August 5th, 2020

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

CMP Home Range Appreciation shooting match high power smallbore pistol 2020

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.

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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.

CMP Home Range Appreciation shooting match high power smallbore pistol 2020

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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    April 23rd, 2020

    CMP Cancels All 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry

    CMP Civilian Marksmanship Program Event Cancellation national matches camp perry 2020 summer games

    The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) issued a statement yesterday, April 22, 2020, announcing the complete cancellation of the 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry — all rifle and pistol matches are cancelled. Sadly, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and concerns about ongoing stay-at-home and social distancing orders, the CMP declared that there will be no Camp Perry National Matches in 2020:

    Official CMP Statement about 2020 National Matches
    After thoughtful consideration and reflection, the Board of Directors of the Civilian Marksmanship Program announces the cancellation of the 2020 National Matches at Camp Perry.

    “This decision was not arrived at lightly, but was prompted by restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These matches date back to 1903 and have been held at Camp Perry since 1906,” said Judith Legerski, CMP Board Chairman.

    “The health and safety of our competitors, participants, vendors, military support, volunteers and staff members is of the upmost importance — overriding even the historical imperative of maintaining the continuity of the Matches,” agreed Legerski, with Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson and Programs Chief Christie Sewell.

    “We were unable to come up with a manner in which we could safely produce the Matches. Housing and pit duty were amongst the many insurmountable problems faced by the CMP Board,” Legerski explained.

    The CMP looks forward to the 2021 National Matches at Camp Perry as the best marksmanship celebration ever! In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy at home, as we prepare for the new normal ahead of us.

    All CMP operations have been shut down since mid-March and a full resumption of business remains undetermined. Full refunds will be made to those who have already registered.

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    January 11th, 2020

    New and Revised CMP Rules for 2020 Released

    2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

    The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has issued important rule changes for 2020. These cover Highpower Rifle (Centerfire), Smallbore Rifle (Rimfire), and Pistol. In addition, there are CMP Games rules changes. READ RULE CHANGES HERE.

    The big news is that Eye and Hearing Protection are now MANDATORY for Highpower Rifle competitors and Pistol shooters in all CMP-affiliated matches. The 2020 CMP Highpower Rifle, Pistol, and CMP Games Rulebooks all contain the following rule:

    “All competitors and competition officials are required to wear appropriate eye and hearing protection when on shooting range firing lines during highpower rifle or pistol firing. All competitors must comply with this requirement before they can participate in a CMP sponsored or sanctioned competition. Competitors are responsible for selecting their eyewear and hearing protection.”

    2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

    Let there be no confusion, the CMP’s rule change notice adds: “The CMP and its sanctioned match sponsors will actively enforce this rule in 2020″.

    CMP Safety Eye protection glasses rule change
    In 2020, all CMP centerfire rifle and pistol shooters must employ Eye Protection and Hearing Protection.

    Other important Rules Changes include:
    1. Expansion of CMP Pistol Program rules for 3-Gun Match Pistol events.
    2. Establishment of Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges.
    3. Substantial reworking of rules for electronic scoring targets.
    4. Rule Regarding “Resting” Magazine on Arm during Prone.

    No More Mag Resting in Prone Position
    Of note to Service Rifle and M1A shooters is a new rule that attempts to restrict a common practice of using the rifle magazine to support the gun on the arm while shooting prone. A few competitors were resting M1A or M16/AR magazines on their sling arms or shooting jacket sleeves. The prone position rule has been strengthened to state that while “a magazine may touch the shooting jacket sleeve … it may not rest on the jacket sleeve, jacket elbow pad, arm or ground. Competitors must control their prone positions to make they are not using the magazine to support the rifle in prone. Competitors can make sure their prone positions are not questioned by keeping the bottoms of rifle magazines visibly clear of sleeves or arms.

    2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

    Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges
    The Distinguished Rifleman Badge has been a treasured honor among highpower rifle shooters. Now this important award will be available to smallbore shooters as well. The Distinguished Badge Program, which dates back to the first Distinguished Marksman Badges awarded by the Army in 1884, is being expanded in 2020 to award two new badges for excellence in Smallbore Rifle competitions.

    CMP 2020 Rules: Highpower, Smallbore, Pistol, CMP Games

    Report based on article by Gary Anderson, DCM Emeritus
    The CMP Competition Rulebooks that will govern CMP sponsored and sanctioned Highpower Rifle, Pistol, CMP Games and Smallbore Rifle competitions in 2020 have been approved by the CMP Rules Committee and are now posted on the CMP website. The 2020 rulebooks went into effect on the 1st of January. All four rulebooks can be downloaded from the CMP Competition Rulebooks webpage.

    The most important changes in the 2020 Rules include a major expansion of CMP Pistol Program rules that now provide for 3-Gun Match Pistol events, the establishment of Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges, a change in eye and hearing protection use in Highpower Rifle and Pistol Matches from “strongly urged” to “required”, a substantial reworking of rules for electronic scoring targets and several rule clarifications in each of the four disciplines. All changes from the 2019 Rules can easily be identified in the new rulebooks because they are shown in underlined, red text (printed Rulebooks will have underlined text). A detailed summary of 2020 Rule Changes is presented at the end of this article.

    Here are some 2020 CMP Rulebook changes that merit further explanation:

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    August 8th, 2019

    Sara Rozanski Sets New NTI Ladies’ Record at Camp Perry

    Women's ladies trophy Camp Perry High Power Sara Rozanski
    In setting a Women’s record at the 2019 Nat’l Trophy Individual Match, Sara beat 987 other shooters. Only four competitors, all men, had higher scores.

