National Trophy Rifle Matches
Rifle Small Arms Firing School & M16 Rifle EIC Match – 14 & 16 July 2015 (registration Tuesday, 14 July)
The 2015 Rifle SAFS offers classroom instruction taught by the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit, on-the-range coaching by military service rifle shooters and 200-yard practice firing. The Rifle SAFS concludes with the M16 EIC Rifle Match. Classroom instruction and practice firing is on Wednesday, 15 July. The M16 EIC Match will be fired on Thursday morning, 16 July.
Any persons who desire to learn gun safety and sound target shooting skills, regardless of previous experience, are welcome to attend this school. Special instruction will be offered to all SAFS students who identify themselves as beginners or new shooters with little or no previous experience. After the Saturday morning safety instruction, beginner shooters will go to the range for hands-on small group instruction on the basics of M-16 rifle clearing, loading and unloading, zeroing, shot technique, the use of the sling and the standing, sitting and prone positions.
Advanced students will remain at the theater for continued classroom instruction. Both beginner and advanced rifle SAFS students will fire in the M16 EIC Match. Registration in the Rifle SAFS is required for anyone who wants to fire in the M16 EIC Match. Registration fees are $40.00 for adults and $30.00 for juniors. SAFS students have M16 rifles to fire. All students will receive ammunition for practice and competition, a SAFS T-shirt, a SAFS certificate, a USAMU Service Rifle Guide and entry in the M16 EIC Match.
Service Rifle Squadded Practice - 16 July 2015
Service Rifle squadded practice is offered for all National Trophy Rifle competitors who wish to confirm their zeroes for the Camp Perry ranges. Squadded practice will take place on Rodriguez Range on Thursday, 16 July. All competitors who wish to fire in the squadded practice must report to the CMP Competitions Results Center on Rodriguez Range for squadding starting at 10:30 AM. Competitors will be squadded in five relays (six relays if needed) on Rodriguez Range and firing will begin at 12:00 PM. The course of fire for the squadded practice will be 5 minutes slow-fire prone at the 300-yard line followed by 10 minutes of slow-fire prone from the 600-yard line. Shooters may fire as many rounds as they wish within these time limits.
President’s Rifle Match – 22 July 2015
The President’s Rifle Match is a National Trophy Rifle Match. It was first fired in 1878 and was incorporated into the National Match program after the Nationals were established in 1903. The President’s Match became uniquely prestigious because it was modeled after the famous British Queen’s Prize Match and because the winner formerly received a letter of congratulations from the President of the United States.
An exciting shoot-off or final stage now concludes the President’s Rifle Match; enabling shooters who are in contention for first place in this prestigious match all finish the match together on the same range at the same time in front of their fellow competitors. With the CMP’s ability to instantly post scores on the Web, several thousand people also are able to watch the conclusion of this match on the Internet. This gives unprecedented public exposure for the top Service Rifle shooters who make it to the final. Through the President’s Rifle final, many more people have a chance to actually see the best Service Rifle shooters compete for the coveted President’s Rifle Trophy in a high-pressure shoot-off both in person and on the Web.
In the President’s Rifle Match, all competitors fire 10 shots standing, 10 shots rapid prone and 10 shots prone slow fire to determine who makes the President’s 100. The top 20 shooters advance to a final where they fire a 10-shot stage at 600 yards directly in front of spectators. The 40-shot totals for these shooters determine the match winner and the top 20 places. The start time for the final stage will be 3:30 PM or 90 minutes after the first 30 shots are completed.
National Trophy Individual Rifle Match – 21 July 2015
The National Trophy Individual Rifle Match (NTI) is a National Trophy Rifle Match. It was first fired in 1904, the second year of the National Matches and has become one of the most prestigious of the National Trophy Rifle events. The NTI is also an Excellence-in-Competition match where the top 10% of all Non-Distinguished competitors, military and civilian, earn EIC credit points.
