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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 http://www.TheCMP.org/3P/
MarksmanshipCenters.htm  for additional information.

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Please note the changes for the 2014 National Match Schedule posted at http://www.thecmp.org/nm/


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World War II Soldiers Honored During 2014 National Trophy Matches First Shot Ceremony

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – In recognition of the heroism many soldiers displayed 70 years ago to the day, at the Battle of Saint Lo in Normandy, France, and the Battle of Saipan in the South Pacific, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will be bringing the sights and sounds of these great conflicts to the shores of Lake Erie at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014. Please join us at the ranges of Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio, as we merge the great sacrifices of veterans everywhere with the friendly rivalry of marksmanship competition.


The World War II B-25 bomber “Yankee Warrior” will fly above the ranges of Camp Perry, buzzing above the crowd. The bomber will be on loan from the Yankee Air Museum in Willow Run, Mich.

Scheduled to appear, weather permitting, will be a WWII B-25 bomber named Yankee Warrior from the Yankee Air Museum in Willow Run, Mich. and a WWII Navy Avenger torpedo bomber from the Liberty Aviation Museum (LAM) in Port Clinton, Ohio, will hum through the skies as vintage military vehicles parade alongside the ranges towards the crowd. A German anti-aircraft battery and tow vehicle from the LAM, along with a fully-operational WWII M-4 Sherman tank from the Allen County Historical Society in Lima, Ohio, and two completely restored WWII Army Jeeps from the Firelands Military Vehicle Group of Sandusky, Ohio, will comprise the ground fleet. A WWII AMTRAC or amphibious tractor, owned by Tom Price, of Bowling Green, Ohio, will be on static display as well. Price’s AMTRAC, nicknamed “Tom’s Joy” made an appearance in the WWII film Flags of Our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood.


The First Shot Ceremony is free and open to the public. Gary Anderson, Director of Civilian Marksmanship, Emeritus, and two-time Olympic gold-medalist, will be the featured speaker at the event.

Reenactors in WWII uniforms will ride within the vintage vehicles, allowing spectators to see and feel as if they’re amid the battle. The CMP has extended invitations to WWII veterans and may even carry the American flag from the reenactment to the parade grounds.


A World War II M-4 Sherman tank from the Allen County Historical Society in Lima, Ohio, will parade the ground of Camp Perry during the ceremony.

First Shot Speaker will be Director of Civilian Marksmanship, Emeritus, Gary Anderson. Anderson is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also carries seven World Championships and 16 National Championships in his list of accomplishments. In June 2012, he was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee – the highest honor given. Anderson will fire the first shot of the National Matches with his Model 70 rifle, which he used to win one of his U.S. National Championships.


The Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio, will be loaning their World War II Navy Avenger torpedo bomber for the event. The plane will cascade overtop spectators before disappearing into the horizon.

At the conclusion of the First Shot Ceremony, a dedication will immediately follow at the newly established Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center – CMP’s air gun facility. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held, as well as a Dedication Prize Shoot that is open to all dedication attendees. Prizes will be given to the top shooters of the match. Range Open Houses for those unable to attend the Dedication Ceremony will be held July 8 from 5-7 p.m. and July 17 from 5-8 p.m.


This amphibious tractor, or AMTRAC, from World War II will be part of the ground fleet during the reenactment. The vehicle is owned by Tom Price of Bowling Green, Ohio.

The First Shot Ceremony and the Range Dedication events are free and open to the public. All are encouraged to join us on our day of celebration. For more information on the National Matches, visit http://www.thecmp.org/NM/Rifle.htm.  

For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.



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

Email:  info@thecmp.org

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. 

Email:  custserve@thecmp.org

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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