Classifications Explained

The National Rifle Association and Civilian Marksmanship Program uses a Classification system to keep competitors in similar-skilled groups. I’ve detailed this in the past:
https://firearmusernetwork.com/marksmanship-classification-qualification/

What follows is a more succinct breakdown.

NRA Classifications Explained
by John M. Buol Jr.

Marksman
A Marksman Classification is “earned” by merely showing up to a match and failing to be disqualified due to flagrant safety violations. You can’t shoot worse than this. Scratch that. Given only 2% of the NRA membership will bother to ever show up, 98% of the herd are less involved and probably worse than your terrible level of non-skill.

Sharpshooter
The worst you can shoot while meeting a minimally-low cut off. One step up from the bottom. Good job!

Expert
You’re actually invested and have practiced to become this bad. A complete lay person (which describes nearly every gun owner that has never attended a match) might be fooled into believing an “Expert” Classification denotes actual skill. You’re shooting just well enough to eventually stumble into enough “leg points” to earn a Distinguished Rifleman/Pistol Shot badge if you keep at it, the marksmanship equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem.

Master
Possibly good enough to be a contender for a win at local, or small state/regional match. You consider a trip to a drained swamp on the southwest-side of Lake Erie to stay in a hutment that deployed Marines would complain about to be a vacation while spending enough money in travel, lodging, match fees, and ammunition to have instead gone to Europe.

High Master
You’ve reached the Classification pinnacle of a century-old sport sponsored by a political organization that not even the directors and card-carrying members know or care anything about. And it only took an investment in time and money that could have paid for an early retirement. After giving your paycheck to Chump’s Choice, avoid considering this fact by enjoying beer and pizza at Bell Mell or an ice cream at Andy’s because ya can’t go to Nick’s anymore…

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Marksmanship History

10 Interesting Facts About The History Of The Shooting Sports
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/11/22/10-interesting-facts-about-the-history-of-the-shooting-sports/

Where Did The National Matches Originate?
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/10/31/where-did-the-national-matches-originate

The National Trophies
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/2/4/the-national-trophies

Hallmarks Of Heritage: The NRA Trophy Collection
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/8/3/hallmarks-of-heritage-the-nra-trophy-collection

A Historical Look at National Match Ranges
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/7/1/a-historical-look-at-national-match-ranges

1872 Creedmoor and the First Annual Matches
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/5/4/1872-creedmoor-and-the-first-annual-matches


Origin of the Palma Trophy and Matches

https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/11/7/origin-of-the-palma-trophy-and-matches

Service Pistol: 1930s

From Smith & Wesson:

This is almost the same as today as back in the 1930s. The basic format has followed the pistol National Match Course. Read
A Short History Of The National Trophy Individual Pistol Match by Hap Rocketto

Mowrer defends title in National Match air gun events

CAMP PERRY – Sgt. Nick Mowrer of the U.S. Army Reserve saved his place as the overall competitor in the AiR-15 Challenge during the 2017 National Air Gun Matches.

Mowrer, 28, won the overall title in the event, which is held at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry.

Wanting to earn back-to-back wins, he admitted there was an added amount of difficulty to this year’s match.

“I felt a little more pressure than last year just because I really wanted to reach that goal,” he said. “But for the most part, I was pretty calm and relaxed in the beginning, and as things weren’t going the way I wanted them to go, it got a little more frustrating.”

He added, “But all in all, it was good. I just stuck to the fundamentals and kept bringing me back to it and execute good shots.”

Read more:

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/story/news/local/2017/09/07/mowrer-defends-air-challenge-title-during-2017-national-match-air-gun-events-by-ashley-brugnone-cmp/639052001/

New President’s Hundred

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Congratulations to CPT Simanjaya, CSM Slee, and MSG Taylor for earning their first President’s Hundred for pistol (CSM Slee had previously earned it for rifle.)

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CPT Simanjaya receives his President's Hundred tab from USARCMP Service Pistol OIC LTC Schultz

Also on the USARCMP making the cut again were SSG Rosene (top five finish), SFC Sanderson, MAJ Bourne, MAJ Sleem, SGT Mowrer, and SFC Beerman.