In 1912, government neglect temporarily altered the course of the National Matches. Thankfully, the NRA was there to pick up the pieces and moving the NRA Championships back to Sea Girt, N.J.
After 1910, Camp Perry was taking shape as a premier shooting facility, but in 1911 its future as the National Match site faced a daunting new challenge. Nevertheless, the NRA added to the tournament program.
At the Army's urging, the National Trophy Matches for 1904 were held at Ft. Riley, Kan., while the NRA held its 1904 championships at Sea Girt.
Even four centuries ago, people wanted to know who the best pistol shot was.