Matches Canceled By NRA Officials

WASHINGTON, July 31 - The National rifle and pistol championship matches were called off yesterday.

The Executive Committee of the National Rifle Association also announced cancellation of the association's annual convention.

Both were to have been held in San Francisco the last two weeks in September and the first week of October.

Maj. Gen. M. A. Edson, USMC, ret., association president, said in a statement:

"The members of the Executive Committee felt that, due to present world conditions, it would not be wise to plan a large gathering of thousands of target shooters on the Pacific Coast at this time."

Quantico Sentry, August 3, 1950

Proposed Nationals

After a lapse of a decade, Congress had appropriated funds for the National Matches. Plans were laid to hold the pistol events at San Francisco and the high powered rifle matches at Camp Roberts, California. A Marine Corps Team was selected at the conclusion of the Quantico Matches. With Master Sergeant Waldo Phinney as coach, the team started practice at Camp Matthews, but with the outbreak of action in Korea it was disbanded.

Excerpt from The History of Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship, by Major Robert E. Barde, USMC


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