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.
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."
“The adoption by the N.R.A. of a standardized course for practice with the small-bore should throw open a field of sport which will be especially attractive to boys as well as to the more mature riflemen who have learned that practice with the .22 calibre rifle is worthy of the highest skill. Also in States where there is a widespread interest in rifle practice among boys, the establishment of ranges should present no very great difficulties.” —“Arms and the Man,” October 4, 1919