Retired Navy Shooters Association

  • The Retired Navy Shooters Association (RNSA) is an organization of Navy shooters that is affiliated with the National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The object of the Association is the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol shooting among its members, with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such members of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. This may be demonstrated in the fielding of competitive teams within the restrictions of Rule 2.11, National Rifle Association Rifle and Pistol Rules. It is the further object and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.

Newsletters: Updates are sent out via email.  If you would like to be on the RNSA email list, please send a note to RNSA_membership.  Last RNSA update here from August 2022 discussing accomplishments at the National Matches.

Competition News of Note: The RNSA fielded both a pistol and rifle team at Camp Perry in 2021 and we are already looking forward to doing the same for 2022. Any RNSA members that are planning on going to Perry next year for pistol and are interested in joining the RNSA pistol team please Contact Craig Griswold at: handgunATossaDOTorg.  A RNSA rifle team Captain has not been identified yet so volunteer!  With the CMP using the electronic targets, teams are composed of 4 members so hopeful we will have enough interest that we will be able to field two or more teams in each discipline which as far as I know has not happen in RNSA history before.

If we can get a rifle or pistol team up for the NRA matches at Camp Atterbury that would also be something we should go for. If you’re interested or planning on going to the NRA Nationals contact the RNSA membership director so a list can be formed.

Match Bulletins – Historical/Archive:

The RNSA Historian needs your old match bulletins, click here for general details about our archive project.  Match records are specifically needed for the years and/or disciplines where there are no entries.  If you would like a copy of something, email the USNMT Webmaster.  The archive lists are here: RNSA_Archives_1954 1989. and  RNSA_Archives_1990 2012.  Information after 2012 can be found under the appropriate year at the match results page.


Download the application here, then complete and submit dues to address indicated on the form.  Membership inquiries should be directed to RNSA_membership.  Notify the USNMT Webmaster if you need additional RNSA contact information to USNMT Webmaster.

Types of membership:

Regular: Any retired member of the regular military forces or military reserves (whether drawing retired pay or not) who has had an association with the Navy or Navy Reserve shooting program, whether as a designated member of a previous team (either firing or alternate), having served as a coach, coordinator, or assistant who has materially assisted with the conduct of Fleet or All-Navy matches, or is designated a Navy Distinguished Marksman or Pistol Shot, or holds Excellence-in-Competition points towards such designation, may become a Regular member of this organization on vote of the Executive Committee after subscribing to the following pledge and on payment of the usual initiation fee and dues. Members of the Navy and Navy Reserve within six months of retirement are eligible for membership with all rights pertaining thereto with the exception of competing on teams fielded by the Association (until their actual retirement is effective).

Associate: Persons not meeting the criteria of regular membership who share our goals and ideals may also join the Association if sponsored by one regular member. An Associate member’s acceptance is subject to the approval of the Executive Committee after subscribing to the following pledge. Associate members may not serve as Association officers or vote on Association business.

Honorary: The Executive Committee may grant Honorary membership to any person it feels should be so honored. Honorary members shall pay no dues, nor shall they serve as Association officers or vote on Association business.

RNSA officers:

President, Don Lassell
East Coast Vice-President, Bob Ryan
West Coast Vice-President, Don Gussler
Membership Secretary, Pat Greaney
Treasurer, Mark Lindsley
(These five individuals , acting together, constitute the Executive Committee)
Historian, Mike Markovcy
Gazette Editor, H. J. “Walt” Walter