National Pistol Matches

National Pistol Matches

The National Trophy Matches expanded to include pistol events, the first trophy awarded was the General Custer Trophy that annually goes to the National Trophy Individual Pistol Champion. The Custer Trophy was first contested in 1904. The Gold Cup National Trophy Team Trophy was initially awarded in 1920. Today, the National Trophy Pistol Matches provide service pistol national championship competitions that preserve the finest traditions of military marksmanship in the United States. A total of 24 different National Trophies are now awarded during the National Trophy Pistol Matches.


The triggers of all Service Pistols used in the EIC, President’s, NTI and NTT Matches must be weighed and certified at an Armorer’s Trailer (Commercial Row Vendors are not authorized to weigh and inspect pistols). When pistol triggers are weighed, the pistol will also be checked for compliance with CMP Service Pistol Rules (Rules 6.2.1 and 6.4.3 in the CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol). Pistol checks must be done prior to firing your first Service Pistol match. The CMP Armorer van will be open throughout the week. Military vans also are authorized to weigh triggers and certify pistols, however, please check the CMP Armorer Van first as military armorers must give their first priority to working on their team’s pistols. Triggers may be spot checked at any time on the line by CMP officials. Failure to have your trigger certified or having a pistol that does not lift the 4-pound weight or comply with the rules can result in disqualification. If your pistol is repaired at an armorer van and the repair involves trigger work, the armorer will re-weigh the trigger to ensure continued compliance with CMP Rules.


The CMP will post National Trophy Pistol scores fired during the day on the Internet just as soon as scorecards come in. Tell your shooting club, team members and family members that they also can watch National Match results on the CMP web site at

National Trophy Pistol Awards Ceremony

The CMP National Trophy Pistol Award Ceremony will be in Hough Theater on Sunday, 14 July 2019, starting at 5:00 PM. The CMP will host an informal Shooters’ Reception at Petrarca Range before the ceremony, starting at 4:00 PM. We plan to close the reception 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony so that everyone can move to the theater in time to start the award ceremony. The ceremony will recognize the newest Distinguished Shooters and award 2019 National Trophies and awards. We hope you plan to attend these impressive ceremonies and help us honor new Distinguished shooters and this year’s champions. Awards not picked up at the ceremony will be mailed.

The CMP no longer mails out copies of Award Ceremony photos. You will be able to access and download, print and order photos after the event. The website is


Shooters who have earned their Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges in the 12 months since the 2018 National Matches are eligible to have their badges presented on-stage during the National Trophy Pistol Award Ceremony on Sunday, 14 July. To be part of the presentation ceremony, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge winners must bring their badges to Camp Perry and check in with Christina Roguski at CMP Headquarters before the CMP Award Ceremony. All Distinguished Shooters who are to receive their badges must also report to Christina during the CMP Shooters’ Reception at Petrarca Range between 4:15 and 4:30 PM. This is to confirm that you will be at the Award Ceremony. If you do not check in with Christina Roguski before the ceremony you will not be called up on stage during the ceremony. 



During the 2019 National Matches, the CMP will identify and recognize any shooters who earn the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges during the Pistol National Trophy Individual Match on 14 July and present their badges at the CMP Award Ceremony that afternoon at 5:00 PM. Results and the names of any new Distinguished shooters will be posted immediately after the NTI challenge period ends. If you are one of these shooters, please check in with Christina Roguski at the Shooter’s Reception as soon as possible so you can receive instructions regarding your badge presentation.

Pistol Small Arms Firing School & M9 Pistol EIC Match – 13 July 2019
(All Small Arms Firing School participants must check-in at the national match welcome center on 12 JuLY 2019)

The Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), including the firing of the M9 EIC Match, will be completed in one day. The SAFS schedule will give beginning shooters approximately six hours of hands-on training and time on the range. The Advanced Pistol SAFS will begin at 7:00 AM on 13 July 2019 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center.

SAFS students who identify themselves as beginners or new shooters with little or no previous pistol experience will receive instruction that starts them at the very beginning with nomenclature, safe pistol handling, loading and unloading, sight alignment, the basic stance and trigger control. School students with some pistol experience will attend a morning of bulls-eye pistol shooting instruction by the Army Service Pistol Team.

After the instructional clinic, SAFS students will move to Viale Range for practice firing with U.S. Army M9 9mm pistols. Later that afternoon, they will fire the M9 Pistol EIC Match where the top ten percent of shooters with no pistol EIC points will earn “introductory” 4-point legs.

CMP .22 rimfire pistol EIC Match – 13 July 2019

The CMP .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match will be an EIC Pistol Match.


The CMP Service Pistol EIC Match will be a regular EIC Pistol Match. The top 10% of eligible competitors, who score above the minimum credit score, will have a chance to earn EIC Credit Points. This match will count as one of the competitors allowed five club matches per year.

Glock (GSSL) Match – 13 JULY 2019

President’s Pistol Match – 14 July 2019

The President’s Pistol Match is a National Trophy Pistol Match. It was first fired in 1981. The President’s Rifle and Pistol Matches have become especially prestigious because match winners have traditionally received letters of congratulations from the President of the United States. The Junior President’s match is fired concurrently with the open class, however; junior competitors will fire .22 caliber pistols.

President Theodore Roosevelt began this tradition for the President’s Rifle Match in 1904. This tradition of recognition was extended to include the President’s Pistol Match. Recent U.S. Presidents, including Presidents Clinton and Bush, continued the tradition by providing letters of congratulations to the winners of both the President’s Pistol and Rifle Matches. The additional 50-yard slow-fire requirement in the President’s Pistol Match course of fire makes it especially challenging.

National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol Match – 14 July 2019

The National Trophy Individual Pistol Match (NTI) is a National Trophy Pistol Match. It was first fired in 1904, the second year of the National Matches, and has become one of the most prestigious National Trophy Pistol 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. The Junior NTI match is fired concurrently with the open class, however; junior competitors will fire .22 caliber pistols.

National Trophy Team (NTT) Pistol Match – 14 July 2019

The National Trophy Pistol Team Match (NTT) is a National Trophy Match. It was first fired in 1920 when competition for the Gold Cup team trophy began. The Pistol NTT is a four-person team match with a requirement that at least one firing member must be a “new shooter.” The Junior NTT match is fired concurrently with the open class, however; junior competitors will fire .22 caliber pistols on a two-person team.

The Gold Cup Trophy, the Oglethorpe Trophy that is awarded to the best Civilian team, the American Indian Trophy that is awarded to the best Law Enforcement team and the U. S. Coast Guard Memorial Trophy that is awarded to the best Reserve Component team are among the most valuable and most important of all National Trophies.

National Match Air PistoL EVENTS – 8-14 july 2019

The National Matches Air Gun Matches will again take place at the CMP Marksmanship Center with its 80-point electronic target equipped range. Daily air gun matches programs will feature 30-shot pistol matches each day. A regular squadded National Matches Air Pistol Championship with a 60 shot course of fire may be fired on a date of each competitor’s choice. Check the National Matches Air Gun Events program for firing times. National Matches pistol competitors are encouraged to bring their air pistols to Camp Perry and to plan to compete in the daily re-entry matches and the 60-shot National Matches Air Pistol Championship.

For more information on the National Trophy Pistol Matches, contact CMP Competitions at (419) 635-2141, ext. 714 or 706 or email [email protected].

While CMP policy prohibits endorsement of any company product or service, we would like to recognize the following companies that will award their own separate products to the top shooters of the 2019 National Matches.

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