George Tabor

Tulsa, Oklahoma

State Director Info

Background

17 years as a JROTC/High School Varsity air rifle coach & instructor Over 15 years as a CMP JROTC Master Instructor CMP, NRA, USA Shooting appointed & certified rifle instructor

Awards

Coached several City & State Championship teams Assistant coach for several National Championship teams

Personal Info

Married for 52 years to Marje, two children, four grandchildren, one great grandson. I also play bass drum in two bagpipe bands and do a little shooting when I can.

Reasons

I saw in the On the Mark magazine there was an opening. I am retired, but still have a love for the sport of shooting. After talking it over with my wife, made the decision to apply. I feel I still have something to offer to the shooting community.

Goals/Hopes

I would like to involve participation from more high school programs, 4H and Boy/Girl Scout programs in the State matches. I would also like more of the shooting clubs and organizations to consider air rifle programs for the youth in their areas. I would like to be invited to participate or observe rifle matches across the state.

Register Today for CMP’s 2022 Oklahoma Games Rifle and Pistol Event

Registration is currently open for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) annual Oklahoma Games & HP Rifle Matches! The event is scheduled to return to the Oklahoma City Gun Club, Oct. 16-23, 2022. As in the past, the assorted lineup of rifle and pistol competitions is set to accommodate both new and experienced enthusiasts, so if you’ve never been to a marksmanship event before, now’s your chance!

The Oklahoma CMP Games includes pistol, service rifle and vintage rifle events.

The Oklahoma Games is comprised of staple CMP vintage and modern rifle competitions like the .22 Rimfire Sporter, M1 Carbine, Vintage Sniper and Garand/Springfield/Vintage and Modern Military (GSMM) matches alongside 1911 Pistol, Military & Police Service Pistol, Pistol Two-Man Team, Pistol EIC and .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC matches. Aggregate competitions using .22, .45 or Centerfire pistols are also included on the event schedule to allow even more options for competitors to enjoy.

The Oklahoma CMP Games are open to both new and experienced competitors.

Outside of competition, educational opportunities like CMP’s Rifle Marksmanship 101 and Pistol Marksmanship 101 courses provide hands-on learning in the classroom and on the firing line. Students enrolled in the courses learn gun safety, target shooting skills, positioning, basic rifle mechanics and more! All firearms and equipment will be provided for the classes and are conducted by trained industry professionals. 

Additionally, an M1 Maintenance Clinic will give participants specific instruction on how to properly preserve the historic M1 Garand rifle.

The Oklahoma CMP Games are fired on CMP’s own line of outdoor electronic targets.

Those searching for highpower (HP) rifle matches, featuring service rifles, will be able to take part in CMP’s HP series of 80 Shot Aggregates, a 4-Man Team match and a Service Rifle EIC competition – all held on CMP’s own line of outdoor electronic targets.

For official match information and to register for the Oklahoma Games, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/cmp-games-oklahoma/.

Questions on the event may be directed to CMP’s Christina Roguski at 419-635-2141 ext. 714 or [email protected].    

About CMP Games Events:

CMP Games are regional competitions held throughout the year, featuring exclusive CMP rifle and pistol outdoor events. A common part of the CMP schedule for the last decade, the Games are centered around recreation-oriented competition and educational activities that are intended to accommodate experienced marksmen as well as those just beginning the sport. To learn more, visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

Schachle Leads, Fairless Sets Perfect Score at 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games

OKLAHOMA CITY – At the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2021 Oklahoma Games and Highpower Rifle Matches, past champion Keith Schachle, 63, of Brooks, Georgia, returned to the plains of Oklahoma after a year off from the event to claim overall wins in all of the Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military matches – including a new Oklahoma Games record score of 295-5X in the Modern Military course. His outstanding showing allowed him to later take home both the Three-Gun and Four-Gun Aggregate honors, earning yet another record in the latter, with a score of 1155-34X.

Keith Schachle (left) claimed overall wins in all of the GSMM and Aggregate Games Matches.
Keith Schachle (left) claimed overall wins in all of the GSMM and Aggregate Games Matches.

The 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games and Highpower Rifle Matches were held Oct. 17-24, at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Over 400 entries covered the ranges in a variety of modern and vintage military rifle and pistol matches held throughout the week. The Highpower event added both team and individual service rifle matches for competitors, with the chance to earn EIC (Excellence-In-Competition) points.

