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Upcoming CMP Events:
Tuesday & Thursday Night Open Public Shooting
CMP Marksmanship Centers,
Port Clinton, OH
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
MarksmanshipCenters.htm for additional
iPhone App - CMP is the official app for keeping score at Civilian
Marksmanship Program sponsored shooting events. It features an easy to
use interface that allows for quick recording of your score after each
string. The CMP app calculates your shooting percentages automatically
to let you know how you are doing throughout the event. You can also
enter notes and record conditions so that you have a permanent record of
details of each event. This application is sponsored and endorsed by
the Civilian Marksmanship Program and a portion of the proceeds from the
sale of this software are donated to the CMP. The CMP app is designed
for both the iPhone and iPad. This application is sponsored and
endorsed by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of this software are donated to the CMP. Visit
id379873392?mt=8# to view and
purchase the CMP app.
2010-2011 JROTC Air Rifle Postal Competition Now Open for
Registration. The 2010-2011 JROTC three-position air rifle
competition program starts in September with Army, Navy, Marine
Corps and Air Force postal competitions. All JROTC units that offer
rifle marksmanship training for their cadets are encouraged to shoot
in these popular matches. Indeed, a major objective this year is to
increase participation by JROTC units and individual cadets. All
firers in the open postal competitions will fire a 3x10 air rifle
course of fire. The deadline to enter the JROTC Postal Competition
is 12 November. Visit
http://www.odcmp.com/3P/JROTC.htm for additional information and
North Store Celebrates Appreciation Day and Open House on 2 October -
CAMP PERRY, OHIO – Plan to join us at the CMP North store for our
Customer Appreciation Day and Open House with complimentary coffee and
donuts in the morning and hot dogs and chips in the afternoon on
Saturday, 2 October. The store opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches Ready for Entries. It’s
time to think about highpower rifle shooting - “Western Style” at the
2010 Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches at the Ben Avery
Shooting Facility North of Phoenix, Arizona, on 16-24 October.
Registration for the 2010 Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Match is
now open. The CMP and Creedmoor Sports of Oceanside, California,
together with the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association, will host
the matches and festivities. Sign up today and plan to be a part of this
exciting event! Visit
WesternGames.htm to read the
complete Match Program and register online.
Rifle and Air Pistol Marksmanship Competitions - Camp Perry, Ohio and
Anniston, Alabama. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites you
and your club rifle team to participate in the CMP’s Monthly Matches.
The matches will take place on the above dates at the CMP’s Marksmanship
Centers North and South. The competitions will feature a Junior Air
Rifle 3x20, 60 Shots Air Rifle Standing, 60 Shots Air Pistol, a 20 shot
Novice Prone stage a National Match Air Rifle 20 Shot Standing, Garand
Course and 3x20 events. Monthly Match Dates are 16 October and 20
MarksmanshipCenters.htm to view the CMP Monthly
Match Program or to register for the Match.
Double, Anniston, AL. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites
you to participate in its second annual Anniston Marksmanship Center
Dixie Double. This match offers 60-shot international air rifle standing
and 60-shot air pistol events for open men and women and junior men and
women. USA Shooting is sanctioning this match as a PSA/PSI match
sanctions; it is also sanctioned as a PTO. Members of the National
Rifle and Pistol Teams will attend. National Rifle Coach David Johnson
will present a coaching clinic for all interested persons on Saturday
afternoon, 13 November. The match is a two-day event where competitors
will fire one 60-shot event on each of two days, 13 & 14 November
DixieDouble.htm for additional information.
2010-2012 Three-Position Air Rifle Rules Now Available
Download the new rules at
The 2010 – 2012 8th Edition National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules were released in September 2010. The National Three-Position Air Rifle Council•, which governs most three-position air rifle shooting in the USA, releases a revised rulebook every two years. Rule changes are based on decisions made by the Council, which held its most recent annual meeting this past June. The 2010-2012 version of the rules includes several rule clarifications that are based on interpretations issued during the last two years. A few changes were also made to bring three-position rules in line with International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rule changes.
Rule changes concerning three-position equipment were also few in number. A new Daisy replacement stock for the M888/887 CO2 air rifles was approved. This stock features an adjustable cheek-piece and butt-plate (once adjustments are set, they cannot be changed during a sporter class competition). Authorization was given for match sponsors to allow “lower-cost air rifles” at the grassroots level. New ISSF standards for checking the size of shooting trouser seat pads and the flexibility of shooting shoes were incorporated into the rules (precision class clothing). Standards for checking blinders and visors were established (see #3 below).
The following highlights three of the most significant rule changes.
