By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to head indoors once again for another rousing season of junior air gun competition. Schools, junior clubs and individuals of all experience levels are welcome to sign up for one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) most popular air gun events of the year, the Gary Anderson Invitational. This year’s event will be held Dec. 1-2 at the CMP South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., and Dec. 2 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, where each competitor completes 20 record shots from prone, standing and kneeling positions. The top eight shooters from each relay advance to a 10 shot final. Winners are determined overall from scores recorded at both Camp Perry and Anniston.
The 20,000-square-foot CMP South Competition Center in Anniston is home to the CMP Store, where rifles, accessories and other merchandise can be purchased. Also inside the building is an 80-point air gun range equipped with CMP’s own electronic targets, powered by Kongsberg Target Systems. The carefully designed electronic targets instantly display shot placements on a monitor next to each competitor to allow for fast and accurate scoring, and large monitors overhead give spectators the chance to keep an eye on scores while sitting in the stands.
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. Display cases around the facility contain authentic memorabilia from the career of Gary Anderson, leading to an 80-point air gun range that replicates the CMP South Competition Center range. Be sure to check out the larger-than-life mural located within the range that can only be found at Camp Perry.
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.