August 28th, 2020

Kevin Nevius — Smallbore and LR Champion and Gun Builder

On the Shooting Sports USA website, there’s a great profile of Kevin Nevius, one of America’s leading competitive marksmen. Kevin is best known for his smallbore success — Kevin won smallbore National Championships in 2008, 2010, and 2014. Kevin also has also an impressive record in long-range centerfire competition. He won the NRA 2018 Long Range Championship, while in 2005 and 2006 he won the Sierra Trophy at Camp Perry in 1000-yard competition. This story, penned by gunwriter Hap Rocketto, covers Kevin’s career, which has included multiple championships and many records.

“My brother got me into long range varmint hunting and I started building my own guns very early,” Nevius told Dan Holmes in a Pronematch.com interview. “I had a hunting friend who shot indoor smallbore who started me in three position and I was hooked.”

NRA Long Range National Championship Kevin Nevius Lapua 6.5x47 .308 Win Palma Camp Atterbury Indiana David Tubb Bob Gill John Whidden

At the 2018 NRA Long Range Championships, Kevin Nevius went head to head against the nation’s top long-range aces this past week, and emerged on top. Besting the likes of past multi-time Long Range Champions David Tubb and John Whidden, Kevin Nevius shot superbly at Camp Atterbury to win his first NRA National Long Range Championship.Kevin built his own rifles for the match, using Kelbly centerfire actions in a Grunig & Elmiger smallbore stock. Here is Kevin’s first-hand report of his 2018 LR Championship victory.

Smallbore shooting is where I learned to build a good position, and so much of that carries forward to Long Range High Power. It was a huge shock though, the first time I looked at a 44” aiming black through aperture sights at 1000 yards! Smallbore aiming blacks are twice as big, at one tenth the distance — the fact that we can hit something at 1000 yards with that sight picture still amazes me!

» READ Kevin Nevius Profile in Shooting Sports USA

Here are highlights from Hap Rocketto’s Profile of Kevin Nevius:

Shooting Sports USAChampion shooter Kevin Nevius grew up in a household that did not allow firearms, an unlikely beginning for one of the United States’ premier prone rifleman and gunsmiths. Once out on his own he fell in with his brother who enjoyed long-range varmint hunting. His natural bent for things mechanical (he is a professional structural engineer) soon had him tinkering with rifles, which eventually led him to building his own.

Everything fell into line for him in smallbore during the 2008 season. After shooting a series of training matches in which he was most successful, he arrived at Camp Perry at the peak of performance and won his first National Smallbore Rifle Conventional Prone Championship. Kevin came back strong in 2010, winning the inaugural individual National Smallbore Rifle Metric Prone Championship, as well as the team title at Bristol, IN. [Kevin then won the Smallbore Conventional Prone Championship in 2014 with a practically perfect score of 4799-390X (LINK).]

Along the way, Nevius has won some impressive national records. In conventional competition he co-holds the 1200-shot metallic sight aggregate record of 1200-102X. He was just one shot short of perfection in the 480 aggregate, where he holds the civilian record of 4799-412X, just one point behind, and 11 Xs ahead of, Joe Hein’s 4800-401X open record.

Kevin Nevius hopes to build a smallbore rig capable of 3/8-MOA at 100 yards.
Kevin Nevius smallbore gunsmith

Building the Ultimate Rimfire Prone Rifle
Kevin is not just a great trigger-puller. He also smiths his own rifles. His current goal as a gunsmith is to build a rimfire rifle that will shoot 3/8″ groups at 100 yards. That’s a big challenge — 3/8-MOA represents very good accuracy for a centerfire rifle with handloaded ammo. But if any rimfire smith can build a rifle that will shoot that well at 100, it’s probably Kevin.

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August 12th, 2020

Young Soldiers Shoot Smallbore with Dreams of Olympic Glory

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Even with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is great to see talented young shooters attending competitions — honing their skills with the goal of competing in the next Olympic Games. While few of us have the dedication to become competitive 3-position shooters, soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) are putting in the hours in the hopes of representing the USA in the World Cup and Olympics.

USAMU smallbore olympic competition ASSA championships SmallboreThe USAMU reports: “With the Smallbore Olympic Trials (Part II) still yet to happen, going to competitions now is even more critical for Olympic hopefuls to prepare. So with added safety precautions, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit International Rifle Team recently competed at the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA) National Championships in Bristol, Indiana.”

After all the .22 LR rounds were sent downrange, USAMU soldiers took up the top four spots in both the Prone and Three-Position individual championships. And the USAMU won a Gold and Silver in the Team Championships. SPC Tim Sherry seized the ASSA National Prone Champion title with the score of 6393-515X. SGT Patrick Sunderman took Silver just one X behind — 6393-514X.

In the Prone Team Championships (shown below), USAMU Soldiers swept the podium. SGT Sunderman and SPC Jared Desrosiers combined for 1600-116X to win the Gold and top honors.

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USAMU Shooters Host Training Clinics
Between all the matches, USAMU Soldiers also conducted two separate junior athlete clinics to help young shooters advance their marksmanship skills. We commend the USAMU team members for helping to bring up the next generation of position shooters.

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USAMU shooters on the firing line at a past championship in Bristol, Indiana.

In the Three-Position Rifle Championship, USAMU soldiers again claimed the top four spots. SPC Sagen Maddalena won the ASSA National Three-Position Rifle Champion title with a 2324-102X. First Lt. Sarah Beard took Silver with a 2320-101X.

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The Hardware — High-Tech Rigs with Fully Adjustable Stocks

USAMU Smallbore match rifle Anschutz
Here is a modern Anschutz .22 LR Smallbore 3P Match Rifle.

If you want to get started in 3-Position smallbore shooting, read our Introduction to 3-P Rifle Competition by U.S. Olympian Matt Emmons. For starters, Click image below to launch a BIG full-screen PDF file.

Matt Emmons Smallbore position rifle

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August 5th, 2020

Home Range Appreciation Series — Filling the Nat’l Matches Void

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In July and August we should be talking about the CMP Games at Camp Perry (Ohio) and the National Matches at Camp Atterbury (Indiana). Instead, all these events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thankfully, the CMP is organizing a local match series that can provide some competitive fun in summer 2020.

To fill the void of the unfortunate withdrawal of the 2020 National Matches from the annual schedule, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) have prepared a solution that will allow competitors to compete with one another during the summer months at their local ranges.

The CMP has created special series of matches for Summer 2020 — the “Home Range Appreciation Series”, a collection of High Power rifle, pistol, smallbore rifle, air rifle and pistol competitions, shot at local facilities, and open to both adult and junior athletes. Scores from all the CMP-sanction home range matches will be complied together, and all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and coin. In addition, sponsors will provide awards such as gift certificates, memorabilia, and ammunition.

CLICK HERE for Program General INFO, Rules, Event List »

Home Range Shooting Matches are Underway
Since early June, scores have been pouring in weekly for the CMP’s (CMP) Home Range Appreciation Series of events. Introduced to supplement the cancelled 2020 National Matches in Ohio and Indiana, clubs from Texas, Mississippi, Wyoming, New York and several other states have conducted an assortment of rifle, pistol, smallbore and air rifle competitions at their local ranges.

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One Home Range event was held at Hornell Sportsman’s Club in New York. “Thanks, CMP, for opening the Home Series,” said the Club’s CMP match coordinator, Joe Menichino. “We are all disappointed that the Perry matches were cancelled, and this series gives us a chance to shoot and compete.”

