GENERAL INFORMATION: The President’s Pistol Match, first fired in 1981, is a National Trophy Pistol Match. 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. 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, have continued the tradition by providing letters of congratulations to the winners of both the President’s Pistol and Rifle Matches.
COURSE OF FIRE: The President’s Pistol Match Course of Fire will be used. Juniors who compete for Junior awards must fire the same course of fire with .22 cal. Standard Smallbore Pistol.
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 these 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 when they check-in at the National Matches Welcome Center.
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 President’s Pistol Match are found in the CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Service Pistol (see especially Rule 7.2). Junior competitors firing .22 Pistols only in the President’s 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).
AWARDS: The winner of the President’s Pistol Match receives the President’s Pistol 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 President’s Pistol Match medallion. The top 100 competitors in the President’s Pistol Match are designated as the “President’s Hundred” and receive President’s Pistol Match medallions and certificates. The high junior who fires a .22 cal. smallbore pistol in the President’s Pistol Match receives the Perry DeFino 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).
ENTRY FEES: $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for juniors.
2017 WINNER: SFC James Henderson, USA, 392-16X
2017 JUNIOR WINNER: Samuel Kwon, 330-3X
NATIONAL MATCHES RECORD: SSG James Henderson, USA, Columbus, GA, 393-17X, 2009
NATIONAL MATCHES JUNIOR RECORD: Lisa Emmert, Houghton, MI, 374-8X, 2015