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CMP Announces Western Fall Classic Event for October 2023
By Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer
PHOENIX, Ariz. – If you missed this year’s Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Western Games and Highpower Matches in the spring, here’s your second chance to attend!
The CMP will be returning to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Oct. 10-15, 2023, for the Western Fall Classic – a condensed version of the Western CMP Games, CMP Pistol & CMP Highpower (HP) Rifle Matches. Despite the shorter schedule, the event will still offer a wide variety of events for rifle and pistol competitors alike.
The Western Fall Classic will feature three days of popular CMP Games competitions like the Garand/Springfield/Vintage & Modern Military Matches, a Carbine Match, a Rimfire Sporter Match and the Vintage Sniper Match for rifle along with the CMP Match Pistol 2700, EIC Service Pistol, EIC Service Revolver, EIC .22 Rimfire Pistol, Military & Police Service Pistol and As-Issued Pistol matches.
The Highpower Rifle portion of the Western Fall Classic will include a 2-Man Team Match, two days of CMP 800 Aggregate Matches, a CMP Service Rifle EIC Match and a Mid-Range 3×600 event.
For educational purposes, a Rifle & Pistol Marksmanship 101 Classes with accompanying introductory EIC Matches are also part of the October lineup.
Join us in Arizona for fun and fellowship on the range! Adults and juniors of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Find more information about the Western Fall Classic, including a full schedule and registration info, at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/western-cmp-highpower-cmp-games-matches/.
CMP Western Games Return to Arizona in 2023 with New Pistol Bundle Offer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Western CMP Games and Highpower Matches is set to return to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona, March 10-19, 2023. This recreational marksmanship event is comprised of a full lineup of friendly, challenging competitions on the range as well as educational opportunities. The event is open to anyone with an interest in the sport – regardless of experience.
The Western CMP Games and CMP Highpower Matches present a mix of marksmanship opportunities for guests to enjoy. CMP Games events like the Garand, Springfield, Vintage Military, Modern Military, Rimfire Sporter, Carbine and Vintage Sniper will again fill the rifle competition schedule, while those wanting more educational experiences may sign up for the Pistol or Rifle Basic courses, which teach firearm fundamentals in a one-on-one classroom setting.
A series of pistol opportunities like the Pistol 2700, .22 Rimfire Pistol, EIC Pistol, 1911 and Military & Police Service Pistol events will also resume for the second year. New for 2023, the CMP has added a Service Revolver EIC Match to the schedule.
Competitors firing in all five individual pistol matches (.22 Rimfire EIC Pistol, EIC Service Pistol, EIC Service Revolver, 1911 As-Issued Pistol and Military & Police Pistol) will be able to register for the Individual Pistol Match Bundle for a discounted price! Slightly augmented entry fees over all Western Games events for 2023 makes the Bundle even more appealing, though competitors shouldn’t expect any major upsets to their pockets with the increases.
Another add-on to the Western Games schedule for 2023 is a 3×600 Rifle Match. This competition includes sighting shots, followed by three 20-shot strings for record in slow-fire prone from 600 yards. Competitors may use Match Rifle, Service Rifle, F-Open, F T/R or AR Tactical Rifles during the 3×600 event.
Outside of the Games schedule, the CMP Highpower Matches include three days of 800 Aggregate competitions with additional recognitions given for the culminating 2400 Aggregate event. The Highpower events also include 4-Man Team and Service Rifle EIC matches that create even more exciting possibilities on the firing line.
Additionally, a CMP Advanced HP Clinic (featuring live fire training and practice), will be conducted by CMP Instructors. The clinic offers lectures and demonstrations by some of the world’s leading civilian Highpower service rifle competitors. Those signed up for the course will need to bring their own shooting equipment, rifle and ammunition to participate.
To further ensure a safe environment for all competitors and spectators, trained CMP staff members will be present at every match. Both youth and adults are welcome, so join in on all the competition, new experiences and fun!
Registration is now open! More information about the Western CMP Games and registration forms can be found on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/western-cmp-highpower-cmp-games-matches/.
Air Rifle Schedule for Arizona 2022 / 2023
Here is the list of Air Rifle Matches in Arizona.