Schachle made his first trip to the Oklahoma Games in 2019, where he claimed the Three- and Four-Gun Aggregates along with the Springfield and Garand Match events. The weather during that initial trip challenged him – with what he claimed to be the worst wind he had ever competed in, at the time. Luckily for competitors at the 2021 Oklahoma event, conditions greatly improved and even made for an enjoyable experience.

“It was probably the best weather we’ve ever had in Oklahoma,” said Steve Cooper, CMP’s education and training manager who has traveled to every Oklahoma Games since the event was added to the CMP schedule a decade ago.

The 2021 event happened to occur right after a stream of tornadoes hit the area, leaving a beautiful window of weather for competitors, staff and guests. Another occurrence that made the 2021 Oklahoma Games unique was the appearance of a few interesting rifles not commonly seen on the firing line during the Garand/Springfield/Vintage/Modern Military (GSMM) matches.

Jimmy Hamilton used a M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle on the firing line.
Jimmy Hamilton used a M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle on the firing line.

Jimmy Hamilton, 66, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, fired his M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), a 22-pound rifle, which is known to be awkward to handle due to its length and weight. The U.S. Army’s “light” BAR machine gun was introduced in 1917 and was used in World War I. It’s also widely recognized as the gun used by the infamous gangster couple Bonnie and Clyde in some of their robberies. The firearm is chambered in the .30-06 bullet, which is used in the M1 and other GSMM rifles.

Gere Goodenberger fired a Bren light machine gun, loading a single round after each shot.
Gere Goodenberger fired a Bren light machine gun, loading a single round after each shot.

Another unusual rifle in the GSMM match was a Bren light machine gun, used by Gere Goodenberger, 57, of Collinsville, Oklahoma. The Bren, built in the 1930s, was used by the British Army in World War II, the Korean War and various conflicts until 1992. Given the design of the rifle, Goodenberger had to load one, single round at a time in the rifle and change the large banana-shaped magazine after each shot – something that quickly became an exciting display for those on the range.

“It was quite difficult and heavy to handle, but he did a great job,” said Cooper.

Both rifles were fired in single shot and semi-automatic modes for the CMP’s slow-fire and rapid-fire stages of the match, though both are capable of firing on full-automatic mode (prohibited in CMP events).

Bill Fairless fired a perfect 200 score in the Vintage Sniper semi-auto class.
Bill Fairless fired a perfect 200 score in the Vintage Sniper semi-auto class.

Also causing a stir on the firing lines in Oklahoma was Bill Fairless, 65, of Vienna, Illinois, who reached a perfect 200 individual score – firing 100 at both the 300- and 600-yard lines in the Vintage Sniper Team Match with a semi-automatic M1 Garand sniper rifle.

“Which is a VERY difficult thing to do,” Steve Cooper commented. “If you check past M1 Garand sniper scores in the semi-auto class, you’ll find some good scores, but a 200 is a ‘clean’ 20 bullseyes with a rifle that’s not nearly as accurate as the manually-operated bolt gun class.”

Some showed up fully prepared for the Vintage Sniper Match in Oklahoma.
Some showed up fully prepared for the Vintage Sniper Match in Oklahoma.

With his score, he and teammate Richard Reichert set a semi-automatic Vintage Sniper team Oklahoma Games record, with 382-11X. The manual class Vintage Sniper team of John Bass and James Fletcher claimed an Oklahoma Games record of their own in the match, netting a score of 395-13X for the overall win.

In the CMP Highpower events, Roger Farley, 55, of Piedmont, Oklahoma, brought home overall titles in the EIC Rifle, Prone Slow Aggregate, Sitting Rapid Aggregate and was named the overall CMP Cup 2400 Aggregate Service Rifle competitor. Also earning service rifle wins was Ken Lore, 65, of Hickory, North Carolina, who was overall in the Prone Rapid Aggregate and Charisma Owen, 19, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who topped the Standing Slow Aggregate.

Charisma Owen claimed the overall win on Day 1 of the 800 Aggregate.
Charisma Owen claimed the overall win on Day 1 of the 800 Aggregate.

Winners were named for the three days of 800 Aggregates that led to the overall 2400 Aggregate, with Owen just three points shy of the current 800 Aggregate Day 1 score with 789-39X. Larry Stonecipher, 69, of Ada, Oklahoma, trailed the Day 2 record by only one point, recording a score of 790-25X, while Schachle claimed Day 3 with a score of 786-32X.

