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Aloha Everyone,

 

Please feel free to post examples of US Navy shooting team patches and items from your collections.

 

During the 1950's and 1960's the USN sponsored many Rifle, Pistol and Marksmanship teams in fleet and shore competitions. They were primarily aboard large gun cruisers and carriers afloat, and in the naval districts, bases and shipyards ashore.

 

The competitions were also interservice and invitational meets with rival gun clubs in the US and overseas.

 

So if you've got them in your collections, post them here

 

Korean War era 1950's 6" round U.S. NAVY PISTOL TEAM

1950 US Navy Pistol Team 001.jpg

1950 US Navy Pistol Team 002.jpg

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1953 Norfolk Naval Shipyard Rifle Club - Portsmouth Virginia

 

Virginia State Gallery Championship April 1953

 

5" h x 4 1/2 w printed on felt

1953 USN Rifle Club Norfolk Naval Shipyard 001.jpg

1953 USN Rifle Club Norfolk Naval Shipyard 002.jpg

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1955 Virginia State Championship, Norfolk County Rifle, Pistol and Gun Club

 

Printed on felt with canvas backing

1955 USN Rifle and Pistol club Norfolk County 001.jpg

1955 USN Rifle and Pistol club Norfolk County 002.jpg

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The following patches came from the Oregon City class heavy gun cruiser USS ROCHESTER (CA-124) Flagship of the 7th Fleet

 

USS ROCHESTER Pistol Team, 5" round

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team 001.jpg

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team 002.jpg

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As they prowled the Pacific ports showing the flag, their team would participate in invitationals with our allies

 

Sydney Pistol Club, Sydney Australia September 1957

USS ROCHESTER (CA-124) 5" round

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team Sydney 001.jpg

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team Sydney 002.jpg

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Nice large 7 1/2" round USS ROCHESTER (CA-124)

November 1957 Hong Kong Police challenge match

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team Hong Kong 001.jpg

1957 USS ROCHESTER CA 124 Pistol Team Hong Kong 002.jpg

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When ROCHESTER returned to the West Coast, she became the flagship of the First Fleet and in 1959 competed in the 11th Naval District Invitational at San Diego

Note her 'big gun' cruiser silhouette behind the target

1959 11th Naval District Invitational 001.jpg

1959 11th Naval District Invitational 002.jpg

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This is the 5 1/2" round 1959 US Navy Matches patch for qualifiers to compete

The winning shipboard teams (note the different classes of ships) would advance to the Invitational Match

1959 US Navy Matches 001.jpg

1959 US Navy Matches 002.jpg

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Navy Memphis Rifle and Pistol Association

USN, USMC, USNR 5 1/2" h x 3" w

1960 Navy Memphis Rifle and Pistol Assn 001.jpg

1960 Navy Memphis Rifle and Pistol Assn 002.jpg

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Center for Naval Air Technical Training Pensacola, Florida

CNATECHTRA Championships 5 1/2" h x 4" w

1960 CHATECHTRA Championships 001.jpg

1960 CHATECHTRA Championships 002.jpg

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1960's 6" round Competitors Jacket Patch - All Service Pistol Shooter - Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan

1960 All Service Pistol Shooter Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan 001.jpg

1960 All Service Pistol Shooter Fleet Activities Yokosuka Japan 002.jpg

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Nice 6" h x 7" w Tori Gate patch August 1960

All Service Pistol Yokosuka NRA Gun Club

1960 All Service Pistol Shooter Yokosuka NRA gun club 001.jpg

1960 All Service Pistol Shooter Yokosuka NRA gun club 002.jpg

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July 1961 meet hosted by Kamiseya Naval Security Group Japan 7" h x 3 1/2" w

All Service competition - glad it wasn't a sailor who shot himself in the ankle

1961 kamiseya all service match patch 001.jpg

1961 kamiseya all service match patch 002.jpg

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1961 Atlantic Fleet Rifle-Pistol Championships - Jacksonville Florida 5 1/2" h x 4 3/4" w

1961 Atlantic Fleet Rifle Pistol Championships Jacksonville Florida 001.jpg

1961 Atlantic Fleet Rifle Pistol Championships Jacksonville Florida 002.jpg

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1961 US Naval Training Center Great Lakes National Indoor Pistol Sectional

6 1/2" round printed on blue canvas

1961 USNTC Great Lakes Championship 001.jpg

1961 USNTC Great Lakes Championship 002.jpg

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U.S. NAVAL BASE PISTOL TEAM - Newport Rhode Island

6" printed on blue dungaree cloth

1960s US Naval Base Pistol Team Newport RI 001.jpg

1960s US Naval Base Pistol Team Newport RI 002.jpg

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Yep, very nice Firefighter. Great design and colors on the 1965 patch

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Bureau of Naval Weapons Pistol Club (BuWeps)

1960 Bureau of Naval Weapons Pistol Club 001.jpg

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Reverse - Easy to date this one, BuWeps was only around between 1959 and 1966

1960 Bureau of Naval Weapons Pistol Club 002.jpg

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When the Navy Bureaus were reorganized in 1966 the System Commands were born.....

 

1966 Naval Ships Systems Command Gun Club (NAVSHIPS) in existance from 1966 to 1974. Pre-1966 it was BuShips, post 1974 it became NAVSEA

1966 Naval Ships Systems Command Gun Club 001.jpg

1966 Naval Ships Systems Command Gun Club 002.jpg

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How do the Pharmacists and Hospital Corpsman take out their aggression?

 

6" Philadelphia Naval Hospital Pistol Team

1960 Philadelphia Naval Hospital Pistol Team 001.jpg

1960 Philadelphia Naval Hospital Pistol Team 002.jpg

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Pensacola Navy Gun Club, 6" removed from shooters jacket

1960 Pensacola Navy Gun Club 001.jpg

1960 Pensacola Navy Gun Club 002.jpg

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These belong to a Salvage Sailor who became a patch collector.....

 

6" Pearl Harbor Pistol Club

1970 Pearl Harbor Pistol Club 000.jpg

1970 Pearl Harbor Pistol Club 001.jpg

1970 Pearl Harbor Pistol Club 002.jpg

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1960's USS FORRESTAL (CVA-58) Gun Club - 5 1/2" h x 3 1/2" w

1960 USS FORRESTAL CVA 58 Gun Club 001.jpg

1960 USS FORRESTAL CVA 58 Gun Club 002.jpg

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