Sept 24, 2022, Flowing Wells HS JROTC / Captain Edwards
Oct. 28-29, 2022 Cesar Chavez HS / Captain Fife
Dec 17, 2022 Flowing Wells HS JROTC / Captain Ewards
Jan 13-14, 2023 AZ State CMP Championship / Flowing Wells / Jeff Schneider 520 419-4130
Feb 25, 2023 Tombstone HS JROTC / Thomas Gross
March 4, 2023 AZ Junior Olympic 3 P / Ben Avery / Jeff Schneider
April 22, 2023 AZ JROTC State Championship / Ben Avery / Jeff Schneider
Abraham, Kramp Lead First Pistol Events at 2022 Western CMP Games and HP Matches
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) returned to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, March 11-20, to host its annual Western CMP Games & CMP HP Matches. The 2022 event was the first time Western Games has been held since it was unexpectedly cut short back in March 2020 – welcoming 200 competitors back to the desert ranges.
Western Games is a combination of specially designed vintage and modern rifle events, created by the CMP as a recreational getaway for marksmanship enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. The event also features across-the-course HP (highpower) competitions that include a 4-Man Team Match, three days of 80 Shot Aggregate matches and Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) Service Rifle matches, fired at the 200, 300 and 600 yard lines. Additionally, concluding 2400 Aggregate awards are determined from scores throughout the HP event.
New for 2022 and now joining the likes of other CMP Games events, Western Games has introduced a series of pistol matches, involving aggregate and individual events blended within the schedule to complement the long list of rifle opportunities.
Earning the first Overall Individual Pistol Aggregate honor at Western Games was Greg Abraham, 69, of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, with an accumulated score of 1283-30X. Abraham led both the Military & Police Service Pistol (379-7X) and 1911 As-Issued Pistol (372-10X) competitions during the event that helped lead him to the aggregate win.
Overtaking both the EIC Service Pistol and the .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC matches was CW03 Jordan Kramp, 41, of Yuma, Arizona. Kramp earned a score of 286-11X in the .22 Match and 283-9X in the Service Pistol event. Remarkably, Kramp also led all the 900 Aggregate matches: 864-28X in Center Fire, 869-22X in .45, and 872-35X in .22. By no surprise, his cumulative score of 2605-85X from the matches allowed him to claim the overall win in the Match Pistol 2700 Aggregate.
Outside of regular competition, an educational Pistol Marksmanship 101 Course was held that provided hands-on learning opportunities for participants in the classroom and on the range. The course was headed by CMP’s pistol coordinator and retired U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit member Jim Henderson and featured a true M9 EIC Match at its conclusion.
Winning the M9 event was George Carr, 55, of Castaic, California, with a score of 268-4X. For his win, Carr will earn EIC points toward a Distinguished Badge – the highest honor bestowed upon a competitor. A total of 30 points are needed overall to earn a badge.
Likewise, a Rifle Marksmanship 101 Course was held and included a M16 EIC Match. Winning the event was Benjamin White-Patarino, 32, of Longmont, Colorado, with a score of 387-10X. White-Patarino went on to earn the overall win in the Springfield Rifle Match as well as the Three-Gun Rifle Aggregate title.
Kyle Kirschenmann, 58, of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, led the Modern Military Match, while James Denovchek, 68, Tucson, Arizona, claimed the Vintage Military event. Bill Poole, 61, of Scottsdale, Arizona, overtook the Garand Match Course to round out the CMP’s traditional Garand/Springfield/Vintage and Modern Military (GSMM) events. Kirschenmann was also awarded the Overall Four-Gun Aggregate title firing an aggregate of 1120-27x.
In other CMP Games rifle matches, Richard Lane, 55, of Tucson, Arizona, was the high competitor of the Carbine Match, as LtCol Michael Johnson, 67, of Cedar City, Utah, claimed the O-Class, Robert Spurrier, 61, of Lakewood, Colorado, claimed the T-Class and Christopher Hook, 51, of Prescott, Arizona, claimed the TU Class in the Rimfire Sporter Rifle event. Also, the team Just in Time (Brandon DiBella and Dennis Caviness), was the leading duo of the Vintage Sniper manual rifle match.
