After Action Report
Arizona Rifle Team
at the
National Trophy Rifle Championships
Camp Perry OH, 2019

AZ team at Perry

The National Trophy Rifle Matches are run by the Civilian Marksmanship Program ( )  at Camp Perry OH, where they have been since 1907. Five days of shooting the most prestigious matches in the US.

There were 7 Juniors (The Scorpions) and at least 10 adults from Arizona shooting in the matches and a handful of non-shooting coaches and parents. There were also at least two military personnel with AZ addresses who are not part of the AZ team. For the two 6-man team matches the adult team was named the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club Team.

The Arizona Shooters spent nearly every weekend of June and July practicing. A typical weekend would include morning practice matches or skills training starting with set up at 6AM and shooting from 7AM till 10 or 11AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, At Ben Avery, PRGC or Rio Salado depending on club schedule.

One of the AZ coaches owns a huge RV. At the end of our final Sunday practice at Ben Avery we loaded all our gear into his RV. He, together with another coach, drove from Arizona to Ohio. Most of the rest of us flew commercial.

With everyone on base by the last weekend of July, Sunday 28-July was “squadded practice”, each shooter got 10 minutes at each 300 and 600 yards to confirm zeros.

And with that, commenced a week of getting up at 5AM every morning, walking our gear a mile to the firing line in the dark, roll call and “colors” (  ) at sun-up and a full day of shooting in the hot, humid, sundrenched northern Ohio coast. We did not have a single rainy day this year, and very few interruptions for other reasons, but we had wind every day. Some AZ shooters, including the entire Junior team, stayed at a trailer park about 10 miles up the road, others stayed in hotels, a few brought RVs and stayed on base and a few of us stayed in the barracks on-base. We did not get 4-man hut on-base this year as we had in prior years, but staying on base is very enjoyable, the best part is not having to find a parking spot behind the 1000yd line at 5:30AM, just walk from you barracks or hut to the firing line.


The President’s Match

Monday was the President’s Match. It is described on the CMP website:

“First fired in 1878, the President’s Rifle Match, a National Trophy Rifle Match, was incorporated into the National Match program after the Nationals were established in 1903. The President’s Rifle and Pistol Matches have become especially prestigious because the match winners traditionally receive letters of congratulations from the President of the United States of America.”

This is 30 shots from Standing and Prone at 200, 300 and 600 yards, both slow fire and rapid fire. Of the 1063 total shooters competing this year, the top 100 shooters earn the right to wear the “President’s Hundred” tab.


More information on the tab here:

There is a shoot-off of the top 20 shooters to determine the winner.

Volunteers scoring in the shoot off of the President's Match (display targets for spectators)

Arizona shooters Jeff S (adult) and Jacob B (junior) earned the P-100 this year.

The National Trophy Individual Match

Tuesday was the National Trophy Individual Match. On the CMP website:

“The National Trophy Individual Rifle Match (NTI) is a National Trophy Rifle Match. It was first fired in 1904, the second year of the National Matches and has become one of the most prestigious of the National Trophy Rifle events.”

This match is 50 shots total from Standing, Sitting and Prone at 200, 300 and 600 yards, both slow fire and rapid fire. This is an Excellence-In-Competition match which is a stepping stone (or “leg” of the journey) towards obtaining the prestigious “Distinguished Rifleman” badge. (There is a formula based on ranking, but simplified: in order to “go distinguished”, one must place in the top 10% in an EIC match numerous times)


Of the 993 total shooters competing this year, Arizonans William O, Jacob B and Madison R earned points toward their distinguished badge.


The National Trophy Junior Team Match and Hearst Doubles Team Match

These two matches were held separately on Wednesday. Described by the CMP:

“The Hearst Doubles Rifle Team Match was a new National Trophy Rifle Match in 2006. This is a two-person team match where both team members fire a 30-shot course of fire with service rifles.” The winning team has their name engraved on the permanent “William Randolph Hearst Trophy”.

The course of fire in the President’s Match described above fired by two shooters who can coach each other.

Only a few Arizona adult Shooters participated in this one. The team of Mike M and Bill P came in 81st place of the 314 adult teams.

“The National Trophy Junior Team Match is a two-person team match where both team members fire the National Match Course of fire with service rifles.”

The course of fire is the same as the National Trophy Individual match described above.

Three Arizona Junior 2-man teams competed with one team coming in 7th place of 55 teams.


The National Trophy Team Match

The National Trophy Team Match (NTT), shot on Thursday, is the most prestigious team match, with 6 shooters, its sometimes called the “6-man team” match.  The CMP page:

“The National Trophy Rifle Team Match (NTT) is a National Trophy Match. It was first fired in 1903 when competitors in the first National Matches competed for the “National (Dogs of War) Trophy” that was commissioned pursuant to an appropriation by the U. S. Congress. The NTT is a six-person team match with a requirement that at least one firing member be a “new shooter.” The NTT Trophies are among the most valuable and most important of all National Trophies.” 

The course of fire is the same 50-shots per person as the National Trophy Individual match described above.