    Women's ladies trophy Camp Perry High Power Sara RozanskiThis lady can shoot! At this year’s National Trophy Individual Match (NTI) at Camp Perry, the very talented Sara Rozanski sent an all-time record for female competitors. Sara shot a stellar 496-22X, a new record score for lady shooters. That record-breaking performance won Sara the Women’s Trophy at the CMP National Matches.

    “It felt amazing to be able to pull it together and perform well”, Rozanski told reporters. Rozanski’s performance eclipsed the previous women’s record of 496-19X set by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Amanda Elsenboss in 2017. Sara finished fifth overall in the 2019 NTI.

    “It’s an honor to set a new women’s record since the level of competition is so high. It gives one a sense of accomplishment knowing you are competing against the best competitors this sport has to offer”, Rozanski said. By stages, Rozanski scored 100-2X standing, 98-2X rapid sitting, 99-6X rapid prone, and 199-12X prone at the 600-yard line.

    Women's ladies trophy Camp Perry High Power Sara Rozanski
    Camp Perry includes rifle ranges out to 1,000 yards. Camp Perry boasts one of the longest continuous firing lines in the world.

    Among all NTI competitors, Sara finished fifth overall after tie-breakers, just one point out of first place and four points from a perfect score of 500. Only four other competitors (all males) beat her 496-22X tally. A total of 992 competitors fired in this year’s NTI match, so Sarah finished ahead of 987 other shooters. That is mighty impressive!

    A native of Toledo, Ohio, just 28 miles from Camp Perry, Rozanski has been competing in High Power rifle events since she was 16 years old, when she started with the M1A, the semi-automatic civilian equivalent of the Army’s M14 rifle. Rozanski serves as the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s High Power rifle program coordinator in Port Clinton, Ohio.

    Women's ladies trophy high Power Camp Perry Sara Rozanski

    National Trophy Individual Match
    The NTI course of fire has no sighters. It starts with 10 shots standing slow fire at 200 yards, followed by 10 shots sitting (or kneeling) rapid fire in 60 seconds at 200 yards. This is followed by 10 shots prone rapid fire in 70 seconds at 300 yards. The match concludes with 20 shots prone slow fire with a time limit of 20 minutes at 600 yards.

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    July 8th, 2019

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

    CMP Camp Perry National Matches
    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

    Click 2019 Calendar for full-screen version.
    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 2019 rimfire sporter Calendar National Matches
    The Rimfire Sporter Match attracts hundreds of competitors of all age levels.

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    June 24th, 2019

    Registration Requirements for NRA Nat’l Pistol Championships

    NRA National Pistol Championship
    Camp Perry photo courtesy USAMU.

    NRA National Pistol Championship2019 NRA National Pistol Championships
    The National Pistol Championships have been conducted at Camp Perry for over 100 years. For 2019, the Camp Perry Joint Training Center in Port Clinton, Ohio will host the NRA National Pistol Championships from July 7-12, 2019.

    Important Registration Requirements
    for 2019 Pistol Competitors

    This year, competitors will be required to create a login on the Competitive Shooting Web Portal before registering for any NRA Championship Match. The NRA claims “This new feature will enhance the competitor experience moving forward, by streamlining event scorekeeping, contact management, and more.” If you don’t do this on or before July 9, 2019, you won’t be able to compete. Got that?

    NRA National Pistol Championship

    READ 2019 NRA National Pistol Championships PROGRAM PDF »

    Competitor registration for the NRA National Pistol Championships will close on July 9, 2019. For more information regarding registration for this event, email pistol@nrahq.org or call 703-267-1468.

    NRA Pistol Championships

    Learn from Brian “Gunny” Zins, 12-Time Nat’l Champion
    Want to be a better pistol shooter? This video provides expert advice from 12-time NRA Pistol Champion Brian Zins who explains how to correct anticipation errors in bullseye pistol shooting.

    Like that video? CLICK HERE to access five more pistol marksmanship training videos featuring Brian Zins.

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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

    Click 2019 Calendar for full-screen version.
    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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    May 9th, 2019

    NRA Expands Competitive Shooting at Camp Atterbury, Indiana

    NRA Competition center Camp Atterbury 2020 Shooting Sports USA
    In 2020, Camp Atterbury will host Smallbore, High Power, and Pistol National Matches.

    Big changes are coming to Indiana. First, all the major NRA National Match Championships — Smallbore (.22 LR) Rifle, High Power Rifle, and Precision Pistol — will be consolidated at Camp Atterbury, IN, starting in 2020. In addition, the NRA plans to create a major competition center at this National Guard facility, a “brand new, competitive shooting Mecca in Indiana.” This was revealed in an NRA-TV interview with Cole McCulloch, NRA Director of Competitive Shooting.

    McCullough declared: “This is a great opportunity to establish a state-of-the-art facility at Camp Atterbury in cooperation with the Indiana National Guard[.]” As reported by John Parker, Editor of Shooting Sports USA, major upgrades are coming to Camp Atterbury in the upcoming months:

    “State-of-the-art facility is an understatement…. For example, the pistol range will feature a mind-boggling, 300 individual points of fire, all of them covered. There will be two, 1000-yard High Power rifle ranges, which will include the proper pit/target systems and parking that will operate on one area of the base. Pistol and smallbore will be located on a totally separate part of the base, meaning they won’t have to split range time. This provides more flexibility for scheduling matches.”

