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December 20th, 2009

4th Annual Camp Perry Open Airgun Competition Jan. 15-17

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites air rifle and air pistol shooters to participate in the 4th Annual Camp Perry Open. This year’s match will include a 3-position air rifle competition, an international air rifle (all standing) event, a pistol course of fire, and optional clinics. The match will be held on 15-17 January 2010 at the new CMP Marksmanship Center in Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio. Visit the Camp Perry Open webpage for complete information including rules, fees, event schedule, and match descriptions/courses of fire.

Camp Perry Open air rifle

The U. S. National Team coaches, Maj. David Johnson and Sergey Luzov, plan to bring some National Team members to shoot in the International event. The Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) is also sending some of their best to shoot in the International standing course of fire event as well. Members of many top NCAA rifle teams will also attend. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best shooters in the US compete.

Camp Perry Air Rifle

Special Junior Clinic
In addition to the regular matches, on Saturday, Jan. 16th, there will be a clinic for interested junior shooters from 5:30pm – 8:15 PM. The cost is just $10, which includes a pizza dinner! This Saturday clinic is limited to 60 junior shooters — all those wishing to attend should pre-register. On-the-line training will be provided by the members of the U. S. National/Development Team, and members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Team (USAMU). The clinic will conclude with a 20-shot standing competition.

What to Bring
Shooters that use Sporter Class air rifles (Daisy M853/753/888/XSV40) should bring an air rifle for each shooter plus a sling, kneeling roll, and glove. You will not need spotting scopes. Shooting mats are provided at the range, but you may bring your own. Shooters using precision air rifles should bring them along with their shooting jackets and other equipment. Also, bring your own pellets. The CMP will have air tanks and CO2 available at the range. Please bring your own adapters.

How to Register
CLICK this LINK to Register for the Camp Perry Open. Competitors over the age of 18 must complete and sign a CMP Affidavit and Liability release prior to competing at Camp Perry. Shooters under the age of 18 must have a Parental Permission Form completed prior to competing at Camp Perry. The forms may be submitted to Katie Harrington at: CMP, P. O. Box 576, Camp Perry OH 43452. Alternatively, fax forms to 419-635-2565. Email inquiries may be addressed to kharrington [at]

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December 20th, 2009

Bargain Kowa Spotting Scopes from the CMP — $280.00

The CMP has made a special purchase of a limited number of KOWA TS-501 20X spotting scopes, specifically designed for Rimfire and Air Rifle usage. These 20-power scopes are available for $280.00 plus S&H (or $250.00 for CMP-Affiliated clubs) through the CMP online E-Store. See item 832 under the “Equipment & Accessories” tab. You can also purchase the Kowas at the CMP’s two “brick and mortar” stores.

Kowa Spotting Scope TS-501

Kowa 20×50 Spotting Scope – Item ID: 832
TS-501 Offset 45 Degree, gray body
50mm objective lens and a built-in 20X eyepiece.
Focusing Range: 19.68 to Infinity
Scope Length: 9.6 inches
Scope Weight: 14.8 oz
Specifically designed for Rimfire and Air Rifle usage.

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December 20th, 2009

Top-Rated Garmin GPS Units on Sale for $119

Portable GPS vehicle navigation systems are hot items this shopping season. It’s easy to understand why. Top-rated units that sold for nearly $300.00 a year ago, are now offered for under $125.00. The 4.3″ Garmin Nüvi 255W is now on sale again on for just $119.00 plus $6.27 shipping. The similar, but older, 4.3″ Garmin Nüvi 260W model is $119.99 with FREE SHIPPING.

Garmin 255w GPS

The Garmin 260W was rated best in its class by Consumer Reports, and it is a “Top 10″ selling item on Amazon. The 255W has newer software, and may actually be a bit better. (Consumer Reports did not test the newer 255W model). Our Assistant Editor Jason Baney owns and uses a Garmin 255W and recommends it highly. One reviewer noted: “I own both and the 255W is the one to buy. It is faster and has some new features. The 2X0 and 7X0 model [may] soon be discontinued. The 2X5 and the 7X5 are the newest. Go with the newer model.”

LINKS for Best Prices

Garmin nüvi 255W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

Bluetooth and Voice Navigation on Higher-Priced Garmins
Other Garmin Nüvi models to consider are the 265WT and the 855 (both 4.3″). The 265WT comes with blue-tooth connectivity so you can use it to make phone calls when you drive. The model 855 has voice-activated commands. That’s a very nice feature that lets you keep both hands on the wheel. The model 855 also has the “Lane Assist” feature. As shown below, Lane Assist zooms in to show the lane you need when exiting freeways, or navigating through large interchanges. UPDATE: The Garmin 855 is Amazon’s “Deal of the Day” for December 22 — Price dropped from $189.99 to $159.00 — that’s by far the lowest price on the web.

Garmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech Recognition

Garmin 855 Voice Navigation

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