National Defense Match.
For the last two years Trey Tuggle has been Tactical Rifle Coordinator for the NRA, to research and find a way to bring shooting competition to the masses. I had the pleasure of speaking to him the other day about all of his hard work getting a new form of competition off the ground. By masses, I mean all of the people that bought guns for self-defense and have had really no clue what to do with them besides plinking at the range once or twice a year. People who are curious about competing but don’t want to spend as much time and money as serious High Power or other. There are tons of these people out there. So it has been Trey’s mission to get these people out of their homes and to their local shooting range and compete. For now he is concentrating on the rifle category. Pistol and shotgun ideas to be determined. My question to Trey was how do you get this organized at grass roots level? What is the format of competition? Is there another NRA rule book out there for this?
As a trial run, Trey organized a match at Camp Perry last summer during Nationals. I was shooting the long range nationals on the range next door. Called National Defense Match, he invited a group of well known 3 Gun shooters to participate and give feedback along the way. Targets were set as close as 7 yards out to 100 yards. If your shooting range is larger you can put targets as far out as you want. The closer targets have 5 multi-colored tombstones, the NRA NDM 5-120, as seen in photo above. This was designed exclusively for NDM. These are placed at 7, 15 and 30 yards. Anything further out say past 60 yards uses a khaki colored tombstone called the NRA D-1 which is actually an NRA Action Pistol target. The shooter is timed to hit each target with designated round count in various positions. Here is link to the NDM “Guide” book to explain all of the details. And really there are not a lot of details. That is the beauty of this thing.
Trey did not want another official rule book. Once the NRA sets a rule book it is nearly impossible to change it. (Although a couple of years ago the NRA changed a traditional shooting position in RMC that more than ruffled a few feathers. But that is a whole other article) The NDM book is a “guide” book. How this starts if you don’t have a super organized or funded club is that a few people can set up their own match for fun (with range approval of course) and hopefully the word gets out and eventually an organized regular competition can be arranged. All you need to do is have the targets which can be purchased on line and your rifle. Any modern defensive rifle that is safe will do. Trey’s thinking is you can set it up so that you don’t have to stay all day for a match. You can show up, shoot your string and then go on about your day. He patterned it off of normal busy people with families, etc. They even have a course of fire for kids using .22s. He wants this to be accessible to even the smallest of ranges. Will this ever become as structured as High Power? Most likely not. Which is the point. As far as the match held at Camp Perry last year may have been a one off. Trey was not looking to add another match at Nationals. It was to be a test as to how well this could work.
This is a great way to compete without having to invest in any fancy equipment or gear. Bring what you have is the motto. This can only be good for the industry in general. More interest in shooting and more interest in buying guns. A win win. Now for the rest of us we need to help spread the word.
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can……….”