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Finally caught up with the October '06 story: A Rifle For Shifty. It was simply one of the best things I've read. As someone who had two uncles in combat in WWII, one air corps and one infantry, I will forever believe those men were heroes of the first echelon. Anything any of us can do for any of them is simply the least we can do.
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This story about the "Gift for Shifty" is one of the best stories I have read so far....An example of selfless appreciation for the WW2 vets that helped make this such a wonderful country...God bless our past and present troops.
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The story "A Rifle For Shifty" really hit me. What a wonderful tribute to one of this countries nearly forgotten heroes.
Kudos to all who were involved with finding and presenting him with "his" rifle. Thanks to those of you who shared the story.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Rifle for Shifty. We owe our WW2 veterans a debt we can never repay. I wish I could provide all of them with a similar token of appreciation.
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CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Summer Camps Make an Early Appearance in 2007

By Sommer Wood, CMP Junior Training Programs Manager

CMP Summer Camp Counselors are collegiate athletes with extensive experience competing on the National and International level. They are what make the CMP Three-Position Summer Camps such a valuable learning experience for all who attend.
Improvement is a constant goal at CMP, from creating the latest technology for tracking scores on the web to making registration faster for the National Rifle and Pistol Matches. We pride ourselves in improving the experience for everyone who participates in our events or purchases rifles and equipment. Our Three-Position Air Rifle Summer Camp program is no exception, and this year the CMP’s premier camp program is even bigger and better.

To begin with, the camps were posted and open for registration on 8 January, this is two months earlier than they posted in previous years. This will allow teams more time to raise the funds needed to attend camp, plus it will help parents and coaches make their summer plans much earlier. Hopefully this will allow teams that could not attend camp in the past the opportunity to participate.

Also in an attempt to reach more athletes and coaches, the camp schedule has been extended from seven camps to nine. This includes an advanced Standing Position Camp 13-15 July at Fort Benning, Georgia. This camp will take the place of the Advanced Camp CMP conducted the past two years in conjunction with the USA Shooting National Matches. Unlike the previous Advanced Camp, which was limited to 10 athletes, the Standing Position Camp will be open to 50 campers just like a regular week long camp and athletes will not have to be invited to attend. However, keep in mind before signing up that this intensive camp is for experienced athletes. Former CMP camp experience is strongly suggested because the material taught in class build on lessons learned at previous CMP Camps. Also as the name of the camp states, this is a standing position camp and the focus will be on the collegiate 60-shot standing course of fire for air rifle.

The other camp locations on the schedule for 2007 are El Paso, Texas, Reno, Nevada, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Millersville, Pennsylvania and three weeks of regular camps at Fort Benning, Georgia. A complete schedule including dates can be found on the CMP web site at

One change that unfortunately comes with ever growing costs is an increase in the camp rates for 2007. The CMP hopes that this year’s prices will remain at this level for several seasons to come. The new rates for commuter camps are $225 for athletes and $30 for adults. The new rates for residential camps are $350 for athletes and $150 for adults.

Commemorative Targets are painted for each CMP Three-Position Summer Camp. The targets are unique to each camp location and each camper takes a Commemorative shot which is placed on the target. Above are the 2006 Summer Camp Commemorative Targets.
Leading the Camps again in 2007 will be Dan Durben, a 1988 Olympian, the US National Team Coach in the 2000 Olympics and the US Paralmpic Team Coach for the 2004 Olympics. Durben, who is a professor at Black Hills State University in South Dakota, is entering his fourth year as the CMP Summer Camp Director. He will once again be assisted by Sommer Wood, an experienced athlete and a graduate of Clemson University where she participated on the club rifle team. Wood, who is also entering her fourth year with the camps, now serves as the CMP Camp Coordinator and Assistant Director. A new staff assistant, but not new to the camps, is James Hall. A graduate of Jacksonville State University where he earned All-American honors all four years on the rifle team. Hall will also serve as an Assistant Director bringing with him four years of experience with the CMP Summer Camps. And as always, the counselor positions for the camps will be filled with collegiate athletes from programs all across the country. These athletes bring with them extensive experience competing on the National and International level. They are what make the CMP Three-Position Summer Camps such a valuable learning experience for all who attend.

We hope to see you this summer, but registration fills quickly. Get your applications and deposits in early so you won’t miss out on this unique opportunity. For complete information on the camps please visit, If you have any questions, please contact Sommer Wood at or call 419-341-5248.

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