    Camp Atterbury Indiana national guard NRA high power smallbore matches championships

    The NRA has big plans for Camp Atterbury, envisioning that it will host other popular shooting disciplines, beyond the traditional NRA Smallbore and High Power events. According to Shooting Sports USA, in the future Camp Atterbury may host Precision Rifle Series (PRS) competitions, 3-Gun Events, America’s Rifle Challenge matches and more. “The possibilities are limitless.”

    NRA Competition center Camp Atterbury 2020 Shooting Sports USA

    As part of the development of Camp Atterbury as a central hub for firearms competition, the current Camp Atterbury welcome center will be converted to a training center with “multiple training simulators” open to the public. At this training facility, jointly leased by the NRA and the Indiana National guard, visitors will be able to learn about a variety of shooting disciplines.

    All Major Disciplines at Camp Atterbury in 2020
    Starting in the summer of 2020, Camp Atterbury will host the NRA National Matches for Smallbore Rifle, High Power Rifle, and Precision Pistol. It will also continue to host the NRA Long Range Championship. This will consolidate multiple major National Championships all in one location.

    How is Camp Atterbury as a match venue? Very good. Here is a report from a 2017 Nat’l Match competitor, as posted on Facebook:

    Just got back from U.S. Nationals at Camp Atterbury … Here are my observations:

    1. The range was outstanding. Facing the south wasn’t a problem.
    2. On-base accommodations were great and inexpensive.
    3. The base is only 45 minutes from Indianapolis International Airport.
    4. The base is close to towns with restaurants and shopping.
    5. The transportation to and from the pits [was in] air conditioned vans.
    6. By all accounts the event ran smoothly.

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    July 25th, 2018

    Rattle Battle at Camp Perry Next Week

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU
    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU
    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    Next week, on August 2, 2017, the nation’s top Service Rifle Teams will compete in National Trophy Infantry Team (NTIT) Match at Camp Perry, Ohio. In this match, known informally as the “Rattle Battle”, six-member teams shoot at 200, 300, 500 and 600 yards with time limits — 384 rounds total. To win this match, the six shooters must work like a finely-tuned machine. This is a popular match with spectators as there is plenty of action in a short time span. SEE Camp Perry 2018 NM Schedule.


    This video shows the winning 2011 NTIT team at Camp Perry. Six USAMU shooters started with a combined load of 384 rounds to be fired at 8 targets from 600 and 500 yards prone, then 300 yards seated, and finally 200 yards standing.

    Last year, the USAMU-Barnhart Team won the title with a score of 1439, with the USMC Team seconed as 1406. The record for this match is 1466, set by the USAMU-Remily Team in 1996. 2017 Team Barnhart members included: SFC Shane Barnhart (coach), SFC Evan Hess (captain), SFC Brandon Green, SFC William Pace, SSG Cody Shields, SGT Joseph Peterson, SPC Lane Ichord, and PVT Forrest Greenwood. (U.S. Army photos by Michelle Lunato/released).

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    The National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT) was first fired in 1922 and is part of the the CMP’s annual National Rifle Matches at Camp Perry. The NTIT is called the “Rattle Battle” because it emphasizes extremely fast, accurate fire.

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    Our friend Grant U., who runs the Precision Shooting Journal on Facebook, says the NTIT is a special match, a real “crowd-pleaser: “The National Trophy Infantry Team Match (Rattle Battle)… was always one of my favorite team events. It takes a hell of a lot more planning, practice, and precision than one might expect. You get one shot at it and the entire team had better be running on all cylinders because there are no alibis. Each team of six shooters is allocated 384 rounds and when the teams fire at 600 and 500 yards, it sounds like a war.”

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU
    SFC Brandon Green, one of the nation’s finest marksmen, won the 2018 NRA High Power Rifle Championship at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

    NTIT National Trophy Infantry Team Match Rattle Battle USAMU

    PHOTOS courtesy U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. See more on USAMU Facebook Page.
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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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    July 3rd, 2018

    National Rimfire Sporter Match at Camp Perry July 22, 2018

    CMP rimfire sporter match Camp Perry 2017 smallbore rifle
    The CMP National Rimfire Sporter Match is a fun competition with affordable smallbore rifles with either scopes or iron sights. All you need are a .22 LR rifle, sling, and ammo.

    Each year, the Rimfire Sporter Match attracts hundreds of shooters to the shores of Lake Erie. If there is a single CMP event at Camp Perry that offers the highest level of shooter satisfaction, the most diverse group of competitors, and the lowest cost of entry, that would be the annual Rimfire Sporter Match. This year’s match will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2018 on the Viale Range. The Rimfire Sporter Match is for smallbore rifles that weigh 7 1/2 pounds or less with sights. Firing is done at 25 and 50 yards in prone, sitting and standing positions, in slow and rapid fire modes.

    Register Online for 2018 Rimfire Sporter Match | Download Printable PDF Registration Form

    On Saturday July 21st, Rimfire Sporter Competitors will check-in, have their rifles weighed, triggers checked, and receive their squad assignment. Also on Saturday there will be a free Rimfire Sporter Seminar held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center.

    Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic, in three classes: the standard “O Class” for open-sighted rifles, “T-Class” for telescope-sighted rifles, and the “Tactical Rimfire” Class. Firing is done at 50 and 25 yards on a target with a 1.78″ ten-ring. The target is simple enough for a beginner to hit, yet challenging enough that only one competitor in the history of the match has ever fired a perfect 600 score. Here’s the young man who did that, Samuel Payne:

    CMP rimfire sporter match Camp Perry 2017 smallbore rifle

    Download CMP Rimfire Sporter Guidebook | View AccurateShooter’s Rimfire Sporter Page

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    FREE Ammo from Lapua (One 50rd Box per Entrant):
    Lapua has graciously donated 50 rounds of Lapua .22 smallbore ammunition for each competitor in the National Rimfire Sporter Match, but this ammunition will not be enough to shoot the entire match. Competitors will need a total of 60 rounds to fire the Rimfire Sporter Match plus any sighters or range alibis.

    Rimfire Sporter Equipment

    Getting Ready for the 2018 Rimfire Sporter Match

    Preparing for the Match: You need to bring your own .22 cal. Rimfire rifle(s) and ammunition. Special target shooting equipment, shooting jackets, or shooting gloves are not permitted, but feel free to bring a spotting telescope and ground cloth or shooting mat. You will be shooting on a grass firing point. Competitors are strongly urged to you wear hearing and eye protection.

    A free Shooters’ Clinic will be held Saturday the 21st from 4:00-6:00PM (no equipment is needed for the clinic). The Clinic covers Rimfire Sporter rules, safety instructions, course of fire, and competition procedures. The Clinic will also demonstrate the firing positions, use of the sling, as well as slow and rapid-fire techniques. Shooters who have not previously attended a CMP Rimfire Sporter Match are strongly encouraged to attend.

    Rimfire Sporter Course of Fire

    Competitors will complete slow fire prone, rapid fire prone, slow fire sitting or kneeling, rapid fire sitting or kneeling, slow fire standing, and rapid fire standing shot sequences. To learn more about the National Rimfire Sporter Match, CLICK HERE.

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    Three different classifications of rifles can be used in Rimfire Sporter competition: “O Class” for open-sighted rifles, “T Class” for telescope-sighted rifles and the recently-added “Tactical Rimfire” class. Awards are offered to High Juniors, High Seniors, High Women as well as Overall winners are named for each class.

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    Do you want to see more match photos? CLICK HERE to view the CMP Zenfolio Archive with 500+ photos from 2016 National Rimfire Sporter Match.

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    June 2nd, 2018

    Key INFO for 2018 National Matches at Camp Atterbury, Indiana

    NRA National Matches Camp Atterbury Indiana High Power Service Rifle

    National High Power Matches / July 5-24, 2018 / Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, Indiana

    This year, as in 2017, the NRA National High Power Matches will be held at Camp Atterbury in Indiana (no more Camp Perry). The Rifle National Matches, scheduled for July 5-24, will include the High Power Championship, the Long Range Championship, and the Mid-Range Championship, along with other special events. The National Matches attract many of North America’s top marksmen every year. While some competitors miss the Camp Perry experience, we have heard very positive feedback about Camp Atterbury from those who have actually shot there. They like the venue and the ranges.

    Get Nat’l Match High Power Program HERE | See Nat’l Match Fee Schedule HERE

    NRA National Matches Camp Atterbury Indiana High Power Service Rifle

    IMPORTANT: If you want to compete at the National High Power Matches you need to register soon. Entries must be received by Saturday, June 18 for online submissions, and Wednesday, July 2 (by 2:00 p.m.) for on-site and mail-in entries.* For online entry, please visit www.nmentry.com and follow the instructions there. Entry via mail must be made on the appropriate entry card, and be accompanied by full entry fees. To receive an entry card via mail, please email comphelp@nrahq.org. All entries are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Mailing address for entries is: Camp Atterbury, P.O. Box 5000, Edinburgh, IN 46124 ATTN: NRA. Please note, the postmark will NOT be used to determine whether or not an entry makes the deadline.

    NRA National Matches Camp Atterbury Indiana High Power Service Rifle
    This article was prepared with information from the NRA and Shooting Sports USA.

    How is Camp Atterbury as a match venue? Very good. Here is a report from a 2017 Nat’l Match competitor, as posted on Facebook:

    Just got back from U.S. Nationals at Camp Atterbury … Here are my observations:

    1. The range was outstanding. Facing the south wasn’t a problem.
    2. On-base accommodations were great and inexpensive.
    3. The base is only 45 min from Indianapolis International Airport.
    4. The base is close to towns with restaurants and shopping.
    5. The transportation to and from the pits [was in] air conditioned vans.
    6. By all accounts the event ran smoothly.

    NRA National Matches Camp Atterbury Indiana High Power Service Rifle
    Long Range competitors at 2017 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships.

    National Matches at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 2018 Schedule:

    Monday, July 2: NRA Range Personnel Arrive
    Tuesday, July 3: NRA Orientation
    Thursday, July 5: High Power Rifle Packet Pickup
    Friday, July 6: Whistler Boy Junior Team, 2nd Amendment Team Match, NRA Awards Ceremony, Competitor Meeting
    Saturday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 11: NRA High Power Rifle (awards ceremony on concluding day)
    Thursday, July 12: Long Range Packet Pickup and Competitor Meeting
    Friday, July 13 – Monday, July 16: NRA Long Range (awards ceremony on concluding day)
    Tuesday, July 17: NRA Long Range Palma, Palma Team Awards Ceremony
    Wednesday, July 18 – Saturday, July 21: NRA Mid Range Individual
    Sunday, July 22: NRA Mid Range Teams, Mid Range Awards Ceremony
    Monday, July 23: Range Clean Up/Clear Out

    For a more detailed calendar, with event times, view the Nat’l Matches High Power Program PDF.