GENERAL INFORMATION
Each local match will be sanctioned by a CMP Affiliated club. All matches MUST be fired by September 8 and results received by September 14, 2020. All results will be final on October 1, 2020. A list of matches will be posted on the CMP website. Participants may fire in more than one event of the same discipline, but only the scores of the first event will be recorded, with the exception of the White Oak 1600 Aggregate which is two 800 Aggregate matches. This event maybe fired at different locations for competitors to complete their two 800 Aggregate matches.

SAFETY and HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
The CMP reminds clubs to follow all state and local health guidelines and health advisories. Recommended range health practices include: limiting/spacing the number of participants who congregate for safety briefings, spacing out firing points, leaving empty firing points between shooters, ensuring participants wear masks, washing hands frequently, providing disinfectant wipes, and continuously cleaning common surfaces such as shooting benches and equipment.

  • List of Rifle and Pistol Ranges Hosting Home Range Series
  • List of Air Rifle and Smallbore Ranges Hosting Home Range Series
  • Home Range Club Sanction Application Form
  • Home Range Series Match Results
  • For questions on Rifle, Pistol or Games Matches, contact Christina Roguski at croguski [at] thecmp.org or (419) 635-2141, ext. 714. For questions about Smallbore Matches, contact Brad Donoho at bdonoho [at] thecmp.org or (419) 635-2141, ext. 730. For Air Rifle match questions, contact Katie Harrington at kharrington [at] thecmp.org or (419) 635-2141, ext. 731.

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    July 27th, 2020

    Click No Bang — Dry-Fire Training with Kirsten Joy Weiss

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    Kirsten Joy Weiss has created a useful video about Dry-Fire practice. Dry-Fire is a method of training without a live round in the chamber. Dry-Firing is effective, Kirsten explains, because “it eliminates all the extra noise and messages that you get when you fire a live round. Without recoil, without the sound of a shot going off etc., all you hear is the click of the trigger. This allows you to focus on your sight picture and your trigger press.” This the lastest installment in Kirsten’s ‘How to Shoot Awesomely’ series. Kisten says: “I hope it helps you, and keep on aiming true!”

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    Dennis DeMille High PowerThe Benefits of Dry-Fire Training
    If you are not doing Dry-Fire practice yet, then it’s time to start. Dry-Fire training is essential to the sling disciplines, and very useful for F-Class. Dennis DeMille, a national Service Rifle Champion, told us that, for every minute he spent in actual competition, he would spend hours practicing without ammunition. While in the USMC, Dennis would practice in the barracks, working on his hold and dry-firing:

    “The most important thing is to spend time off the range practicing. Most of what I learned as a High Power shooter I learned without ammunition — just spending time dry firing and doing holding exercises. Holding exercises will really identify the weak parts of your position. The primary purpose of dry firing is to get you used to shooting an empty rifle. If you can shoot a loaded rifle the same way you shoot an empty rifle then eventually you will become a High Master.”

    Dry-Fire Training Can Benefit Benchrest Shooters
    What about benchrest? Well, we’ve found that Dry-Fire sessions can even benefit benchresters — it can help reveal flaws in your trigger technique, or inconsistencies in the way you address the rifle from shot to shot. With the gun set up with your front rest and rear bag, if you see the scope’s cross-hairs wiggle a lot when you pull the trigger, you need to work on your technique. Also, dry-fire practice can help you learn to work the bolt more smoothly so you don’t disturb the gun on the bags.

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    March 10th, 2020

    The Key to 3P — Beginner’s Guide to Smallbore Position Shooting

    Matt Emmons three-position 3P shooting Olympics Gold medal
    Rio 2016 World Cup Photo Courtesy ISSF and Team USA

    Would you like to try smallbore position shooting? Here are some tips from one of the best 3P shooters on the planet, Olympian Matt Emmons.

    Matt Emmons Anschutz 3P three position shooting tipsMatt Emmons competed in the Three-Position Event at the Rio Olympics, his fourth Olympic appearance. Matt has competed on the U.S. National Team since 1997, medaling in three Olympic games: Gold in 2004 in Men’s 50m Prone; Silver in 2008 in Men’s 50m Prone; and Bronze in 2012 in Men’s 50m 3X40. Although his specialty is Men’s 3-Position rifle, Emmons’ World Championship and Olympic Gold are in Men’s 50m Prone. He usually shoots an Anschütz or Bleiker .22LR rifle, with Eley Tenex ammo.

    Winning Gold with a Borrowed Rifle
    There is a fascinating story behind Matt’s 2004 Gold Medal, won with a “loaner” rifle. In April 2004, just prior to the Olympic Team Trials, Emmons discovered his rifle had been severely sabotaged in the supposedly secure locker room at the United States Olympic Training Center. The precisely tuned barrel and action were heavily damaged. “I unpacked my gun and I noticed that something wasn’t right,” Emmons said. “Sure enough, somebody had done something to it. I shot it and I couldn’t get the shell out. Emmons said it could not have been an accident: “Oh no, no,” Emmons said. “Somebody took a screwdriver and went in.” Emmons went on to the 2004 Summer Olympics using a rifle belonging to using his former University of Alaska Fairbanks teammate, Amber Darland. With that borrowed rifle he won the Gold Medal in 50m prone. Emmons never found out who the saboteur was, but said “I’d like to know so I could shake their hand and say thanks.”

    In this Olympic Channel Video, Matt explains 50m 3-Position Shooting.

    Here are shooting tips from Matt, courtesy Anschütz. Click image below to launch a full-screen PDF file.

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    Matt Emmons Anschutz 3P three position shooting tips

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    March 2nd, 2020

    Registration for 2020 CMP National Matches Opens

    Camp Perry CMP National Matches 2020

    Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches opened March 1, 2020. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, features traditional pistol and rifle marksmanship events and a lineup of CMP’s own competitions. Activities this year run from 7/6/2020 to 8/8/2020. Adult and junior competitors of all skill levels are invited to participate during this year’s National events. All events are open to the public.

    CLICK HERE for 2020 CMP National Matches Registration »

    For registration and more information on the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches, including a complete schedule of events, visit the CMP National Matches Web page. NOTE: You must create a CMP Log-In account to register for 2020 National CMP Pistol Matches & Pistol Games Matches.

    CMP 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry Dates:
    CMP National Matches First Shot Ceremony — July 7, 2020
    CMP National Matches Pistol Championships — July 7-12, 2020
    CMP Smallbore Championships — July 14-22, 2020
    CMP High Power Rifle Championships — July 21-31, 2020
    CMP National Games Events — July 30 – August 3, 2020
    CMP Long Range Matches Camp Perry — August 4-8, 2020

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    CLICK HERE for Full-Size 2020 Nat’l Match Calendar PDF »

    Camp Perry CMP National Matches 2020

    CMP National Matches Program 2020 at Camp Perry
    The CMP will open the National Matches at Camp Perry with its First Shot Ceremony and pistol matches on Tuesday, July 7. CMP pistol events will run through Sunday, July 12. CMP Smallbore rifle check-in and practice will commence on Tuesday, July 14 and matches will run for a week with championships and prone awards on Wednesday, July 22. CMP’s Rimfire Sporter Match and CMP Junior Smallbore camp will also be completed during that period.

