Our club has sponsored competitive pistol shooting events formally dating back to the 1940s. Today we still offer various opportunities to sharpen your pistol marksmanship.
The matches described below are fired in a traditional "strong hand" only format at 25 and 50 yards. That makes for a completely different experience in pistol marksmanship if you enjoy IDPA or IPSC. Train in this type shooting then transfer the skills to other disciplines.
Our organized shooting sport events are open to all members and non-members with no extra fees for non-members. New shooters will find that experienced shooters will generally help out with pointers and loaning spare gear. We have regularly scheduled as well as seasonal events on our schedule.
This classic pistol match is called a "2700." Shooters fire 270 shots with a maximum value of 10 points each. Those 270 shots are divided into three 90-shot events, fired with .22, center-fire and .45 pistols.NRA Pistol Brochure
This match format got its start as a way to combine shooting with the civilian's .22, the .38 revolver of law enforcement and the military type .45 autoloader. As the .45 caliber accuracy improved, however, shooters began to use the .45 for both center-fire and .45 matches, and today it is becoming rare to see a center-fire only pistol.
The 90-shot, 900-point aggregate consists of four matches: slow-fire, the National Match Course, timed-fire and rapid-fire. Slow-, timed- and rapid-fire are 20-shot events, but the National Match Course has 30: 10 shots slowfire at 50 yds; and 10 each timed- (five rounds in 20 seconds) and rapid- (five rounds in 10 seconds) fire at 25 yds.
The sustained-fire stages are timed by turning the targets perpendicular to the firing line until the time for shooting begins. They turn to face the shooter, then swivel back to their starting position when time expires.
Considering that a perfect score has never been fired, the difficulty level is high, but with persistence, dry fire and practice, most shooters will find they develop the skills needed to succeed in the sport.
Pistol shooters come in a variety of skills so the NRA has a system so that the shooters of the same skill level are "classfied" together. That way the person who shoots 60% is not challenging the person shooting 95%. In many matches, shooters are not competing against another shooter, but instead trying to increase their score to move up to the next classification.
Highmaster - 97.00 and above
Master - 95.00 to 96.99
Expert - 90.00 to 94.99
Sharpshooter - 85.00 to 89.99
Marksman - Below 85.00
Classifications are issued by the NRA after firing three 90 round matches (360 rounds fired).
A big misconception is that a shooter must have three high $$$ pistols to have and hope of being successful. These days that just isn't necessarily the case.
New shooters can get by with two pistols, a good .22 rimfire pistol like a S & W Model 41 and a 1911 pistol in .45acp are all that is necessary. A $2K Les Baer may be in your future, but to start, the $700 Springfield Armory Range Officer pistol can be competitive right out of the box. Add a trigger job to 4lbs and a tight match bushing to tighten the groups further.
CMP Service Pistol: U.S. pistol, Caliber .45 M1911 or 1911A1 or a commercial
pistol of the same type and caliber.
U.S. pistol, 9mm, M9 or a commercial pistol of the same type and caliber.
The Service Pistol must be used in matches approved by the Civilian Marksmanship Program in which credits toward Distinguished designation may be achieved. Trigger must be at least 4 lbs.
Standard Smallbore Pistol .22 caliber rimfire: The pistol may be any .22 caliber rimfire Pistol, either semi-automatic or revolver, chambered for long rifl e cartridges. The pistol may have orthopedic or specially shaped grips. The pistol must have the same type of sight as a service pistol. An adjustable rear sight may be used. The pistol must have a trigger pull of at least two (2) pounds.
Any Center Fire Pistol or Revolver: Center-fire pistols (single shot or semi-automatic)) or revolvers of .32 caliber or larger (including 7.65 mm and .45 caliber pistols and revolvers); barrel length, including cylinder, not more than 10 inches; trigger pull not less than 2 1/2 pounds, except.45 caliber semiautomatic pistols not less than 3 1/2 pounds. Any Sights, including telescopic, are permitted with the exception of those sights that project an image on the target. Open sights may be adjustable but not over 10 inches apart measured from the apex of the rear sight to the apex of the front sight. Any sighting device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is prohibited. All standard safety features of the gun must operate properly.
Any .45 Caliber Semi-automatic Pistol or Revolver: Any .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol or revolver; barrel length, including cylinders, not more than 10 inches, trigger pull for revolvers not less than 2 1/2 pounds, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol trigger pull not less than 3 1/2 pounds. Any sights, including telescopic, are permitted with the exception of those sights that project an image on the target. Open sights may be adjustable but not over 10 inches apart measured from the apex of the rear sight to the apex of the front sight. Any sighting device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is prohibited. All standard safety features of guns must operate properly.