Armorer Luke Tyus led the hands-on M1 Maintenance Course.
Armorer Luke Tyus led the hands-on M1 Maintenance Course.

Outside of competition, the CMP offered a number of learning opportunities, including the M1 Rifle Advanced Maintenance Clinic led by armorer Luke Tyus. The course covers all of the necessary tips and tricks used to preserve the quality of the M1, including secrets used by CMP professionals.

“He did a super job and covered virtually everything a person would need to know about breaking down and maintaining the M1 rifle,” Cooper said. The M1 Rifle Advanced Maintenance Clinic is held at each of the CMP Competition Games – check out the 2022 schedule at https://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

Other overall winners of the 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games:

CMP Games Rifle:

M16 Rifle Match: Robert Powell, 50, Olathe, Kansas – 374-11X

M9 EIC Pistol Match: Brandon Lane, 45, Bixby, Oklahoma – 206-2X

Rimfire Sporter Rifle T-Class: Robert Spurrier, 60, Lakewood, Colorado – 578-23X

Rimfire Sporter Rifle TU Class: Adam Baker, 39, Tuttle, Oklahoma – 579-23X

Carbine Rifle Match: Jon Ussery, 62, San Antonio, Texas – 350-6X

CMP Games Pistol:

.22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match: MSG Ron Robertson, 56, Azle, Texas – 270-6X

Pistol EIC: John McNally, 55, Heath, Texas – 261-3X

As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match: Larry Drake, 61, Gower, Missouri – 367-7X

Military & Police Service Pistol: Silas Fentress, 71, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 369-4X

40 Shot Pistol Match: Roger Kneeland, 68, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 349-4X

View a full list of results on the CMP’s Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/OKGames2021results

Photos of the event are available for viewing and free download at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f77261252.

Save the Date for 2022. The Oklahoma CMP Games and CMP Highpower Rifle Matches will take place October 16-21, 2022. Find out more details at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/cmp-games-oklahoma/. CMP’s next Competition Games events will take place at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship in Talladega, Alabama. Visit our website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/talladega-600/ for more details on the Talladega 600 “A Southern Classic” scheduled for November 15-21, 2021.

Schachle Leads, Fairless Sets Perfect Score at 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games

OKLAHOMA CITY – At the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2021 Oklahoma Games and Highpower Rifle Matches, past champion Keith Schachle, 63, of Brooks, Georgia, returned to the plains of Oklahoma after a year off from the event to claim overall wins in all of the Garand, Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military matches – including a new Oklahoma Games record score of 295-5X in the Modern Military course. His outstanding showing allowed him to later take home both the Three-Gun and Four-Gun Aggregate honors, earning yet another record in the latter, with a score of 1155-34X.

The 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games and Highpower Rifle Matches were held Oct. 17-24, at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. Over 400 entries covered the ranges in a variety of modern and vintage military rifle and pistol matches held throughout the week. The Highpower event added both team and individual service rifle matches for competitors, with the chance to earn EIC (Excellence-In-Competition) points.

Keith Schachle (left) claimed overall wins in all of the GSMM and Aggregate Games Matches.

Schachle made his first trip to the Oklahoma Games in 2019, where he claimed the Three- and Four-Gun Aggregates along with the Springfield and Garand Match events. The weather during that initial trip challenged him – with what he claimed to be the worst wind he had ever competed in, at the time. Luckily for competitors at the 2021 Oklahoma event, conditions greatly improved and even made for an enjoyable experience.

“It was probably the best weather we’ve ever had in Oklahoma,” said Steve Cooper, CMP’s education and training manager who has traveled to every Oklahoma Games since the event was added to the CMP schedule a decade ago.

The 2021 event happened to occur right after a stream of tornadoes hit the area, leaving a beautiful window of weather for competitors, staff and guests. Another occurrence that made the 2021 Oklahoma Games unique was the appearance of a few interesting rifles not commonly seen on the firing line during the Garand/Springfield/Vintage/Modern Military (GSMM) matches. 

Jimmy Hamilton used a M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle on the firing line.