    CMP Cup High Power Rifle matches begin Tuesday, July 21 and will conclude with a CMP Cup awards ceremony on July 23. CMP Rifle Clinics will begin July 24 and conclude July 26. CMP’s National Trophy Rifle Matches will begin July 27 – July 31, with CMP National Games Events July 30 – August 3. CMP Long Range matches open on Tuesday, August 4 and conclude with the CMP Palma Rifle match and Long Range awards on Saturday, August 8.

    New in 2020 — High-Tech Smallbore Scoring, New Long-Range and Pistol Events
    During the smallbore events, scoring will utilize Shooters Technology, a mobile application that transmits target images via cell phone to the Orion scoring system and allows scores to be compiled before competitors even return from hanging targets down range.

    Returning to the CMP schedule is a series of Long Range events for teams and individuals. Long range matches will be fired at 1,000 yards and are open to match rifles, service rifles or Palma rifles.

    The pistol program has been expanded greatly. A CMP Revolver Match has been added. And for .22 Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, and .45 Pistol divisions, the CMP has added 900 Aggregate and Pistol Team events to the National Matches Pistol schedule.

    CMP National Matches at Camp Perry | NRA National Matches at Camp Atterbury

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    Camp Perry is located six miles west of Port Clinton. Housing is available on base on a first-come, first-serve basis, and a campground is also located onsite. Other area accommodations are only a short drive away and only minutes to Lake Erie.

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    November 24th, 2019

    Sunday GunDay: Teen Queen — 18-Year-Old Rifle Ace Katie Ezell

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    Katie poses in high school graduation cap and gown with her Walther LG400 Alutec Air Rifle.

    Hard work and tenacity do pay off. Smallbore/Air Rifle ace Katie Ezell is proof.

    Story based on article by Serena Juchnowski, CMP Feature Writer
    Hailing from Denver, North Carolina, Katie Ezell, 18, is a rising talent. Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from High School in 2019 and now attends Ohio State University, where she competes on the OSU Rifle Team. At the age of 10, Katie’s parents introduced her to marksmanship, wanting their daughter to have hands-on instruction in firearm safety. Thus began a love affair that has only evolved since then.

    “The first time I ever went shooting, I knew this was something that I would want to continue to do.”

    One of Katie’s match rifles is a Walther LG400 Alutec Competition Air Rifle:
    Katie Ezell ohio state junior olympics smallbore air rifle shooting competition

    Since she was so young and unable to join the teenage pistol team at her club, Katie applied to the women’s team, which had no specific age restrictions, and proceeded to compete with those far older and more experienced. Katie accredits much of her competitive drive and how she handles match pressure to pursuing the competition venture at such a young age.

    After pistol came skeet, in which Katie traveled to national and international competitions. Thinking about the future, Katie soon realized that a shooting scholarship would allow her to continue in the shooting sports while funding her education. Precision rifle appeared to be the best avenue for this, leading Ezell to move into rimfire sporter for four months before making the jump into precision air rifle.

    Katie Ezell ohio state junior olympics smallbore air rifle shooting competition

    Ezell cites her greatest accomplishment as “getting accepted to be on The Ohio State [University’s] rifle team after shooting for a year and a half”. While Ezell had been shooting for eight years, she had only been training and competing in precision rifle for 18 months when she was accepted onto the team, where she made her dream a reality.

    Katie Ezell ohio state junior olympics smallbore air rifle shooting competition

    After joining the Ohio State team, Katie’s first competition was the Junior Olympics, which added some extra pressure to the already prestigious event. This was not the only special part of the occasion. Katie’s father, a deployed military member, was in town, and this was the first time he could watch her compete in person, since his deployment makes attending matches difficult.

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    Katie Ezell at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in 2018 for Winter Air Gun.

    Katie notes that after she set the nervousness aside, she found herself excited and shot a personal best in smallbore. She had hoped to shoot better with her air rifle, but she knows that being part of a college team will help her to improve her skills.

    Katie Ezell ohio state junior olympics smallbore air rifle shooting competition
    Katie excels at Smallbore. Here she aims a .22 LR Walther rifle at the 2018 Nationals at Fort Benning, GA. She shot a personal best at the Junior Olympics.

    With Coaching, Katie Has Achieved Personal Bests in Both Ari Rifle and Smallbore
    Katie is nearing the end of her first semester at Ohio State and has surpassed her previous bests in Smallbore and Air Rifle. Her coach has changed some of Katie’s positions, and she is improving.

    “Marksmanship has taught me a lot about self-control. If the shot does not look right, then I reject it and try again. I have learned that failure is okay….” Katie recognizes that failure can inspire one to do better and to learn. She advises competitors “to not be afraid to fail”. Katie started into precision shooting at a much later age than most, especially those who end up with a college shooting career. Though it took time, she learned to appreciate the experience and to not bury herself in expectations.

    Katie Ezell ohio state junior olympics smallbore air rifle shooting competition

    Walther LG400-E Expert with Electronic Trigger
    The E-trigger ensures wear-free operation and exact trigger settings for many shots. The LED-indicator and the installed rechargeable battery ensure readiness to fire as well as easy and quick loading.

    · Trigger pull weight can be reduced to 15 grams
    · Wear-free operation and exact trigger settings over many years
    · Choice between two-stage mode and direct trigger mode
    · Realistic dry-firing conditions (dry-firing trigger)
    · Rechargeable battery via mini-USB
    · LED indicators for system readiness and battery charge level
    · Automatic e-trigger turnoff when not in use

    Credit The First Shot CMP Newsletter, story by Serena Juchnowski, CMP Feature Writer.

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    June 27th, 2019

    Smallbore Centennial — The 100th Nat’l Smallbore Championships

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    “The National Smallbore Outdoor Rifle Championships, born in the aftermath of World War I, celebrates its Centennial this year. Since 1919, smallbore competitors have gathered 94 times at seven locations to contest for the champion’s laurels.” (Hap Rocketto for Shooting Sports USA). 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of the NRA Smallbore Championships — the Centennial of this historic rifle competition.

    Over the past 100 years many things have changed including the course of fire. In the 1920s, “The shooting program would have modern-day competitors scratching their heads. There was an à la carte menu of matches, which were shot at 50 and 100 yards and with re-entry matches a regular feature. There was a good deal of long-range shooting at 150, 175 and 200 yards. On occasion there was a position match but, by and large, the courses-of-fire were all prone.” READ History of Smallbore Championships.

    » READ Complete NRA Smallbore Championship 2019 Program

    2019 nra smallbore national championships indiana we-ke-deThe Championships are limited to 200 competitors per Championship (Metric 3-P, Conventional 3-P and Conventional Prone). Competitors MUST have a current NRA Classification Card. Competitors will receive squadding after registration and payment of entry fee; a confirmation will be sent confirming registration and squadding. Shooters who wish to shoot near each other must register together.

    Situated just 10 miles away from Elkhart, Indiana, the Wa-Ke’-De Rifle Range is located on Highway 120 just a mile and a half east of Bristol. Nestled among pine trees, the range boasts 100 covered firing points laid out on an asphalt firing line.

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    The 2019 Smallbore Rifle Championship will be held at the Wa-Ke’-De Range in Bristol, Indiana.

