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Cadets and Teams Advancing to the JROTC Service Air Rifle Championships Announced - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC rifle teams kicked off their 2009-2010 competition year as they competed in the 2009-2010 JROTC Air Rifle Postal Competitions. For the past seven year, the Civilian Marksmanship Program has overseen the scoring of JROTC 3x10 three-position air rifle postal competitions. These annual postal matches determine which JROTC unit teams and individual cadets advance to compete in their respective service’s JROTC shoulder-to-shoulder Championship.

Two New National Trophies - Thanks to generous donations from two long-time competitive shooters who are both Distinguished Badge holders and who have been regular National Matches participants, two new trophies were recently added to the CMP’s National Trophy Collection. Both trophies are to be awarded in the National Trophy Pistol Matches and will replace older trophies that the CMP Trophy Committee determined were not of National Trophy quality.

Anniston’s Dixie Double a Success - The Inaugural Dixie Double Precision Air Rifle and Air Pistol Event surpassed the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s highest expectations thanks to the turnout of several of the nation’s most talented competitors, outstanding marksmanship and a Sunday rifle final that kept competitors and spectators riveted until the final shot.


Registration Open for Junior Air Rifle Individuals and Teams in the U. S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle State Championship Postal Competition - The U. S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Championship is now taking entries for the 2009-2010 State Championship postal competition. This Championship is sponsored by the Army Marksmanship Unit and is open to all junior shooting organizations that have school-age juniors as members or enrollees (high school seniors or below). Participation by as many junior teams, clubs, 4-H clubs, JROTC units or other organizations around the country is encouraged.

2009 Western Creedmoor Cup Matches - The 2009 Western Creedmoor Cup Matches, the third held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility near Phoenix since moving from Camp Pendleton, California, are now in the books. CMP and Creedmoor Sports of Oceanside, California, together with the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association served as hosts of the matches and games events.


6th Western CMP Games - The objective of the CMP Games Matches is to encourage participation, to get more people out on ranges for “rifle practice” and competitions. The four days of shooting during the 2009 Western CMP Games at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility north of Phoenix surely fulfilled that objective. The Games saw competitors complete a record 476 event entries in six different CMP Games rifle events.

More Camp Perry Improvements - Two Ohio National Guard ceremonies on 13 October, one a Dedication Ceremony and one a Groundbreaking Ceremony, highlighted the most recent endeavors to make additional improvements to Camp Perry, which is the home of the National Matches and CMP North Headquarters. A photovoltaic solar field that is now producing power for the Camp Perry Training Center was dedicated and ground was broken for a new barracks that will provide housing for both National Guard Soldiers and National Matches competitors.  

JROTC Postal Season Opens - Targets Can Now Be Ordered - The task of acquiring a spot in the 2010 JROTC Service Championships starts this week for JROTC cadets across the nation, as Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Cadets will begin preparations to compete in the 2009-2010 Air Rifle Postal Competitions.

100-foot Antolik Mural Commemorated during Fall Open House and Turkey Shoot - More than 300 shooters and guests attended the second annual Camp Perry Marksmanship Center Open House on Saturday, 19 September, commemorating the center’s second year of operations and a new shooter’s mural.

2009 Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches Ready for Entries - The 2009 Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches will take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility North of Phoenix, Arizona on 17-25 October. Shooters who want detailed information about the events on the program should examine the match program at Shooters can now register on-line at


Camp Perry Marksmanship Center Mural – A Sight to See!! - Award-winning wilderness artist and friend of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, Jerry Antolik, has captured the character of competitive shooting at Camp Perry on a stunning new hand-painted mural at the CMP Marksmanship Center air gun range

Three-Position Air Rifle Rules Update - An updated version of the National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules is now posted on the CMP website at The revised rules are also available from the CMP in print. The updated rules incorporate changes adopted by the National Three-Position Air Rifle Council when it held its annual meeting at Fort Benning, Georgia this past June. The rulebook (V1) that was released in September 2008 was intended to be a two-year rulebook so most of the changes in the revised rules (V2) are minor and editorial. The revisions, however, were made necessary by recent equipment and technical developments that include a newly approved Sporter Class air rifle and the commercial availability of the Orion Scoring System that uses computer-imaging technology to score paper targets