Jimmy Hamilton, 66, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, fired his M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), a 22-pound rifle, which is known to be awkward to handle due to its length and weight. The U.S. Army’s “light” BAR machine gun was introduced in 1917 and was used in World War I. It’s also widely recognized as the gun used by the infamous gangster couple Bonnie and Clyde in some of their robberies. The firearm is chambered in the .30-06 bullet, which is used in the M1 and other GSMM rifles.

Gere Goodenberger fired a Bren light machine gun, loading a single round after each shot.

Another unusual rifle in the GSMM match was a Bren light machine gun, used by Gere Goodenberger, 57, of Collinsville, Oklahoma. The Bren, built in the 1930s, was used by the British Army in World War II, the Korean War and various conflicts until 1992. Given the design of the rifle, Goodenberger had to load one, single round at a time in the rifle and change the large banana-shaped magazine after each shot – something that quickly became an exciting display for those on the range. 

“It was quite difficult and heavy to handle, but he did a great job,” said Cooper.

Both rifles were fired in single shot and semi-automatic modes for the CMP’s slow-fire and rapid-fire stages of the match, though both are capable of firing on full-automatic mode (prohibited in CMP events).

Bill Fairless fired a perfect 200 score in the Vintage Sniper semi-auto class.

Also causing a stir on the firing lines in Oklahoma was Bill Fairless, 65, of Vienna, Illinois, who reached a perfect 200 individual score – firing 100 at both the 300- and 600-yard lines in the Vintage Sniper Team Match with a semi-automatic M1 Garand sniper rifle.

“Which is a VERY difficult thing to do,” Steve Cooper commented. “If you check past M1 Garand sniper scores in the semi-auto class, you’ll find some good scores, but a 200 is a ‘clean’ 20 bullseyes with a rifle that’s not nearly as accurate as the manually-operated bolt gun class.”

Some showed up fully prepared for the Vintage Sniper Match in Oklahoma.

With his score, he and teammate Richard Reichert set a semi-automatic Vintage Sniper team Oklahoma Games record, with 382-11X. The manual class Vintage Sniper team of John Bass and James Fletcher claimed an Oklahoma Games record of their own in the match, netting a score of 395-13X for the overall win.

In the CMP Highpower events, Roger Farley, 55, of Piedmont, Oklahoma, brought home overall titles in the EIC Rifle, Prone Slow Aggregate, Sitting Rapid Aggregate and was named the overall CMP Cup 2400 Aggregate Service Rifle competitor. Also earning service rifle wins was Ken Lore, 65, of Hickory, North Carolina, who was overall in the Prone Rapid Aggregate and Charisma Owen, 19, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who topped the Standing Slow Aggregate.

Charisma Owen claimed the overall win on Day 1 of the 800 Aggregate.

Winners were named for the three days of 800 Aggregates that led to the overall 2400 Aggregate, with Owen just three points shy of the current 800 Aggregate Day 1 score with 789-39X. Larry Stonecipher, 69, of Ada, Oklahoma, trailed the Day 2 record by only one point, recording a score of 790-25X, while Schachle claimed Day 3 with a score of 786-32X.

Outside of competition, the CMP offered a number of learning opportunities, including the M1 Rifle Advanced Maintenance Clinic led by armorer Luke Tyus. The course covers all of the necessary tips and tricks used to preserve the quality of the M1, including secrets used by CMP professionals.

Armorer Luke Tyus led the hands-on M1 Maintenance Course.

“He did a super job and covered virtually everything a person would need to know about breaking down and maintaining the M1 rifle,” Cooper said. The M1 Rifle Advanced Maintenance Clinic is held at each of the CMP Competition Games – check out the 2022 schedule at https://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

Other overall winners of the 2021 Oklahoma CMP Games:

CMP Games Rifle:

M16 Rifle Match: Robert Powell, 50, Olathe, Kansas – 374-11X

M9 EIC Pistol Match: Brandon Lane, 45, Bixby, Oklahoma – 206-2X

Rimfire Sporter Rifle T-Class: Robert Spurrier, 60, Lakewood, Colorado – 578-23X

Rimfire Sporter Rifle TU Class: Adam Baker, 39, Tuttle, Oklahoma – 579-23X

Carbine Rifle Match: Jon Ussery, 62, San Antonio, Texas – 350-6X

CMP Games Pistol:

.22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match: MSG Ron Robertson, 56, Azle, Texas – 270-6X

Pistol EIC: John McNally, 55, Heath, Texas – 261-3X

As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match: Larry Drake, 61, Gower, Missouri – 367-7X

Military & Police Service Pistol: Silas Fentress, 71, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 369-4X

40 Shot Pistol Match: Roger Kneeland, 68, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 349-4X

View a full list of results on the CMP’s Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/OKGames2021results.  

