CAMP PERRY, Ohio – One of the newest and most exciting events at the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Games Matches that has quickly gained popularity among the shooting community is the Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match, being fired at this year’s event on July 18, 2014.
The Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match was first brought to the National Matches in 2011, after being test-fired with great success at the Eastern and Western CMP Games the previous year. The match allows competitors to test their abilities to perform in a quick and controlled environment and requires precise communication between teammates.
Two-person teams will fire 10 rounds in 20-second intervals from scoped vintage military rifles atop provided sand bags. One team marksman will shoot from the prone position at 300 and 600 yards, while the other will serve as a spotter to relay shot position. Marksman and spotter will switch positions on the firing lines, allowing each teammate to play both roles. Scores are then combined for an overall aggregate team total.
Though the event demands great skill and concentration, it has also become one of the more theatric matches of the CMP Games. Participants can often be found wearing period dress from the era of their rifles or even in camouflaged Ghillie Suits. Fierce competition and lighthearted fun are all parts of what has made the Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match a popular destination at the National Matches.
For more information about the Vintage Sniper Match and other National Trophy Rifle Matches, visit http://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.