Soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve Competition Marksmanship Program competed at the Rifle National Matches held by the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry July 24-August 8.
The National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT) is a National Trophy Rifle Match that was first fired in 1922. The NTIT is sometimes called the “rattle battle” because it emphasizes extremely fast, accurate fire. It is also an exciting competition for spectators to watch.
A team with six shooters and two coaches/team leaders begin with 384 rounds to allocate among team members. Beginning at 600 yards, shooters must distribute their fire so that, if possible, all eight targets receive at least six hits in 50 seconds. Firing continues at 500, then 300, and 200 until all ammunition is expended. E-type silhouettes are used at the longer ranges and F-type “dog” silhouettes are used at the shorter ranges. Hits at 600 yards count four points, at 500 yards, three points, at 300 yards, two points and at 200 yards, one point, plus each team receives a bonus at each yard line equal to the square of the number of targets with six or more hits.
USARCMP took first place and were the 2018 National Trophy Infantry Team Match Champions. This is the first time since 1992 that the U.S. Army Reserve has won this match.
The USARCMP also broke the Celtic Chieftain Trophy record for high Reserve Component Team which stood since 1985.
Chris Gervasio of ARCD and the USARCMP was promoted to Master Sergeant by COL Baer and SFC Arcularius on Rodriquez range during the National Matches.
CW3 Hayes of the 335th Signal Command (Theater) and USARCMP during Presentation of Colors prior to shooting the day's match.
SGT Robert Farrell of the USARCMP put this video together from 2018 National Matches
The Civilian Marksmanship Program hosted their National Match Air Rifle event in conjunction with the National Matches. Conducted similarly to International matches, qualifying shooters made a shoot off with a sudden death finale.
Three shooters of the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program made the shoot off and ultimately won the overall event. SSG Kris Friend, SGT Nick Mowrer, and SPC Bryant Wallizer made the final shoot off. SSG Friend and SGT Mowrer advanced, with SGT Mowrer winning the overall event.
SPC Bryant Wallizer, SGT Nick Mowrer, and SSG Kris Friend made the CMP National Match Air Rifle finals.
SGT Nick Mowrer won the CMP National Match Air Rifle finals.
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.