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Monday, June 10, 2002

Alpine man takes first in high power match

Jim Tom Cardwell of Alpine shot the winning score Saturday at the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club monthly High power rifle match. Cardwell scored 405 points out of a possible 500 on a day when most of the 17 competitors seemed to struggle.

Cardwell shot an AR-15 rifle.

Close behind was Larry Longoria of Pecos with 403 points shooting a service grade M-1 Garand. Longoria was one of the few shooters who had a good day with the score marking his personal best in a match.

Mike Mason of Pecos was third with 394 points. Mason used an AR-15 rifle.

Despite shooting a score well below his average Mason, who is also the Pecos club's vice president, was happy with the match.

"Some days it just does not come together," he said. "But, we had a very good match with 17 competitors from Alpine, Marfa, Monahans, Odessa and Pecos for the high power match. Another seven shooters shot in the John C. Garand match as well. That is a fair turnout."

Mason said that the high power matches the club holds every second Saturday of the month are now a sanctioned Nation Rifle Association league.

"The league status should make the matches more attractive to out of town competitors. All scores from the league will be reported to the NRA at the end of the year and shooters will receive an NRA ranking," he said.

Mason said that the John C. Garand Match is also a sanctioned match this year.

"The Garand match is sanctioned through the Civilian Marksmanship program," he said.

Either match qualifies shooters to buy M-1 Garand rifles from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

"The CMP is charged with supporting civilian marksmanship through sales of rifles and ammunition," he said. "Currently a person can buy an M-1 Garand which was the United States' main infantry rifle in World War II and in Korea for between $400 and $500. Older 1903 Springfields are also available at times."

In Saturday's Garand match Longoria posted a club record score of 270 points of a possible 300 to take first place.

Mason took second with 253 points and Patrick Bryce of Odessa took third with 250 points.

Mason said that the John C. Garand competition was limited to as-issued service rifles.

"The rifle cannot be modified and everyone has to shoot the same ammunition so you have a very level playing field. It's more about shooting and less about how much money you have to spend on a rifle," he said. "I think that is why it is becoming so popular."

Mason said that the matches are open to the public. Entry fees are $5 for the high power match and $15 for the Garand match since the club supplies the ammunition for the Garand match.

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