    NRA National Matches Camp Atterbury Indiana High Power Service Rifle
    2017 marked the first year the NRA National High Power Championships were held in Indiana at Camp Atterbury. Previously they took place at Camp Perry in Ohio.

    Competitor Badges and Info Packets
    All competitors must pick up a packet for their particular discipline on the dates listed below. Without exception, an ID badge for each team member must be provided before packets will be issued.

    Thursday, July 5: NRA High Power 9:00 a.m.
    Wednesday, July 11: One Mile Shot 9:00 a.m.
    Thursday, July 12: NRA Long Range 1:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, July 17: NRA Mid-Range 9:00 a.m.

    Lodging at Camp Atterbury and Nearby
    There is on-base lodging — rooms and cabins will be available to all competitors 18 and over. To book a room, or for any questions about lodging, please call (812) 526-1128. Camp Atterbury lodging includes suites and standard rooms as well as the MWR Campground and the MWR Cabins. Lodging is controlled by the Camp Atterbury Lodging Office, not by the NRA. Entry fees DO NOT include lodging costs. There are also a number of hotels nearby, including Charwood Suites. Nearby campground Johnson County Park also offers special rates for High Power competitors.


    *Four exceptions to this rule are: Whistler Boy and 2nd Amendment (High Power; by mail or onsite) which will be accepted until Thursday, July 5, and Enlisted Men’s and Rumbold and RNDC (High Power; by mail or onsite) which will be accepted until Friday, July 6.

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    July 18th, 2017

    Camp Perry Report — The National President’s 100 Rifle Match

    President's 100 Camp Perry Dennis Santiago
    All Camp Perry photos courtesy Dennis Santiago.

    Our friend Dennis Santiago is at Camp Perry this summer. Yesterday (7/17/17) he competed in the historic National President’s 100 Match. This is a huge event — this year, there were 1109 ranked competitors from throughout the nation, making this one of the biggest High Power events of the year.

    The President’s 100 Rifle Match is richly steeped in history. This unique match was first held in 1878. Here’s the view from the line at 600 yards:
    President's 100 Camp Perry Dennis Santiago

    The 2017 President’s 100 Rifle Match was a tightly-fought affair, with the top five shooters separated by just three points. Justin Utley from Texas shot superbly to take the top position and President’s Rifle Trophy. The top 100 competitors overall in the President’s Rifle Match are designated as the President’s 100. They receive President’s 100 medallions and certificates. GET full match results. (Click Link then “Results” tab).

    President's 100 Camp Perry Dennis Santiago

    Top Five Shooters at 2017 National President’s 100 Match
    1. Justin Utley (TX) 396-17X (Trophy Winner)
    2. SFC Brandon Green (GA, USAMU) 394-20X
    3. Robert Taylor II (CA) 394-11X
    4. MAJ Samuel Freeman (NC, USAR), 393-23X
    5. SGT Ben Cleland, (OH) 393-19X

    President’s 100 Shoot Off! — The Top 20 shooters face off while everyone watches, wishing the best for every one of them. This is what attending a family gathering is for us.
    President's 100 Camp Perry Dennis Santiago

    Dennis Says Camp Perry is about Friendships as Well as Marksmanship
    This is Dennis Santiago’s second year at Camp Perry. He will be competing in a number of events: “This will be my second year attending the National Matches at Camp Perry. It will be my first time navigating CMP week using a scoped service rifle. I hope to do well at the Oliver Hazard Perry, President’s 100, and National Trophy Individual (NTI). I will be shooting with the California Team again and one of my goals is to help our contingent do well in the team matches, the Infantry Trophy match aka ‘Rattle Battle’ in particular. I am also looking forward to shooting my M-1 Garand at Camp Perry[.]

    But most of all, my goal is to spend time with as many of my friends as possible — the friends I’ve known and hang out with throughout the year, the ones I only see once a year at Camp Perry, and the many I’ve only conversed with on social media and will meet in person for the first time. More than anything, Camp Perry is where I come home to my shooting family. My mission is to celebrate my love of this sport with them.”

    Origins of the President’s Match
    The National Rifle Association’s President’s Match was instituted in 1878, as the American Military Rifle Championship Match. In 1884, the name was changed to the President’s Match for the Military Rifle Championship of the United States. It was fired at Creedmoor, New York until 1891. In 1895, it was reintroduced at Sea Girt, New Jersey. Today, the match is held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

    Dunfey USAMU President's MatchThe President’s Match was patterned after an event for British Volunteers called the Queen’s Match. That British competition was started in 1860 by Queen Victoria and the NRA of Great Britain to increase the ability of Britain’s marksmen following the Crimean War.

    The tradition of making a letter from the President of the United States the first prize began in 1904 when President Theodore Roosevelt personally wrote a letter of congratulations to the winner, Private Howard Gensch of the New Jersey National Guard.

    After a hiatus in the 1930s and 1940s, The President’s Match was reinstated in 1957 at the National Matches as “The President’s Hundred.” The 100 top-scoring competitors in the President’s Match were singled out for special recognition.

    CLICK HERE for history of the President’s Match.

