More than 100 NRA members braved the rain to participate in three NRA National Defense Matches hosted at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, W.Va., over the October 12-13 weekend.
National Defense Matches are competitive, recreational and training events designed to develop and test defensive rifle skills with modern, general-purpose rifles, such as the extraordinarily popular AR‑15. The matches held at Peacemaker included a basic-level event calling for shots and reloads from a variety of positions, at distances between 7 and 100 yards, as well as two advanced events conducted on multiple firing bays and natural terrain, with cardboard targets at distances ranging from 3 to approximately 50 yards, and steel targets at various distances out to 600 yards.
During breaks in the action, shooting demonstrations were conducted by world-renown competition and exhibition shooter Jerry Miculek, tactical firearm instructor Jack Leuba, Colt 3-gun competitor Scott McGregor and Advanced Armament Corporation, a manufacturer of world class firearm suppressors.
After the raising of the American flag to the National Anthem to begin the weekend’s opening ceremony, guest of honor Jim Warner spoke about the importance of protecting the right to keep and bear arms. Warner, a former Marine Corps aviator, spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and upon his return to the United States served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration and later in the National Rifle Association’s Office of General Counsel.