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Tuesday, July 31,  2001

Mason's club record score takes rifle match

Pecos resident Mike Mason shot a club record 431 out of a possible 500 points Saturday to walk away with top honors at the monthly Service Rifle competition sponsored by the Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club.

Paul Evans of Alpine was close on his heels earning 428 points. Robert Polanco, also of Alpine took third place with 387 points.

Mason, who is also the vice president of the club, said that Saturday's match was the biggest held in recent memory at the Club's range.

"We had 21 competitors from as far away as Houston enter this match. We are very proud of that as a club," he said.

Mason also said that this was the first match sponsored by the club since the club became affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

"The Civilian Marksmanship Program is the private, not-for-profit organization that took over the job of the old Department of Civilian Marksmanship that was part of the federal government," Mason said.

Mason explained that the CMP is charged with selling World War II era M-1 Garand rifles to promote civilian marksmanship. To qualify to buy one of the rifles a person must show proof of firing for record in a qualifying match.

"Now that we are affiliated our service rifle matches count as a qualifying match," Mason said.

According to Mason the rifles currently cost between $400 and $500 when purchased through the CMP.

"The same rifle would cost about twice that much on the open market," he said.

Mason said that if enough people were interested the Club planned to sponsor a "John C. Garand" match in which only M-1 rifles would be allowed.

The next Service Rifle competition is scheduled for Saturday, August 25.

"We hold the service rifle match every fourth Saturday," Mason said.

Service rifle competition generally is limited to M-1 Garands, M-14s, M-16s and civilian variants.

"We bend the rules a little and allow any rifle that has seen military service," Mason said. "Today we had a World War I Springfield `03 on the line next to an M-16."

Mason said that competitors fire a total of 50 shots during the match from standing, sitting and prone positions at ranges of 200, 300 and 600 yards.

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