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Pershing Team, the 2009 U.S.
Roberts Team, 15 U.S. Dewar
Teams, a national record holder
and distinguished with the service rifle and smallbore prone
and position rifles. McPhail’s
400-39X is the highest score ever
fired in a Pershing Match.
A popular accompaniment
to the Pershing is the Randle
Goodwill Match, pitting United
States and Great Britain Randle
alumna in a friendly competition. Team size is determined by
the number of ladies making the
trip. This year’s team size was
four. The United States team of
Kempley, Bridges, Tompkins and
Bohren faced off against Great
Britain’s Wendy Foith, Allison
Leech, Wendy Hethenington and
Fiona Shedden. In a closely run
metallic sight Dewar, the United
States narrowly defeated the
British 1594-119X to 1592-101X.
The Pershing is more than just
a rifle match. It is a quadrennial
celebration of Anglo-American
shooting fellowship, accompanied by a whirlwind of social
events. As it has been for
82 years, the 2013 Pershing was
an event eagerly anticipated,
well conducted, and hard fought.
The Match is a fraternal association between the United States
and Great Britain, in which the
best shooters from each nation
meet on the field of intense, but
friendly rivalry. When all the
matches, dinners and fellowship
subsided, the U.S. team was victorious: 3998-339X to 3987-298X.
The temperature cooled over
the two days of team competition,
but the shooting did not. Parker

opened the any sight championship, carding a 400-31X in the
Meter Match, closely followed
by Chezem’s 400-30X, and a
400-27X put up by Tompkins.
Uptagrafft, McPhail, and Hall finished one, two and three in the
Dewar with 36X, 34X, and 33X
cleans. Joe Farmer posted a
400-31X winning score in the
100-yard match. Erin Gestl
cleaned it with 29Xs, while
McPhail’s 400-29X came in third.
Chezem won the third daily
aggregate with a 1200-79X.
Parker and McPhail trailed with
1199s, sporting 91 and 90 Xs.
The first relay of the final day
saw uncommonly quiet Perry
conditions, allowing six shooters to post 400-39Xs in the Meter
Match. Hein won, Kempley was
second and Tompkins third.
Uptagrafft took the Dewar on
a three-way tiebreaker with
McPhail and Graf. All shot
400-37Xs. Mangione showed
that he was getting a feel for
smallbore, winning the100-yard
match with a 400-34X, but on a
three-way tiebreaker with Tarl
Kempley and McMullen. With
ten 1200s in the final daily
aggregate, Xs counted.
McPhail’s 1200-109X bested
Parker and the legendary Lones
Wigger, whose 1200-97X moved
them into second and third,
based on NRA Rule 15.7.1.
The any sight title, to no one’s
surprise, went down to Xs as
McPhail, Parker and Chezem all
shot 2399s. McPhail was the
U.S. Cartridge Trophy winner
with 199 Xs, while Parker and
Chezem posted 186 and

181 Xs for second and third.
In a crowded theater, Staff
Sergeant Michael McPhail, USA,
hoisted a trophy firearm and the
Critchfield Trophy in recognition of winning the 2013 United
States Outdoor Smallbore
Conventional Rifle Prone
Championship with a score
of 4798-385X.
Soon after well wishers finished greeting the winners, the
crowd drifted over to the awards
window to pick up anything
won on the last days of shooting, since awards are no longer
mailed. The quiet crowd milled
about, spending their last few
minutes taking a last look at the
Camp Perry firing line to store
up memories which will have to
last them until they return from
the two-year diaspora at Bristol.

Prone Champions: (l. to r.) 2nd place
Mathew Chezem, 1st place SGT Mike
McPhail, USA, and 3rd place SFC Erik
Uptagrafft, USA

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