By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Those looking for a place to fire in recreational rifle competition during the fall will have a chance on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hosts an As-Issued M1 Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military (GSMM) Match on Petrarca Range at Camp Perry. Registration opens on Oct. 16.
The event, held on CMP’s electronic targets, is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will follow the As-Issued Military Course A course of fire. Official competition rules can be found online by visiting http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-competitions-rulebooks/.
The event is open to both adult and junior competitors. An entry fee of $40 will be required for adults and $25 for juniors. A limit of six relays will be allowed for the match, and competitors may only fire once, so sign up early! More information and registration can be found at: https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&tab=&match=17531&reload=true.
Competitors will have an additional opportunity to shoot at Camp Perry as the Friends of Camp Perry (FoCP) will hold their Combat Rifle Shoot (aka Snowflake Shoot) on the same day (November 10th) at the Modified Record Rifle Range on Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, Ohio. Shooting will start at 9AM and run until there are no more shooters or 4PM, whichever comes first. Each relay will shoot 40 rounds at 40 targets using no larger than .308 caliber ammunition. NO FULL AUTO FIREARMS WILL BE ALLOWED! Food and beverages will be available with registration starting at 8AM. First relay $30.00 donation includes membership in FoCP. Members of FoCP $10.00 donation per relay. Non-members of FoCP $15.00 donation per relay. For more information, visit http://www.friendsofcampperry.org/Events.html.
About Petrarca Range:
Petrarca Range, a public gun range which features electronic targets designed to withstand both rifle and pistol firing, is open every Monday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The range will be CLOSED on Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day and will officially close for the season on Nov. 19 and reopen in Spring 2019.
Petrarca Range is home to 10 rifle targets set up at 100 yards and 5 pistol targets set up at either 25 or 50 yards. For those interested in short-range zeroing, the targets can also accurately simulate 200, 300 and 600 yards. Benches are available for those wishing to have extra support while firing.
Guests must provide his/her own equipment and ammo (no larger than .30-06 and no 300 Win Mag ammo or armor piercing ammo). Ammo will also be available for purchase at the range. A small fee of $10/hour (or $25 for 3 hours) is all it costs to fire on Petrarca Range. CMP staff will be present at all times during the Open slots to ensure safety procedures are followed and to answer any questions about the electronic target system.
Where is Petrarca Range?
Petrarca Range is located at the Camp Perry Training Facility near the shores of Lake Erie, only six miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2. Camp Perry’s entrance is marked by its signature stone towers and checkered water tower in the distance.
About CMP’s Electronic Targets:
CMP Targets at Petrarca Range is powered by the Kongsberg Target Systems (KTS) of Norway. With the use of electronic targets, marksmen no longer need to walk downrange to change paper or use a scope to score – simply approach the firing line and watch shots instantly score and appear on monitors located at each firing point. For more information, visit the Petrarca Range page on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-targets-at-petrarca-range/.
KTS Electronic Targets work through the power of acoustics – “hearing” the shot and accurately determining its location. With extensive use by ranges in 30 nations for over 20 years by Kongsberg Target Systems and additional experience received in-house by the CMP, the accuracy and ease of these electronic targets make marksmanship even more enjoyable for every age and experience level.