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Old July 7, 2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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United States Revolver Association

I've read references to the USRA for years and am curious about it. It seems to have been founded in 1900 to conduct competition as well as being an early advocate for the 2nd Amendment. The last reference I can locate for it is in 1936 when it selected, trained, and financed the U.S. Olympic pistol teams. I can find nothing after that date.

Does anyone know if it still exists? If not, when and what happen to it?
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Old July 7, 2018, 03:22 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with that group--I found a link to their website but it appears to be defunct.

I believe the most active current revolver shooting/competition group is International Confederation Of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE).

Moving to Revolvers subforum.
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Old July 7, 2018, 08:17 PM   #3
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I joined the United States Revolver Association around 1954 or 1955. It was then located in Springfield, Mass., home of Smith & Wesson.

Their hand book showed men dressed in the old state trooper uniforms, with the Sam Browne belt and billed military style hat. The officer shown was posed to depict the "ready, raised pistol, and firing positions."

Match regulations were centered around use of a revolver, and NRA targets were the standard, as were the courses of fire.

Standards for the revolver set maximum sight radius, the revolver could have sights that were open and contained no glass. Dimensions were set for weight, trigger pull, and grips.

Target scores could be sent to both the NRA and USRA, and both association awards could be made for the same targets.

I don't know of the demise of the USRA, but the preponderance of autos on the target range has certainly forced the USRA into the background.

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Old July 7, 2018, 10:33 PM   #4
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I remember shooting some USRA matches in the late 1980's. We had to join the USRA to shoot in the matches, so I had a USRA revolver sticker on my Pachmayr gun box.
They were the typical 900 point NRA bullseye match with the appropriate revolver.
I was shooting a K17 smithed by Bob Chow, a Smith 586 4", and a SW 625 using auto rim reloads.

I have an old patch from my father who shot competitive bullseye at the end of the 1940's and early 1950's. It's a big cloth patch of the USRA. If I can dig it up, I'll post a pic.
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Old July 9, 2018, 12:28 AM   #5
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I hope they're still kicking, I love revolvers!
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Old July 9, 2018, 08:39 AM   #6
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Henry Stebbins mentioned the USRA in his 1960 book.
He said he had a S&W Single Shot and holster made for a USRA competition in which the pistol was drawn and fired one shot at a time.
USRA had a 20 yard course. NRA lists one but I have not heard of it being done, most shooting at 50 ft and 25 yards, if 50 is not available.
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Old July 9, 2018, 12:01 PM   #7
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One of the clubs we use to shoot at in Sacramento had a unique 20 yard range for bullseye. It was the only one. All the others were outdoors 25, 50 yards, or indoors 25 yard or indoors 50 foot. Those 20 yard slow fire targets seemed extra small for some reason.
It was an old bowling alley I believe as the lanes were polished wood flooring. You had to be careful walking out to change targets!LOL
note: we never shot bowling pins, it was strictly precision pistol.
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Old July 9, 2018, 12:22 PM   #8
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I was mistaken. The USRA patch is mine from the mid 1980's. The patch to the left was my fathers from the San Francisco Police Revolver club. He shot bullseye in the late 1940's with Colt Officers target models with rosewood target grips. They were modified for short action cocking.
And for fun, the patch on the right was when he shot in the national matches in 1951 in San Francisco.
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I was a member of a gun club in Massachusetts that had an association with the USRA around 10 years ago. The USRA at that time sponsored a number of postal-style competitions - not all of which were shot with revolvers - and I joined to participate in some of them (still have a USRA sticker on my gun box). I was aware then that USRA was having some organizational problems and wasn't expected to last much longer. I moved north to gun-friendly New Hampshire shortly thereafter and hadn't thought much about USRA since then. Apparently those that thought they were about to fold were correct.
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Old July 9, 2018, 01:40 PM   #10
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Flyfish, thanks for the jog in memory. Yes, our local club was involved in the USRA postal matches every winter. I held the California double action record for one year! We shot at 50 feet indoors.

They were fun and you could win nice medals to hang on the wall.
Without digging too much into my bag full of medals, I found this example from 1989. !st place in grand aggregate for sharpshooter class in the state (CA).
You could choose to receive points to spend or medals. I knew the points would be long gone, but the medals would hang around as memories.

You shot the matches in the comfort of your own club with a witness, and then sent in the results to compete individually or team wise across the nation.
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Old August 7, 2018, 07:35 PM   #11
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I was a member many years ago.
Held a couple of state records in 2 states.
They were still around in the early 2000's but I think they are now defunct.
Would love to hear that are still around or have been resurrected.
Would join again, even though I'm an old shooter now and skills aren't what they once were.
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Old August 8, 2018, 12:19 AM   #12
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IIRC it merged with the NRA sometime back, a couple of decades if I remember right. It was the first national association to organize matches and was affiliated with shooters internationally.

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Old August 8, 2018, 06:24 AM   #13
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A first class medal for the USRA includes a medallion showing two crossed 1911 semi-autos ?

Too funny
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Old August 8, 2018, 08:43 AM   #14
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^^^^^
The USRA postal matches weren't for revolvers only.
The Grand Aggregate was shot using semi autos by most particpants just like any other precision pistol match. Grand aggragate in this case included your total from both .22 and centerfire and .45 matches.
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Old August 8, 2018, 08:43 AM   #15
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I believe, in their matches, they had an "open class" in which one could use a semi.
The vast majority of the matches were revolver only.
So, it is not as absurd as it first seems.
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