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    July 17th, 2017

    The Camp Perry Experience … with Dennis Santiago

    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches
    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

    Our friend Dennis Santiago ventured to Camp Perry this year to compete in the CMP rifle matches. He will be shooting individually, as well as with a rifle team from California. Here is an insider’s view of the “places and spaces” at this historic venue. You can see that the accommodations can’t be called luxurious. Thanks for the images Dennis — good luck at the President’s 100 Match today!

    Rodriguez Range. This is Camp Perry.
    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

    Dennis at Camp Perry with Jim Laughland, the man, the legend.
    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

    Life in the Pits…
    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

    “Hut Life” — a view of Hut Row at Dawn’s Early Light.
    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

    “You don’t have to live like a refugee.” Well … unless you are bivouacked in a
    prisoner of war encampment. It’s good to have friends with cameras.

    Dennis Santiago Camp Perry 2017 CMP National Matches

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    July 15th, 2017

    Calendar for 2018 National Matches Events at Camp Perry

    Camp Perry 2018 M1A Garand Calendar National Matches

    This may seem like “jumping the gun” (pardon the pun), since the 2017 CMP Matches at Camp Perry are still in progress, but we wanted our readers to be the first to know about next year’s schedule. The 2018 National Matches Calendar for Camp Perry has been finalized and posted. Visit the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018NMCalendar.pdf.


    CLICK HERE for 2018 National Matches Calendar (PDF) »

    Click 2018 Calendar for full-screen version.
    Camp Perry National Matches Calendar 2018 NRA CMP

    Year 2018 Camp Perry NM Competition activities begin with NRA/CMP pistol matches on July 8-14, 2018. The Smallbore Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), Junior Rifle Camp, and rimfire matches run the next week, concluding with the hugely popular Rimfire Sporter Match on July 22. 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 – Presidents 100 Rifle Match
    July 30 – National Trophy Individual Rifle Match
    August 1 – National Carbine Match
    August 2 – National Trophy Infantry Team Match (“Rattle Battle”)
    August 3 – CMP Vintage Sniper Rifle Match
    August 4 – M1 Garand Match and Springfield M1A Match
    August 5 – Springfield/Vintage Bolt Rifle Match

    Camp Perry CMP Small Arms Firing School

    Camp Perry 2018 rimfire sporter Calendar National Matches

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    June 24th, 2017

    CMP & Nat’l Matches Calendar: Camp Perry and Camp Atterbury

    National Matches CMP Calendar Camp Perry Ohio
    CLICK HERE to view larger version of this image.

    CLICK HERE for 2017 National Matches Calendar (PDF).

    The CMP National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio commence with the First Shot Ceremony on Monday, June 26, 2017. That’s just two days away! With the NRA having moved the National High Power Rifle Championships away from Camp Perry to Indiana this year, the CMP has stepped into the breach, offering more matches in the first part of the June 2017 National Match Schedule.

    In the opening week of the National Matches schedule, June 26-30, 2017, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will lead off with CMP Service Rifle and CMP Match Rifle events, called the CMP Cup Matches. The CMP Cup series includes: CMP Four-Man Team Match, CMP 800 Aggregate Matches, and CMP Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) Service Rifle Match. This will be followed by pistol events July 1-2, and July 9-13, 2017.

    Camp Perry M1A Match

    On July 14-25, the CMP conducts its second set of National Matches rifle events including the CMP National Trophy Rifle Matches, and CMP Rifle Games Events. Notable special events will include the President’s 100 Match (July 17), National Trophy Team Match (July 20), the CMP Garand Match and M1A Match (July 22), and the Vintage Sniper Match (July 24). The Sniper Match was the brainchild of Hornady’s Dave Emary. The competition was inspired by his father, a World War II scout sniper, who carried a rifle similar to the 1903A4 rifle builds found today on the Camp Perry firing line.

    Hornady’s Dave Emary and “Gunny” R. Lee Ermey (right) at Vintage Sniper Match:
    AccurateShooter.com CMP Vintage Sniper Rifle Match

    Rimfire Sporter — Fun for the Whole Family
    The CMP’s final event, the hugely popular National Rimfire Sporter Match, will be held on Saturday, July 29 (see below). For more information, visit the CMP 2017 National Matches website.

    Watch Highlights from the 2016 National Rimfire Sporter Match:

    Download CMP Rimfire Sporter Guidebook | View AccurateShooter’s Rimfire Sporter Page

    National Rimfire Sporter Match Camp Perry 2016

    NRA Events at Camp Atterbury, Indiana

    Camp Atterbury Indiana Perry CMP Cup Matches Ohio NRA High Power

    This year, NRA High Power events and major rifle championships will be held in Indiana, at Camp Atterbury. The American Rifleman website explains: “The High Power Rifle Championships have a new venue, exciting side matches and the opportunity to shoot at a mile. Preparations for the 2017 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships at Camp Atterbury (near Edinburgh, Indiana) are proceeding well. The Indiana National Guard is making improvements to firing lines, housing is open for reservations, and buildings have been selected for administrative needs[.] NRA and the Indiana National Guard are working hard to make this year at Camp Atterbury a memorable one.”

    The championships will be conducted July 7 to 25, 2017, and they will include Across-the-Course (XTC), Mid-Range, and Long-Range matches, as well as classic trophy matches — such as the Leech Cup and the Wimbledon Cup… and, of course, Palma competition.

