By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
CAMP PERRY, Ohio; ANNISTON, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Monthly Matches, featuring a series of air rifle and air pistol events for all ages and experience levels, are set to return in March for another season of safe, fun and thrilling competition. New this season is CMP’s updated air gun electronic targets that provide a fresh, sleek look to its South CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., and its north Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Monthly Matches for 2017 are scheduled for the following dates:
March 11, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017
Sept. 16, 2017
Oct. 14, 2017
During the Monthly Matches, competitors have the opportunity to be ranked amongst other match participants from across the country as competitions are held simultaneously at our ranges in Alabama and Ohio. Staple events fired include a Junior 3x20, Junior 3x10, Novice Prone, 60 Shot Air Rifle Standing and 60 Shot Air Pistol.
A Monthly Match League that combines the scores of frequent competitors for an overall aggregate competition adds even more fun to the mix. Prizes are awarded to the overall winners from both North and South during the 2017 season. Eligible events for the Monthly Match League include: Pistol 60 Shots (No PPP), Rifle 60 Shots, Sporter 3x20 and Precision 3x20.
Along with cash prizes based on League participation (meaning the more, the merrier), the first three places in each category will receive a CMP plaque. Additional prizes will be given to fourth and fifth place overall winners. Awards will also be presented to the High Junior in Pistol and Rifle and the Most Improved competitor.
For more on the Monthly Matches and registration info, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-center-event-matches/monthly-air-rifle-and-air-pistol-matches/. **Alabama competitors, please note recent time changes for match events in the program (Visit the Monthly Matches website and click on “Monthly Match Program”).
ALABAMA PARTICIPANTS! Additional Rifle and Pistol Events: CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama (just a short drive from the South Competition Center) will be holding events in conjunction with the Monthly Matches for rifle and pistol shooters. These outdoor matches will include a 60 Shot Prone plus 3x40, Sport Pistol and Free Pistol events. The $25 entry cost will include the USA Shooting fee for the PTO. For more information on Talladega Marksmanship Park, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/talladega-marksmanship-park/.
About CMP’s New Electronic Targets:
The high-tech Kongsberg Target System (KTS) targets used in CMP’s air gun ranges are powered by OpticScore technology, which are scored optically by internal LED lights. Monitors at each firing point instantly display scores, and button functions with an LED lighted screen allow ease of use for individuals of all ages and experience levels.
Large LED screens placed throughout the range space display each competitor’s target, making the match spectator-friendly. CMP staff members are also on hand to answer questions for those wanting to learn more about the growing sport.
About CMP Competition Centers:
The CMP Competition Centers are equipped with 80 electronic targets.
After months of renovation, the South Competition Center now includes the CMP South Store that is stocked to fulfill equipment and memorabilia needs. Marksmanship Nights, held year-round at the range for the public, allow visitors of virtually any age and experience levels to try their hands at air rifle or air pistol shooting. For more on the South Competition Center, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-centers/.
The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center features authentic Olympic and other memorabilia from the career of celebrated American marksman, Gary Anderson. Marksmanship Nights, held year-round at the range for the public, allow visitors of virtually any age and experience levels to try their hands at air rifle or air pistol shooting. For more about the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-centers/.
Find the CMP Competitions Centers on Facebook!
Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center – https://www.facebook.com/CMPCompetitionCenterOH
South Competition Center – https://www.facebook.com/CMPSouthRange
Talladega Marksmanship Park – https://www.facebook.com/cmptalladegamarksmanshippark