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“Of all our national pastimes, this is one which should be pursued for the sake only of the honourable distinction to be obtained, in excelling in an art, where both mental and physical gifts are developed.”

Anonymous author on match rifle shooting (1866)

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200 yard match, 1882A shooting competition between the Rifle Volunteers of Great Britain and the National Guard of America was agreed for 1882. On 14 and 15 September the teams of twelve met at Creedmoor in the USA. The match was fired at 200, 500 and 600 yards on the first day, and at 800, 900 and 1000 yards on the second. The rifles used were of military pattern, although not necessarily one authorised for service. Each man fired seven shots at each distance, and no cleaning between shots was permitted. The British team won scoring 1,975, against the American team score of 1,805 out of a possible 2,530.

In 1883 the American National Guard team had a return match against the British Volunteers at Wimbledon, England, on 20 and 21 July. The British team was again victorious scoring 1,951, against the American team score of 1,906.

The teams are idenified below. Brief biographies of all riflemen are also available.

1882: 14/15 September ~ Creedmoor, USA

Rifle Volunteers
of Great Britain
  National Guard
of the United States of America
Captain: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir H. Halford
Adjutant: Private H. Smith
  Captain: Colonel J. Bodine
Corporal H. Bates   Private F. Alder
Private G. Boulter   Captain D.R. Atkinson
Corporal W. Caldwell   Sergeant T.J. Dolan
Sergeant J.W. Dods   Private M.D. Hinds
Captain P.T. Godsal   Private C.W. Hinman
Private J. Goodear   Colonel G.E.P. Howard
Lieutenant J. Heap   Sergeant J. McNevin
Major A.P. Humphry   Private D.H. Ogden
Private R. McVittie   Sergeant J.L. Paulding
Sergeant P. Oliver   Private J.M. Pollard
Corporal C.J. Parry   Major E.O. Shakespeare
Major G. Pearse   Private J. Smith
             

1883: 20/21 July ~ Wimbledon, England

Rifle Volunteers
of Great Britain
  National Guard
of the United States of America
Commandant: Lieutenant-Colonel Earl Brownlow
Captain: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir H. Halford
  Captain: Colonel G.E.P. Howard
Adjutant: Lieutenant-Colonel E.O. Shakespeare
Quartermaster: Major I.R. Denman
Secretary to the Captain: Captain A.H. Herts
Corporal H. Bates   Private J.H. Brown
Sergeant J.W. Dods   Private M.W. Bull
Private G.C. Gibbs   Sergeant W.L. Cash
Captain P.T. Godsal   Sergeant T.J. Dolan
Quartermaster S.S. Gouldsmith   Private C.W. Hinman
Major A.P. Humphry   Private G. Joiner
Private C.F. Lowe   Sergeant J.L. Paulding
Private R. McVittie   Private J.M. Pollard
Corporal C.J. Parry   Private Dr. S.I. Scott
Major G. Pearse   Lieutenant W. Scott
Private C.W. Wattleworth   Private J. Smith
Major S.S. Young   Sergeant A.B. Van Heusen