Dominating the Highpower Rifle events at Western Games was James Fox, 36, of Albany, Oregon, who overtook the EIC Service Rifle Match Course (491-18X) and the 2400 Overall Aggregate (2369-104X). Fox was the high competitor during each of the three 80-Shot Match days and claimed 2400 Aggregate positional high scores in Standing Slow, Sitting Rapid, Prone Rapid and Prone Slow – which were all possible awarded positions of the event. Fox, a member of the CMP Gold highpower team, joined up with fellow members Sara Rozanski, Nick Till and Brian Williams to become the highest scoring team overall in the 4-Man Rifle Match with a score of 1967-72X.
For a complete list of results of the 2022 Western Travel Games, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/2022westerngamesresults.
Photos of the event can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page: https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f452912566.
SAVE THE DATE: Dates for the 2023 Western CMP Games & CMP HP and Pistol Matches are set for March 10-19. Visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/western-cmp-highpower-cmp-games-matches/ for additional information.
CMP Adds New Pistol Series to Western Games Schedule in 2022
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Western CMP Games and Highpower Matches are back at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in 2022 with all of the classic favorites and an entire lineup of new ones to enjoy. This recreational marksmanship event will bring a week of friendly competition and educational opportunities to the desert sands of Arizona on March 11-20, 2022, and is open to anyone with an interest in the sport of marksmanship.
The Western CMP Matches offer a little something for everyone. Though traditionally comprised of only rifle events like the Garand, Springfield, Vintage Military, Modern Military, Rimfire Sporter, Carbine and Vintage Sniper, the 2022 event will now feature four days of rousing pistol competition. Such matches added to the schedule include the Pistol 2700, .22 Rimfire Pistol, EIC Pistol, 1911 and Military & Police Service Pistol.
Those wanting to learn more about the discipline may sign up for the Pistol Marksmanship 101 Course, which teaches firearm fundamentals and competition techniques in a one-on-one setting in the classroom and on the range.
“The Pistol 101 class isn’t just for the Novice pistol shooter. With the way the class is structured, you not only get the bones of pistol shooting geared towards that brand new shooter, an accomplished shooter may find some new takes on current techniques that could spark that jump to the next level. Each student receives a thumb drive with the class slides on it along with several hours of on the range Q&A and discussion.” said Jim Henderson, CMP pistol coordinator.
Like pistol, a Rifle Marksmanship 101 Course will also be held. Both courses are conducted by certified CMP and industry professionals and will conclude with a first-hand look into the world of competitive shooting in a true M9 or M16 match. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for each class, making it ideal for those completely new to the sport. Don’t forget, experienced marksmen looking to hone their skills may also sign up for the course!
For service and match rifles, the CMP Highpower Matches include three days of 800 Aggregate competitions with additional recognitions given for the culminating 2400 Aggregate event, derived from scores of the three 800s. Outside of the aggregates are the 4-Man Team and Service Rifle EIC matches that create even more challenging opportunities for competitors.
As always, trained CMP staff members will be present at every event to ensure safety for all competitors and guests. A GSM New Shooter Clinic, M1 Maintenance Clinic and CMP Team Highpower Shooting Clinic with live fire will also be offered. Both youth and adults are welcome to take part in the event, so join in on all of the competition, new experiences and fun!
More information about the Western CMP Games and registration forms can be found by on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/western-cmp-highpower-cmp-games-matches/.
Arizona State JROTC Air Rifle Championship Moved to April 24, 2021
The Arizona State JROTC Air Rifle Championship scheduled for Jan 16th has been moved to April 24, 2021. Let me know if you have any questions.
Jeff Schneider 520 419-4130
2021 Arizona Governors Cup Air Rifle Match at Ben Avery April 24, 2021
The 2021 Arizona Governors Cup 3 Position Junior Air Rifle Match has been set for April 24, 2021. The match will be at Ben Avery Air Rifle Range. This will be a sporter only match. At this time, programs will be allowed only 1 team due to current restrictions. Please contact me for the match program. firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 419-4130.
Arizona CMP State Air Rifle Match Dec. 12, 2020
The date has been set for the Arizona CMP State 3 Position Air Rifle Championship Match. It will be held Dec. 12, 2020, Saturday, at the Air Rifle Range at Ben Avery Shooting Range. Information on the match will be posted later on the CMP web page. The match will be open to both Sporter and Precision rifles. Contact me for a match program and information.
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