NRA Distinguished Revolver: The revolver must be capable of chambering and fi ring a 158-grain round nose or Semi-Wadcutter .38 Special cartridge. It must be a factory manufactured revolver with no external modifications except for stocks which may be modifi ed or changed because of the size of the competitor’s hand or to facilitate loading. Except for stocks and the honing of the sear or sear notch to make a more crisp trigger, and maintain a 2 1/2 lb. minimum trigger pull, no external or internal modifi - cation may be made to the revolver as manufactured and sold by the factory of origin.
Ammunition of any description that may be fi red without danger to competitors, range personnel or equipment. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing and similar ammunition is prohibited.
50 yard slow fire Standard American Target: 8, 9 and 10 rings black.
25 yard rapid or timed fire: Exactly the same target as the 50 yard slow fi re except that only the 9 and 10 rings are black.
X ring - 1.695 in
10 ring - 3.36 in
9 ring - 5.54 in
8 ring - 8.00 in
7 ring - 11.00 in
6 ring - 14.80 in
5 ring - 19.68 in
These targets are available through the club for a nominal price in the block house on the 200 Yard Rifle Range.
Standing, gun held in one hand only, the other hand being used in no way to support the gun; all portions of the shooter’s clothing, body and gun clear of artifi cial support. Competitors will take their position at their numbered firing point in such manner as not to interfere with competitors on either side.
Distances are 25 and 50 yards from firing line to target.
This match is a tradition at our club, and will present you with the ultimate challenge in handgun shooting. Conventional Pistol is firing a pistol single hand at targets of fixed distances. In most matches iron sights or optics are allowed, while matches sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) only allow iron sights on pistols.
New to this type of pistol shooting and want to give it a try? The 900 is a good place to start.
The 900 Pistol Match is a 90 round match (900 points) that will test your skills with a handgun at 25 and 50 yards. Any .22 rimfire or centerfire (.32 caliber and larger) may be used, all you need is a pistol with case, at least 2 magazines and ammo! A spotting scope may be helpful for the 50 yards stages.
Club President Don Moak runs this match and will keep you on your toes for an hour and 15 minutes!
Match Fee: Free! You must supply your own target supplies (targets and carboard backers available at the range for nominal cost) Come early enough to be set up and ready to start firing at 9:30am sharp.
1. 50 yards slow fire, standing. 1 series of 10 shots in 10 minutes.
2. 50 yards slow fire, standing. 1 series of 10 shots in 10 minutes.
The National Match Course:
3. 50 yards slow fire, standing. 1 series of 10 shots in 10 minutes.
4. 25 yards timed fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
5. 25 yards rapid fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
6. 25 yards timed fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
7. 25 yards timed fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
8. 25 yards rapid fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
9. 25 yards rapid fire, standing. 2 series of 5 shots in 20 seconds per series.
The NRA 2700 Pistol Match, breaks down into three 900 matches (270 rounds for a total of 2,700 points).The course of fire is the same as the above 900 match except it is fired three times using three pistol different pistol categories.
First it's the .22 caliber match. Second the center fire pistol match (.32 caliber and larger). Then a lunch break followed by the .45 caliber match for a total of 270 rounds. Don't have three pistols? No problem, many people bring a rimfire and a .45 which they fire for the center fire and .45 matches.
Don't have time for three matches? You are welcome to shoot one match or two getting in a rimfire and center fire being completed by lunch.
If you like to shoot pistols and want to add precision, then this match could be for you!
Match Fees: $10 package for the entire 2700 or $5 per 900 match fired. First match requires once per season $5 NRA League Fee.
A big part of our Club’s history for over 60 years has been the Fiesta Pistol Match. In 2018 the coveted NRA Gold, Siver and Bronze Medallions will be up for grabs once again. We look forward to seeing familiar faces as the race to Camp Perry begins to heat up.
