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FEATURE // PALMA

2011

By Hap Rocketto, with narrative and photos from U.S. Goodwill vice Captain Major Dave Cloft

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
AND THE PALMA MATCH

OF LONG RANGE RIFLE SHOOTING
The U.S was well-represented in this quadrennial world tournament. Despite worsening conditions, our shooters earned gold, silver and bronze in the Under25 category, bronze in the team match and a bronze in the individual aggregate. The U.S. also won the most individual medals.

Palma Trophy

I

n 1876, the National Rifle Association of America celebrated the United States’100th anniversary by sponsoring “The Great Centennial Rifle Match” at Creedmoor Range in New York. The trophy (left) was a seven and one half foot-tall bronze replica of a Roman legion standard with the inscription “In the name of the United States of America to the Riflemen of the World.” The word ‘PALMA’, Latin for palm and the Roman

symbol for victory, appeared above the inscription. Eventually the match shed its cumbersome official title for the shorter Palma. Major Cloft adds: “The original trophy sat outside the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s office. During the relocation of the Pentagon in the 1940s, the trophy was somehow lost.” The Palma Match is the longest lived international shooting competition and has attracted 30 nations who have met 32 times. During October 3-25, 2011,

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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - January 2012

Shooting Sports USA - January 2012
Competitor's Corner
Contents
Shooter's News
Why Hollow Points Fly Straight
Score Sheets
2011 World Championship of Long Range Rifle Shooting and Palma Match
175 Years of Colt
Barrel Crowns and Their Effect on Accuracy
A Page From History
Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Competitor's Corner
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Contents
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Shooter's News
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Why Hollow Points Fly Straight
Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Score Sheets
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - 2011 World Championship of Long Range Rifle Shooting and Palma Match
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - 175 Years of Colt
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Barrel Crowns and Their Effect on Accuracy
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - A Page From History
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Shooting Sports USA - January 2012 - Coming Events
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