    » CLICK HERE for National Smallbore Rifle Championships INFO

    Recent Move from Camp Perry to Indiana
    After many years at Camp Perry, Ohio, the Smallbore Championships event was relocated to Indiana to accommodate the World Long Range Shooting Championships at Perry. The move was made in 2014 to the St. Joseph Valley Rifle and Pistol Association’s Wa-Ke’-De Range, Bristol, Indiana. There will be yet another move in 2020 — the NRA smallbore championship will be held in Camp Atterbury Indiana. So, in 2020 the Smallbore Championship will once again be held alongside the High Power Rifle and Pistol National Championships, with three events at Camp Atterbury.

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    June 8th, 2019

    Camp Perry Marksmanship Camp for Young Shooters

    CMP Junior Camp Perry 2019 Petrarca Range 3P, three-position

    Here’s a great opportunity for junior shooters who want to improve their three-position game. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will conduct a great training camp this summer at Camp Perry. Open to junior athletes who shoot both three-position smallbore and standing or international precision air rifle, the National Matches Junior Camp will be held July 17-22, 2019 at Camp Perry. Training will be conducted outdoors at the Petrarca Range and indoors at the CMP Competition Center air range. Camp signup information is available on the CMP Junior Camp website.

    The $275.00, week-long Camp specializes in training intermediate and advanced athletes who are striving to shoot in collegiate programs. Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 20, and shooters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    CMP Junior Camp Perry 2019 Petrarca Range 3P, three-position

    CMP Junior Camp Perry 2019 Petrarca Range 3P, three-positionThe Camp is well-staffed, wtih 17 certified coaches, eight safety officers, and four support staff. Camp begins with a basic safety review, a reinforced understanding of the fundamentals, along with teaching the smallbore prone, standing, and kneeling positions.

    Also included within the camp will be a 50- and 100-yard prone “Dewar Match” on the Petrarca Range, as well as a 60-shot International Air Rifle event within the air gun range. Both ranges offer state-of-the-art electronic targets.

    Participants Must Supply Their Own Smallbore Rifle and .22 LR Ammo
    Campers must provide their three-position smallbore target rifle (equipment and ammunition), though the CMP has sporter air rifles available for use in the air range. The Camp costs $275.00 for the week, which includes hut/barracks lodging at Camp Perry.

    Questions? Call Head Coach Russ Evans at 330-534-5344, or send e-mail to: nmcampheadcoach@gmail.com .

    CMP Junior Camp Perry 2019 Petrarca Range 3P, three-position

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    June 7th, 2019

    Get Ready for 2019 CMP National Matches at Camp Perry

    Camp Perry 2018 M1A Garand Calendar National Matches

    Competing at the Camp Perry National Matches is a “bucket list” item for every serious marksman. The National Matches were first held in 1903, moved to Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1907 and continue to take place every summer at Camp Perry. The National Matches have become a huge, national shooting sports festival with well over 6,000 annual participants.

    Here’s the information you need. Below is the 2019 National Matches Calendar for Camp Perry. We’ve also got the complete 2019 National Matches Program for you. Plus you’ll find links to REGISTER ONLINE.


    2019 Nat’l Matches Calendar | 2019 Nat’l Matches PROGRAM

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    Camp Perry National Matches Calendar 2018 NRA CMP

    Year 2019 Camp Perry NM Competition activities begin with NRA/CMP pistol matches on July 8-14, 2019. The CMP Junior Rifle Camp, USAMU SAFS, and Smallbore matches run the next week, with the hugely popular Rimfire Sporter Match on July 21. High Power Rifle events kick off on July 23 with the 4-Man Team Match and rifle events run continuously for the next two and a half weeks.

    Here are some key dates for RIFLE events:

    July 27 – CMP/USAMU Rifle SAFS
    July 29 – President’s 100 Rifle Match
    July 30 – National Trophy Individual Rifle Match
    July 31 – National Junior Team Match
    August 1 – National Trophy Team Match, National Carbine Match
    August 2 – National Trophy Infantry Team Match (“Rattle Battle”)
    August 3 – M1 Garand Match, Springfield/Vintage Bolt Rifle Match
    August 4 – M1A Match, Springfield/Vintage Bolt Rifle Match
    August 5 – CMP Vintage Sniper Rifle Match
    August 5-8 – CMP Long Range Individual Matches
    August 9 – Camp Perry Palma Match

    PISTOL Registration | SMALLBORE Registration | RIMFIRE Sporter Registration | HIGH POWER Registration

    Camp Perry National Matches Calendar 2018 NRA CMP

    Camp Perry CMP Small Arms Firing School
    At the Small Arms Firing Schools, rifles and ammo are supplied to trainees.

    Camp Perry summer 2018 CMP National Matches
    The John C. Garand match is a Camp Perry classic. Note the signature Garand clip in the air.

    Camp Perry 2019 rimfire sporter Calendar National Matches
    The Rimfire Sporter Match attracts hundreds of competitors of all age levels.

    Vintage Sniper Team Match
    The Vintage Sniper Rifle match is a very popular event with two-person teams.

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    April 6th, 2019

    Improve Your Shooting Skills with Multi-Discipline Training

    Michelle Gallagher Cross Training

    Guest Article By Michelle Gallagher, Berger Bullets
    Let’s face it. In the world of firearms, there is something for everyone. Do you like to compete? Are you a hunter? Are you more of a shotgun shooter or rifle shooter? Do you enjoy running around between stages of a timed course, or does the thought of shooting one-hole groups appeal to you more? Even though many of us shoot several different firearms and disciplines, chances are very good that we all have a favorite. Are we spreading ourselves too thin by shooting different disciplines, or is it actually beneficial? I have found that participating in multiple disciplines can actually improve your performance. Every style of shooting is different; therefore, they each develop different skills that benefit each other.

    How can cross-training in other disciplines help you? For example, I am most familiar with long-range prone shooting, so let’s start there. To be a successful long-range shooter, you must have a stable position, accurate ammunition, and good wind-reading skills. You can improve all of these areas through time and effort, but there are other ways to improve more efficiently. Spend some time practicing smallbore. Smallbore rifles and targets are much less forgiving when it comes to position and shot execution. Long-range targets are very large, so you can get away with accepting less than perfect shots. Shooting smallbore will make you focus more on shooting perfectly center shots every time. Another way to do this with your High Power rifle is to shoot on reduced targets at long ranges. This will also force you to accept nothing less than perfect. Shoot at an F-Class target with your iron sights. At 1000 yards, the X-Ring on a long range target is 10 inches; it is 5 inches on an F-Class target. Because of this, you will have to focus harder on sight alignment to hit a center shot. When you go back to the conventional target, you will be amazed at how large the ten ring looks.

    Michelle Gallagher Cross Training

    Also, most prone rifles can be fitted with a bipod. Put a bipod and scope on your rifle, and shoot F-TR. Shooting with a scope and bipod eliminates position and eyesight factors, and will allow you to concentrate on learning how to more accurately read the wind. The smaller target will force you to be more aggressive on your wind calls. It will also help encourage you to use better loading techniques. Nothing is more frustrating than making a correct wind call on that tiny target, only to lose the point out the top or bottom due to inferior ammunition. If you put in the effort to shoot good scores on the F-Class target, you will be amazed how much easier the long-range target looks when you return to your sling and iron sights. By the same token, F-Class shooters sometimes prefer to shoot fast and chase the spotter. Shooting prone can help teach patience in choosing a wind condition to shoot in, and waiting for that condition to return if it changes.