| 1956 - Frank Graham
| 1957 - David C. Miller
|1958 - Richard Stineman
| 1959 - Harold Roberts
|1960 - Joe Gregory
|1961 - Floyd Thompson
| 1962 - Franklin C. Green
| 1963 - Hershel Anderson
| 1964 - T.D. Smith
| 1965 - Donald Hamilton
| 1966 - Donald Hamilton
| 1967 - William Blankenship
| 1968 - Marvin Black
| 1969 - Hezekiak Clark
| 1970 - John Sicinski
| 1971 - Hezekiah Clark
| 1972 - Francis Higginson
| 1973 - Hershel Anderson
| 1974 - Marvin Black
| 1975 - Jerry Philpott
| 1976 - Francis Higginson
| 1977 - Jack McJunkin
| 1978 - Bonnie Harmon
| 1979 - T.R. Woods
| 1980 - Bonnie Harmon
| 1981 - Bonnie Harmon
| 1982 - Bonnie Harmon
| 1983 - Richard Lamb
|1984 - No Fiesta Match|| 1985 - James Laguana
| 1986 - Richard Lamb
| 1987 - Norman Girardin
| 1988 - Frank Goza
| 1989 - Frank Goza
| 1990 - William Tierney
| 1991 - James Henderson
| 1992 - George Greene
| 1993 - James Henderson
| 1994 - Roger C. Jacobson
| 1995 - James Henderson
| 2014 - Patrick Franks
| 2015 - Patrick Franks
| 2016 - Ryan Franks
| 2017 - Greg Markowski
1st Place SSG Patrick Franks, 2nd Place SFC Michael Gasser and 3rd Place SFC Adam Sokolowski.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program administers the Distinguished Rifle and Pistol Programs, which are the highest awards given by the United States for marksmanship. The CMP also conducts the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio and the Talladega Marksmanship Park.
CMP has Distinguished Pistol Badges for Rimfire and Service Pistols (see next section for this prestigious award).
Slow fire: 10 rounds in 10 minutes
Timed Fire: two strings of 5 rounds fired in a time limit of 20 seconds
Rapid Fire: two strings of 5 rounds fired in a time limit of 10 seconds
The Standard Smallbore Pistol may be fired in CMP-Sanctioned Rimfire EIC Matches and other CMP-sanctioned .22 Rimfire Pistol matches.
As you will see below, the choices for pistol are nearly endless.
Pistols may be match conditioned, provided there are no external alternations or modifications. Iron sights are required and can be adjustable type.
Trigger pull must be able to lift a 4 pound weight. Anyone who meets the requirements to earn leg points will have their pistol checked for CMP compliance.
Must be chambered in 45 ACP only, barrel length no greater than 5.100".
Must be chambered in 9x19mm only, barrel length not less than 4.9" and not greater than 5.100".
If you have one of these, bring it out and see what it can do!
|PX4 Storm (Full Size)||9mm/40S&W/.45 ACP|
|PX4 Storm SD||.45ACP|
|FN/Browning Highpower||9mm, .40S&W|
|CZ||CZ 75 Series||9mm|
|CZ 85 Series||9mm|
|CZ 97 B and D||.45ACP|
|GLOCK||G17, G19, G34||9mm|
|G22, G23, G35||.40S&W|
|HK45 Compact Tactical||.45ACP|
|Ruger||P85, P89, KP89, SR9||9mm|
|P90, KP90, P345, KP345,SR45||.45ACP|
|P91, KP91, SR40||.40S&W|
|SIG SAUER||P210, P210 Legend, P210 Legend Target||9mm|
|P220 Match, P220 Super Match||.45ACP|
|SMITH & WESSON||M&P, M39, M59, M439, M459, M539, M559, M639, M659, M5903, M5904, M5905, M5906, M5924, M5926, M5943, Sigma, M909, M910, M915, M3904, M3906, MSD9VE||9mm|
|M&P, M410, M411, Sigma, M4003, M4004, M4043, M4044, M4046, MSD40VE||.40 S&W|
|M&P, Sigma, M745, M645, M4506, M4586, M4526, M4566, M4576||.45ACP|
|M1006, M1026, M1046, M1066, M1076, M1086||10mm|
|TAURUS||PT-92, PT-99, P-24/7, PT-809, PT-911||9MM|
|PT-100, PT-101, P-24/7, PT-840||.40S&W|
In 1884, the US Army awarded the first badge which later developed into Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Shot badges. Distinguished Badges are the highest awards given by the U.S. Government for marskmanship competition. Excellence in Competition (EIC) events are opportunities for shooters to earn points toward the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. In 2015, CMP created the Distinguished Pistol Badge.
The EIC match in pistol is the 30 shot National Match Course. In an EIC match, the top 10% of non-distinguished are eligible for points toward earning the badge. Points are award as 6, 8 and 10 per competition (based on number of competitors) and five match attempts are allowed per calendar year.
When a civilian earns their first "leg" (6, 8 or 10 points), they will be awarded a bronze EIC badge (see the highpower rifle section for an example) . At 20 points a silver badge is awarded and at 30 points the CMP awards the Distinguished Badge. At least one of the legs earned must be an 8 or 10 point. Those who earn the badge after the previous year's National Matches are able to be "pinned" during the awards ceremony at the next National Pistol Matches.
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