Mike King Recognized as Distinguished Rifleman


Mike King

Distinguished Rifleman # 2444

CMP Shooter’s News
June 22, 2019
New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status!  The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below.
Distinguished Riflemen Badge 
#2444  Michael King, Fort Wayne, IN

Distinguished Rifleman  Badges are awarded for excellence in marksmanship with authority granted by the U. S. Government and confirmed in 36 USC §40722 [3}. The Badge is awarded for excellence in Service Rifle marksmanship in U. S. competitions governed by the CMP or the individual Armed Services.  The CMP administers the Distinguished Rifleman Badge Program for civilians.  The name of the recipient, the year the badge was earned and the badge serial number are engraved on the badge.

The number of matches in which Non-Distinguished Civilians may compete in any calendar year for EIC points is limited to one National Trophy Individual Match and maximum of five CMP-sanctioned Service Rifle EIC matches. The points from more than five EIC matches in one calendar year will not be counted.

In order for EIC credit points earned in a sanctioned EIC match to be recognized, the match must  be a National Match Course of fire that complies with CMP Competition Rules with at least six eligible Non-Distinguished shooters. The highest scoring 10 percent of all those Non-Distinguished shooters are awarded EIC credit points –  provided that the score fired by the competitor equals or exceeds the EIC Minimum Credit Score, which for Service Rifle is 91%!

a) Highest one-sixth of the top 10 percent: Gold medal or 10 points

b) Next highest two-sixths of top 10 percent: Silver medal or eight points

c) Remaining three-sixths of top 10 percent: Bronze medal or six points.

The CMP awards the Distinguished Rifleman Badge when a Civilian competitor earns 30 or more points and has earned at least one eight or ten-point award.

What does all of this mean in practice? 

In a designated EIC Match, you have to shoot at least 91% (455/500), finish in the top 10% to qualify for points, win a Gold or Silver medal in at least one match and – you only get to shoot in 5 matches a year to earn your 30 leg points.

You can shoot a 465/500, finish third in the match behind a 467 and 469 and if there are only four non-Distinguished shooters in the match, none of you go home with EIC points!

(Points do carry over to the next year, probably the only break a competitor gets in this quest).

To say that this is a hard qualification is an understatement! 

50/80 Match; 8 June 2019



What can be as lovely as a day in June?  200-yard rapid scores coming up.

Your three-minute Prep Period begins when your targets appear …

 The Wailing Wall


Saturday could not have been a better day to hold a High Power Match, and in spite of things like the Fort Wayne Air Show, roofs that had to be laid, lawn work that was long overdue and coaching kids’ softball games – eighteen shooters showed up to enjoy the day.

Unlike our usual High Power days, the weather co-operated marvelously.  A high, thin overcast kept things from getting too warm and the wind consistently stayed at our backs; from 6- o’clock to 7-o’clock all day.  The first round went downrange at 8:55 – we actually started early.

As the Range Officer, I want to commend all the shooters for doing a fantastic job all day long.  Everything went smoothly on the line – if we had been making a movie about how to run a match, you guys would have been perfect as examples.  The pits ran just like someone had written a script.  Targets came up and went down at exactly the right times, excesses and insufficients were called promptly and resolved immediately.  Scorers kept track of exactly how many rounds the shooters fired.  People moved from pits to line and back quickly and I called the last Cease Fire – The Line Has Finished Early” at 1:55.  That’s an 80-round Match in five hours!

Our Stat Office, Mike and Glenna Grannis kept all of the scores tallied as the match went on and the Wailing Wall was posted and money given out promptly.

And, we had a visitor of note shoot with us Saturday- we welcomed Pete Yarbro who came down from around the South Bend area to shoot with us.  He is not a stranger to us – but it’s been a while since he made it down here.  Pete has a number of national awards and it is always good to see him back at Fort Wayne Rifle and Revolver.

Here is how things turned out:

Match 1:  Offhand                 Jim Schieltz      194-3X             (Lima Sabers)

Match 2:  Sitting Rapid          Mark Walters    200-5X             (Double Clean – way to go Mark!)

Match 3:  Prone Rapid           Mike King        198-7X

The Prone Rapid fire stage turned out to be a bit of a scoring challenge.  Two shooters, Mike King (our newest unofficial Distinguished Shooter) and John Halter (our newest Grand Senior) tied with 198-7X scores.  We had to go back to the highest last string to break the tie, and Mike’s 100 clean topped John’s 98.  But, John cleaned the first string and Mike had a 98 ….

Match 4: Prone Slow              Mike King        198-7X

For the day – the Aggregate:

First:                Jim Schieltz                 784-18X

Second:           Mike King                    782-28X

Third:              Mark Richard               769-18X           (Welcome back Mark)

Watch for an announcement of a fun match on June 22. Our next High Power Match will be July 13, another 50/80 Match.  Put it on your calendar and I hope to see you there.