Excitement Reaches Fever Pitch: 1910 National Matches
In 1910, the National Matches rules specified for rifles to be used as issued by the Ordnance Department without alteration or modification of any kind. An effort was made to form the regulations so that teams could have sufficient latitude to develop their own particular style of marksmanship and at the same time not disfigure the gun.
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.
Competitive Shooting Legends: Kellogg Kennon Venable Casey
K.K.V. Casey was, arguably, the finest long-range shooter in the history of competitive shooting. He was also an early proponent of handloaded ammunition for matches.
History Of U.S. Participation In The International Railwaymen’s Match
The railroads played an important part in the conduct of the National Matches.
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.
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.
The 400 Club: A History
In 1933, one of the most exclusive clubs in all of competitive shooting made its debut. And surprisingly enough, the 400 Club had much in common with high society clubs in New York City during its short existence.