The 13th Pershing International Trophy Match was conducted Wednesday, August 3, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, during the NRA Smallbore Conventional Prone Championships at the 2022 NRA National Matches.
Below are 20 of the best photos from the 2022 Pershing Trophy Match.
Held every four years, the location of the Pershing Trophy International Team Match alternates between the United States and Great Britain. From the 2022 NRA National Matches program: “The Pershing Trophy Match, named for General John J. Pershing, the Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, has been competed for in international shoulder-to-shoulder competition since 1931. In 1969, the British counterpart of the Trophy Match was established as the Field Marshal Earl Roberts Trophy Match.”
Officials from the U.S. observe shooters while British Coach Jon Leech (background) is calling the wind on the firing line during the Pershing International Trophy Match at Camp Atterbury.
The 2022 U.S. Pershing International Trophy Team poses for a post-victory photo at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The U.S. won the match by two points over the team from Great Britain, 3990-293X to 3988-287X. While the thrill of competition on Smallbore Rifle’s biggest stage certainly attracts the best shooters, it’s often the camaraderie that brings the fondest memories.
Here is Stephen Rocketto peering through a spotting scope during the Pershing International Trophy Match at Camp Atterbury.
Both the American and British Pershing International Trophy Match squads gathered for this photo on the range at Camp Atterbury after the conclusion of the match.
A team of 31 British shooters traveled to Indiana to compete shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. at the 2022 NRA Smallbore Rifle National Championships, with a squad of 20 trying out for the Pershing Team.
Each Pershing Match team includes 10 firing members, plus a team captain, coach and adjutant. Here, British Pershing Team Coach Jon Leech is calling the wind for his shooters.
Despite the waning light, this year’s American and British Pershing teams stepped outside after the Pershing Banquet at the Camp Atterbury clubhouse. The result was this twilight image.
Sue Norman was the top British shooter at the Pershing International Trophy Match, walking away from the match with a score of 400-32X.
Since it was held in the United States this year, the Pershing Match used the Dewar course with NRA A-23-6 and A-25 targets. Forty shots in total are fired for record by each competitor—20 shots at 50 yards and 20 more at 100 yards. Here, NRA Smallbore Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Pershing Team Captain Patti Clark and Deena Wigger-McDormand are changing a target.
U.S. and British teams shooting shoulder-to-shoulder at Camp Atterbury during the Pershing International Trophy Match. The conditions were typical for this part of Indiana in the summertime, hot and muggy—but with most days featuring low wind, including the morning of the Pershing Match.
With a score of 400-33X in the Pershing International Trophy Match, along with capturing the 2022 Lones Wigger Iron Man Trophy, top competitor Richard Clark was in the upper echelon of U.S. shooters at the NRA Smallbore Rifle National Championships.
Richard Clark is pictured here at the 2022 NRA Smallbore Rifle Prone National Championship awards ceremony receiving a plaque from U.S. Pershing Team Coach Bruce Meredith. Clark, along with Morgan Dietrich, had the high score for the U.S. Pershing Team this summer at Camp Atterbury with 400-33X.
Four British Pershing International Trophy Match shooters earned 200-point scores at 100 yards: Sue Norman (17X) and Alan Bain (15X), plus Simon Green (13X) and Matthew Dixon (14X).
Here, NRA Board Member and longtime Smallbore Rifle supporter Walt Walter is receiving an NRA lifetime achievement award from NRA Second Vice President David Coy at the Pershing International Trophy Match awards banquet in the Camp Atterbury clubhouse. NRA Director of Competitive Shooting Cole McCulloch is at the lectern.
The U.S. Pershing Team takes the stage during the NRA Smallbore Rifle Conventional Prone awards ceremony at Camp Atterbury.
U.S. shooter Kevin Nevius is pictured here changing his target during the Pershing International Trophy Match at Camp Atterbury.
Paul Benneche, a longtime NRA Smallbore Rifle Championship supporter, is pictured here scoring Pershing Match targets after the match, as NRA Board Member and U.S. Pershing Team Captain Patti Clark and British Pershing Team Coach Jon Leech observe him.
The Great Britain Pershing International Trophy Match Team at the awards ceremony after the competition at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
NRA Board Member Edie Fleeman scoring Pershing International Trophy Match targets after the competition.
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