Photos of the event are available for viewing and free download at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f77261252.

Save the Date for 2022. The Oklahoma CMP Games and CMP Highpower Rifle Matches will take place October 16-21, 2022. Find out more details at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/cmp-games-oklahoma/. CMP’s next Competition Games events will take place at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship in Talladega, Alabama. Visit our website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/talladega-600/ for more details on the Talladega 600 “A Southern Classic” scheduled for November 15-21, 2021.

Registration Available for Upcoming 2020 Oklahoma CMP Games in October

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Currently, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) annual Oklahoma CMP Games is set to take place on Oct. 12-18, 2020, at the Oklahoma City Gun Club

Registration for the event featuring popular outdoor rifle and pistol competitions including the M1 Garand, Carbine, Springfield, Vintage/Modern Military, Rimfire Sporter, Vintage Sniper, along with As-Issued 1911 and Military & Police Service Pistol matches (among others) is now open.

Although it is CMP’s hope to hold our upcoming events, please keep in mind that we may have to cancel due to COVID-19 issues.  For those events that we do conduct, we will follow the appropriate state’s guidelines and recommendations.  We continue to monitor the venue states’ guidelines and adjust our procedures based on those guidelines and common sense.  As always, the safety of our customers and employees is our priority.

The Oklahoma Highpower and Travel Games event is held at the Oklahoma City Gun Club.

The CMP Highpower Matches (formerly known as the CMP Cup Matches) are also included on the schedule, which will include two days of 80 Shot competition, followed by a 4-Man Team Match and EIC Service Rifle Match.

The Oklahoma CMP Games matches are suited for new or experienced competitors of virtually all ages and sizes. All highpower rifle competitions will be fired on CMP Targets – a user-friendly electronic target system that instantaneously produces shot placement and eliminates the need for pit duty while allowing quicker matches and less physical strain. 

The Oklahoma Games schedule consists of a variety of vintage and modern rifle and pistol competitions for all.

Along with competitive matches, a rifle Marksmanship 101 course (previously known as the Small Arms Firing School) is scheduled to instruct beginning and experienced marksmen in the classroom and on the firing line, with the help of CMP staff and certified instructors. Those in attendance will learn rifle handling, shot technique and safety, followed by firing in an actual M16 EIC match. 

Additionally, an introductory New Shooter Clinic will be held for those who have never fired in a CMP Games match. CMP Custom Shop Armorers also hold a M1 Maintenance Clinic during the event. 

All squadding for the 80 Shot Matches, EIC Rifle Match and GSMM Matches will be done prior to the event. If there are any special requests, they will need to be indicated upon registration or by emailing [email protected].

Outside of competition, guests may participate in educational clinics offered during the event.

The Club Pay Back Program will also be honored during the Oklahoma Games, which allows $5.00 per competitor will be awarded to any CMP Affiliated Club that has five or more of their members attending and participating in the marksmanship competitions held at the event. The club members will need to present his or her club ID card at any of our Travel Games.

For official match information and to register for the Oklahoma Games, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/cmp-games-oklahoma/.

About the CMP Travel Games: The Travel Games are regional competitions held in different corners of the country throughout the year, featuring exclusive CMP rifle and pistol outdoor events. A common part of the CMP schedule for the last decade, the Games are centered around recreation-oriented competition and educational activities that are designed to accommodate experienced marksmen as well as those just beginning the sport. To learn more, visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

.22 Rimfire Pistol Match Announcement

The Pioneer Gun Club is holding a .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Match on 09/22/19.  The location of the range is: 900 NW 1571 Rd, Holden, MO.  Match Begins: 2:00 P.M.

For more information you may contact the match director: Jeffrey Schotland at [email protected]

Announcement of Sanctioned Match

The Millcreek High Power & Junior Division is holding an As-Issued Military Match on 06/29/19 and 09/28/19. The location of the range is: 7215 Gardner Rd, DeSoto, KS.  Match Begins: 8:00AM.

For more information you may contact the match director: Imon Mitchell at [email protected]

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