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Three days' contest:
First day-200 and 600 yards, slow fire, and 200 and
Second day--800 and 1,000 yards, slow fire.
Rules: Rules governing are those published in this Order.
1. To the team making the highest aggregate total in
2. The team making the second highest aggregate total-the "Hilton Trophy," presented by the late Hon. Henry Hilton, of New York, to be competed for annually, and $300 cash.
3. The team making the third highest aggregate total-the bronze "Soldier of Marathon," presented by the commander in chief on behalf of the State of New York, to be competed for annually, and $200 cash.
4. The team making the fourth highest aggregate total-$150 cash.
5. The team making the fifth highest aggregate total$100 cash.
6. The team making the sixth highest aggregate
7. And also a medal to each member of the winning
No person who is either a principal or alternate in the team of any State entered in the competition of the national match shall be eligible to serve either as a principal or alternate in the team of any other State at the next yearly competition for the "National Trophy."
No person shall be eligible to be entered as one of the team of any State in the national match who does not present to the executive officer a certificate from the commanding officer of the organization to which he belongs, showing that he has done 75 per cent of military duty during the preceding year, which shall be forwarded by the Adjutant General of the State. By the term "military duty" above referred to is meant parades, drills, encampments, and other duties of a similar nature.
In preparing estimates for expenses and transportation, the following should be provided for: 1 team captain, 1 team coach 1 team spotter, 12 principals, and 3 alternates; 18 in all.
The Adjutant General of the Army is the proper custodian of the "National Trophy," when won by the Army; the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department, when won by the Navy: the Commandant of the Marine Corps, when won by the Marine Corps: and the adjutant general of the State or Territory, when won by the team of said State or Territory; and the commanding general, National Guard of
the District of Columbia, when won by a team of the District of Columbia.
There will also be a match to be known as the "national individual match," to be open to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, organized militia of the States and Territories and the District of Columbia, and to members of the National Rifle Association and affiliated clubs, military or civilian.
The following are the conditions of this match:
Kinds of fire:
Slow fire-200, 300, 500, and 600 yards; 10 shots.
Skirmish fire-2 runs.
Positions, arms, ammunition, and rules the same as for the national team match.
Two days' contest:
First day-200, 300, 500, and 600 yards, slow fire; 200, 300, and 500 yards, rapid fire.
Second day-2 skirmish runs.
No entrance fee.
Four gold medals and cash prizes of $235.
medal to the four competitors making the highest aggregate scores, and cash prizes in the order of merit as follows: $69, $62, $55, and $49.)
Four silver medals and cash prizes of $138. (A silver medal to the four competitors making the highest aggregate scores, after the gold medal scores, and cash prizes in the order of merit as follows: $41,$37, $31, and $29.)
Four bronze medals and cash prizes of $77. (A bronze medal to the four competitors making the highest aggregate scores, after the silver medal scores, and cash prizes in the order of merit as follows: $25, $20, $17, and $15.)
There must be at least 36 entries for this event.
There will also be a pistol match, to be known as the national pistol match."
The following are the conditions of this match:
Distances and classes of fire:
Slow fire-20 seconds to each shot, 10 shots, 75 yards; no sighting shots.
Timed fire-20 seconds to each score of 5 shots, 10 shots, 25 and 50 yards; no sighting shots.
Rapid fire-8 seconds to each score of 5 shots, 10 shots, 15 and 25 yards; no sighting shots.
Shots to be fired in scores of 5 at each distance at each range.
Targets: Target A for slow and timed fire, and K for rapid fire.
Positions: Without body or artificial rest; one hand only to be used.
Arms: The United States service pistol, Colt's or Smith & Wesson, caliber .38; length of barrel as issued to troops.
Air: Trigger pull not less than 4 pounds.
Ammunition: The service cartridge as issued by the Ord-
Rules: Those governing similar matches in the U. S. Army.
Four gold medals and cash prizes, $103. (A gold
Four silver medals and cash prizes, $76. (A silver medal to the four competitors making the highest aggregate scores, after the gold-medal scores, and cash prizes in the order of merit as follows: $19, $19, $19, and $19.)
Four bronze medals and cash prizes, $56. (A bronze medal to the four competitors making the highest aggregate scores, after the silver-medal scores, and cash prices in the order of merit as follows: $14, $14, $14, and $14.)