Camp Perry Marksmanship Center Fall Open House and Turkey Shoot - You Are Invited to Come to Camp Perry on Saturday, 19 September, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM - The Ohio Army National Guard (OHNG), the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are combining forces to host a Fall Open House and Turkey Shoot at the new Camp Perry Marksmanship Center on Saturday, 19 September. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; come and participate any time during those hours. The event is open to the public; everyone who lives within daytrip distance of Camp Perry is encouraged to travel to Camp Perry to participate in a fun shoot on the center’s electronic targets and have a chance to win a turkey, to actually shoot on the National Guard’s engagement skills trainer and to visit the CMP Store. Safety and marksmanship instruction will be provided for all who participate. The day will be highlighted by the dedication of the Marksmanship Center’s recently completed 90-foot long mural

550 Competitors Shoot Air Gun Events During 2009 National Matches - For the entire month that the 2009 National Matches were in full force outdoors, the indoor Camp Perry Marksmanship Center was also open for business and seeing plenty of traffic. The CMP National Match Air Gun Events took place at the indoor center on the same days that the National Matches pistol and rifle championships on the Camp Perry outdoor ranges. The air gun events began on 13 July and ended on 13 August. 550 different competitors completed nearly one thousand event entries at the state-of-the-art facility featuring 80 firing points, electronic scoring and air conditioning for those seeking a reprieve from the elements

A Highpower Journey - For Woburn, Massachusetts shooter Jim Clark, the skills learned as a junior in smallbore and precision air rifle made his transition into highpower rifle competition a quick learning curve. Within the first couple of years of trying the sport, he had been fortunate to receive good coaching, particularly with the Trickett family whose own son now shoots for the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU). It seemed like a case of being in the right place at the right time for Clark, and the camaraderie, new friends and loose atmosphere of highpower shooting was a welcome break from his more rigorous collegiate shooting schedule at Ohio State University


2009 National CMP Games Wrap-Up - Whether you're a fan of old-school bolt actions, thumb-busters, straight-pulls or short-stroke carbines, there were plenty to see in action during the CMP's National Carbine, Springfield, Vintage Military and John C. Garand Rifle Matches 6-8 August.

Handicap System Recognizes Shooters Who Exceed Their Shooting Average at National Matches - For a couple of shooters at the National Trophy Matches, exceeding their average in a match paid off big dividends. They were winners of the Handicap Match, which was tracked along with the results from the National Trophy Matches at Camp Perry.  The new CMP Handicap System is a way to rank all competitors in a match according to how they performed on the day of a match relative to their established level of ability. In a handicap competition, the competitor who does the best job of exceeding his or her average becomes the winner. Handicaps, in many recreational sports, are a popular way to equalize the competition. Golf, bowling and trap shooting all have handicap systems that often attract more participation and excitement than events that are based strictly on score.

19th Annual American Legion Junior Air Rifle National Championship - Deckard Day, a fifteen year-old male shooter from Albuquerque, New Mexico captured the sporter crown at the 19th annual American Legion Junior Air Rifle National Championship, August 6-8. Day fired an impressive 2308.9/2509. He shoots for the LaCueva H.S. Marine Corps JROTC marksmanship unit, which is sponsored by Post 49.

‘M1 for Vets’ Fundraiser Shoot - Erie County Conservation League - A United States Marine veteran received recognition for his service Aug. 2 during a special ceremony at the Erie County Conservation League (ECCL) during a fundraiser for the ‘M1 for Vets’ program. The event raised $6400.00 for the "M1 for Vets' program.

History Made in 2009 National Trophy Infantry Team Match - If you were trying to predict the winner of the 2009 National Trophy Infantry Team Match (NTIT), odds are your discussion centered around the top military teams in the event. This makes sense; especially considering that the last time a civilian team won the NTIT was in 1930. That is until a group of juniors from California stepped up to the firing line at Camp Perry on 7 August and made history.

