NRA AR Match (2.0)
It’s amazing how time flies. The last time that we attended the NRA America’s Rifle Match (ARM) was over a year ago and it was the inaugural event hosted by Forward Assist Training at Burro Canyon Shooting Park in Azusa, CA. Since our last visit, the team at Forward Assist Training has had the chance to run 4 ARM events in 2016 and we could tell that they’ve taken great care to improve the event for all of the competitors.
The NRA America’s Rifle Match is goal to create “a marksmanship program designed to develop and test defensive rifle skills with modern, general purpose rifles, such as the AR-15.” It is geared towards youngsters and adults of all skill levels. For the event, participants could complete in categories including: Iron Sights, Limited Optics and Open Optics, along with sub-divisions for Youth and Lady.
The day started off like most matches. Shooters eagerly awaited registration at 9am and were greeted with lots of swag from sponsors including shirts from the NRA and Brownells, bags from NcStar, as well as gear from Condor Outdoor and even samples of Strike Industries’ new firearm lubricant, AntiVenom.
After registration, equipment checks and a safety briefing, Burro Canyon Shooting Park came to a standstill to show respect as pop artist, Melanie Taylor, performed the National Anthem.
The day’s contest consisted of 4 stages on 3 bays where participants had the ability to free-squad the event and move at their own pace from stage to stage. This proved to be much more efficient than our experiences last year and we were glad to see that the organizers had taken the feedback well and worked to improve the overall speed from start to finish. There was even a scheduled lunch break factored in with hotdogs, snacks and raffles with prizes donated by sponsors.