Back to First Shot Front Cover!   
CMP Home Page TFS Articles Archives CMP Competitions Home Page CMP Forum CMP Sales  AUG-2010

Click here to sign up to receive CMP Shooters' News Email Updates

Click here to go to the CMP Forum to read & post questions.

We want your feedback! Please let us know what you think about TFS. Do you have an interesting story or article that you would like to share? If so, please let us know!

Upcoming CMP Events:

Tuesday Night Open Public Shooting
CMP Marksmanship Centers,
Port Clinton, OH
Tuesday & Thursday Night Open Public Shooting
Anniston, AL
Shooters, including aspiring new shooters are invited to take advantage of a new opportunity to do practice shooting.  The Camp Perry 80-point, 10-meter air gun range is fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting.  Instruction and equipment are available.  Visit
MarksmanshipCenters.htm for additional information.

2010 CMP Three-Position Summer Camps
It is not too late to be part of the 2010 CMP Summer Rifle Camp experience! Spots are still open for the three-position air rifle camps in Anniston, Alabama for the following dates: 31 May-4 June, 28 June-2 July, 26-30 July, and for the three-position air rifle camp in Camp Perry, Ohio: 7-11 June.  There are also a few spots remaining for the CMP-AMU Advanced Smallbore Camp 21-25 June.  Be part of the 2010 CMP camp experience download registration forms at,

2010 JMIC Master Instructor Training Courses. The CMP will conduct a series of JMIC Master Instructor Training Workshops in 2010 to train new JMIC Master Instructors and recertify current active JMIC Master Instructors who were originally trained in 2005 and whose certificates expire in 2010. Recent experience in conducting rifle marksmanship training and organizing a rifle team at a JROTC Unit or Junior Rifle Club is a prerequisite for attending a JMIC Master Instructor Course. Current Master Instructors must have taught at least one JMIC Course in the past five years to be eligible for recertification. For more information visit

NATIONAL MATCH AIR RIFLE, CMP to Conduct NMAR Introductory Matches in 2010—First Match in Richmond, VA, CMP Seeking Additional Host Clubs - In 2010, the CMP is sponsoring a series of matches in different parts of the country to introduce the new National Match Air Rifle (NMAR) shooting sports discipline. The next CMP NMAR Match will be at the Camp Perry Marksmanship Center, Port Clinton, OH, on 19 June. If you are interested in trying NMAR, check out the program posted at

Printable Version

Notorious Camp Perry Rain, Wind and Sun Add Variety to 9th Annual Rimfire Sporter Match

Steve Cooper, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, OHIO – While some shooters dealt with a driving rain, wildly-fluctuating crosswinds and the accompanying delays, others enjoyed bright sun and calm conditions during the ninth annual Rimfire Sporter Match on Sunday, 25 July.
Overcast skies and rain showers during the first relay kept spectators undercover, but winds were variable.

Chalk it all up to “The Camp Perry Experience.” As veteran shooters know, the weather is almost always a factor here and first-time shooters received a classic introduction to it Sunday.

During Relay 2, north wind gusts mixed with driving rain began soaking targets and blowing them out of their frames.

Assistant Chief Range Officer Brad Donoho, left, and Chief Range Officer, Duane Tallman directed target crews to repair targets and managed operations until winds died down.

The first relay of nearly 100 shooters fired through a light rain, but the second relay was met with the pin-wheeling back side of a cold front that drove wind and rain directly off Lake Erie from the north, soaking targets and blowing many out of their frames. Once order was restored, the match continued and the third and fourth relays enjoyed clear blue skies and a light no-value breeze.
Bright blue skies and sun returned to Camp Perry during Relays 3 and 4 as shooters enjoyed a gentle breeze in the afternoon.

The Rimfire Sporter Match is a recreation-oriented, three-position competition using .22 caliber sporter rifles (plinking and small game rifles) commonly owned by almost all gun enthusiasts. Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic and competitors are broken into three classes – open sights, telescopic sights and new for 2010, tactical rifle. Shooters could enter multiple relays and fire different classes depending on space availability.
CSM Steven Slee won the Open Sights Class with an aggregate score of 578-23X.

Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Steven Slee, 46, U.S. Army Reserve, of Dimondale, Michigan, won the open sights class with an aggregate score of 578-23X out of 600 possible. With a CZ Model 452, CSM Slee fired a 98-6X prone slow-fire, 98-5X prone rapid-fire, 93-1X sitting slow-fire, 92-3X sitting rapid-fire, 98-2X standing slow-fire and a near-perfect 99-6X standing rapid-fire in winning the open sights class.
Charles Opalewski II was the High Junior and High 4-H Junior shooter in the Open Sights Class with an aggregate of 574-14X.

