By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
Junior air rifle marksmen of all experience levels are invited to participate in one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) most popular air gun events of the year, the Gary Anderson Invitational (GAI). This year’s event will be held Dec. 2-3 at the newly renovated CMP South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., and Dec. 3 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry, Ohio.
The match is a three-position air rifle tournament that follows the 3x20 course of fire. Each shooter fires 20 record shots from prone, standing and kneeling positions, with the top eight shooters from each relay advancing to a 10-shot final. Winners are determined overall, from scores comprised between the CMP North and CMP South competitors. Last year, over 330 sporter and precision competitors from around the country registered to fire in the event.
The 20,000-square-foot CMP South Competition Center in Anniston now houses the CMP Store, as well as classrooms, offices and changing rooms. Connected to the facility is the 80-point air gun range that houses 10-meter firing points – equipped with state-of-the-art electronic targets.
The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry includes an open reception and common area, fully equipped classrooms, cylinder filling room and CMP retail store, along with projection screens and flat-screen television sets throughout the building. Gracing the display cases around the facility is authentic memorabilia from the career of Gary Anderson, leading to an 80-point air gun range that replicates the CMP South Competition Center range.
For more information about the Gary Anderson Invitational, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-center-event-matches/gary-anderson-invitational-air-rifle-championship/.
About Gary Anderson:
Mr. Anderson is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also holds seven world championships, six world records and 16 national championships. He has won more Olympic and world championship three-position titles than any other American in history. In 1999, Anderson began a 10-year reign as Director of Civilian Marksmanship and retired in December 2009. Today, he serves as DCM Emeritus and remains a mentor for new and experienced, old and young shooters around the country.