the 126th Annual
Washington's Birthday Match & Clinic
Sponsored by the
Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association
Ben Avery Shooting Facility: 17-18-Feb-2018

washington's birthday prior year
washington's birthday prior year
washington's birthday prior year
some pictures from prior years

This match is brought to you every year by the Arizona Rifle & Pistol Association ASRPA
it's YOUR state assocation, please join!


 Washington's Birthday Rifle Match at Ben Avery

ONLINE SIGN UP coming soon! AT: look for Junior High Power Team on the left column.

The 126 year old Washington's Birthday Rifle Match is both the unofficial Arizona State Reduced Course High Power Championships, attracting the top shooters in the state vying to shoot a good score on the very challenging reduced 200yd targets, as well as being the OFFICIAL most fun, beginner-friendly high power shoot in Arizona every year!

Since this is a team format, it is very beginner-friendly, one person can coach another as the 4 shooters fire one at a time. You can share equipment if you need to. 200 yd is not that hard when the target is mounted on a 6' sheet of cardboard and marked after each shot! You can use pretty much any military style or military surplus rifle you have! And there is a beginner's class on Saturday.

This event is also a big party! After opening ceremonies we start shooting. Then we take a long break after the first two relays of shooters for lunch which you can order from the junior team supporters grilling burgers! then the last 2 relays, there is a swap meet all day and we have an awards ceremony and finally a raffle for a great rifle!

The weekend includes:
•    Morning Beginner’s Clinic & Afternoon Practice for beginner or experienced shooters Saturday & Lunch available.
•    Saturday morning practice
•    Briefing & Announcements Sunday morning.
•    4-relay, 50-shot Main Match Sunday with Lunch & T-shirt Available.
•    Shooter’s Swap meet & Displays all day Sunday
•    The annual fund-raising raffle for an M1 Rifle and other prizes

The Washington’s Birthday Match is held on Sunday at Ben Avery’s High Power Range, 200 yd line. This is the 126th year!  Saturday the day before the match, February 17, experienced High Power coaches and shooters are conducting a “Beginners Clinic” in the activities center followed by some practice time on the range.

Supporters of the Arizona State Junior Rifle Team are cooking hamburgers for lunch both days!!! You can pre-pay for your lunch with your entry!  The profit goes right into sending the team to Camp Perry! We expect to have commemorative T-shirts again this year! $12. You must order your shirt online in advance! (Shirt Deadline:  9-Feb-18)

Other match day events:

Morning Briefing & announcements.

Swap meet! Bring your spare equipment, older shooting gear; reloading supplies you don’t need anymore, whatever… bring a table or some money, we are holding a shooter’s swap meet in a designated area behind the line. (To allow room for food, spectators and swap meet, shooters should plan on parking at the 300 yd line).

Come out and shoot with us! Get a group of friends, co-workers, or hunting buddies together! Wear a team uniform! Wear a classic side-arm (empty chamber)! Maybe try something fun like have the whole team all shoot the same type of antique or unusual military rifle, even dress the team in surplus uniforms appropriate to your exotic rifles!
Below is the match program and entry info. Also below is info on the fund raising raffle to send the State Junior Team to the National Championships and information on Arizona High Power shooting schedules. Check the & websites for updates! Tell your friends! Post this bulletin where other shooters will see it!

See you on February 17 & 18!   Bill Poole  - Match Director
Email the match director:  

subject to change




Sunday 18-Feb-2018 (with Beginner’s Clinic on Saturday 17-Feb)

7:30AM start time, competitors should arrive an hour early and plan to stay all day.


Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association – Junior High Power Rifle Team


Bill Poole (Match Dir.) 602-405-0717, 


Ben Avery Shooting Facility, NW corner I-17 & Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ, High Power Range, 200yd line. Enter main entrance, continue past main range, around the berm to High Power Range, park in 300 yd parking lot.


Modified NRA High Power Rifle Rules, see below.


All safe shooters with priority to Arizona residents.


Enter online at  when it becomes available.


$TBA per team of 4, $TBA per individual. Individual entries will be squadded as random teams. Beginners’ clinic: $TBA. Lunch: $TBA. Pre-ordered T-shirt: $TBA. See signup site for other options.


9-Feb-18. If space is available, late entries accepted on the line with an additional $5 late fee per shooter. No refunds after 9-Feb-2018.


75 teams of 4 shooters.


Opening Ceremony & safety announcement at 7:30AM. First shots at 8AM.


NRA Classification System will not be used. (To be defined as a junior team, all four shooters must be juniors).


