Williams Breaks Lasting Vintage Military Record During 2017 National Match Games Events

CAMP PERRY, Ohio - Brian Williams, 43, of Granby, MA, set a new National Record with his K-31 Swiss in the National Vintage Military Rifle Match, firing a score of 294-13x. Williams broke the previous record of 293-4x, which had stood since 2010.  As in past years, many competitors traveled to Camp Perry to fire in the Games events.

Summer Air Rifle Camp at Camp Perry Hosts Group of Nepali Junior Marksmen

CAMP PERRY, Ohio -  The 2017 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Junior Rifle Camps wrapped up its season at the beginning of August - again filling to capacity each of the 16 camps and clinics held around the country over the last few months. Back in June, the Camp Perry session hosted a group of distinct campers who are not only new to the sport, but who are also adjusting to life in the United States. Joining their high school sporter team were four freshman students from Nepal, a small country in Asia tucked between India and China. Having left their native land when they were young, they all now attend Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ky. - an established English as a Second Language (ESL) center.

Sign Up Now for Upcoming Women On Target® Marksmanship Clinic at Camp Perry

CAMP PERRY, Ohio - A National Rifle Association (NRA) instructional shooting clinic for women only will be held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The Women On Target® event at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) facility is open to female marksmen of all ages and experience levels - aimed to instill firearm handling, safety and confidence in a friendly environment.


Shooting News in Other Media 

Competitors shoot at targets during the Infantry Trophy Team Match at the CMP National Matches.

At the World Series of Competitive Shooting, Politics Are (Mostly) Left at the Gate - The Civilian Marksmanship Program's signature event is haven for self-described 'gun nerds' - By Sean Campbell, The Trace - John Walsh, a 36-year-old Brooklynite wearing a leather shooting jacket, tight jeans, and a gay pride button, is lying on the floor of a hotel room in rural Ohio with a World War II-era rifle, taking aim at the peephole in the door. He wraps the sling of the M1 Garand around his forearm. His father, Bob Walsh, watches him tighten the strap as he had shown him. The idea is to distribute the heavy weapon's weight throughout his upper body.  John slows his breathing to steady the rifle and relaxes his arm muscles. There should only be tension in his trigger finger during the split second before he takes a shot, his father tells him. Click here to read the complete article.

Photo by  Aaron Ricca.
Latigo Barrett, right, fires off a round at Seven Mile Hill Range in Golden Valley.

Cool Gun Talk At School - Safety and respect drive Kingman High School's Sharpshooter's Club - By Aaron Ricca, Daily Miner - It's been decades since people associated guns in school as a positive thing. Established about seven years ago, Mohave County Sheriff's Deputy Kerry Schanaman started the Sharpshooter's Club at Kingman High School that teaches archery, pistol and shotgun shooting skills. Since then, an average of 12 lucky high schoolers a year have had the opportunity to safely and responsibly practice their shotgun, speed-pistol and archery skills. Don't be alarmed, it's not like the kids are toting weapons through the hallways. Click here to read the complete article.

This is the 'greatest rifle ever made' according to R. Lee Ermey - By Eric Milzarski, We Are The Mighty - This is his rifle. There are many like it, but "Ginger Dinger" is his.  That was the name 'Gunny' R. Lee Ermey gave his beloved M1 Garand rifle. It's been heralded by General George S. Patton as "the greatest battle implement ever devised."  In an era of lever-action or bolt-action rifles, nothing can compare the speed and accuracy of a semi-automatic that uses the high-pressured gas from the cartridge being fired to do all the work for you. All troops had to do was just pull the trigger, the spent shell is ejected, the next round is chambered, and you're ready to fire again. At the time of it's creation in 1936, this was an absolute game changer. Click here to read the complete article.

Junior ROTC camp teaches students leadership - By Gabriella Canales, Victoria Advocate - Gabriel Aguilar, 17, looks up after shooting his rifle during marksmanship training with the Air Force Junior ROTC. "It's pretty exciting," Gabriel said of learning with the JROTC. "It's a really useful experience to show what good you can do in the community." Click here to read the complete article.

