Wigger competing at the NRA Bullseye Pistol, Smallbore Rifle and High Power Rifle Championships.

Plus, our weekly newsletter is a great way to stay on top of the latest news, reviews, videos, how-to guides and more from Shooting Sports USA. Subscribe for FREE at


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