    Match Schedules Adjusted to Allow Travel Time
    The shooting schedule has been adjusted to give competitors time to travel between events held at different locations. Following the completion of the XTC matches, competitors will have a day to travel to Camp Perry, Ohio, should they wish to attend the Small Arms Firing School and shoot the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Trophy Matches. Similarly, Smallbore Prone competitors in Bristol, Indiana, will have a day of travel to arrive at Camp Atterbury to participate in the High Power Mid-Range and Long-Range Prone matches.

    Camp Atterbury Indiana range High Power championship

    High Power Rifle Championship (Camp Atterbury, IN — July 7-25, 2017)
    Webpage: CLICK HERE for National High Power Rifle Championships INFO.
    High Power Rifle Registration: https://competitions.nra.org/NationalMatches/
    Updated Schedule: Updated Schedule for 2017 National High Power Rifle Championships
    Program: 2017 NRA High Power Rifle Championship Program (PDF)

    NRA National Championship Rifle Events in Indiana
    The NRA has moved the National High Power XTC Rifle Championship, Mid-Range Championship, and Long Range Championship away from Camp Perry, Ohio, starting in 2017. Starting this summer, all these events will henceforth be held at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. That means if you want to compete in both CMP and NRA rifle matches, you would need to go two different venues, located 280 miles apart, in two different states.


    Camp Wa-ke'-de range Bristol indiana IN championship

    Smallbore Rifle Championship (Wa-Ke’-De Range, Bristol, IN — July 8-17, 2017)
    Webpage: CLICK HERE for National Smallbore Rifle Championships INFO.
    Smallbore Rifle Registration: https://compete.nra.org/smallboresignup/


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    June 1st, 2017

    Arizona Scorpions Junior High Power Team Prepares for Perry

    Scorpion Junior High Power Rifle Team Arizona Scorpions

    Story based on report by Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
    The Arizona Scorpions Junior High Power Rifle Team has earned a great reputation at major matches. These young folks can shoot. Year after year, the Scorpions have ranked among the top Junior teams in the nation. Since 1983, the team has earned six Minuteman Trophies — awarded to the top junior team in the CMP’s National Trophy Rifle Team Match. The team has also taken home 14 Junior Infantry Team Trophy National Champion titles since 1988. Sponsored by the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association (AZRPA), the team is headed to Camp Perry this year with lofty goals.

    At last year’s National Matches, three AZ Scorpions (Zac Clark, Sarah Nguyen and Kade Jackovich) placed among the Top 20 junior competitors during the CMP’s National Trophy Individual match. What’s more, four Scorpions teams placed in the Top 25 at the National Trophy Junior Team event. A six-person AZ Scorpions team also beat out 14 other junior teams to earn the top place and 13th overall in the difficult Infantry Team Match (Rattle Battle).

    Scorpion Junior High Power Rifle Team Arizona Scorpions

    Look for the AZ Scorpions and other junior High Power teams at this year’s National Matches, firing throughout the month of July at Camp Perry! Registration is open for the 2017 National Matches. CLICK HERE for more information.

    Scorpions Shooters Go Distinguished at a Young Age
    Many Scorpions juniors are on their way to earning their Distinguished Rifleman Badge. Recently, Scorpions juniors Zac Clark and Sarah Nguyen took first and second, respectively, during the 2017 Desert Sharpshooters Excellence In Competition (EIC) Service Rifle Match in March, which helped the pair move closer towards their individual Distinguished Rifleman Badges. Clark and Nguyen also took the top two places during the 2016 Creedmoor Cup Match in Phoenix in October.

    Scorpion Zade Jackovich earned a spot on the coveted President’s 100 team after an outstanding performance during the President’s Rifle Match in 2015. Zade earned his final EIC points during the National Trophy Individual Match, so he could take the stage to be pinned with a Distinguished Badge.

    Scorpion Junior High Power Rifle Team Arizona Scorpions

    Scorpions Team Members Earn Military Academy Appointments
    Nguyen, recently received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 2021, and is the fourth Scorpion to do so. Other talented Scorpions “alumni” include Tyler Rico, who fired on the team from 2007 to 2012, and became the youngest marksman to earn the Distinguished Rifleman Badge when he was 13 years old. He has also held several National Records, among other accomplishments, and went on to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. In total, four members of the team earned shooting scholarships to military academies in 2012, including spots at West Point and the Naval Academy.

    To learn more about the AZ Scorpions Junior High Power Team, visit ArizonaJuniorHP.com and the team’s Facebook Page.

    This video shows Scorpions Team Members in Action at Ben Avery Range in February 2017.

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    April 15th, 2017

    Plastic Pistols at Perry? Yes It’s True… New Glock Match in July

    Glock Camp Perry National Matches Pistol GSSF

    The CMP has approved a new event for Glock pistols at the 2017 National Matches at Camp Perry. Plastic Pistols at Perry? Traditionalists may scoff, but this is certainly a way to get more (and younger) pistol competitors involved. The first-ever GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Match will be held on July 1, 2017 as part of the CMP’s 2017 National Matches. The inaugural Glock Match will be open to both adults and juniors, with two different categories: Stock and Unlimited.

    The big news are the prizes — six Glock pistols will be awarded to top Class winners. The Glock Match will be shot on NRA D1 paper targets, with ten (10) rounds each at 5, 7, 10, 15 and 25 yards. NOTE: This is NOT a slow-fire match. According to the CMP press release, competitors will have just 15 seconds for each 10-round string. We hope that’s a misprint — ten shots in 15 seconds makes this a “mag-dump” contest, not a precision match, in our opinion. To compete at the match, shooters must have an active GSSF membership (you can join during match registration at check-in).

