Marksmanship skills are tested each year when thousands gather at Camp Perry in Port Clinton for the National Rifle and Pistol matches.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program in conjunction with the National Rifle Association and the Ohio National Guard hold the competition each year as part of a marksmanship tradition that dates back more than 100 years. The competition has over 6,000 participates annually. Participates range from beginners to the world’s best and they come from all over the U.S. to compete.
The CMPs mission since 1903 has been to introduce new shooters to marksmanship and provide firearms safety and instructional training programs for U.S. citizens. This is done with an emphasis on youth.
CMP takes place at Camp Perry and is home to one of North America’s most sophisticated indoor air gun ranges. This center is equipped with .177 caliber air pistols and air rifles, including National Match Air Rifle, air cylinder-powered clone of the AR15 match rifle and it is kept open throughout the National matches for open target practice.
The 2013 National Matches Events are scheduled from July 14 to early August 3.
To learn more about the CMP programs or to view the event schedule please visit www.TheCMP.org. All events are open to the public.
Captain Thomas Bourne scores Christina Bollinger on her Rapid Fire Match at 25 yards with a 9 mm pistol. Bollinger shot her first gun when she was 8 years old. She came all the way from Pittsburgh to compete for her first time at Camp Perry. Bollinger says the trip was worth it to compete competitively and to gain expertise and knowledge. (Press photo by Stephanie Szozda)