USAR Rifle Team at the Nationals
Where the Interservice Rifle Championships compile the best rifle marksman in all the US services, the Nationals are open to all. Law enforcement and civilian shooters compete equally in this World Series of marksmanship. These events consist of a series of rifle National Match Courses. The rifle NMC consists of four stages of fire, shot from 200 to 600 yards from Standing, Sitting, and Prone. Fired with a total of fifty rounds, the NMC is worth a possible 500 points and 50 X’s.
The US Army Reserve team had a number of impressive wins. Among the most amazing at the National Trophy Rifle Matches were the individual championships garnered by Army Reserve Career Counselor SFC Norman Anderson.
Team matches are considered by many to be most important because a good performance there helps the whole team. SFC Anderson shined during team events and was recognized multiple times for his efforts. The Pershing Trophy is awarded to the top member of a team, ranked as individual results, of all competitors who fired on eligible teams in the National Trophy Team Match. SFC Anderson took this with 496 points and 16 X’s. The Rattlesnake Trophy recognizes the top Army shooter during this event so SFC Anderson won this as well.
The top Reservist shooter of the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match is awarded the Citizen Soldier Trophy. SFC Anderson took this with a 490 – 12.
The Mountain Man Trophy recognized the top National Trophy Matches Individual Champion, which is the overall highest scoring individual competitor in an aggregate of the Presidents, National Trophy Individual and National Trophy Team Matches. SFC Anderson’s 1283 – 38 also took top honors here.
Finally, there is the Overall Individual Service Rifle Aggregate, which compiles the individual scores from the President’s, NTI, NTT and Hearst Doubles Matches – in other words, all service rifle events in the National Trophy Rifle Matches. SFC Anderson posted an aggregate of 1580 – 48 to win this.
Naturally, with a star like SFC Anderson, the rest of the very solid USAR Rifle Team can be expected to have an equally impressive finish. The main USAR Rifle team, USAR Gold took the Celtic Chieftain Trophy, which is awarded to the Reserve Component teams in the National Trophy Infantry Team Match. USAR Gold consisted of Team Captain MSG Mark Bearnson, Team Coach SGM Neal Dickey, and firing members SFC Anderson, SGT Atkins, SFC Dorosheff, SGT Farro, SGT Friend, MSG Withus.