Posted July 27, 2017 6:45 pm by Comments

By Ammoland Editor Joe Evans

Theodore Roosevelt
Our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt

Illinois State Rifle AssociationUSA -(Ammoland.com)- In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt entrusted marksmanship skills to the civilians. His adventures in the West and his experience looking for marksmen, while building the Rough Riders, convinced him that civilians were the proper place to enshrine these skills.

The Military Marksmanship program came and went depending on the whims of commanders. Each state was to form associations, made up largely by civilians, with assistance of the Department of the Army.

The Illinois State Rifle Association became that organization for Illinois. In 1905, Roosevelt established the National Matches to give everyone something to strive for.

Each year, the Illinois State Rifle Association sends teams to the National Matches which has competitions for Pistol, Smallbore, Rifle and Highpower Rifle. There are both individual and team competitions.

Every member of the Illinois State Rifle Association should be particularly proud of this year’s outstanding results. The following article only touches the highlights; the Illinois Shooter will have more details.

The ISRA sent four pistol teams to the National Matches. The pistol phase is held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

There were four ISRA teams: one Marksman team, two Sharpshooter teams, and one Expert team. The ISRA …Read the Rest

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