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The Civilian Marksmanship Program is dedicated to the respect for and safe handling of firearms, instilling patriotism and discipline in our youth participants.  The CMP provides its constituents with the highest level of instruction in the proper control of firearms by highly-skilled coaches and veteran range safety officers in the classroom, at our ranges and wherever the CMP banner is displayed. 

Upcoming CMP Events:

Tuesday & Thursday Night Open Public Shooting
CMP Marksmanship Centers,
Port Clinton, OH
Anniston, AL

Shooters, including aspiring new shooters are invited to take advantage of a new opportunity to do practice shooting.  Both ranges consist of 80-point, 10-meter air gun range and are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting.  Instruction and equipment are also available.  Visit
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The Reel Story of Winter at Camp Perry

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer


Snow this winter turned the ranges of Camp Perry white, a beautiful scene many National Match competitors never see when they are shooting the National Matches in July in 90+ degree weather.

CAMP PERRY, OH – Looking out from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Headquarters building during the first few frigid months of 2014, a parade of trucks and SUVs could be seen filling the parking lot of Petrarca Range, as a sea of people flowed from the vehicles. No, they weren’t shooters anxious to get the National Matches underway. A LURE more so than the ALLURE of Camp Perry brought a wave of fishermen, hoping to plunge into an ice fishing dream vacation in the frozen wonderland of Lake Erie.


Full parking lots in January at Camp Perry - an unusual sight but many visitors made the trip to venture out onto Lake Erie.

During the countless days of subzero temperatures that overtook one of the coldest winters in Northwest Ohio history, Lake Erie froze as much as 24 inches or more in some areas – creating the ideal surface for an ice fishing season that hasn’t been seen in nearly two decades.

The Camp Perry Beach was also filled to capacity as fisherman made their way onto the frozen ice.

Camp Perry, with its public beach and prime location, became a hotspot for local and out-of-town fisherman. Just as during the National Matches, travelers from as far as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and other states navigated towards the shore of Lake Erie for a few days of fellowship, fun and sport.

The winter gear at Camp Perry included 4-wheelers, sleds, fishing poles, tackle boxes and such.

Hundreds of pickup trucks hauling trailers with snowmobiles, ATV’s and ice shanties blazed down the main drag of Camp Perry and camped out along the garage doors of Petrarca Range and the beach shoreline. Shooters seen during the summer months dragging rifle cases and equipment along the roads were now transformed in winter into fisherman toting tackle boxes and long fishing poles.

The famous Camp Perry pier was surrounded by frozen ice this winter. In a month or two, it will be filled with fisherman.

The anglers confidently trekked from the public beach area 4 to 5 miles from the shore across the thick ice, beyond the famous Camp Perry pier, to find the perfect spot for catching Lake Erie yellow perch and trophy-sized walleye – some weighing 10 pounds or more. Many of the fishermen reached their catch limits, while others only managed to catch a cold.

CMP North Staff members are counting down the days until the 2014 National Matches. "Think Summer" has been a phrase used around the water cooler quite often this winter.

Now that temperatures are finally on the rise, the fisherman have packed up their gear and returned home with smiles on their faces as their ice fishing thirsts were finally quenched. With the ice beginning to break and the water once again starting to flow, so will the staff of CMP, preparing for the hordes of people who will return in July to the Camp Perry ranges to feed on the joys of the 2014 National Matches.

Whether winter or summer, Camp Perry seems to have a way of catching the attention of people all year round – hook, line and sinker.


The CMP looks forward to another great National Matches with our National Match partners, the NRA and the Ohio Army National Guard.

We hope to CATCH you on the famous Camp Perry firing line this summer! Registration for the National Matches begins April 1, 2014. More information about the National Matches can be found online at Participants are reminded to carefully read over the 2014 National Match schedule, as it has changed from previous years to accommodate the Palma World Championships.

Winter Scenic Photos of Camp Perry



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PROGRAMS:  For marksmanship training, competitions, National Matches, safety information and youth marksmanship.


Camp Perry Program Center
Phone: (419) 635-2141      Fax: (419) 635-2802

Mail & Shipping:
Civilian Marksmanship Program
P.O. Box 576 (mail)
Camp Perry Training Site, Bldg #3 (shipping)
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
SALES:  For government surplus rifles and ammunition, CMP products and CMP memorabilia. 


Anniston Distribution Center
Phone: (256) 835-8455     Fax:  (256) 835-3527

Mail & Shipping:
Civilian Marksmanship Program
1401 Commerce Blvd
Anniston, Alabama 36207
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