Charles Opalewski II, 20, of Vicksburg, Michigan, was second in open sights with an aggregate score of 574-14X. Opalewski was also the high ranking overall junior and 4-H junior shooter. Ron Villanueva, 45, of Parma Heights, Ohio, placed third in the open sights class with a total score of 573-18X.

Rene Baldwin was the High Woman scorer in the Open Sights Class with a score of 528-7X.

Nick Takacs, 61, of Monroeville, Ohio, was the high senior competitor in open sights class with an aggregate score of 569-17X. Rene Baldwin, 28, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, was the high woman competitor with an overall score of 528-7X in open sights.

In telescopic and receiver sights class (T-class), Lucas Boord, 20, of New Stanton, Pennsylvania, used a Kimber Hunter to score 593-27X to win his class. Boord shot a 99-8X prone slow-fire, 97-4X prone rapid-fire, 99-5X sitting slow-fire, 99-4X sitting rapid-fire, a perfect 100-4X standing slow-fire and 99-2X standing rapid-fire en route to winning his class.

Natalie Harper was the High Woman, High Junior and High 4-H Junior shooter in the Telescopic Sights Class with an overall score of 588-14X.

Placing second in T-class was CSM Steven Slee with a 592-31X. Ron Villanueva placed third with a 589-29X aggregate score. The high junior, high 4-H junior and high woman T-class shooter was Natalie Harper, 18, of Dublin, Georgia, with an aggregate score of 588-14X. The top senior shooter in T-class was Steve Gossage, 63, of Wooster, Ohio, with an aggregate of 586-32X. Gossage used his 32X center shots to win a three-way tie over Lee McKinney, 63, of Rio Rico, Arizona (586-25X) and Ernest Oelker, 63, of Youngstown, Ohio (586-21X).

Mike Krites was the Tactical Rifle victor with an aggregate score of 566-18X.

In the new Tactical Rifle class, Mike Krites, 53, of Cridersville, Ohio, took top honors with an aggregate score of 566-18X. He used his Smith & Wesson tactical .22 to fire 92-1X prone slow-fire, 96-3X prone rapid-fire, 90-2X sitting slow-fire, 95-4X sitting rapid-fire, 98-3X standing slow-fire and 95-5X standing rapid-fire to win his class.

Placing second in tactical class was Gary Newyear, 58, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with a tie-breaking score of 563-13X over Denise Miller, 36, of Coshocton, Ohio, who logged a 563-9X. Miller was also the high woman shooter in tactical class. The high junior shooter in tactical class was Michael Barnard, 18, of Mentor, Ohio, with an aggregate score of 530-8X. The high senior shooter in the tactical class was Mike Krofchik, of Gambrills, Maryland, firing a 533-13X. There were no 4-H junior participants in tactical .22 rifle competition.

The winning team of this year’s new Youth-Adult Partner (age 16 or younger and 17 or over) O-class competition was MAJ (Ret) Jeffrey Knop, 50, of Brighton, Michigan, and William Knop, 13, also of Brighton with a combined aggregate score of 821-11X. The team fired a 148-1X prone slow-fire, 114-2X prone rapid-fire, 142-1X sitting slow-fire, 134-0X sitting rapid-fire, 149-3X standing slow-fire and a 134-4X standing rapid-fire on their way to winning the Youth Adult Partner Match O-Class Team.
Keith Stich, left, and Scott Stich were the winners of the Youth-Adult Partner Match, Telescopic Sights Class.

The team of Keith Stich, 19, of Portersville, Pennsylvania, and Scott Stich, 16, also of Portersville, won the T-class match with a combined aggregate score of 1149-41X. They fired a 187-3X prone slow-fire, 196-9X prone rapid-fire, 190-4X sitting slow-fire, 194-5X sitting rapid-fire, 191-14X standing slow-fire and 191-6X standing rapid-fire in leading the T-class team field.

The unopposed team of Larry Abernathy, 56, of Akron, Ohio and Aaron Abernathy, 15, also of Akron, won the Tactical class team match. Larry was the only firing member due to the malfunction of his teammate’s rifle so the team’s aggregate score was 518-20X.

At the conclusion of competition, all shooters, volunteers, staff and range officials enjoyed a barbecue behind the ready line on Viale Range followed by an awards ceremony honoring the top individual and team competitors. Achievement medals were presented to all shooters who met or exceeded minimum cut-off scores  by class as follows:

Gold: T-class, 577 or higher; O-class, 565 or higher; Tactical, 575 or higher.

Silver: T-class, 565-576; O-class, 550-564; Tactical, 563-574.

Bronze: T-class, 543-564; O-class, 522-549; Tactical 542-562.

For complete results of the 2010 Rimfire Sporter Match, log onto View photos of the Rimfire Match at


Back to the Top

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
Spam and Virus Filtering Provided byISP Services