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Return To Competition: 1918 National Matches

The return of the National Matches in 1918 also marked the debut of the Small Arms Firing School, which still exists to this day.

Jacksonville’s Great New Southern Range: 1915 National Matches

“Let us all go to Florida in 1915 and show the South…that we appreciate what has been done in the construction of this great Southern range.” From the January 1915 issue of ‘Arms and the Man’ magazine.

An Evolving Alliance: 1909 National Matches

This was the year that not only produced higher scores, but also more shooters in attendance at the National Matches. And the 1909 Board Match Report stated in part, "It is possible that had we possessed a National Match from 1850 to 1860 the great Civil War might have been averted."

2,000 Men Under Canvas: 1908 National Matches

The employment of the newly introduced Model 1903 Springfield at the 1908 National Matches made them especially interesting.

First Year At Camp Perry: 1907 National Matches

In 1907, the immense machinery of the National Matches was moved to the mammoth new range at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Competitive Shooting Legends: Brig. Gen. Ammon B. Critchfield

Brig. Gen. Critchfield advocated for Camp Perry as a new home for the National Matches.

How Gen. Ammon Critchfield Discovered Camp Perry In 1905

An excerpt from Brig. Gen. Critchfield's memoir, with his account of the discovery of the land on the Lake Erie shore that would become the longtime home of the National Matches.

Father Of Camp Perry: Ammon Critchfield

Gen. Critchfield's determination resulted in the development of Camp Perry into the premier rifle range of the 20th century in the Unite States

The 1907 NRA National Matches

"Camp Perry beyond a doubt provides the best facilities existing in this country today for competition of such magnitude as those now in progress." —Arms and the Man, August, 1907

Hallmarks Of Heritage, Part 2

In the late 1870s, when competitive shooting expanded beyond its origins, NRA began its quest to broaden its goals in search for a solid future in the shooting sports

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