President’s Rifle Match

Civilian Marksmanship ProgramNational MatchesPresident’s Rifle Match

GENERAL INFORMATION: First fired in 1878, the President’s Rifle Match, a National Trophy Rifle Match, was incorporated into the National Match program after the Nationals were established in 1903. The President’s Rifle and Pistol Matches have become especially prestigious because the match winners traditionally receive letters of congratulations from the President of the United States of America.

In 2007 a shoot-off or final stage was added to conclude the President’s Rifle Match. This assures that the 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. 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.

COURSE OF FIRE: The President’s Rifle Match Course of Fire will be used. Scores in stages 1-3 determine the President’s 100 and the final rankings of competitors in 21st place and below. Scores in stages 1-4 determine the match winner and the final rankings in places 1-20. The highest score in stage 4 will be used to break ties for places 2-20. If there is a tie for first place (equal total and X-count), the tied shooters will continue to fire one-shot-at-a-time until the tie is broken. No sighters are permitted in National Trophy Rifle Matches. Firing is done on the SR target at 200 and 300 yards and the MR target at 600 yards.

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SQUADDING: Both Rodriguez and Viale Ranges are used for the President’s Rifle Match. Six relays are squadded through a random draw conducted at the time that competitors check-in at the National Matches Welcome Center. Your competitor labels will display your squadding for the President’s match. Range capacity for this match is 1,320 competitors. Special squadding requests generally are not accepted for this match. All firers must report to their firing points for roll-call as scheduled in the Relay Rotation Schedule to make sure all targets have enough competitors to perform scoring and target pulling duties. The relay rotation requires that all competitors must score and pull targets during one or more stages of the match.

RIFLES: Service rifles that comply with CMP Highpower Rifle Competition Rules must be used.

FIREARM INSPECTIONS. All firearms, to be used in any CMP Games or CMP Service Rifle event, are required to be inspected by a CMP sanctioned armorer prior to any live fire at every event.  Competitors will be required to present all applicable scorecards to the CMP Armorer in order to complete the inspection process. To expedite the inspection process, competitors are requested to apply their competitor label to each score card. Please include the last four digits of the serial number for the firearm to be used in the bottom right hand corner of the scorecard. Upon completion of the firearm inspection process, each scorecard will receive a stamp of approval from the CMP Armorer, indicating that no safety violations or rules compliance issues were observed at the time of inspection.  Each rifle will also receive an inspection tag, verifying participation in the inspection process. Any inspection tags from prior events are to be removed at the time of inspection.

Upon conclusion of firing, any scorecard received by CMP staff which does not bear the CMP Armorer’s stamp, will be entered as “Out-of-Competition. To accommodate unforeseeable circumstances, competitors will receive a 30 minute window after completion of firing in which a fired rifle may still be inspected. 

AMMUNITION: Any safe ammunition may be used in accordance with CMP Highpower Rifle Competition Rules.

OTHER RULES: Specific rules governing the conduct of the President’s Rifle Match are found in the CMP Highpower Rifle Competition Rules. Please note that the President’s Rifle Match is a National Trophy Match that requires all competitors who wish to be eligible to place in the President’s 100 to comply with the rules (requiring competitors to begin the rapid-fire prone stage from the standing position).

AWARDS: The winner of the President’s Rifle Match receives the President’s Rifle 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 Rifle Match medallion. The top 100 competitors in the President’s Rifle Match are designated as the “President’s Hundred” and receive President’s Rifle Match Medallions and certificates. The High Junior, High Senior and High Woman all receive CMP Recognition Plaques. A plaque, donated by The Garand Collector’s Association, will be presented to the high competitor firing an M1 Garand.

ENTRY FEES: $45.00 for adults, $25.00 for juniors.