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Where Did The National Matches Originate?

The first annual match was in 1873, and NRA-backed legislation established the first National Matches in 1903

NRA National Championships: The Early Years

More than a century ago, this country's relationship with competitive shooting intensified when the NRA was founded in New York.

The 1903 National Matches At Sea Girt, New Jersey

The first National Matches were held at Sea Girt Range in September 1903, and marked the beginning of a cherished annual competitive shooting tradition in the United States.

Open To Civilians: The 1904 National Championships

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.

A Historical Look at National Match Ranges

Shortly after its founding in 1871, the NRA began work on the Creedmoor Range.

NRA Annual Matches Move To Sea Girt In 1892

Built in 1889, the 148-acre Sea Girt Range was located in New Jersey, along the Atlantic Ocean, 60 miles south of New York City

NRA: Early Foundation And Development 1871-1907

What started as a tiny organization transformed into a truly national Association.

Joint Program Returns To Sea Girt: 1905 National Matches

The 1905 Rifle and Pistol Championships marked the return of the National Board Matches to Sea Girt, N.J., reuniting with the NRA Championships.

Last Year At Sea Girt: 1906 National Matches

Enlarged in 1905, Sea Girt was nonetheless too small to support growing National Championship attendance. The search for a new venue wouldn't take very long, however.

Meteorology And The National Matches

Did early 20th century rifle shooters use weather stations at the National Championships? Are modern shooters spoiled by technology?

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