Three-peat for USAMU Praslick in National Trophy Rifle Team Match - Winning the National Trophy Rifle Team Match (NTT) is tough, winning three years in a row is impressive; and impressive accurately describes the performance of the USAMU Praslick team in the 2009 NTT.   For three straight years USAMU Praslick, named after team coach SFC Emil Praslick, have found themselves on top of the results list at the end of the NTT. To win the event this year, the team fired a 2944-115 to hold off a much-improved All Guard Gold team that shot a 2935-93. In addition to SFC Praslick, the team was led by team captain SGT Walter Craig. Firing team members included SFC Grant Singley, SFC Lance Dement, PFC Sherri Gallagher, SPC Tyrel Cooper, SGT Brandon Green and SSG Tobie Tomlinson.

USAR Teammates win Hearst Doubles Team Match - On Wednesday afternoon, 5 August there was no happier pair of shooters here or perhaps anywhere in the world than U.S. Army Reservists MSG Jack Pardy and SFC Norman Anderson, victors in the 2009 Hearst Doubles Rifle Match, with a team aggregate score of 583-10X.  "It was awesome, truly awesome," MSG Pardy said shortly after receiving confirmation of their one-point victory over Army SFC Lance Dement and SFC Grant Singley. The team of Army National Guard SSG Charles Spiker and Air National Guard SSG Leigh Jenks III took third place with a score of 580-22X.

New Event Fired at the National Trophy Rifle Matches - The Freedom’s Fire Trophy has the first pair of names to be engraved on its base. Mark Nations, 19, and Christopher Hudock, 19, of Raleigh, North Carolina won the inaugural National Trophy Junior Team Match (NTJT) at Camp Perry on 5 August. The new 2-person team event took the place of the Whistler Boy Junior Service Rifle Team Match, which has been moved to the NRA Highpower phase at Camp Perry.

Pardy Leads the Pack in the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match - MSG Jack Pardy, USAR, has been within an X-count of an overall individual title at the National Trophy Matches at Camp Perry. In fact, since 1993 he has been close to winning several major titles, and finished as the top Reserve Individual and contributed to top Reserve teams with the USAR. Though the illusive individual national championship at Camp Perry has been just outside his grasp; that is, until now.

New York Native, Mark Laramie, wins the 2009 National Trophy President’s Rifle Match - If you follow sports, you've probably heard the reference to a team or an individual who "keeps hanging around." It is a form of respect often given to a dangerous opponent who demonstrates the ability to seize the lead at any moment. That is just what Mark Laramie did to win the prestigious President's Rifle Trophy Match on 3 August. The 41-year-old Oneida County civil engineer from Boonville, New York jumped to the top of the 1,262-shooter pack and earned the top position in the 10-shot prone final used to determine the match winner. And once the 600-yard final began, Laramie did not disappoint the crowd.

The President’s Rifle Match Attracts Shooters of All Ages - While most of the attention at the 2009 National Trophy Matches goes to the shooters placing at the top of the ranking lists, every shooter on the line has an interesting story. So I decided to take a closer look at the 1,262 competitors in the Presidents Rifle Trophy Match fired on 3 August at Camp Perry, Ohio. I found Milton Beckwith, 84, of Wethersfield, Connecticut and Allison Otto, 12, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who just happen to be the oldest and youngest competitors in the event this year.

Rifle Small Arms Firing School draws nearly 700 students - A small change in format to the Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) for service rifle paid big dividends, as new and experienced shooters received greater opportunity to expand their knowledge and a chance to earn introductory Excellence In Shooting (EIC) “leg” points toward a Distinguished Rifle Badge. The event took place 1-2 August and was the start of highpower phase at the National Matches.

USMC Highpower Rifle Team instructs Juniors at National Matches Clinic - Just when you thought the CMP-USMC Junior Highpower Clinic was starting to look like just another shooting school, SSgt Jason Haislip leapt upon and marched down the center row of tables and began flinging five-inch Marine Corps shooting team window stickers as rewards for correct answers to rapid-fire questions.  The Marines were back in camp for three days beginning 31 July and were prepared to do whatever it took to grab and hold the attention of some of the nation's most talented young rifle competitors.

New Advanced Adult Highpower Rifle Clinic a Success - This year's class of shooters in the Advanced Adult Highpower Rifle Clinic received high marks from veteran highpower service rifle instructor Ken Roxburgh, and those familiar with Roxburgh and his high educational standards, know that he doesn't hand out compliments unless they are earned.

