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July 12th, 2023

SFC Brandon Green Delivers First Shot at Camp Perry Matches

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SFC Brandon Green Fires 2023 First Shot at Camp Perry Matches
The First Shot Ceremony for the 2023 Camp Perry National Matches took place July 10, 2023. The star of the show was Sergeant First Class (SFC) Brandon Green of the USAMU, one of the greatest marksmen in American history. Brandon delivered a speech and kicked off the competition with the First Shot (see above), taken with a famed Winchester Model 70 used by Gary Anderson 51 years ago.

SFC Green is truly one of the greatest shooters on the planet. His record in major competitions is truly remarkable. Green has won three NRA National High Power Championships, and in winning the 2022 NRA Long Range Championship, Brandon became the first person in history to win all four individual matches in the series: the Wimbledon Cup, the Mustin Trophy, the Leech Cup, and the Remington Band of Brothers Trophy. Green, from Box Springs, Georgia, is the first shooter to accomplish this feat in the history of the National Trophies, spanning more than a century of championship rifle competition. In addition, Green has won the Interservice Long Range championships five times and the Interservice Individual Championship four times.

SFC Brandon Green Fires Cannon at Conclusion of First Shot Ceremony
SFC brandon green usamu camp perry first shot 2023 national matches

CLICK HERE for gallery of photos from 2023 First Shot Ceremony at Camp Perry.

Green has had a stellar marksmanship career. First Shot Ceremony Emcee and CMP Programs Chief, Christie Sewell noted: “His historic 2018 shooting season finished with Brandon earning four individual national records, capturing his first President’s 100 Match win in dramatic fashion. He set a new national record – a perfect score of 400, with a 20 ‘X’ count. That year he also won his third National Trophy Individual championship and third Mountain Man Trophy, setting a new national record.”

Green Fires First Shot with Gary Anderson’s Famed Winchester Model 70
SFC brandon green usamu camp perry first shot 2023 national matches

Green was given the opportunity to choose his gun for the ceremonial first shot, so he chose the bolt-action Winchester Model 70 that Director Emeritus of Civilian Marksmanship, Gary Anderson, used in 1972 to set the only perfect 200-yard standing slow-fire score at the National Matches. “To shoot it was absolutely a huge honor,” Green said. “I was shooting a piece of history.”

The gun’s story begins long before that historic shot. “This gun plays a special role in the history of marksmanship,” said Anderson. “It started as my dad’s rifle and was converted to a match rifle. In 2019, I used it to shoot the first shot, so it’s been here at the First Shot Ceremony a couple times.”

Brandon Green Joins Rimfire Match before First Shot Ceremony
Green, a 20-year member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship unit, arrived at Camp Perry a few days ahead of the rest of his USAMU teammates. SFC Green wanted a few days, he said, to collect his thoughts and prepare the First Shot Ceremony speech he would deliver to the hundreds of people attending the event. But he got sidetracked. As he walked across the Petrarca Range parking lot, he stopped to watch men and women compete in the Smallbore Prone Iron Sight Championship and to talk to CMP Smallbore Program Manager Brad Donoho.

“I told Brad it looked fun and said I’ll have to find a rifle,” Green said. “Brad said I’ve got a guy who has an extra rifle. I borrowed a gun and borrowed ammo and had a lot of fun.”

Members of Congress and CMP Chairman/CEO Attend First Shot Ceremony
The July 10 First Shot ceremony was attended by hundreds of marksmen, National Matches competitors, and dignitaries in the legislative, marksmanship, and military worlds. Guest speakers were Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Ohio); Congressman Bob Latta (Ohio); Major General John C. Harris Jr.; and Gerald O’Keefe, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. O’Keefe talked about the impact the National Matches’ long history has made on marksmanship, and he said the CMP is committed to carrying that impact into the future.

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May 23rd, 2023

SFC Brandon Green Is Speaker at 2023 Camp Perry Nat’l Matches

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The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is privileged to announce the 2023 National Matches First Shot Speaker will be renowned rifle marksman Sergeant First Class (SFC) Brandon Green. After being part of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) since 2004, Green has announced his retirement in 2023 — making this year’s National Matches his last in uniform.

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SFC Green is a shooting superstar — one of the most talented riflemen on the planet. He is a multi-time High Power Rifle National Champion. SFC Green was the 2022 Overall Long Range Champion, and he won every other major individual NRA Long Range Trophy in 2022 — something never done before. With this truly dominant Long Range performance, along with his three previous National High Power Championships, Green has established himself as one of the greatest American marksmen who has ever lived.

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In 2022, Green was the first shooter to sweep ALL FOUR NRA Long Range Championship events. Green is also a 5-time champion of the Interservice Long Range Championships.

With the USAMU, he has been an integral part of multiple record-setting teams in both service rifle and long range rifle and has acted as the lead instructor of the unit’s Marksmanship Training courses. Green also served as Team Chief for the USAMU Service Rifle Team until 2022.

SFC Brandon Green Marksmanship Highlights

SFC Brandon Green is a multi-time Service Rifle National Champion. At the National Matches in 2017, Green fired a record score of 499-30X during the National Trophy Individual (NTI) event. He went on to earn the Mountain Man title, setting a national record score, beating the score the following year for a new record of 1296-83X that still stands today. Additionally, in 2017, he earned the championship title during the CMP’s inaugural 2400 Aggregate Rifle event during the National Matches High Power rifle series.