There must be at least 36 entries for this event.
The foregoing matches, as recommended by this board, provide for the distribution of the $2,500 annually appropriated by Congress, as follows:
The following resolutions were adopted by the board: 1. Resolved, That in the opinion of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, rifle practice will be greatly promoted by the formation in each State of State rifle associations to be affiliated with the National Rifle Association; and that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the adjutants general
of the States and Territories and of the District of Columbia, with the request that they take steps for the organization of such associations.
2. Resolved, That in the opinion of this board the executive officer of the national match should always be an officer of the regular establishment.
3. Resolved, That the National Rifle Association be requested to prepare suitable by-laws for affiliated clubs, and when the by-laws have been approved and the clubs become affiliated, the results of the practice shall be collected by the National Rifle Association and forwarded to the Adjutant General of the Army annually.
4. Resolved, That rifles of private makers, conforming in all respects to the following:
A. The piece must be capable of using the standard
B. It must be the same length and weight;
C. It must have the same sights and all other exterior fittings;
D. Its action must so nearly resemble the standard Government piece that its habitual use will enable a person practicing with it to readily change to said standard piece and successfully use it;
when viewed and stamped by the National Rifle Association, shall be permitted to be used by clubs duly affiliated with the National Rifle Association for qualification as national marksmen.
RULES AND REGULATIONS.
The following regulations have been agreed upon by the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, appointed by the Secretary of War under authority of an act of Congress for the national match and other team competitions, individual matches, etc., and will, by direction of the Secretary of War, govern accordingly:
The division and Army competitions will continue to be conducted under the rules laid down by the Small-Arms Firing Regulations.
The rules agreed upon by the national board have been adopted by the National Rifle Association of America and affiliated clubs.
1. OFFICERS OF THE COMPETITIONS.-The executive officer will have control of the range for the conduct of the matches, and his decision shall be final.
2. The post adjutant, post quartermaster, and range officers will report to the executive officer, at his headquarters, each morning of the meeting at 8 o'clock, when the range officers will be assigned to their several stations and given their badge of office. A range officer desiring to be relieved from his post of duty will report to the executive officer, so that a substitute may be detailed. The post adjutant and post quartermaster, or their deputies, will be on duty continuously at headquarters.
3. The range officers will supervise the marking and scoring; they will see that the competitors do not evade any of the regulations; they will test the trigger pull of the rifles used by competitors and inspect the ammunition before the beginning of all matches, and will certify on the score cards to the scores made, after verifying same with the black board. 4. In individual matches the range officers will certify to the date, hour, and style of arm on the entry tickets of competitors about to begin their score, and when the score is finished he will certify to the same on both original ticket and coupon; the latter he will tear off and deposit in scorer's box, returning the original to the competitor.
5. In team matches the range officer will, at the completion of the score at each range, verify the scores on the score card with the blackboard, and see that they agree; when the match is finished he will add up the totals, certify to the correctness of same and return the card or cards to the statistical office.
6. The statistical officers will assign the competitors to targets and to order of firing, their determinations being generally made by lot. They will verify the additions of the scores as reported by the scorekeepers, grade them in order of excellence, and prepare the results for official announcement.
7. During the shooting of all team competitions, a range officer shall be detailed to the pit at each distance who shall remain in the pit until the firing at that distance is finished. One representative from each team shall be selected by the team captain at each distance (before the drawing of the targets at that distance) who shall receive from the executive officer a card directing him to remain in the target pit during the firing at the distance about to be begun. The representatives from the various teams in the target pit will call to the attention of the range officer in the pit any irregularity of marking or other matter deemed by them necessary, and the decision of the range officer on the spot as to the matter conplained of will be final and binding.
8. During the progress of a match or competition, no one except the officers on duty at the range, the competitors and scorekeepers, will be permitted within the ropes without special permission of the officer in charge.
9. The squads of competitors will be stationed five yards in rear of firing point, where each competitor must remain until called by the scorekeeper or range officer to take his position at the firing point and until he has completed his score.
10. All expression on the part of the competitor of approbation or disappointment, with reference to any scores made by himself or others, must not be uttered loud enough to be heard at the firing point.
11. PROTESTS.-Protests and objections must not be directly submitted to the officer in charge, but to one of the range officers. In case a competitor considers the decision of the latter unwarranted by the facts as presented, he may appeal