National Rimfire Sporter Match Hits New Record with 421 Event Entries - There were sunny skies and a steady wind that swept the Lake Erie shoreline for the eighth annual CMP Rimfire Sporter Match held on Sunday, 26 July. Though the 15-mile-per-hour wind did not prevent a record turnout of 333 shooters from posting strong scores and making the event a huge success.

2009 National Trophy Pistol Matches - U.S. Army SFC James Henderson put on an impressive display of service pistol shooting at the 2009 National Trophy Pistol Matches. Over the four-day event Henderson was an individual winner and team trophy winner in six categories, and set two new national individual scoring records in the process.

USAMU Dominates 2009 Trophy Pistol Matches - The United States Army Marksmanship Unit pistol team seems to have become the proverbial "elephant in the room" as of late in discussions about the National Trophy Pistol Matches and it appears, given the team's depth, the beast may be around for a while.  With increasing frequency, greater numbers of the Army's elite pistol team are finding themselves in the top 20, top 10 and top five places in individual and team pistol competition.

North Carolina Junior Christopher Hudock wins the 2009 M9 Pistol EIC Match - Christopher Hudock, 19, of Raleigh, North Carolina, attended his first Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) Pistol at the 2009 National Trophy Pistol Matches, and then went on to win the Excellence In Competition (EIC) M9 Match on 13 July with an aggregate score of 269-6X.  Hudock, an accomplished rifle shooter as a junior, earned his Distinguished Rifle Badge in May 2008. Later that summer he also won the Springfield Rifle Match and was the High Junior in the Vintage Military Rifle Match. This year Hudock is competing in pistol as an adult, and has his sights set on becoming Double Distinguished.

2009 Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Advanced Pistol Course - There is a growing trend among U.S. shooting organizations to increase participation in competitive pistol shooting to both to educate the public about proper firearms safety and proficiency, and to strengthen competition numbers.  So it is no surprise that the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) stepped up its efforts to enhance programs like the Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) Pistol at this year's National Matches.

U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Melvin G. Spiese opens the 2009 National Matches - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - The 2009 National Matches First Shot Ceremony on 13 July featured the dedication of the new Camp Perry Memorial Plaza, inspiring comments by featured speaker U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Melvin G. Spiese, a dramatic flyover by an Ohio National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and the delivery of the ceremonial American Flag by three Ohio National Guard 19th Special Forces paratroopers.


Rimfire Sporter - National Matches Update, Program Developments - The 8th National Rimfire Sporter Match will take place during the 2009 National Matches on Sunday, 26 July. This recreation, fun and family-oriented shooting event has grown every year it has been staged at Camp Perry, Ohio. The 2009 CMP Rimfire Sporter Match will be even bigger with over 400 event entries now in.

Jay Raymond named 2009 National Progress Position Air Pistol Champion - Jay Raymond, 16, of Canton, Mississippi, fired an aggregate score of 821.8-15 to win the individual gold medal in the 2009 USA Shooting/NRA Sports National Progressive Pistol Championship on 12 July at the CMP’s Camp Perry Air Gun Center.

William “Trey” Eades III wins 2nd Major Sporter Individual Title in 2009 - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - William "Trey" Eades III, 17, of Shreveport, Louisiana overcame a first day eight-point deficit by firing an outstanding 565 total on Day II enroute to winning the individual gold medal in the 2009 Junior Olympic Three-Position Sporter Air Rifle Championship at the CMP North Competition Center on 9 July.

Washington State Junior Denise Martin claims 2009 Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Precision Class Championship - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - Denise Martin, 15, of Chewelah, Washington, fought off a strong performance by Kaitlin Pennell, 17, of Antelope, California with a resounding finish in the final to stake her claim to the 2009 Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifle Precision Class Championship with a final score of 103.4 and a new match record aggregate total of 1292.4.

More Shooters, New Events Highlight 2009 Eastern CMP Games Matches - The 3rd Eastern CMP Games at Camp Butner, North Carolina on 2-5 May featured a huge increase in entries and five new events that were not on the schedule last year. In another interesting development, the Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle Matches that have been the mainstay of the Regional CMP Games Matches at Camp Butner and the Ben Avery Range near Phoenix, Arizona were highlighted by an impressive increase in shooters’ scores that can be attributed to obvious shooter improvement, new Hornady .30-06 ammunition and nearly ideal weather.