    Benchrest shooters are arguably among the most knowledgeable about reloading. If you want to learn better techniques about loading ammunition, you might want to spend some time at benchrest matches. You might not be in contention to win, but you will certainly learn a lot about reloading and gun handling. Shooting F-Open can also teach you these skills, as it is closely related to benchrest. Benchrest shooters may learn new wind-reading techniques by shooting mid- or long-range F-Class matches.

    Michelle Gallagher Cross TrainingPosition shooters can also improve their skills by shooting different disciplines. High Power Across-the-Course shooters benefit from shooting smallbore and air rifle. Again, these targets are very small, which will encourage competitors to be more critical of their shot placement. Hunters may benefit from shooting silhouette matches, which will give them practice when shooting standing with a scoped rifle. Tactical matches may also be good, as tactical matches involve improvising shots from various positions and distances. [Editor: Many tactical matches also involve hiking or moving from position to position — this can motivate a shooter to maintain a good level of general fitness.]

    These are just a few ways that you can benefit from branching out into other shooting disciplines. Talk to the other shooters. There is a wealth of knowledge in every discipline, and the other shooters will be more than happy to share what they have learned. Try something new. You may be surprised what you get out of it. You will certainly learn new skills and improve the ones you already have. You might develop a deeper appreciation for the discipline you started off with, or you may just discover a new passion.

    This article originally appeared in the Berger Bulletin. The Berger Bulletin blog contains the latest info on Berger products, along with informative articles on target shooting and hunting.

    Article Find by EdLongrange.

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    November 13th, 2018

    CZ 455 .22 LR Varmint Precision Trainer in Manners Stock

    CZ  455 rimfire precision PRS trainer .22 LR smallbore video TFBTV manners stock

    Rimfire cross-training allows PRS competitors to build their skill sets without breaking the bank (or burning out nice custom barrels). One great .22 LR option for cross-training is offered by CZ (Česká Zbrojovka), the Czech arms-maker. The TFBTV video below spotlights the CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer (VPT), a smooth-running .22 LR bolt action. This factory rifle was designed specifically as a training tool for precision long-range competition. It boasts a Manners composite stock and 20.5 or 24-inch heavy barrel. The 0.866″-diameter tube is threaded and suppressor-ready. The model 455 VPT is mag-fed and comes with a crisp trigger that adjusts to two pounds. Street price is around $830. That’s pricey for a rimfire — but you’re getting a premium Manners stock that would cost $534 by itself.

    Field Testing the CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer

    .22 LR Rimfire from 50 to 300 Yards
    CZ  455 rimfire precision PRS trainer .22 LR smallbore video TFBTV manners stockThe CZ 455 VPT proved accurate, recording half-inch groups at 50 yards with SK ammo: “[we] shot CCI standard, Federal match, and SK match through the rifle. It liked the SK ammo the best.” One goal of this test was to see how a .22 LR could perform beyond typical rimfire ranges, so reviewer Joel Wise (Precision Rifle Network) tested this rifle all the way out to 300 yards. Groups were about 1″ at 100 yards, but opened up considerably at 200 and 300. Joel concluded 300 yards was a practical max. We know that some tactical rimfire matches set targets out that far, but we think 200 yards might be a better practical limit for matches run with smallbore rifles. It’s not just the problem of running out of elevation in your scope. At 300 yards the effect of the wind is huge.

    CZ  455 rimfire precision PRS trainer .22 LR smallbore video TFBTV manners stock

    The CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer (VPT) features a mag-fed CZ 455 action, with .866″-diameter heavy barrel, in a rigid, high-tech Manners Composite stock. Feeding was very reliable.

    CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer

    The 455 VPT offers the same look and feel of a full-size tactical rifle. This 455 uses a Manners MCS-T4 stock assuring a rock solid platform for the 455 barreled action. The outer shell of the MCS-T4 is made with carbon fiber and fiber glass in multiple layers. The stocks can be custom-ordered with a heavy fill to match your current rifle weight to truly duplicate its feel.

    Manners VPT Stock Available for Other Rimfire Platforms
    Manners Composite Stocks offers versions of the CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer stock design that can be used with other barreled actions: “The 455 VPT stock is based on our MCS-T4 design. We offer this, fully inletted with pillars, for a variety of rimfire actions: Sako Quad, Savage Mark II, CZ 452, CZ 453, along with the 455.”

    CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer

    Inletting is complete, so this will be a drop-in solution if you already own one of the listed rimfire rifles. Tom Manners notes: “With this stock, some guys will bed the rear area of their action, but that’s not necessary — you can pretty much bolt ‘em in and go”.

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    October 16th, 2018

    Personalized Precision — The Modern Smallbore Match Rifle

    Anschutz 1913 rifle smallbore

    Report based on Lars Dalseide story in NRAblog

    Anschutz smallbore position rifleHigh-Tech Rimfire Rigs
    If you watched the smallbore position and prone shooters at the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games, you couldn’t help but notice the exotic rifles competitors were shooting. There were wood stocks, metal stocks, factory-built rifles and customized specials. Why are there are so many different design features and stock types? To answer this question, the NRAblog’s editors called on Jessie McClain of the NRA Competitive Shooting Division.

    “The customized rifles, like the Anschütz you showed me, can make a real difference in a shooter’s performance,” explained McClain. “I went from a decent shooter to making the varsity shooting team my freshman year because of the rifle.” As Jessie explained, one new feature out there is the adjustable stock, which she called the Porsche of the shooting world. Fully adjustable from the butt plate to the check piece to the hand stop and risers and bolt knobs, this component is fully customizable to the athlete … which can be a huge advantage. “Every person is different … a customizable rifle fits anyone. A rifle team can purchase four of these and field a shooting team for years.”

    Anschutz 1913 rifle smallbore

    The Modern Anschütz Position Rifle
    Smallbore match rifle makers are using modern materials in response to the need for greater adjustability (and enhanced accuracy). One of the popular new designs is the Anschütz model 1913 position rifle with a “1918 ALU Precise” brushed aluminum stock. This looks like it has been crafted in an aircraft plant.

    Anschutz 1913 rifle smallbore

    Story by Lars Dalseide, courtesy the NRA Blog.
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    September 12th, 2018

    Smallbore F-Class National Championship — New Discipline

    Camp Wa-Ke-De indiana 2018 smallbore F-Class Jim Murphy
    Anschutz .22 LR rifle set up for F-Class competition. Photo courtesy Sportschieben Blog.

    Here’s a new discipline we think should become very popular — Smallbore F-Class with .22 LR rimfire rifles. Rest-supported prone rimfire matches have been held around the world for quite some time, but only a few years ago was the discipline officially codified in the NRA Smallbore Rulebook. And the first-ever Smallbore F-Class National Championship was held this past July in conjunction with the Smallbore Nationals at Camp Wa-Ke’-De in Bristol, Indiana. The Nationals involved multiple days of prone shooting at 50 meters and 100 yards.*

    Jim Murphy, a respected centerfire shooter and coach, became America’s very first Smallbore F-Class National Champion, shooting an impressive 2374-146X score. Fourteen points behind, but with the same X-Count, was runner-up David Pessall (2360-146X). Jess Huehn finished third with 2358-137X.

    Camp Wa-Ke-De indiana 2018 smallbore F-Class Jim Murphy
    National Championship photo from Shooting Sports USA.

