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.
CSM Steven Slee of the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program established a new National Record with the Civilian Marksmanship Program during their Rimfire Sporter Championships. Shooting a CZ 452 Trainer in the Open Sight category, CSM Slee took first place at this national event with a 594-23x, beating the previous open sight national record score of 586-21x in the process.
Over 300 competitors fired in the event in three equipment divisions: Open Sight, Telescopic Sight, and Tactical Rifle. This championship is a 60 round event fired at 25 and 50 yards from the prone, sitting or kneeling, and standing positions. Each position requires 10 shots slow fire and 10 shots rapid fire.
CSM took first place in the Open Sight category, establishing a new record there, and second in the overall aggregate. In addition to CMP Rimfire Sporter, CSM Slee serves as a winning shooter for the USARCMP as the NCOIC of the Service Pistol team and competitor with the Service Rifle, Combat, and Service Pistol teams.
Overall, electronic targets provide an exciting match environment with immediate feedback for shot placement, quicker matches, and less time spent walking back and forth between the pit and firing line.
Electronic targets have been used in ISSF since the 1980s. Switzerland, a small country one quarter the size of Wisconsin with a populuation of about eight million, is home of electronic target maker Sius AG.
In 1949, Sius AG designed and developed its first visual/acoustic target signaling system. By 1954 it was successfully used at the World Championships in Caracas and the Olympic Games in 1968. The International Shooting Union UIT (now ISSF) certified their systems in 1979 for all International competitions. As with the understanding of all marksmanship skills, Sius-Ascor’s development began in formal competition shooting and has trickled down to military and law enforcement training.
The Swiss take their shooting seriously and don’t segregate civilian and military marksmanship. Unlike America, they have few casual gun owners as nearly all Swiss gun owners regularly attend various organized, formal shooting events and competitions. Cantonal shooting festivals, Schützenfests, are integrated civilian competition and military qualification. Sius-Ascor sponsors its own annual tournament (Sius-Ascor Cup), shot with match and service rifles, at the Oeschgen range in Frick, a municipality in the Aargau Canton. In Switzerland alone more than 12,000 Sius-Ascor units are in use at over 1,000 ranges. Consider that Switzerland has less than eight million total population and landmass slightly larger than Maryland State, while the United States boasts 80 million gun owners alone, with five million NRA members. How many automatic scoring systems and Schützenfests does your range host?
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The United States is slowly catching up. Outside of tiny pockets of International/ISSF shooters in America, the Civilian Marksmanship Program has been pushing for electronic scoring at CMP events. Talladega Marksmanship Park make nearly exclusive use of such units.
In the article, The Future of High Power Rifle Using Electronic Targets Col. Denise Loring (ret.), former commander and Team shooter with the USAR Marksmanship Program goes over the current state of electronic scoring in our country.