    Glock Camp Perry National Matches Pistol GSSF

    There will be two pistol classes, Stock and Unlimited. The Stock Class is for GLOCK firearms with components that are or ever have been available from GLOCK, Inc., though some modifications are permitted. NOTE: Fiber-optic and express sights are approved.

    The Unlimited Class is for firearms with major modifications such as aftermarket barrels, mag funnels, recoil springs, and firing pins. Unlimited Class pistols can use “any non-post and notch sights including but not limited to, ghost ring or laser, electronic or optical sights.”

    “This match was suggested by Bob Schanen, a valued, long-time GLOCK employee and Camp Perry rifle competitor for 30+ years,” said Brandie Collins, GLOCK public relations and communication manager. “The partnership with CMP in bringing this match to Camp Perry meets our common goals of promoting safe gun handling, marksmanship and introducing people to competitive shooting. Shooters of all skill levels will enjoy shooting this match.”

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    February 3rd, 2017

    New CMP Range Officer (RO) Training Program

    CMP Range Officer Program training

    This year, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will offer a new Range Officer Training Program. This comprehensive training program will train and certify Range Officers for the CMP phases of the National Matches, CMP Travel (Regional) Games competitions, and CMP 3-position air rifle championships. The first objective of the new program is to train volunteers to serve as Range Officers in the 2017 National Matches. The course fee will be waived for National Matches volunteers.

    CMP Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson explained: “Knowledgeable, fair, effective Range Officers are absolutely essential… The CMP recognizes that the best way to make sure it has excellent Range Officers for its competitions is to train them.”

    The CMP held the first-ever New England CMP Games event in 2016.
    CMP Gmes

    Range Officer Volunteers will be enrolled in Level I training to be completed in the first months of 2017. Level II courses will be available prior to the start of the National Matches. If you have questions about the RO Training Program, email the CMP Competition Department: competitions [at] thecmp.org.

    Level I Range Officer Training
    Level I Range Officer instruction covers general topics common to all Range Officer work. Enrollees will receive a Range Officer Handbook titled Becoming a Range Officer and be able to complete an online training course. Enrollees who complete Level I training will receive a certification and CMP Range Officer Vest and be eligible to attend Level II training.

    Levels II and III Range Officer Training
    Level II courses are discipline-specific, 1-day, in-person sessions taught by CMP-appointed instructors. Level II RO instruction will be offered for four shooting disciplines: 1) Highpower Rifle; 2) Bulls-Eye Pistol; 3) Rimfire Sporter; and 4) 3-Position Air Rifle. The highest Level III certification will be issued after Range Officers who complete Level II training serve as Range Officers in CMP competitions under the supervision of a CMP Master Range Officer. CMP Master Range Officers will conduct/supervise the training of Level II and Level III students. The first Level II courses should begin in March or April.

    CMP Rimfire Sporter Competition
    Level II Training will be offered for this and other specific disciplines.

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    December 15th, 2016

    CMP Adds New Rifle Events in First Week of National Matches

    Camp Perry CMP Cup Matches Ohio NRA High Power

    With the NRA Moving the National High Power Rifle Championships away from Camp Perry starting in 2017, the CMP has stepped into the breach, offering a new series of rifle matches in the first part of the June 2017 National Match Schedule. The new CMP Cup Individual Matches, CMP Cup Team Match, and EIC Rifle Match will provide rifle competitors an opportunity to participate in the type of matches that have been fired on the shore of Lake Erie since 1907.

    In the opening week of the National Matches schedule, June 26-30, 2017, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will lead off the competitions with CMP Service Rifle and CMP Match Rifle events, called the CMP Cup Matches. The CMP Cup series includes a CMP Four-Man Team Match, three days of CMP 800 Aggregate Matches (2,400-point Overall Aggregate), and wrapping up with a CMP Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) Service Rifle Match.

    NOTE: The New Matches (Marked as CMP CUP WEEK) Will Be Held June 26-30, 2017:
    CMP CUP National Matches Calendar 2017 Camp Perry

    CLICK HERE for 2017 National Matches Calendar (PDF).

    “We are pleased to announce the introduction of new CMP service rifle and match rifle events during the first phase of the National Matches, previously occupied by other events”, said Mark Johnson, CMP Chief Operating Officer. “It is our mission… to host competitive rifle and pistol matches befitting our nation’s best shooters at the permanent home of the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.” The CMP’s expansion of marksmanship events at Perry began in 2016 with the Legacy Series events for vintage and modern military rifles.

    BACKGROUND: NRA MOVES RIFLE EVENTS to INDIANA
    The NRA has announced that it is moving the National High Power XTC Rifle Championship, Mid-Range Championship, and Long Range Championship away from Camp Perry, Ohio, starting in 2017. These matches will henceforth be held at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. These changes are subject to final approval by the NRA Board of Directors in 2017, but we do not anticipate a change. That means if you want to compete in both CMP and NRA rifle matches, you would need to go two different venues, located 280 miles apart, in two different states.

    On July 14, the CMP will fire its second set of National Matches rifle events including SAFS for Rifle, the CMP National Trophy Rifle Matches, and CMP Rifle Games Events, which conclude July 25. The final event, CMP National Rimfire Sporter Match, will be conducted on Saturday, July 29.

    For more information about the National Matches, including the finalized 2017 calendar, visit the CMP 2017 National Matches website.

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