    Competitors could either shoot off a bipod F-TR style, or use a front rest. In this photo from the inaugural NRA National Championship you can see a shooter with SEB Coaxial Rest at top, with a competitor using a low-profile bipod at bottom. Note the extended handle used to adjust bipod elevation. This is not a coaxial joystick, but rather a long handle attached to the mariner wheel.

    For more match results read Hap Rocketto’s Shooting Sports USA Match Report.

    Smallbore F-Class — The Future Looks Bright
    With the high cost of centerfire ammunition, and the limited number of 1000-yard (or even 600-yard) ranges, we can envision that Rimfire F-Class will become a popular event at ranges across the country. Clubs don’t even need benches — just a 100-yard target bay and flat ground for the shooters. You can start with an inexpensive rimfire rig and Harris bipod. Then work up from there. Here is a custom rimfire F-TR style rig that belongs to F-Class ace and past centerfire F-TR National Champion James Crofts.

    Camp Wa-Ke-De indiana 2018 smallbore F-Class Jim Murphy

    Smallbore F-Class Course of Fire
    The Smallbore F-Class Nationals was completed on paper targets at 50 yards and 100 yards. According to Shooting Sports USA: “The tournament ran during the any sight and metric phases of the 2018 NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships, featuring a daily course of fire which mirrored the sling shooters, 40 shots at 50 meters on the A-50 target, a Metric Dewar, followed by 40 shots at 100 yards on the A-33 target. Although the international targets were shot throughout, the first two days were titled ‘conventional’ and the last two ‘metric’.”

    The specifics of the match such as rifle requirements, rests, and sights may be found in the Provisional Smallbore Rifle F-Class Rules (Section 23), found on page 65 of the current NRA Smallbore Rifle rulebook. Any rules not covered in Section 23 will [reference] the normal rules of Sections 1 through 22.

    * All ‘short range’ F-Class was shot at 50 meters on the A-50, the 50 meter International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) target. All ‘long range’ stages were shot at 100 yards using the NRA A-33 target, the ISSF 300-meter target reduced to 100 yards.

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    September 12th, 2018

    The Mother of All Rimfire Ammo Tests — AccurateReloading.com

    rimfire ammunition test

    We first featured this story in 2010, but the results of this rimfire ammo test have been of such widespread interest that we try to bring the test to readers’ attention every year.

    In 2010, the staff of AccurateReloading.com Forum completed a massive .22LR Rimfire Ammunition Testing Project. Some 55 different types of ammo were tested, using a highly-accurate Swiss-made Bleiker rifle, with a 2-stage trigger. All ammo varieties were tested at 50 yards, 75 yards, and 100 yards, shooting five, 5-shot groups at each distance. Though these tests were completed some time ago, many readers have requested a “reprint” of the ammo rankings, so we’ve republished this data below.

    The results are fascinating to say the least (and perhaps eye-opening). The tester observed: “I got some amazing groups, and some which are, frankly, absurdly bad! This has re-enforced what I had experienced with 22 ammo in the past — that is being consistently inconsistent.”

    While we strongly caution that .22LR rimfire ammo may work well in one gun and not another, and ammo performance can be improved through the use of barrel tuners, the AccurateReloading.com research provides invaluable guidance for smallbore shooters. Overall, the testers burned through over 4,000 rounds of ammo, and you can see the actual test targets online. To read all the test reports, and view target photos visit AccurateReloading.com.

    Bleiker .22LR Rifle

    The lists below rank the average accuracy (by brand) of five, 5-shot groups shot at 50, 75, and 100 yards. CLICK HERE for Complete Test Results with target photos.

    50-Yard Results 75-Yard Results 100-Yard Results
    0.162 Eley Tenex Ultimate EPS
    0.164 Lapua Midas Plus
    0.177 Lapua Polar Biathlon
    0.187 Eley Match EPS
    0.193 Eley Match
    0.203 Lapua Midas M
    0.215 Lapua Center X
    0.216 Western Value Pack
    0.229 Lapua Signum
    0.241 Lapua Master L
    0.243 Eley Pistol Match
    0.256 Olin Ball
    0.256 Akah X-Zone
    0.261 Lapua Midas L
    0.261 Lapua Master M
    0.263 Eley Tenex Semi Auto
    0.270 Lapua Super Club
    0.272 Eley Tenex
    0.303 Lapua Standard Plus
    0.312 CCI Standard Velocity
    0.319 RWS R 50
    0.319 Eley Standard
    0.328 SK High Velocity
    0.339 Eley Club Xtra
    0.340 Winchester T22
    0.356 Federal Champion
    0.362 Eley Subsonic HP
    0.371 CCI Mini Mag
    0.376 Federal American Eagle
    0.377 Norinco Target
    0.380 Sellier & Bellot Club
    0.384 Eley Club
    0.387 Eley Sport
    0.388 Totem
    0.392 Swartklip Match Trainer
    0.398 Federal Gold Medal
    0.403 Swartklip HV
    0.409 Eley Match Xtra Plus
    0.424 Sellier & Bellot Std
    0.443 Remington Target
    0.461 Lapua Crow HP
    0.475 Eley Silhouex
    0.479 Magtech
    0.498 Eley High Velocity
    0.513 Winchester Super X
    0.516 Kassnar Concorde
    0.539 CCI Blazer
    0.560 Winchester Supreme Pistol
    0.576 Norinco Pistol Revolver
    0.593 SK Standard
    0.611 Sellier And Bellot HP
    0.626 SK Standard HP
    0.686 Logo HV
    0.956 Pobjeda Target
    0.274 Lapua Center X
    0.283 Lapua Standard Plus
    0.295 Eley Tenex Ultimate EPS
    0.307 Lapua Midas M
    0.329 Lapua Master M
    0.346 Eley Match
    0.373 Lapua Polar Biathlon
    0.399 RWS R 50
    0.432 Lapua Midas L
    0.448 Eley Tenex Semi Auto
    0.467 Eley Match EPS
    0.474 Lapua master L
    0.491 Eley Match Xtra Plus
    0.494 CCI Standard
    0.496 Eley Subsonic HP
    0.507 Eley Sport
    0.512 Federal American Eagle
    0.513 SK High Velocity
    0.514 Eley Standard
    0.516 Eley Tenex
    0.516 Lapua Crow HP
    0.532 Western Value Pack
    0.533 Fed. Champion Target
    0.535 Lapua Midas Plus
    0.564 Akah X Zone
    0.566 Olin Ball
    0.573 Eley Club Xtra
    0.616 Lapua Signum
    0.631 Winchester T22
    0.639 Swartklip HV HP
    0.641 Eley Club
    0.642 Eley Silhouex
    0.647 CCI Mini Mag
    0.679 Eley Pistol Match
    0.682 Swartklip Match Trainer
    0.690 Federal Gold Medal
    0.692 Remington HV
    0.703 Lapua Super Club
    0.720 Winchester Super X
    0.738 Eley High Velocity
    0.759 Kassnar Concorde
    0.765 Sellier And Bellot Club
    0.770 Winch. Supreme Pistol
    0.770 Norinco target
    0.775 CCI Blazer
    0.802 Norinco Pistol Revolver
    0.841 LVE Logo HV
    0.855 Sellier & Bellot Std
    0.871 Magtech
    0.923 Sellier & Bellot HP
    0.934 SK Standard HP
    1.017 Remington Target
    1.257 Totem Standard
    1.442 SK Standard
    1.578 Pobjeda target
    0.455 Eley Match
    0.510 Lapua Midas Plus
    0.549 Lapua Midas M
    0.611 Lapua Polar Biathlon
    0.611 Eley Tenex Ultimate EPS
    0.619 Eley Match EPS
    0.622 Eley Club
    0.630 Lapua Center X
    0.631 RWS R50
    0.679 Eley Tenex Semi Auto
    0.694 Lapua Midas L
    0.729 Eley Tenex
    0.739 Lapua Master L
    0.753 Lapua Super Club
    0.785 Lapua Master M
    0.831 Eley Sport
    0.851 Eley Match Xtra
    0.859 Lapua Standard Plus
    0.867 Akah X-Zone
    0.877 Eley Pistol Match
    0.907 Norinco Target
    0.924 Eley Silhouex
    0.939 CCI Standard
    0.952 Eley Subsonic HP
    0.963 Magtech
    0.970 Olin Ball
    0.978 Kassnar Concorde
    0.995 Eley Club Xtra
    1.009 Western Value Pack
    1.032 Federal Champion
    1.087 Norinco Pistol Revolver
    1.100 CCI Mini Mag
    1.112 Lapua Crow HP
    1.143 Winchester T22
    1.142 Federal Gold Medal
    1.144 federal American Eagle
    1.156 Swartklip Hollo Point
    1.165 Lapua Signum
    1.170 Swartklip Match Trainer
    1.175 Fed. Champion Value Pk
    1.182 SK high Velocity
    1.201 Totem
    1.224 Winchester Super X
    1.358 Eley Standard
    1.367 Remington High Velocity
    1.375 CCI Blazer
    1.414 Eley High Velocity
    1.450 Remington Target
    1.504 LVE Logo
    1.813 SK Standard
    1.879 S&B Club
    1.947 S&B Hollow Point
    2.073 SK Standard HP
    2.221 S&B Standard
    2.266 Pobjeda Target
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    July 21st, 2018