1. Rule 8.6.3 – Ties for Last Position in Final. The new rulebook now gives match directors the option of conducting a shoot-off to decide ties for the last position(s) in an eight-person final. This addition was made to be inline with the tie-breaking procedures now used by the ISSF. At this year’s National Three-Position Air Rifle Junior Olympic Championship, this rule was added to the program so it could be showcased at a National 3PAR event. In the precision event, no shoot-off was necessary, but a shoot-off was required to determine the last qualifiers for the sporter final. This was the first council shoot-off and the event was well received by competitors and spectators. Under the new rule, national level matches are required to hold shoot-offs, but local matches can still break these ties by using tie-breaking procedures found in Rule 8.6.1. Information about whether or not a match will hold a shoot-off must be included in the match program. The shoot-off is run similar to a final, and must be conducted as soon as possible after qualification scores are posted. Any shooters with tied qualification score (not including x-count) for the last place(s) in the final will then compete in the shoot-off. This can be as few as two shooters, or there could be several shooters with the same numerical score. Shooters are first given a five-minute preparation and sighting period. They then shoot five shots on command, “FOR YOUR FIRST/NEXT COMPETITION SHOT…LOAD…ATTENTION, 3-2-1 START.” Shooters have 75 seconds to fire each shot. Unlike a final, scores are not announced after each shot is fired. After all five shots are completed, the range officer will announce the five-shot totals for all shooters in the shoot-off. If possible, shoot-offs should be scored in tenth ring values (requires electronic targets or Orion VIS scoring). If ties remain, single shots are fired on command until the tie is broken.
2. Rule 8.5.5 – Protests of VIS Targets. Visual Image Scoring (VIS) such as the Orion Scoring System, has revolutionized the scoring of paper targets by increasing the speed, consistency and accuracy of scoring. Like any new system, the rules concerning its practical use have continued to change as experience is gained and situations arise that warrant change. Rule 8.5.5 concerns the protest procedures for shots scored by VIS targets. Instead of challenging the entire target as was the rule in the previous edition of the rulebook, the new rule states that a specific shot or shots must be protested. Obvious errors, such as when the computer program picks up the wrong shot location, multiple shots on the same bull, or when a paper tear is picked up as a shot, can be brought to the attention of the Statistical officer and changed without an official challenge. If the competitor believes that a shot without an obvious error was scored incorrectly the shot must be officially protested. Shooters must be very confident in their protests, however, since there is now a two-point penalty per protest if the whole number value of the shot does not increase. The Council’s decision to impose a two-point penalty for lost score challenges was adopted so that the score protest procedures for VIS scoring would be essentially the same as they are for electronic (EST) targets where there has been a two-point penalty for lost score protests for several years. The two-point penalty also is intended to avoid slowing down the match when some competitors attempt to “buy points” by protesting several shots that must then be rescored. The incentive is now very high for shooters to only challenge shots that they are convinced should be a higher point value. If stated in the match program, a protest fee (of $3 or less) can be collected for each protest. If a shot is protested, the scan for that shot is then re-evaluated with a “protest algorithm.” If the shooter is granted the point, the fee is returned and score adjusted. If the original score remains the same, the fee is not returned and two points must be deducted from the score of the protested shot. All results of protests are final and cannot be appealed.
3. 4.7.7 – Headgear and Blinders. Competitors now need to be more mindful of the way in which they wear their caps or visors while shooting. If a hat is pulled down too far, the sides may be considered side blinders. While side blinders are permitted under Rule 4.7.9, they are restricted to being no more than 40mm deep (downward direction), and also must not extend past the center of the forehead as seen from the side. To prevent cap bills and visors from being pulled down so that they become illegal side blinders, Rule 4.7.7 was updated to state that when a hat or visor is worn, the area on the forehead between the eyebrows must be visible from the side of the shooter. Range officers will be able to check by coming to the side of shooter in position. From that viewpoint, they can quickly determine whether the hat or visor is high enough on the shooter’s head. It is also important to note that the cap or visor is not permitted to touch the rear sight. Some floppy visors or hats may hit the rear sight, so shooters should place their hats in such a way that they do not touch the sights.
The 2010-2012 8th Edition of the National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules, with the most recent changes approved by the National Three-Position Air Rifle Council, is now available in printed version or as a downloadable *.pdf file. The new rules may be accessed immediately through the CMP website at
http://www.odcmp.com/3P/Rules.pdf. Printed copies of the new rulebook may be ordered from the CMP at a cost of $2.00 each.
The National Three-Position Air Rifle Council continues to urge all coaches, competitors and match sponsors who have questions about the three-position air rifle rules to contact the National Council Rules Hotline. If you have questions or recommendations concerning the rules, contact Vicki Donoho at
or 419-635-2141, ext. 1102.
The National Three-Position Air Rifle Council
includes representatives of the American Legion, Boy Scouts of
America, CMP, Daisy Shooter Education Program, National 4-H
Shooting Sports, U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit and the Army,
Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force Cadet Commands.