Green is a three-time winner of the Mountain Man Trophy, awarded to the highest aggregate score in the President’s Rifle, NTI, and National Trophy Team (NTT) matches, and is a three-time winner of the NTI itself, among several other individual National Trophy wins and records.

SFC Brandon Green — 300m Rapid Fire Prone Training with Tubb 2000:
You’ll be amazed at how quickly and smoothly SFC Green cycles this bolt-action rifle.

Greene Shoots Perfect Score at President’s 100
At the 2018 National Matches, Green fired a new national record for the prestigious President’s 100 Match, shooting a perfect score of 400-20X while winning the match. No other competitor had ever achieved a perfect score in the President’s 100 match since the event began (in its current form) in 1894.

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SFC Green’s Military Accolades
Green has earned many military accolades, including being named Soldier of the Year by the Military Marksmanship Association in 2013. Along with his marksmanship honors, his military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medals (4), Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

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About the First Shot Ceremony at Camp Perry
Each year, the First Shot Ceremony serves as a welcoming event for the National Rifle and Pistol Matches at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility. The National Matches attract the nation’s top rifle and pistol shooters for a month of competitions.

The 2023 First Shot Ceremony takes place Monday, July 10, at 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Camp Perry. SFC Green will speak and make the traditional First Shot to officially open the National Matches. Green will be firing the M70 bolt rifle once used by DCM Emeritus and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Gary Anderson, to shoot the National Matches 200-yard standing record in 1971.

CLICK HERE for CMP Camp Perry National Matches INFO PAGE »

High Power Rifle Registration Page

Smallbore Prone and 3P Rifle Registration Page
Rimfire Sporter Registration Page

Airgun Registration Page

SEE the full 2023 National Matches schedule and other event info on the CMP website.

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July 8th, 2019

Nat’l Matches Open Today at Camp Perry — First Shot Ceremony

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Gliding to the ground with SFC Bowman will also be an incredible 60-foot American flag.

The 2019 CMP National Matches event at Camp Perry commences today, July 8, with the First Shot Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Camp Perry’s Rodriguez Range. Firing the ceremonial First Shot will be CMP Vice Chairman E.C. “Chris” Stone. While a West Point Cadet, he shot in the All-Army Matches at Camp Perry. He was commissioned in the Infantry and completed Army Airborne, Ranger, and Jungle Schools. Mr. Stone served in Vietnam and Iran, with awards for service and valor in combat.

Camp Perry 2018 M1A Garand Calendar National Matches
The National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches have been held at Camp Perry since 1907.

The 2019 First Shot celebration features former U.S. Army Golden Knights skydiver, SFC (R) Dana Bowman. SFC Bowman lost both of his legs in 1994 after an in-air collision that also took the life of one of his Golden Knights teammates. SFC Bowman became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. He will descend from the sky with a 60-foot American flag in tow. This 2019 Opening Day at Perry will also include free rides in Model T Ford automobiles and a static display of military vehicles.

The National Matches at Camp Perry draw hundreds of competitors. Below is the 2019 CMP National Matches Calendar, plus links to the 2019 National Matches Program and the Online Registration Site.

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

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The Rimfire Sporter Match attracts hundreds of competitors of all age levels.

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July 9th, 2012

NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships Commence Today

Camp Perry 2012

Lt. General William E. Ingram The 2012 NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships at Camp Perry begin today with the traditional First Shot Ceremony. Following a military band concert, the First Shot Ceremony began at 10:00 AM. Hundreds of shooters, volunteers, employees and spectators were gathered at Camp Perry’s Memorial Monument. This year’s First Shot Speaker, Lieutenant General William E. Ingram Jr., Director Army National Guard, has the honor of firing the First Shot to officially open the 2012 National Matches. Highlights included a color guard, a military band and a National Guard combat maneuver. Dignitaries from the National Rifle Association, CMP, National Guard, all branches of the armed forces and local government representatives were recognized during the ceremony.

Complete day-by-day coverage of the NRA National Championships will be provided by the NRA Blog, which will have a team of reporters on site at Camp Perry throughout the next few weeks. Starting July 10, the NRA Blog will deliver competition updates, with match standings, photos, and video clips.

Pistol Shooters Lead the Way
Camp Perry 2012 Brian ZinsPistoleros take the stage for the first phase of the National Championships. After today’s Pistol Small Arms Firing School and SFAS M9 Pistol EIC Match, the NRA National Pistol Championships commence tomorrow, July 10, and run through July 14 (with National Trophy Matches on the 15th). The Pistol Championships should be hotly contested this year. Legendary handgunner (and Top Shot Season 2 Runner-Up) Brian ‘Gunny’ Zins (USMC retired) returns to Perry with the goal of securing his his eleventh pistol title. Standing in his way will be 2011 Pistol Champion Philip Hemphill along with of James Henderson, John Zurek and others.

2012 CMP National Trophy Matches
9 July: First Shot Ceremony
9 July: Pistol Small Arms Firing School
9 July-4 August: NM Air Gun Events
10 July: Warm-up Pistol Match
15 July: National Trophy Pistol Matches
22 July: National Rimfire Sporter Match
27-29 July: Rifle Small Arms Firing School

2012 NRA Rifle and Pistol Championships
10-14 July: NRA National Pistol Championship
18-26 July: NRA Nat’l Smallbore Rifle Championships
5-15 August: NRA Nat’l High Power Rifle Championships

First Shot Camp Perry 2012

This story is based on report in the NRA Blog.
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