In addition to one new shooter every year (if you’re reading this and haven’t shot NTT yet, we need you on the AZ team!) Each team needs 2 volunteer target pullers, and either a shooter or non-shooting volunteer as coach and score keeper, so its really an 8 to 10 person team. 

Arizona’s team are all members and regulars at Phoenix Rod & Gun Club ( ) so this was the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club Team and we came in 21st place out of 40 teams. Shooters: William O, Mark M, Mike M, Jamie H, Steve C and Bill P.

Camp Perry 2019 

Arizona’s Junior team, The Scorpions ( ) were right behind the adults in 22nd place. Shooters: Albert R, Madison R, McKenna B, Jacob B, Tyler F and Avery M.

Camp Perry 2019 

The problem with Junior shooters is…. When they turn 20 (or join the military) they are no longer a junior, so the team has naturally occurring attrition, we NEED more junior shooters! If you are a teenager and are reading this, we need you on the AZ Junior team!

You will note from the photos above and most of the photos on   The AR-15 rifle is the rifle of choice. The older M1 and M14/M1A style rifles are permitted, but nearly 100% of shooters in the National Trophy Matches use the AR-15, it simply is the best target rifle for this sport every invented. (it’s the best “3-gun” and all-around recreation/sport/hobby rifle too for that matter). You may also notice from the photo, nearly all the rifles have scopes. Scope sights have been permitted in service rifle competition for several years now and appear on at least 95% of the rifles in competition. I walked the line on one match with over 100 shooters on the line and equipment for another 100 or more on the ready line, and counted just a few M1 rifles, even fewer AR-15s without scopes, so it is official, the iron-sighted AR-15 is more antique than an actual 70 year-old antique!

The National Trophy Infantry Team Match

Friday’s National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT) is a different format from the 200yd standing low fire & sitting rapid fire, 300 yard prone rapid fire followed by 600yd prone slow fire courses of fire used in the matches described above. It is all rapid fire! And it starts with 600 yard prone and moves to 500yd prone, the 300 yard sitting. Instead of 10 shot rapid fire strings, the 6 shooters shoot full magazines of their (not necessarily equal) share of 384 rounds of team ammo. Instead of scoring rings, the scoring only counts 4, 3 or 2 point per hit on target depending on distance. And there are 8 targets for 6 shooters! There are some other bonus points and rules that must be followed. This match is the most team-oriented match in all the CMP shooting sports, individual scores are not tracked only the team total, the shooters are totally dependent upon the coaches for instructions on sight settings to correct for wind. Also luck plays a big role, if there is a gun malfunction, there is no “do-over”. 

The CMPs page:

“The National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT) is a National Trophy Rifle Match that was first fired in 1922. Only two Civilian teams have ever won the prestigious Infantry Trophy that goes to the winner of this match. The first Civilian team to win this honor was the Nebraska Civilian team who won in 1930. Seventy-nine years later, in 2009, the California Grizzlies Junior Team won the Infantry Trophy. 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.”

Out of 31 teams in full competition (and others out-of-competition) Phoenix Rod & Gun Club Team from Arizona came in 11th place! Shooters: Myles G, Jason H, Mark M, William O, Bill P and Ken R. (note that not the same shooters on each of the two adult teams, they need not be, some folks are better at one event than the other, or just prefer one over the other and the new guy may not be the same guy for both matches.) 

The Arizona Junior team The Scorpions, Shooters: Albert R, Madison R, McKenna B, Jacob B, Tyler F and Avery M, came in 25th place overall or 7th place among junior teams. They have won this match in prior years.

A very good introductory video of the NTIT match can be found on the youtube channel of an Illinois shooter at 

The Arizona-rifleshooting write up about NTIT

The awards ceremony was held Friday evening in a packed auditorium built in the ‘30s. All the awards for the week’s matches are presented, as well as the Distinguished Badges for those who earned them during the previous year.

On the Awards stage at Camp Perry 2019

I don’t think any current AZ team members made it to the stage this year, as many of us have in prior years. Let’s aim for next year! If you’re reading this, and want to earn the right to stand on that stage… we need you on the team! 

A few AZ shooters stayed for the M1 Garand, Springfield 1903, Vintage and modern Military, Vintage Sniper and other fun “CMP Games” matches that follow the National Trophy Matches. Most of us flew home on Saturday. 

Match program, schedule, Results etc can be found by clicking the appropriate link in the box at:

Dozens of photos taken by an AZ shooter can be found at and hundreds more from the CMP at  or by searching the web or youtube for keywords such as Camp Perry, CMP, National Matches etc. 

The 2020 National Trophy Matches are scheduled to be held the week of July 27-31 at Camp Perry.

The matches are open to all. If any of you are interested in participating, start training now! Arizona will hold beginner’s clinics and a dedicated development team training program all year in addition to nearly weekly high power shoots. See for more details or contact .

When you go to Camp Perry next year…. (did I mention we want you on our team?) You really should try the Perch and Walleye and Jolly Roger, and the best Ice Cream in the world at Andy’s in Port Clinton! Bring lots of money, Commercial row is filled with cool stuff and the CMP-north store usually has M1 Rifles.

 The greatest Ice Cream Flavor ever developed since Cattle were first domesticated 10500 years ago, just 10 minutes from Camp Perry


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