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Post by Brian Mason on Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:55 am

I always wondered about the "Lifetime Master" discussion in section 19.21 of the NRA rulebook. For you guys that have been involved in Bullseye longer: What was the rationale for a Lifetime Master card? Did you have to do anything special to get one or were all Master cards for life back then? Any idea when NRA got rid of it?

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Post by LenV on Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:08 am

The NRA sent you a letter after you made Master and you could make the choice if you wanted to be a Lifetime Master or not. There were a lot more shooters back then and I think it helped the NRA (pre-computer era) keep track of classification. There was no class higher then Master but a shooter could always drop back down a class if his skill set failed. Once you were a lifer they didn't have to track you anymore. The down size was you stayed a Master even if your skills went away. The upside was you stayed a Master even if your skills went away. I don't know when they stopped the program. Probably when they invented High Master. Hmmm I wonder if I would stay a Life Master if I started shooting High Master scores..

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Post by BE Mike on Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:12 am

The only thing I'll add is that when I first started shooting "conventional pistol", the cut-off for master classification was 90%, instead of the current 95%.
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Post by LenV on Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:03 am

I don't know when that was Mike. You had to shoot 2565 in 1972 to make Master just like today. But there were no High Masters just 2600 shooters. I say "just" 2600 but I mean their cards also said Master. It also wasn't called Conventional Pistol. I have no idea when that showed up. I had my Master card for 2 years before they sent me a letter offering a Lifetime Master card so it wasn't offered instantly or maybe that is when that program started.

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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:30 pm

Very nice "old thing hanging on wall"

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Post by Colt711 on Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:27 pm

BE Mike wrote:The only thing I'll add is that when I first started shooting "conventional pistol", the cut-off for master classification was 90%, instead of the current 95%.

Mike,
 I started in '68 and Master was 91% then, are positive about the 90%/

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Post by Colt711 on Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:35 pm

OldMaster64 wrote:I don't know when that was Mike. You had to shoot 2565 in 1972 to make Master just like today. But there were no High Masters just 2600 shooters. I say "just" 2600 but I mean their cards also said Master. It also wasn't called Conventional Pistol. I have no idea when that showed up. I had my Master card for 2 years before they sent me a letter offering a Lifetime Master card so it wasn't offered instantly or maybe that is when that program started.

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Len,
I recall seeing the line "2600 shooters must declare" on match programs in my early years.

The "Rifleman" carried a schedule in all issues and it seems there were just "Pistol Matches" then?

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Post by BE Mike on Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:55 am

OldMaster64 wrote:I don't know when that was Mike. You had to shoot 2565 in 1972 to make Master just like today. But there were no High Masters just 2600 shooters. I say "just" 2600 but I mean their cards also said Master. It also wasn't called Conventional Pistol. I have no idea when that showed up. I had my Master card for 2 years before they sent me a letter offering a Lifetime Master card so it wasn't offered instantly or maybe that is when that program started.

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I started in 1971 and it changed shortly after I started. Master could have been 91% instead of 90%, as someone suggested. The old classification cards just said "Outdoor Pistol" (I just looked at my Master card issued in 1998). I think that they started saying "Conventional Pistol" around 2000. I know about 1985, the scoring rings were changed for Air Pistol. The NRA issued me three cards in three years, first lowering my classification and then raising it after I had posted more scores at the higher level with the smaller 10 ring. Congratulations on your Lifetime Master achievement.
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Post by Axehandle on Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:08 am

When I started competing in '78 I remember the old early master classification shooters.  I also remember shootering in the "2600" class while I was still holding an Expert classification.  At the big matches the 2600 class would be the largest class on the board.   I'd win a few award points across the board but not like I did when was shooting through the classes.

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