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 & Gazette:  Most recent Gazette is here (May 2024).  In between Gazette publications, updates are sent out via email.  If you would like to be on the RNSA email list, please send a note to the RNSA Membership Director here.

Competition News of Note: The RNSA fielded rifle and pistol teams  at the 2023 Nationals.  Craig Griswold once again led the pistol team for the National Trophy Pistol Matches hosted by the CMP at Camp Perry OH, 9-16 July.  If you are interested in being part of the 2024 team, please let Craig know here.  On the rifle side, RNSA had a team compete with M1 Garand’s in the “Rattle Battle” match.

If you are interested in leading or being a part of a rifle team at either/both the NRA matches at Camp Atterbury (IN) and the CMP matches at Camp Perry (OH) or the pistol matches at Camp Atterbury, please contact the RNSA Membership Director so a list can be formed.

Match Bulletins – Historical/Archive:

The RNSA Historian needs your old match bulletins, see list here.  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 RNSA Historian.   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.


Application for RNSA membership is here.  Membership inquiries should be directed to the RNSA Secretary LS1 (Ret) Pat Greaney.

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