National Trophy Junior Team Match – 17 July 2015
The CMP National Trophy Junior Team Match for two-person junior teams replaced the former Whistler Boy Junior Highpower Team Match two years ago. The event is a two-person team match where both team members fire the National Match Course of fire with service rifles. The Deneke Trophy Aggregate that honors the annual National Junior Service Rifle Team will now include scores fired in this event together with scores from the President’s and National Trophy Individual Matches. Junior service rifle shooters that cannot form an eligible State or Club team are eligible to compete on At-Large Teams so they can still compete for awards and the Deneke Trophy Aggregate.
Hearst Doubles Match – 17 July 2015
The Hearst Doubles Rifle Team Match was a new National Trophy Rifle Match in 2006. This is a two-person team match where both team members fire a 30-shot course of fire with service rifles. The match winners receive the William Randolph Hearst Trophy, a National Trophy that was returned to competition in 2006.
In Hearst Doubles, two-person teams fire the President’s 30-shot course of fire. Both team members fire 10 shots standing at 200 yards, 10 shots rapid fire prone at 300 yards and 10 shots slow fire prone at 600 yards with no sighters. Firing is done on the SR target at 200 and 300 yards and the MR target at 600 yards. Teams must pair fire the standing and prone slow fire stages. In pair firing, both members alternate firing on the same target.
Vintage Sniper Rifle Match – 17 July 2015
A new match that was test-fired with great success at the 2010 Eastern and Western CMP Games has joined the CMP highpower games match lineup in 2011. Two-person teams firing scoped vintage military rifles from the prone position will attempt to place 10 rounds each on target at 300 yards in 20-second exposure intervals. One teammate serves as the shooter while the other serves as the spotter, then they switch positions. Shooters and spotters repeat the sequence at 600 yards. Scores are combined for a team aggregate total.
It’s an exciting new match that requires quick, controlled action and the ability to communicate and respond to shot calls made by the spotter. See the official program for types of rifles and scopes allowed.
National Trophy Team Match – 20 July 2015
The National Trophy Rifle Team Match (NTT) is a National Trophy Match. It was first fired in 1903 when competitors in the first National Matches competed for the “National (Dogs of War) Trophy” that was commissioned pursuant to an appropriation by the U. S. Congress. The NTT is a six-person team match with a requirement that at least one firing member be a “new shooter.”
The National Trophy, the Soldier of Marathon Trophy that is awarded to the best Civilian team, the Minuteman Trophy that is awarded to the best Junior team and the Hilton Trophy that is awarded to the best Reserve Component team are among the most valuable and most important of all National Trophies.
National Trophy Infantry Team Match – 19 July 2015
The National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT) is a National Trophy Rifle Match that was first fired in 1922. Only two Civilian teams have ever won the prestigious Infantry Trophy that goes to the winner of this match. The first Civilian team to win this honor was the Nebraska Civilian team who won in 1930. Seventy-nine years later, in 2009, the California Grizzlies Junior Team won the Infantry Trophy.
The Infantry Trophy Team Match is a unique event where scoring is based on how many hits six-person teams, which begin the match with 384 rounds of ammunition, can score on banks of eight silhouette targets at distances of 600, 500, 300 and 200 yards during 50-second firing periods. The NTIT is sometimes called the “rattle battle” because it requires firing, moving to the next firing point with all gear in tow. The match emphasizes extremely fast, accurate fire and good communication among teammates. It’s also an exciting competition for spectators to watch.
CMP National Trophy Rifle Awards Ceremony - 22 July 2015
The CMP National Trophy Rifle Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 22 July, at 7:00 PM in the Post Theater. This is always an impressive ceremony that begins with the presentation of new Distinguished Rifleman Badge winners. All National Trophy winners will be honored at this ceremony. The ceremony is preceded by an informal reception in the Petrarca Range covered firing point that begins at 6:00 PM.
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