Two of the more popular matches fired each year at Camp Perry during
smallbore are relatively new. Conceived by Patti Clark, of the NRA Board of
Directors, who is a long time smallbore competitor and a member of the
Smallbore Committee, the Randle Doubles Match pairs an seasoned competitor
with a less experienced one. The two person teams, which are allowed a
coach, shoot across a Dewar Course using either metallic or any sights. The
idea is to enable the experienced shooter some shooting knowledge with his
partner. By and large the teams are made up of an adult and a junior, with
the junior quite often being the more experienced shooter. Occasionally a
tyro adult is teamed with another adult.
The match is more commonly known as the Mentor Match although the winners
come to the stage to be presented Randle Double Cup Plaques, which gives the
match its more formal name. Awards are distributed by the Lewis System
which gives a broad spectrum of shooters a chance to win class awards which
are awarded on the firing line.
This year there were 72 teams in competition with Bill Neff and Amy Fister
posting a 799-55X top win. It might be noted that the mentor dropped the
point on this team, not the mentee.
The second match is the Made In America Match which required that all major
equipment used in competition be home grown. The line is usually packed with
Winchester 52s, Remington 40Xs and 37s, Kimbers, and the occasional Hall,
Turbo, Morgan, or Ballard action.
In addition to an award to the high score there are two presentations for
the most unique and original rifle. This year Long Range specialist Kent
Reeve won the match with his Turbo action. George Pantazelos took the most
unique award with his plumber’s nightmare home built around a Hal action.
Tom Bubolz’s pristine Remington Model 37 was the most original.