Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
"The Garand match is sanctioned through the Civilian Marksmanship program,"
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
"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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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