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WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 18.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 1919. 1. The proceedings of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, convened at Washington, D. C., January 9, 1919, having received the approval of the Secretary of War, the following excerpt thereof relating to civilians engaging in practice at the Small-Arms Firing School, and rules and regulations for the national matches, is published for the information of all concerned. All conflicting regulations previously issued are hereby revoked, and such points as are not covered by these rules will be covered by the provisions of the Small-Arms Firing Manual, 1913.
NATIONAL MATCHES. 2. For the year 1919 the national matches will be held under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy at the Navy Rifle Range, Caldwell, N. J., commencing Monday, August 25, 1919, The matches will begin in the following order:
a. National individual match.
c. National team match. # On Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23, and at such times during the national match week as the range is available, the range will be open for final preliminary practice.
The matches of the National Rifle Association of America will precede the national matches.
NATIONAL TEAM MATCH.
a. The Army of the United States, one or more,
the State troops of the several States and Terri-
more from each. g. School teams composed of students of universities, col
leges, and schools, one or more from each State, Territory, and the District of Columbia, and one or more from each Reserve Officers' Training Corps training
camp. h. Civilian teams composed of members of the National
Rifle Association or its affiliated clubs, one or more from each State, Territory, and the District of Co
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4. There will be established and maintained at the Navy Rifle Range, Caldwell, N. J., a small-arms firing school for the instruction of citizens of the United States in marksmanship.
The governors of the States and Territories, the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia, and the commanding officers of Reserve Officers' Training Corps training camps are each authorized to designate a civilian or school team of 17 members to receive transportation and subsistence to attend the small-arms firing school at the Navy Rifle Range. Caldwell, N. J., from August 4 to August 30, 1919, inclusive, to engage in prac. tice and to participate in the national matches.
5. The civilians so designated, if they pay their own transportation and sleeping-car fare, will be reimbursed upon public vouchers by the quartermaster of the small-arms firing school, the actual cost thereof (exclusive of war tax) and also for subsistence at the rate of $1.50 per day while performing travel from their point of departure within the State they represent to Caldwell, N, J., and at the conclusion of the matches will be furnished transportation, sleeping-car accommodations, and subsistence at $1.50 per day from Caldwell, N. J., returning to the same point.
6. Course of fire:
First stage.—Rapid fire, 200 yards_target "B." Twenty shots. One string of 10 shots, kneeling from standing to be followed by one string of 10 shots, kneeling, sitting, or squatting, from standing. Time limit, 1 minute for each string of 10 shots. Battle sight or leaf sight may be used.
Second stage.-Slow fire, 500 yards_target "B." Twenty shots. Ten shots prone, five shots kneeling, and five shots sitting or squatting, in the order named. No sighting shots. (No artificial rests.)
Third stage.-Slow fire, 1,000 yards_target “C." Twenty record shots. No sighting shots. (No artificial rest.)
7. The executive officer, at his discretion, at any time after the first stage may eliminate from further participation in the match any number of teams of lowest standing, in excess of a remaining number of 100 teams.
8. Rules.-As laid down in the Small Arms Firing Manual, 1913, except as herein modified.
9. The squatting position.--Both feet must be flat on the ground and the buttocks must be clear of the ground, the knees are bent, and the body lowered. Both elbows may rest on the knees.
10. Arm. United States rifle, caliber .30, model 1903, without alterations. Rifles will be issued to competitors at the range if desired.
11. The Ordnance Department is authorized to select stargauged and targeted rifles of as high grade as can be produced for the use of teams and individuals participating in the matches for issue or sale on the grounds by the ordnance officer of the matches.
12. Ammunition.-Ammunition issued by the Ordnance Department. Ammunition will be issued to the competitors at the firing points. No other ammunition will be used in the national matches. Ammunition will be issued to all competitors for prac. tice prior to the national matches, including practice in the matches held prior to the national matches.
13. On the request of the governor of any State, Territory, or the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia, there shall be issued by the Ordnance Department to the property and disbursing officer of the State, Territory, or the District of Columbia for the use of the civilian team representing the State, Territory, or District of Columbia, from supplies on hand for practice before arrival at the national match range 20 United States rifles, model 1903; 20 gun slings, model 1907; 20 cartridge belts, model 1910; and 12,000 ball cartridges, model 1906.
14. After the national-team match the first 10 teams shall be classified as class A teams, and a distinctive medal will be awarded to each member of these teams. The second 10 teams shall be classified as class B teams, and a distinctive medal will be awarded to each member of these teams. The next 10 teams shall be classified as class C teams, and a distinctive medal will be awarded to each member of these teams.
15. For the awarding of the medals referred to above the team captain, coach, principals, and alternates, 16 in all, shall be considered as members of the team.
16. One trophy shall be awarded to the highest team representing the United States services, exclusive of the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. One trophy shall be awarded to the highest team from the National Guard or State troops of the several Ştates and Territories, including the District of Columbia. One trophy shall be awarded to the highest school team, including the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy. One trophy shall be awarded to the highest civilian team. Among the above-stated trophy-winning teams the National Trophy shall be awarded to the highest team, the Hilton Trophy to the second highest team, the bronze Soldier of Marathon to the third highest team, and the remaining trophy to the fourth highest team.
17. At least six of the principals of each team in the national team match shall be men who have never heretofore shot as members of a team in a National Team Match (not including a national divisional team match).
18. The team captain, coach, and quartermaster of school teams need not be matriculates of the school or training camp which the team represents, and among the principals and alternates there may be included any students who attended the school or training camp during the preceding school year.
19. Team captains of National Guard, State troops, school, and civilian teams, upon arrival at the range, each shall present to the executive officer a letter from the governor of the State or Territory or the Board of Commissioners of the District of Co
lumbia, or their representative, authorizing him to act as team captain. Those from the Regular Establishments will present evidence of appointment from superior authority. All team captains will immediately then furnish a list of members of their team party, with the home address of each, and will certify to the eligibility of all members.
20. At least 36 hours preceding the match each team captain will submit to the executive officer, on a blank form furnished for this purpose, a legible list of the members of his team showing his appointments as coach, principals, and alternates.
21. In preparing estimates for expenses and transportation of teams, the following should be provided for : One team captain, 1 team coach, 1 team quartermaster, 12 principals, and 2 alternates-17 in all.
INDIVIDUAL MATCHES. 22. The National Individual Match and the National Pistol Match are open to any citizen of the United States.
23. Each team captain in the National Team Match will see that proper entries for all members of his team desiring to enter the National Individual Match and the National Pistol Match are properly made out and delivered to the statistical officer in one lot. Entries for these events should be made as early as possible, and must be made 72 hours before the beginning of each match.
24. Individual competitors not members of regularly accredited teams will be charged a squadding fee of 25 cents for registration in each of these matches. Application for registration will be made to the statistical officer, and may be made by mail.
25. The executive officer, at his discretion, at any time after the first stage of each match may eliminate from further participation in that match any number of competitors of lowest standing in excess of a remaining number of 500 competitors.
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL MATCH. 26. The course of fire and rules in regard to arms and ammunition are the same as for the National Team Match.
a. To each of the 12 competitors making the highest aggregate scores, a gold medal.
b. To each of the 24 competitors making the highest aggregate scores after the gold-medal scores, a silver medal.
c. To each of the 36 competitors making the highest aggregate scores after the silver-medal scores, a bronze medal.
NATIONAL PISTOL MATCH, 28. Course of fire:
First stage.-Slow fire (20 seconds per shot), 2 scores (5 shots each), 25 yards.
Second stage.--Rapid fire (20 seconds per score), 2 scores (5 shots each), 25 yards.