The National Trophy Rifle Matches trace their history to the 1903 legislation that established the first National Matches and appropriated funds to acquire the National “Dogs of War” Trophy. This trophy continues to be one of the most prestigious trophies that can be won through rifle shooting in the United States. Today, the National Trophy Rifle Matches provide national championship competitions in service rifle events. Those events preserve the finest traditions of military marksmanship competition in the United States today. A total of 38 different National Trophies are awarded during the eight days of competition that now comprise National Trophy Rifle Week.
FUNDING SUPPORT FOR JUNIOR COMPETITORS
The CMP National Matches Junior Highpower Support Program provides funding assistance to junior shooters who are attending the National Trophy Rifle Matches for the first or second time. The funding provides partial support for entry fees, travel and accommodations expense. To receive funding, juniors must attend either the Rifle Small Arms Firing School or the USMC Junior High power Clinic, compete in both the President’s Rifle Match and the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match and be a firing member in either the National Trophy Junior Team Match or the Hearst Doubles Team Match.
DISTINGUISHED BADGE PRESENTATION
Shooters who have earned their Distinguished Rifleman Badges in the 12 months since the 2016 National Matches are eligible to have their badges presented on-stage during the National Trophy Rifle Award Ceremony on Friday, 21 July. To be part of the presentation ceremony, Distinguished Rifleman 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 6:00 and 6:45 PM on 21 July. 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.
NEW DISTINGUISHED SHOOTERS
During the National Matches, the CMP will identify and recognize any shooters who earn the Distinguished Rifleman Badges during the Rifle National Trophy Individual Match on 18 July and present their badges at the CMP Award Ceremony. 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 Petrarca Range during the CMP Shooters’ Reception as soon as possible so you can receive instructions regarding your badge presentation.
CMP ARMORER VAN & RIFLE INSPECTIONS
All rifles that will be fired in the CMP National Trophy Rifle Matches must be inspected and have their triggers weighed by a National Matches armorer (no Commercial Row Vendors will be authorized to weigh triggers and inspect rifles). A tape verifying that the rifle was inspected will be placed on the rifle by the armorer. The CMP maintains an Armorer Van in the Armorer Van area behind Young Range throughout the National Matches. Experienced service rifle gunsmiths staff the van. Hours of operation are generally the same as range firing hours. The CMP van provides trigger weighing services, rifle inspections and emergency repairs. Gunsmiths in the van also can advise you in determining whether a rifle you plan to fire in the M1 Carbine, Springfield, Vintage Military Rifle, Vintage Sniper Rifle Team or Garand Matches is legal. Both NRA Referees and CMP Armorers will also spot check rifles on the line to assure compliance with CMP rifle rules. PLEASE NOTE: If you are participating in an NRA match, you will need to have your rifle inspected and weighed by Military Armorers.
TRIGGER WEIGHING/RIFLE INSPECTIONS
All rifles fired in the President’s, NTI, Hearst Doubles, NTT, NTJT, Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match and NTIT Matches must have their triggers weighed and certified (2017 trigger tape applied) before reporting to the range for firing. The CMP Armorer Van will be open on 30 June - 2 July and 13-25 July. Military Armorer Vans also have certified trigger weights and can perform these checks, but their gunsmiths must give priority to their team’s rifles so please do your trigger checks and rifle inspections at the CMP Armorer Van, if at all possible. Trigger weighing and inspection requirements apply as follows:
Presidents, NTI, Hearst Doubles, NTT & NTIT Matches. All rifles used in the President’s, NTI, Hearst Doubles, NTT, NTJT and NTIT Matches must have triggers weighed and 2016 trigger tape affixed prior to firing. Referees on the ranges also will have trigger weights and may spot check triggers at any time during the matches.
NATIONAL TROPHY AWARDS - 21 July 2017
The CMP National Trophy Rifle Award Ceremony will take place on Friday, 21 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 GCA (Garand Collectors Association) plaques for the NTT, President’s Rifle Match and the NTI Rifle Match will also be presented. The ceremony is preceded by an informal reception in the Petrarca Range covered firing point that begins at 6:00 PM.
Rifle Small Arms Firing School & M16 Rifle EIC Match - 14-16 july 2017
(Students MUST check-in on 14 July at the CMP National Matches Welcome Center)
The 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.
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.
President’s Rifle Match – 17 july 2017
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 – 18 july 2017
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 – 19 july 2017
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 – 19 july 2017
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.
National Trophy Team Match – 20 july 2017
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 – 21 july 2017
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.
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 2017 National Matches.
If you would like to become an award match sponsor, please contact Christina Roguski at (419) 635-2141, ext. 714 or email [email protected].
Once confirmation is received, sponsor logos will be listed.