Held at the Bluegrass Sportsman’s League in Wilmore, KY, Three USAR Soldiers from 2100 MIG, WPAFB, OH MAJ Luke Gosnell, MSG Michael Bass, and MAJ Brian Graves all competed in the 1-day match consisting of 10 stages, using combinations of buckshot, slugs and birdshot rounds on falling steel, aerial launched clays pigeons and slug gongs. The competition drew competitors from across the country to include Canada and Brazil.
MAJ Gosnell Placed 12th overall across pump, semi-auto and open divisions and high military honors beating out members from USMC Reserve Combat team and USAF Action shooting team.
The contact with competitors, facilitators and spectators in shooting sports is making known USAR’s participation outside of the traditional service marksmanship sports.
Personal contact with young competitors and word of mouth has enormous potential for recruiting. With the match locations close proximity of Fort Knox and Ft. Campbell, the event drew several service members from each location. Recommend the team contacts USAREC for sponsorship and promotion via prize table “swag” and banners and next years event. Luke met with MAJ John Cowen, a 3-Gun competitor at this event assigned to Cadet Command who will try to assist with this.
USAR Soldiers interested in trying action shotgun, USPSA, and 3-Gun can contact MAJ Luke Gosnell at email@example.com
National Trophy Individual
MSG Robert Mango 1st place (Daniel Boone Trophy)
Association of the US Army Trophy (high Army)
Citizens Soldier Trophy (high Reserve)
25th Infantry Division (high Infantry)
SGT Nickolaus Mowrer (2nd overall), CPT Samuel Freeman (5th), and SGT Joseph Hall (6th.)
Citizen Soldier Trophy for Reserve component military personnel
9 out of top ten
MSG Robert Mango
SGT Nickolaus Mowrer
CPT Samuel Freeman
SGT Joseph Hall
MSG Anderson, Norm
CSM Steven Slee
SFC Dorosheff 9
SFC Probst, Jacob 10
SFC Stauffer, Adam 11
Women’s Rifle Trophy
COL Denise Loring (USAR, ret.)
Hearst Trophy (high team in Hearst Doubles Team Match)
MSG Robert Mango and SFC Joel Micholick
Mountain Man Trophy (high individual aggregate of President’s 100, NTI, NTT) and Rattlesnake Trophy (high individual on an Army National Trophy Team) and
SGT Joseph Hall
National Trophy Team
National Trophy (first place team) and Hilton Trophy (high Reserve team)
Army Reserve Anderson
National Trophy Infantry Team
Celtic Chieftain Trophy (high Reserve Team)
While team matches are important, teams like to recognize outstanding individual performances. In winning the 2016 National Trophy Team matches, USARCMP also had the best individual shooter for NTT.
SGT Joseph Hall, firing member of Army Reserve Anderson won the Mountain Man Trophy (awarded for the high individual aggregate of President’s 100, NTI, NTT) and the Rattlesnake Trophy (high individual on an Army National Trophy Team.)
Team matches are considered the most important competitive events, especially among shooters on military teams. The USARCMP won first place in the National Trophy Team Rifle match at the 2016 National Matches.
Army Reserve Anderson won the overall match with a score of 2957-111x, one point below the current national record. Coached by MSG Norman Anderson, the team won the National Trophy for finishing first overall and the Hilton Trophy for being the high Reserve team.
National Trophy Team champions: Army Reserve Anderson. Team Coach MSG Norman Anderson, CPT Samuel Freeman, SGT Nickolaus Mowrer, SGT Joseph Hall, SPC Trent Thomas, SFC Joel Micholick, MSG Robert Mango, Team Captain SGM James Mauer.
USARCMP shooters MSG Robert Mango and SFC Joel Micholick took first place in the Hearst Doubles at the 2016 National Matches and set a new National Record in the process. Shooting a team score of 597-24x out of a possible of 600 points, Mango and Micholick beat the previous record of 594-22x and won the William Randolph Hearst Trophy.
This two-person team match is pair fired (shooters alternate shots on a shared target) on the President’s 30-shot course of fire, a modified National Match Course for rifle, shot with no sighters. Firing is standing on the SR target at 200 yards, prone rapid at 300 yards on the SR-3, and 600 yard slow fire prone on the MR-1.
The National Trophy Individual is the largest and most prestigious Service Rifle match in the United States and has been a critical component of the National Matches for decades.
The U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program was very well represented by its Service Rifle Team with a number of significant wins.
MSG Robert Mango secured first place overall in the NTI, winning the Daniel Boone Trophy. He also takes the Association of the US Army Trophy (high Army), Citizens Soldier Trophy (high Reserve), and 25th Infantry Division trophy (high Infantry). Sgt. Nickolaus Mowrer finished second. A total of four USARCMP members made the top ten with CPT Samuel Freeman and SGT Joseph Hall taking fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Citizen Soldier Trophy recognizes the top Reserve component military personnel competing in the NTI. USARCMP shooters took nine of the top ten there with Master Sgt. MSG Robert Mango, SGT Nickolaus Mowrer, CPT Samuel Freeman, SGT Joseph Hall, LTC Scott Klawon, MSG Norman Anderson, CSM Steven Slee, SFC Dorosheff, and SFC Jacob Probst. SFC Adam Stauffer, SFC John Arcularius, and SFC Spencer Manning rounded out 11th, 12th and 13th place, respectively.
Four USARCMP shooters made the top ten of the National Trophy Individual. From left, MSG Robert Mango was first place, winning the Daniel Boone Trophy, SGT Nickolaus Mowrer was second, followed by CPT Samuel Freeman and SGT Joseph Hall in fifth and sixth overall, respectively.
Congratulations to SGT Hall, CPT Freeman, and SFC Micholick of the USARCMP for making the top twenty of the President’s Rifle Match and the Shoot Off.
Also, congratulations to LTC Schultz and SFC Manning for making the President’s Hundred for their first time.
Rifle NCOIC SGM Bearnson said, “I’m very proud of these shooters. Well done.”