Shoot for gold: McDowell teen wins big at national shooting sports championship - By Dustin Chandler, McDowell News - A McDowell teenager aimed for success and came home with gold around his neck. In this year's 4-H Shooting Sport National Championship, Garrett McPeters of Marion walked away with seven gold medals and one silver in smallbore pistol shooting. McPeters, 18, admits that despite early interest in shooting, his attention focused on another sport for several years. Click here to read the complete article.

Martin making his mark - By Michael Selecky, Sports Editor - The Mexico Ledger - At most sporting events when somebody brings a gun out it means the good times are over, but for Mexico senior Ted Martin it means the fun has just begun. That was especially true this summer when Martin traveled to a marksmanship camp at the Olympic Training Center in Golden Springs, Co., to work with a staff that included Ohio State Head Rifle Coach Ryan Tanoue and Naval Academy Head Rifle coach Mike Anti. Click here to read the complete article.

Career path set as boy at Camp Perry, leads to Bianchi Cup National record - By Michelle Lunato, USAMU Public Affairs Chief - When he was a boy, Adam Sokolowski looked forward to his annual trips to Camp Perry, Ohio where he'd compete in pistol matches and interact with Soldiers. Back then, it was just something fun for a father and son to do too. However, those summer trips wound up defining that young boy's skills, career, and ultimately, his life. It all officially started 20 years ago. In 1997, the young Sokolowski attended Camp Perry's Small Arms Firing School along with his dad, Frank. There, father and son practiced their pistol skills by learning techniques from Soldiers on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Service Pistol Team. Click here to read the complete article.

News from the CMP 

CMP Training Clinics. The CMP has several upcoming training clinics. For more information,  contact Kim Filipiak at  or by phone 419-635-2141 ext 706.   

Range Officer Training Course Level II
September 20, 2017  New England Games, VT
     Highpower Rifle & Bulls-Eye Pistol
October 12, 2017  Western Games, AZ
     Highpower Rifle
December 4, 2017  Talladega 600, AL
     Highpower Rifle & Bulls-Eye Pistol

GSM Master Instructor Training Workshop
December 5, 2017 - Talladega, AL

Talladega Marksmanship Classes - The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park invites you to participate in its weekly firearms safe handling and basic fundamentals classes. These classes will be taught every will be hosted with both classroom training and live firing on the Talladega ranges. Materials will cover safety and firearms handling and hands on practical application. For more information, visit or contact us at 256-474-4408 ext 460 or 461 or email

An NRA/USAS/CMP Level 1 Rifle/Air Rifle Coach course will be offered in Carrollton, GA, September 2-3. For more information, contact Mike Lewis at 687-215-1304 or .

An NRA/USAS/CMP Level 1 Coach School will be conducted in Union, SC, September 23-24. For more information contact Paul Davis at

Applications for the CMP Range Officer Training Course are now available. The CMP Range Officer Training Course is a program developed by the Civilian Marksmanship Program to provide training and structured on-the-range work experiences to prepare interested persons to serve as qualified Range Officers in CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions. There is a course fee of $75.00 for the Level I CMP Range Officer Training course. For more information, visit

Open Public Shooting at Petrarca Range, held on Mondays, from 10:00AM - 5:00PM. Bring your rifles and ammunition to enjoy the CMP Targets (electronic targets) which provide instant feedback on the screen next to your firing point. Cost is $10 per hour/$25 for 3 hours. For more information, visit .

Upcoming Matches at Petrarca Range at Camp Perry:

CMP Talladega Marksmanship ParkThe  CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, an 500-acre outdoor marksmanship facility,  is the first of its kind in the country and is one of the most sophisticated in the world - housing electronic targets similar to those used in the CMP air gun ranges. Several events have been planned at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:  

Talladega Marksmanship Park Reviews:

"Exceptional location to practice your shooting. The electronic targets are quick and easy to learn. The range officers are very helpful and friendly. There is a variety of ranges to choose from and will fit everyone's needs." - Scott S.

"Had a great time. Love the place." - Donald H.

"The most awesome shooting range I have been to in 40 years of shooting." - Burl F.

