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April 2nd, 2017

Shooting with My Father — Memories Cherished

Jim Borden James Borden Rifles Accuracy Facebook
Photo shows Joseph (“Skeet”) Borden, with match rifle built by his son, Jim Borden.

Jim Borden recently made a post on his Facebook Page that made us think about how shooting can build important bonds between father and son. Jim recalled how he would go to Piedmont, North Carolina with his father every year for a shooting match: “17 years ago this weekend was the last time dad was able to make the trek to North Carolina for the annual Groundhog contest and the match at Piedmont. Loved the time we spent together. Dad shot competitive benchrest with me from 1980 until June 2001. He passed in August 2001.”

This prompted others shooters to respond with cherished memories of their own fathers:

“I’d give a year’s pay to have my Dad back for an hour, let alone a day. Spend all the time you can with them while they’re here”. — Kerry S.

“I think how lucky some folks are to look back in life and have fond memories of doing things with their parents that both enjoyed. I have missed my dad for 44 years and think of him every time I hunt, fish, trap or work on a household project. We did it all together.” — Bill McC.

Another poster explained how he now attends matches with his own young son:

“The time you spent with your father meant as much or more to him. Always cherish [those memories], as I know you will. Last year, I spent … over 400 hours with my then 10-year-old son going to rifle matches. This year will be similar. This photo was from today of my 11-year-old son.” — John C.

Jim Borden James Borden Rifles Accuracy Facebook
Tech Note: The rifle is a rimfire benchrest rig shot from a one-piece rest. The barrel has multiple tuning devices attached — at the muzzle and mid-barrel.

So here’s a message to all dads — take some time to introduce your sons (and daughters) to the joys of shooting. Spend quality time with your youngsters while you can. Time passes quickly, boys grow up into men. Ensure you enjoy a life outdoors together whenever you can.

About Jim Borden and Borden Accuracy
Jim began shooting high power silhouette and benchrest matches in the mid 1970s while working for a Fortune 500 company as an engineer. In the early 1980s he began building rifles for himself and then for others. Jim has a background as a gunsmith, machinist, registered professional mechanical engineer, engineering instructor, project manager, hunter, and benchrest competitor. In benchrest competions he has set ten world records and won 11 National Championships thereby earning 14 Benchrest Hall of Fame points and induction into the Benchrest Hall of Fame. Jim also served six terms as President of the International Benchrest Shooters (IBS).

Jim operates Borden Rifles/Borden Accuracy with his wife Joan, sons Jim Junior and John, daughter Andrea Mecca and son-in-law John (Mike) Mecca. Jim is also an outstanding photographer. Here’s one of his favorite images:

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April 2nd, 2017

Registration Opens for CMP National Matches at Camp Perry

Camp Perry 2016 Natinoal CMP Matches Regisatration Open

Report based on story by Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
Registration for the 2017 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches opened April 1, 2017. The CMP National Matches will take place at Camp Perry, Ohio, six miles west of Port Clinton, during the months of July and August. You can now register on the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) website to claim your spot at this year’s event. CLICK HERE for 2017 NM Calendar.

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For more information on the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches, to view event schedules, or to REGISTER for the matches, visit:

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches
The 2017 National Matches will include historic pistol and rifle matches such as the President’s 100, National Trophy Individual, and National Trophy Team match. The National Trophy Infantry Match, or “Rattle Battle,” is an event unique to the National Matches and has become a crowd favorite.

The CMP Games Matches include such events as the M1 Garand Match, Springfield and Vintage Military Matches, Vintage Sniper Matches, the M1 Carbine Match, and the Rimfire Sporter Match. The CMP’s Cup Series events kick off the 2017 National Matches, featuring a 4-Man Team Match, 800 Aggregate, and an EIC Service Rifle Match.

Camp Perry 2016 Natinoal CMP Matches Regisatration Open

Shooting Clinics at Camp Perry This Summer
The Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) will also be held for rifle and pistol enthusiasts this summer. Participants will be taught firearms handling and competition skills by some of the top military shooters in the country. The SAFS courses have been a staple in the National Matches at Camp Perry since 1918. Many other clinics and learning opportunities, taught by qualified professionals, will also be available during the National Matches.

Petrarca Range with Electronic Targets Open to Public
Visitors to Camp Perry are welcome to fire high power and smallbore rifles as well as pistols on the Petraca Range. There you can experience shooting with outdoor electronic targets, also powered by the Kongsberg Technology Systemse. The Petraca range will be open to the publich every Monday from 10 am to 6 pm, all summer.

Camp Perry 2016 Natinoal CMP Matches Regisatration Open

New Air Gun Electronic Targets
The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center’s high-tech air gun range is a “must” for any visitor to Camp Perry. The Air Gun Range is open to the public on Marksmanship nights — Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm. Visitors may fire air rifles or pistols for a small fee, with air guns available for loan. The 80-point range features new Kongsberg electro-optical Target Systems targets, installed in November 2016. These state-of-the-art targets employ OpticScore technology using LEDs rather than acoustic sensors.

Directions to Camp Perry:

Spectators Are Welcome at the National Matches
Events are open to the public, and spectators are welcome to observe firing on the Camp Perry ranges at any time. Guests are encouraged to visit Camp Perry and watch the many events held during Match season. The photo below shows spectators watching Pistol events at the 1956 National Matches. That was quite a crowd…

Camp Perry 2016 Natinoal CMP Matches Regisatration Open

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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April 2nd, 2017

Decreasing Dot Size Targets — “Aim Small, Miss Small”

In the hit Hollywood movie “The Patriot”, the hero Benjamin Martin (played by Mel Gibson), tells his sons: “Aim small, miss small”. That advice was given to help his sons survive encounters with the British redcoats, but the “aim small, miss small” mantra can benefit target shooters as well.

We have found that novice and intermediate shooters can often improve their accuracy simply by using targets with smaller, more precise aiming points. Inexperienced shooters can benefit by starting with a large-size aiming circle, and then progressing to smaller and smaller target dots. This lets the shooter increase the challenge as his gun-handling becomes more steady and his aim improves.

Here are two rimfire training targets 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 these targets.

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