July 5th, 2015

National Matches Commence at Camp Perry on July 6th

Camp Perry Opening Ceremony 2015
The Yankee Lady, a restored B-17G Bomber, will wow the crowd at Camp Perry.

NRA Camp Perry National Matches Rifle Pistol championships accurateshooterFirst Shot Ceremony at Camp Perry
The NRA National Rifle and Pistol Matches kick off Monday, July 6, 2014 at Camp Perry with the First Shot Ceremony. This will be a big affair, with pyrotechnics and a display of WWII military hardware. The celebration begins at 9:30 am, with music from the 122nd Army Band. The ceremony will formally start at 10:00 as First Shot Speaker, Congressman Robert Latta (Ohio), delivers his speech and fires the traditional first shot. Two WWII-era military aircraft will thunder overhead: Yankee Lady, a fully-restored B-17G bomber, and a U.S. Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. On the Rodriguez Range, WWII vehicles, including a Sherman Tank, will roll in convoy.

Camp Perry Ceremony First Shot National Championship

The warplanes will fly overhead as the vintage military vehicles parade alongside the ranges towards the crowd. Leading the ground forces will be a fully-operational M-4 Sherman tank, “Thunderbolt”. Other vehicles on display will include a WWII AMTRAC and WWII Army Jeeps. Robert Gillmor from Gillmor Ordnance will provide pyrotechnics both on the range leading up to the parade ground and will detonate the ceremonial first shot target. Guests should be prepared for a few exciting moments of booms, smoke, fire and amazement.

Camp Perry Opening Ceremony 2015

The First Shot Ceremony and the Range Dedication events are free and open to the public. All guests are welcome. To learn more about the National Matches, CLICK THIS LINK.

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