    National Matches Smallbore Competition Returns to Camp Perry

    Camp Perry Smallbore 2018 National Matches Orion Scoring System App

    Elite smallbore competition returned to the summer National Matches in high-tech style this year. New Orion scoring software was used to enhance and speed up the scoring process. Range officers simply snapped photos of targets after each relay using the Orion App on smartphones. The software then identified the bullet holes and logged the shot location in the scoring rings. This handy new software was used for 3P and prone smallbore competition. It will also be used tomorrow, July 22nd, at the hugely popular Rimfire Sporter Match.

    Story based on Camp Perry Report by Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
    A staple during the National Matches season for over half a century, high-level Smallbore Matches returned to Camp Perry this summer (after the NRA moved the Smallbore Championships to Camp Wa-Ke’-De in Indiana in 2016).

    “We had a lot of competitors who wanted smallbore to return to Camp Perry” said Match Director Brad Donoho. “This year, we tried to give everybody the opportunities they were used to at Camp Perry and try to stay true to history while also being innovative at the same time.”

    The CMP’s new National Matches Smallbore series kicked off July 17 on Camp Perry’s Rodriguez Range with the Three-Position Day 1 event. Competitors in the event fired 40 shots onto paper targets at three positions: prone, kneeling and standing.

    Camp Perry Smallbore 2018 National Matches Orion Scoring System App

    For the Camp Perry smallbore matches, new image-based software was used for scoring. Orion Scoring System developed scoring software that can read shots from photos captured with smartphones. The Orion Smartphone App links directly to the Orion Scoring system, which then identifies shots on the target and scores accordingly based on shot placement in scoring rings.

    Camp Perry Smallbore 2018 National Matches Orion Scoring System App
    Range Officers snap photos of targets with Orion Scoring App.

    Once all firing was completed for each stage at the National Matches events, range officers on the line walk downrange with a mobile device loaded with the Orion Scoring System App. The new scoring system drastically slashed competition time while also easing the scoring element for both competitors and match workers.

    CMP verifiers reviewed the targets on computers before posting the results online, all in a matter of minutes. The physical paper targets were also retained — just in case a challenge was brought forward by a competitor.

    Camp Perry Smallbore 2018 National Matches Orion Scoring System App

    “The hope is, at its best, we should be able to have scores posted online before firing begins for the next stage, which would be pretty revolutionary for paper targets at Camp Perry,” said Donoho.

    The electronic Orion Scoring System will also be used to score the National Rimfire Sporter rifle competition, set to take place at Camp Perry on Sunday, July 22. “This is the first step to allow Orion users to use this at their home range”, noted Donoho. An extensive amount of testing was conducted on the Orion electronic scoring system in the months leading up to the National Matches. It performed admirably this past week at Perry

    3P Finals and Prone Elimination Match on Electronic Targets
    Another exciting element added to the prone match is a prone elimination event, fired on CMP’s electronic targets on the Petrarca Range — another first for a National Match smallbore event. “We wanted to do something new – something creative,” said Donoho. “Hank Gray, from the USAMU suggested an elimination event where we start with a full range of shooters and start elimination shooters after the first stage of fire to get them down to the Top 10.” The Three-Position finals was also fired on the CMP’s Petrarca Range electronic targets at Petrarca Range during the Matches.

    Video Demonstrates Kongsberg Electronic Target System Installed at Camp Perry:

    These electronic targets have sensors on the target frame that plot each shot’s point of impact in the bullseye. Shot location and score value are calculated instantly with results visible on a monitor placed next to the shooter. This is faster than the Orion system, but it is also much more expensive. The advantage of the Orion system is that it can work with conventional paper targets on standard target frames. Orion scoring does not give instant results, however, unlike the Kongsberg system.

    Camp Perry Smallbore Petraca range electronic target

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    June 21st, 2018

    USA Olympians Demonstrate the Kneeling Position

    Amanda Furrer USA Shooting

    Bob Foth Paralympic coachWatch the video below to learn about the kneeling position, as explained by National Paralympic Coach Bob Foth and 2012 Olympian Amanda Furrer. Three-time Olympian and Silver Medalist Bob Foth details the proper techniques (both body position and gun-handling) for kneeling position shooting. Putting Foth’s coaching tips into practice, three-Position smallbore shooter Amanda Furrer demonstrates how to properly shoot from a kneeling position using a .22LR match rifle.

    Amanda, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, shows how to set up the right body position when kneeling, how to support the rifle, and how to relax breathing to steady the shot. This takes practice, but remarkable accuracy can be achieved from the kneeling position by top-level shooters. This is a great video, well worth watching.

    The video uses superimposed graphics and diagrams to show rifle hardware/sights, and key aspects of the head position, sling set-up, and hold. If you are a position shooter, this is a “must-watch” video. Narrated by Olympian Bob Foth, it is very informative.

    Watch Kneeling Position Video

    As a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, Amanda Furrer competed in the Womens 3P 50m event at the 2012 Olympics, finishing 15th. Amanda first started shooting at 11 years old with the Spokane Junior Rifle Team. Shooting is a family sport and all compete and shoot guns together. Furrer’s father shoots tactical matches and her mom shoots pistols. Amanda qualified for the national team as a member of the 2007 Pan American Team at the age of 16. She won bronze in the 2011 National Championships. Amanda is currently a student at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, majoring in Finance and competing on the Rifle Team.

