A Short History of the Infantry Trophy Match

A Short History of the National Trophy Infantry Team Match
by Hap Rocketto

There is no rifle match that will make a high power shooter’s pulse race at Marathon rates as the National Trophy Infantry Team Match. The match is designed to simulate an infantry squad’s mission, which is “to close with the enemy and destroy or capture him.” Competitive riflemen pride themselves on being calm and in control but this exhilarating rapid fire event brings out the exact opposite in the competitor….

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About Hap Rocketto

Hap Rocketto is a Distinguished Rifleman with service and smallbore rifle, member of The Presidents Hundred, and the National Guard’s Chief’s 50. He is a National Smallbore Record holder, a member of the 1600 Club and the Connecticut Shooters’ Hall Of Fame. He was the 2002 Intermediate Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion, the 2012 Senior Three Position National Smallbore Rifle Champion a member of the 2007 and 2012 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, coach and captain of the US Drew Cup Team, and adjutant of the United States 2009 Roberts and 2013 Pershing Teams. Rocketto is very active in coaching juniors. He is, along with his brother Steve, a cofounder of the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein. A historian of the shooting sports, his work appears in Shooting Sports USA, the late Precision Shooting Magazine, The Outdoor Message, the American Rifleman, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s website, and most recently, the apogee of his literary career, pronematch.com.
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2 Responses to A Short History of the Infantry Trophy Match

  1. Jack Looney says:

    Very nice history of the event! I remember the firt time I saw this in person at Marine Corp Base Quantico in the late 70s’, they were almost all firing M14 rifles. It WAS exciting!

    [Note: .pdf does not open correctly, mid article there are mostly blank pages, text does not continue properly.]

  2. Hap says:

    I am happy you enjoyed it.
    We are investigating the problem and will repair the pdf.

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