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. School students and competition event shooters range from beginners to many of the world’s best.
The National Matches include Small Arms Firing Schools that are mandated by law and a series of CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches and CMP Games Events as well as several National Rifle Association national championships that are held in connection with the National Matches. The CMP fulfills its responsibility to conduct the National Matches through a working partnership that includes the Ohio National Guard and the NRA.
The National Matches include the CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches, the Pistol and Rifle Small Arms Firing Schools, CMP Games rifle events and the NRA National Pistol, Smallbore Rifle and Highpower Rifle Championships. The matches are conducted jointly by the CMP, NRA and the Ohio National Guard.
The First Shot Ceremony is the official “opening ceremony” of the National Matches. Each year an invited special guest makes brief remarks to assembled competitors, match officials, volunteers and state and local military and government leaders. Several hundred people attend the ceremony each year. After the First Shot Speaker makes their remarks, the First Shot Speaker has the honor of firing the ceremonial “first shot” of the National Matches.
CMP No Longer Issuing Ammo at CMP Matches
Ammunition will NO LONGER be issued to CMP Garand, Springfield, Carbine or Vintage Military Rifle Match Competitors. Competitors may use their own safe good quality ammunition. Rimfire competitors will be issued 50 rounds of Lapua smallbore ammunition to every competitor for the Rimfire Sporter match. Competitors will have to supply their own good quality safe ammunition for the remaining rounds of the match. Please bring enough ammunition to fire the course of fire plus range alibis or refires. Please contact the Competitions Department at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Contact the CMP Competitions Department at [email protected] or (419) 635-2141, ext. 706 or 714.