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    April 24th, 2018

    CMP Adds Smallbore Events to National Matches at Camp Perry

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    Great News — There will be serious smallbore rifle competition at Camp Perry this year (though the NRA National Smallbore Championships will still be held at Camp Wa-Ke-De in Indiana). The CMP will host a new series of smallbore events in July at Camp Perry, the Mecca of competitive shooting in the USA. This way smallbore competitors can enjoy the experience of shooting on the famed Camp Perry ranges. Smallbore competitions have been slotted into the Camp Perry National Match schedule July 16-22, 2018. These smallbore events include: 3×40 two-day event; 3P Team Match; Two-Day Prone event; Elimination Prone event; Prone Team Match; USAMU Training Clinic.

    Camp

    The smallbore matches will be fired on Rodriguez Range at Camp Perry under a covered firing line. Shooters Technology will provide a scoring App that allows instant scoring for quick results. Finals will be conducted on the CMP’s Electronic Targets installed on the Camp Perry Petrarca Range.

    Camp Perry Petrarca range electronic targets

    Learn more about the CMP’s smallbore rifle events at the 2018 National Matches on the CMP website. In addition to an event schedule, the 2018 CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition Rules is also available online. To register for the Camp Perry smallbore events, or to review the 2018 Rulebook, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/smallbore-matches/.

    NATIONAL MATCHES at CAMP PERRY
    The National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches have been a continued tradition of marksmanship excellence every summer since 1903. Moved to Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1907, the event now draws well over 6,000 annual visitors. For any serious marksman, competing at the National Matches at Camp Perry if a definite “bucket list” item, an experience that creates life-long memories. Participants range from novices to the world’s top smallbore and high power shooters.


    Here’s a video from 2011 when the NRA Smallbore Championships were held at Camp Perry. It is great to see smallbore events return to Camp Perry in 2018.

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    April 21st, 2018

    Amazing Rimfire Accuracy — 0.93″ 5-Shot Group at 200 Yards

    Australia Australian SSAA Rimfire smallbore .22 LR Fly Shoot 200 yard record group accuracy Canberra Australia Eley Tenex

    Australian John Lavaring recently shot a group at 200 yards that would make most centerfire shooters proud. The five-shot group, with all shots in the center 10-ring, measured just 0.93 inches. That works out to 0.44 MOA at 200 — mighty impressive for a .22 LR. Recorded at a Rimfire Fly Shoot benchrest event in Canberra, Australia, this 200-yard target set two new Australian SSAA National records! John was using ELEY Tenex ammunition.

    Congratulations to John Lavaring for a spectacular demonstration of how well a rimfire rig can shoot — even at 200 yards. We rarely shoot our .22 LR rifles past 50 meters. Maybe it’s time to start a Rimfire ELR series, with targets at 200 or even 300 yards. What do you think of the Rimfire ELR idea? Leave comments below.

    Australia Australian SSAA Rimfire smallbore .22 LR Fly Shoot 200 yard record group accuracy Canberra Australia Eley TenexAnschutz 54 Benchrest Rig
    The rifle was a Anchutz model 54 Match in a custom benchrest stock. John’s record-setting rig features a barrel block, which you can see forward of the action. Scope is a Bausch & Lomb BR model. We don’t have the round count on Lavaring’s barrel, but good rimfire benchrest rifles can often get 10,000 rounds (or more) of accurate life.

    Rimfire Ballistics at 200 Yards
    Some folks may be wondering about .22 LR ballistics at 200 yards. Well, with a 25-yard zero, the 200-yard drop for John’s 40gr Tenex ammo is 54 inches, assuming 0.145 G1 BC and 1085 fps muzzle velocity per ELEY website. And at 200 yards, a 10 mph crosswind will push that little bullet 15.3 inches! We’re told the winds were pretty tricky when Lavary shot his record group. This makes his achievement all the more impressive — we have to admire John’s wind-reading ability.

    This ELEY ammo has proven to be exceptionally accurate. Here is a short video showing TEN rounds of Tenex shot from a machine rest with target at 50 meters.

    Ten Rounds ELEY Tenex at 50 meters:

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    April 16th, 2018

    Smalbore Fun Shooting — Tips for Training and Free Fun Targets

    .22 LR smallbore bang for buck rimfire tactical cross-training

    So many options… How do you select the shooting discipline that’s best for you? Of course, “Fun is number one”. But you also need to consider cost — the “bang for the buck”. Or in more scientific parlance, the “Fun to Cost Ratio”. Yes, shooting a .50 BMG is fun, but you could be spending as much as $5.00 per round for factory loads! By contrast, your cost per shot in a rimfire fun match might be well under ten cents, as decent ammo can be easily found for under $5.00 per 50-count box. Five bucks per box (of fifty) sure beats five bucks per round!

    We believe in the benefits of rimfire cross-training. With a rimfire rifle that has the same ergonomics and “feel” as your centerfire rig, you can practice more often and more affordably. You can get decent rimfire ammo now for as little as seven cents per round*. Compare that to centerfire factory ammo at $1.40/round or handloads for about $0.70 (bullet, primer, powder, and brass depreciation). So even your handloads could cost TEN times as much as pretty good rimfire ammo. That’s an order of magnitude boys and girls.

    McMillan A5 A5-22 stock rimfire tactical cross-training

    For a tactical cross-trainer, you want a rimfire rig that feels like your centerfire rifle. McMillan now offers a stock that fits the bill. McMillan’s new A5-22 stock shares the same look and feel as McMillan’s popular A5 centerfire stock. The A5-22 is able to accommodate 10/22 type actions including KIDD 10-22 models with rear tang attachments. McMillan says: “The A5-22 is dimensionally the same as our standard A5 with some minor changes in the tang and floor plate areas. It is available in a fixed comb configuration or with an adjustable saddle-type cheek piece.”

    Anschutz Biathlon rifle model 64
    A used Biathlon trainer works great for rimfire practical matches. This is the Anschutz Model 64-R. Note magazine caddy on forearm. This rifle was a dream to shoot.

    Targets for Rimfire Training and Fun Matches

    Here’s a rimfire training target with “big to small” target circles. Start with the largest circles, then move to the smaller ones in sequence. This systematic drill provides increasing challenge shot-by-shot. Novices often are quite surprised to see their accuracy improve as they move from bigger to smaller aiming points. That provides positive feedback — always a good thing.

    Right Click and “Save as” to download printable PDF versions of target.

    Rimfire Practice Targets

    SPECIAL BONUS–Rimfire Tactical Precision Targets

    These FREE targets by DesertFrog are offered in Adobe Acrobat format for easy printing.
    CLICK HERE to download all six targets as a .ZIP archive.

    Game Theme Commercial Targets — Fun and Colorful
    Here are some colorful commercial fun targets, well-suited for rimfire practice. These game-theme targets from Champion should be very popular with kids. You can blast aerial drones, hunt dinosaurs, play a game of “H-O-R-S-E”, or shoot ducks in a Carnival Shooting Gallery. These targets, which cost $5.45-$5.95 per 12-pack, are ideal for younger shooters in your family (and fun for grown-ups too).

    Champion Target Drone Dinosaur game shooting gallery color paper targets


    * We recently scored 1500 rounds of Norma Match-22 ammo for $99.99 from MidwayUSA. That’s 6.6 cents per round! That deal is gone, but there are other bargains to be found. Use WikiArms.com to find .22LR rimfire ammo bargains.

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