CMP Talladega Marksmanship Hours:
3 April - 29 August 2017
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday through Friday: 10:00am-7:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am-7:30pm

30 August - 31 October 2017
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday  12:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday through Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm

The CMP "Aces" Postal satellite match offers all junior and adult air rifle and air pistol shooters a program designed to encourage participation in the sport and test marksmanship skills nationally with their peers. The program consists of Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Para-Air Rifle/Air Pistol events.

CMP Garand-Springfield-Military Master Instructor
Training Workshops. Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training and be certified as "Master Instructors" to teach CMP-Sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics are invited to apply to attend a CMP Master Instructor Training Workshop. Dates and locations are:
5 December 2017 - Talladega, AL
For more information or to register, please visit or contact Kim Filipiak at or by phone 419-635-2141 ext 706.   

Affiliate your club with the CMP.  We look forward to working with you to assist your club in reaching its goals and in reaching the mission and vision of the CMP - to promote marksmanship training and firearms safety for all qualified U.S. citizens with a special emphasis on youth. Visit for  more information or contact the CMP Affiliate Relations Department at 419-635-2141, ext. 782 or email     

In This Issue

CMP New England Games
Featuring Electronic CMP Targets
September 20-24, 2017
Jericho, Vermont

The New England Games is held at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site and is hosted by the Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association, along with the Burlington Rifle and Pistol Club. A variety of matches fired during the event accommodate both rifle and pistol, new and experienced marksmen alike.
Popular matches such as the Rimfire Sporter, Garand/Springfield/Vintage and Modern Military Match, As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match, Military & Police Service Pistol Match and a Pistol Two-Man Team Match are fired throughout the Games. Additionally, an EIC Pistol Match, .22 Rimfire Pistol Match, Carbine Match and Vintage Sniper Match will be sure to challenge competitors of all ages.


Now Available: Electronically Scored Single Targets

On your home range or on your land... We've taken the work out of long range target shooting while increasing safety. Spend your time focusing on the target instead of walking to the target! Receive effortless feedback as shots appear in real time at your firing point on your Microsoft Windows™-based PC or laptop. For more information visit the CMP Website or contact Bryan Parris at 256-835-8455, Ext. 421 or email

Western CMP Games &
Creedmoor Cup Matches
October 13-22

The 14th Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches are co-sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and Creedmoor Sports, Inc. and will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. All interested shooters, whether new or experienced, recreation-oriented shooters or national championship contenders are invited to participate in these unique, national-level competitions .

 For more information visit the CMP Website  or email .

Amazon SMILES!

Do you love to shop on Amazon?  Check out the Amazon Smile program!
Simply go to and designate the CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM, then shop away!  The CMP will receive a donation for your qualifying purchases.

Creedmoor Sports Talladega Pro Shop

Be sure to stop by the Creedmoor Sports Talladega Pro Shop when you visit the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. Great selection of rifles, shooting equipment and ammunition. 

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Coaching Young Rifle Shooters
By Gary Anderson, DCME
 The most comprehensive guide to instructing junior shooting, written by one of the nation's premier shooters, Gary Anderson. In his 11 years of international competition, Gary has won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship gold medals, six world records, and 16 national titles. In the 200-page book, loaded with illustrations, Gary provides coaches with all the tools needed to develop the young shooter and improve the skills of us and coming juniors. Full color instruction guide.
NLU 758   $19.95 plus S&H
Order your copy today on the CMP E-Store!


Monthly Matches 

Anniston, AL
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

September 16th
October 14th

The Civilian Marksmanship Program invites you and your team to participate in the CMP's Monthly Matches. The matches will take place on the dates listed below at the CMP's Marksmanship Centers North and South. The competitions will feature a Junior Air Rifle 3x20 and 3x10, a 60 Shots Air Rifle and Air Pistol match, and a 20 shot Novice Prone match. Rental equipment is available for the monthly matches for a small fee.

For more information, please visit 

Marksmanship Nights at CMP Competition Centers.
Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, who visit or live in the Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio area or Anniston, Alabama area are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to do practice shooting at the Competition Center air gun ranges. Both 80-point, 10-meter air gun range are fully equipped with optical target scoring systems that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. For more information, please visit