TEAM AWARDS: Plaques to Winning team (all teams eligible). Top junior team (teams of  4 juniors only)

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Plaques to High Individual Overall (this individual will not be also eligible for special category awards). High Competitor in each special category: Woman, Junior, Police/Military, Senior. (Individuals may select exactly one of these special award categories only during online entry and only if they qualify). Lesser awards, if any, to be announced.


50-shot National Match Course in a 4-man team match, all fired at 200 yards. 3 sighter shots any position, followed by 10 shots offhand, 10 shots rapid fire sitting on the SR target. 10 shots rapid prone on the SR42 and 20 shots prone slow fire on the MR-52 target. Block time for 2 shooters in each slow fire stage morning, break for lunch, repeated in the afternoon for the other 2 team shooters.

No alibis.

Rifles to be pointed at the impact area when loading, closing the bolt, when loaded and firing.

In rapid fire stages all competitors will start in position. Rifles with detachable magazines will use the NRA loading procedure (magazine on the ground, load when targets appear). Rifles without a detachable magazine will load on command 2 rounds with the bolt closed on an empty chamber (semi-auto) or 5 rounds with the bolt open (bolt action).

Except as noted below, shooters may use a NRA/CMP Service Rifle or any military, military-surplus or military-style rifle in as-issued condition, or as approved by match director. 8mm maximum caliber. Optical sights are permitted on modern semi-auto rifles.

Special note for Shooters classified as SS, EX, MA or HM in any NRA rifle discipline or Distinguished Riflemen: In order to be eligible for individual awards shooter must use a Service Rifle in compliance with NRA rule 3.1 or CMP rule 6.1 (These rules permit optical sights conforming to a defined set of rules) or they may use "As-issued" rifles per CMP Games rule 4.1. In order for a team to be eligible for team awards all classified/distinguished team members must be in compliance with this paragraph.

No tracer or incendiary ammo permitted.

Each team will provide a target puller and score keeper (can be a shooter from the alternate relay).


Sunday events include opening ceremony, swap meet, lunch break, awards ceremony and raffle. Competitors are expected to participate.


Saturday will include a beginner’s clinic in the Ben Avery activity center (east of the main public range) at 8AM for half day of classroom (leave your gear in the truck) followed by shooting (bring 35 rounds of ammo) in the afternoon. Shooting practice is available Saturday afternoon.


2018 Match Flyer coming soon! print & handout or post where other shooters will see it!

Volunteers needed! Block officers! Score tabulators! Entry Compilation!

Parking & Traffic Routing:
In order to have enough room for moving gear around, eating lunch, making announcements and giving out awards, etc,
we have a traffic routing plan for sunday:
Shooters can drive around the FRONT of 200 yd line and unload gear then drive to 300 yd to park.
Volunteers and handicapped and some VIPs will park on the sides of the stat/burger area. Cactus Match League has their special place at the end of the line like usual. These groups will have parking passes. Any other vehicle will be towed to 1000 yds and left there.

WBM parking

WBM parking
we may delete Premium parking.


Arizona Junior Highpower Rifle Team
The Arizona Junior Highpower Rifle Team is sponsored by the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association and local clubs. The team is open to Arizona youth between the ages of 14 and 20. Team members shoot local matches during the season (Sept - May), practice like crazy June & July, and participate at the National Championship Rifle Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio in August.  Most equipment including AR-15 rifles, ammunition components and match fees, are provided to team members free of charge.  The Washington’s Birthday Match is a big fund-raiser for the team!  If you know a teenager who is motivated, well-behaved and who would like to join the team, have him or her see the team and their coaches at the match!   

The ASRPA does legislative work, education, training, match sponsorship, Ben Avery partnering and publishes a great little e-newsletter about competition, ranges, shooting and legislation specifically in Arizona. Find out what matches are shot where, what Arizonan is winning championships, read articles about matches, events and shooters in YOUR state! Only $20/yr ($5 juniors). Join NRA, ASRPA, USA Shooting and your local club!

ASRPA Fund-Raising Raffle
an M1 Rifle will be raffled as a fund raiser.
Raffle Rifle Winner will complete a 4473 & NICS Check or CCW.
Proceeds fund the Arizona State Junior Rifle Team to the
National Championships at Camp Perry, OH.
rifle winner
2014 Rifle Raffle Winner

raffle winner
2017 Raffle Winner

raffle rifle
Prior year rifle
Check out the website for info on competition shooting in AZ!

fees and details subject to change

Bill Poole  - 

Washington's Birthday Match Director

2017 results, click here
2016 results, click here
2015 results, click here

2014 results, click here
2013 results, click here

2012 results, click here
2011 Results, Click here
2010 Results, click here

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