March 5th, 2021

New Camp Perry Rifle Matches Scheduled for 2021

Camp Perry Petrarca Viale Range electronic targets

Good News — Camp Perry is BACK for 2021!

There WILL be shooting matches at Camp Perry in 2021, with safety protocols in effect to prevent COVID transmission. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will host a variety of Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military (GSMM) rifle matches during the 2021 season at the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio. There will be matches at both the Petrarca Covered range and the Viale outdoor range. Registration for all matches is now open. Competitors of all skill levels are welcome to attend these recreational events. Knowledgeable CMP staff members will be on hand at all events. Space will be limited, so sign up soon.

Camp Perry Petrarca Garand modern military spring match

Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military at Petrarca Range
A series of GSMM matches will be held at Camp Perry’s Petrarca Range using Camp Perry’s advanced electronic target system. The use of the KTS (Kongsberg Target System) targets means faster competition time (with no need for pit duty) and extra convenience for competitors who can rely on the instant and accurate shot monitors, located beside each firing point. Dates for the 2021 GSMM events at Petrarca Range currently include: May 22, June 26, and September 25.

Camp Perry Petrarca electronic targets

CLICK HERE for more information about the Petrarca Range and its electronic target system.

High Power Matches at Viale Range
In addition to the Petrarca matches, a set of High Power rifle 800 Aggregate and Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) events will be held on Camp Perry’s outdoor Viale Range, June 26-27, 2021. The CMP explains: “The matches are ideal for those in the quest for a Distinguished Rifleman Badge as well as those with a love for modern military rifle shooting.” The Viale matches will utilize CMP’s High Power electronic targets.

Camp Perry Petrarca Viale Range electronic targets

Availability of Petrarca Range for Public Shooting Practice
Along with organized competitions, Camp Perry’s Petrarca Range is open for public shooting each Monday, with advanced reservations. Opening day for Petrarca Range’s Open Public slots begin March 15, 2021. Every Monday, by appointment only, guests may use Petrarca during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through May and September through November. During the summer months (June through August), Petrarca is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Please note: During the National Matches scheduled July 12 – August 14, Petrarca Range will be open throughout the week but only after firing is complete on Rodriguez Range. Guests to Petrarca must adhere to current CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing.

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March 5th, 2021

Top Hunting and Shooting Equipment Brands in 2020

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As record numbers of Americans enjoyed the outdoors amid the pandemic in 2020, purchases of hunting and shooting equipment soared as well. Southwick Associates completed 15,000 hunter and recreational shooter surveys in 2020 through the online HunterSurvey and ShooterSurvey consumer panels and identified the top brands in the market.

What brands are favored by gun guys? Well here are the results of 2020 consumer surveys conducted by Southwick Associates. The surveys asked hunters and shooters to indicate their most frequently-purchased hunting and shooting product categories. This “Top Brand” list was compiled from 2020 internet-based surveys conducted through HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com websites.

In 2020, most frequently purchased brands included:

  • Top Traditional Rifles brand: Savage
  • Top Handguns brand: Smith & Wesson
  • Top Reloading Powder brand: IMR
  • Top Reloading Presses brand: Lee Precision
  • Top Reloading Dies brand: Lee Precision
  • Top Handgun Ammunition brand: Federal
  • Top Shotgun Ammunition brand: Winchester
  • Top Magazines brand: Magpul
  • Top Gun Case brand: Allen
  • Top Binoculars brand: Vortex
  • Top Reflex/Red Dot Sights brand: SIG Sauer
  • Top Laser Sights brand: Crimson Trace
  • Top Non-powered Aftermarket Sights brand: Trijicon
  • Top Trail Camera brand: Wildgame Innovations
  • Top Camo Apparel Brand: Mossy Oak
  • Top Hunting Knives brand: Buck

Topline results of the Southwick Associates consumer tracking study are available in the Hunting & Shooting Participation and Equipment Purchases Report. This in-depth resource tracks hunting & shooting participation and equipment purchases for more than 100 products.

Top Traditional Rifles Brand Savage recently introduced a new straight-pull rifle, the Impulse:

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The list above is only a fraction of all hunting and shooting categories tracked by Southwick Associates. Southwick Associates also tracks the percentage of sales occurring across different retail channels, total spending per category, average prices, and demographics for hunters and shooters buying specific products. Full reports, with a wealth of information, are available from Southwick Associates.

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March 5th, 2021

Get Creative — Design and Print Your Own Shooting Targets

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We created this custom target in 5 minutes using PrintTargets.net. If you like it, DOWNLOAD HERE.

AccurateShooter.com has a HUGE collection of FREE downloadable PDF targets. We offer a very wide range of target designs: Load Development Grids, NRA Bullseye targets, Official-Size BR targets, Realistic Varmint Targets, Silhouette Shapes, Fun Plinking Targets, and even specialized tactical training targets. If our collection of free targets isn’t enough, or if you want to create a new kind of target — you’re in luck. The Australian-based interactive website, PrintTargets.net, allows you to create your own customized, printable PDF targets. Shown below are just a few of the target designs you can create in minutes:

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Just follow the step-by-step instructions to set paper size, layout, bullseye color, line thickness, number of rings and diameter. You can even add Score Numbers to your target rings. PrintTargets.net is easy and fun to use. It’s much faster to create targets this way than to try to draw a series of circles with PowerPoint or MS Paint.

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Power-User Tip: PrintTargets.net even offers a handy diamond-grid calibration diagram that you can add to your custom target designs. You’ll find the calibration grid as option #15 when you design your target — just scroll all the way down the PrintTargets.com home page.

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Free downloadable targets

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