GENERAL INFORMATION: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 eligible Non-Distinguished competitors, military and civilian, earn EIC credit points.
COURSE OF FIRE:The Pistol National Match Course of Fire is used. Competitors fire 10 shots slow-fire at 50 yards two 5 shot strings in 10 minutes, 10 shots timed-fire at 25 yards two 5 shot strings in 20 seconds and 10 shots rapid-fire at 25 yards in two 5 shot strings in 10 seconds per string. Juniors who compete for Junior awards must fire .22 cal. Standard Smallbore Pistols.
SQUADDING: Firing will be done on Pistol Ranges 1, 3 and 4. Juniors firing a .22 pistol will be squadded on Range 2. Two relays of 276 competitors each will be squadded on those ranges through a random draw. If the total number of entries exceeds 552 competitors, additional competitors will be squadded on Range 2 to the capacity of that range. Competitors’ squadding will be drawn and issued at the time of check-in. Competitors will have the same relay and firing point assignments for both the President’s and NTI Pistol Matches.
PISTOLS: Service pistols that comply with CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol, Rules 6.2 must be used. Juniors who compete for junior awards must fire Standard Smallbore Pistols that comply with Rule 6.3.
AMMUNITION: Any safe ammunition may be used in accordance with CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol, Rule 6.5.2.
OTHER RULES: Specific rules governing the conduct of the National Trophy Individual Pistol Match are found in the CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol (see especially Rule 7.3). Junior competitors firing .22 Pistols only in the NTI Junior Pistol Match, the ready position for timed and rapid-fire stages is with the loaded pistol pointed down at a 45° angle. If the bench in front of the shooter is too high to allow a 45° angle ready position, the ready position is with the loaded pistol lowered as far as possible without contacting the bench (must not rest on the bench). (See CMP Service Rule 7.1.2, page 42).
AWARDS: The winner of the National Trophy Individual Pistol Match receives the General Custer Trophy (the competitor receives a trophy plaque and his/her name is permanently engraved on the trophy; the trophy is retained by the CMP on permanent display at Camp Perry) and a General Custer Trophy medallion. The top 10% of all eligible Non-Distinguished competitors in the National Trophy Individual Pistol Match receive 10, 8 or 6 EIC credit points (all Civilian legs are 10-point legs and military competitors receive 10, 8 or 6 point legs depending on their score) in accordance with CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol, Rule 9.2. Eligible competitors will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze General Custer medallions. Special awards recognize these individuals:
National Women’s Trophy: Highest scoring women.
Ancient Archer Trophy: Highest scoring Law Enforcement competitor.
General Curtis LeMay Trophy: Highest scoring Air Force competitor.
National Guard Association Trophy: Highest scoring National Guard competitor.
US Army Reserve Memorial Trophy: Highest scoring Reserve competitor.
Citizen’s Military Trophy: Highest scoring civilian.
Senior Pistol Trophy: Highest scoring Senior.
ENTRY FEES: $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for juniors.
2017 WINNER: SFC Patrick Franks, USA, 289-10X
2017 JUNIOR WINNER: Samuel Kwon, 260-5X
NATIONAL MATCHES RECORD: SSG James Henderson, USA, Columbus, GA 297-13X, 2009
NATIONAL MATCHES JUNIOR RECORD: Glenn Zimmerman, Waterville, OH, 292-12X, 2016