2009 CMP Competition Rules - Rules for Service Pistol, Service Rifle, As-Issued Military Rifle - The annual release of the CMP Competition Rules usually coincides with the release of National Matches programs and the opening of National Matches on-line entries, which were posted on the CMP website on 1 April. The 13th edition 2009 CMP Competition Rules are also now posted on the CMP website and can be viewed and downloaded at

7th National JROTC Air Rifle Championship - The 2009 JROTC marksmanship competition season concluded on 27-28 March with the 7th National JROTC Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia. 156 JROTC Cadets representing 61 JROTC units from 24 states qualified for the event. The National Championship was the culmination of a long season that began last fall for these Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Cadets. For many competitors, reaching the National Championship was also the culmination of many years of marksmanship training and goal setting to qualify for this event.

The 2009 U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Postal Phase Complete - The competitor field is set for the 2009 U.S. Army Open Air Rifle Championship. Over 1,121 shooters sent in targets to the CMP for the Postal stage of the competition, this stage determined the State Champions who then advance to the U.S. Army Open Air Rifle Nationals that will be held at Fort Benning, GA 14-16 May.


Navy Wraps-Up 2009 JROTC Service Championships at Camp Perry - The last of the 2009 JROTC Air Rifle Service Championships concluded on 27-28 February at Camp Perry, Ohio when the Civilian Marksmanship Program played host to the best Navy JROTC shooters from all over the country. This was the third weekend in a row that a major junior championship was held in the CMP’s new Camp Perry Marksmanship Center, with its 80-firing point electronic target equipped air gun range.

Creedmoor National Match Air Rifle (NMAR) Unveiling at Anniston Air Rifle Test Match on 14 March - A brand new concept in target air rifles will be unveiled at an air rifle competition that will take place at the CMP’s Anniston (Alabama) Competition Center this Saturday, 14 March. Creedmoor Sports Inc., one of the major shooting sports equipment suppliers in the USA, has designed an AR style air rifle built around an Anschütz 8001 barreled action.  This rifle was designed in conjunction with the development of the CMP's new National Match Air Rifle shooting discipline.  The first Creedmoor prototype will be unveiled at a test competition for the new discipline in Anniston on 14 March.

2009 Eastern U.S. Junior Highpower Clinic and Championship Enrollment Now Open - The Eastern U.S. Junior Highpower Clinic and Championship will take place 20-26 June at Camp Butner, North Carolina. The Eastern U.S. Junior Highpower Clinic and Championship offers a full week of clinics, coaching and competition for junior service rifle competitors. Juniors attending the clinic will have the opportunity to expand their current level of experience and expertise as well as build friendships and camaraderie within the sport. This event is sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Junior Marksmanship Support Group with the co-operation and support of the NC National Guard Training Site, North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association and the USMC Rifle Team.

JROTC Championships Series Continues with Marine Corps and Air Force - On 20-21 February, the best junior three-position air rifle shooters representing all of the Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC units around the country made their way to Camp Perry, Ohio for second round of the 2009 JROTC Air Rifle Championship series being hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

2009 Dixie Challenge - On 14 February 2009 the Civilian Marksmanship Program played host to the Dixie Challenge. This 3x20 three-position air rifle competition took place at the new CMP Competition Center-South in Anniston, Alabama, which features an 80-point air rifle range. The event drew 65 shooters and a total of 10 junior teams. In all four states were represented in the match.


Round One of JROTC Championships Completed - The first of three championship weekends took place 12-14 February at Camp Perry, Ohio when the Civilian Marksmanship Program played host to the 2009 National Army JROTC Air Rifle Championship. 215 individual high school age Cadets representing 65 different schools from the Continental USA, Alaska and Department of Defense Schools in Europe competed in the event.

CMP Accepting Applications for JROTC/ROTC Scholarships - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - If you are or know of a JROTC high school senior or ROTC college underclass cadet in good standing who participates on a competitive rifle club or varsity team, it's time to spread the word that applications are available to apply for a one-thousand dollar CMP ROTC scholarship. The deadline for applications is 5 March 2009.

Ups and Downs for Two NCAA Rifle Programs - The NCAA has gained one new rifle program just as a long established program is potentially shutting down. First, there was great news in December from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia when the school’s athletic department announced that it would add four new athletic programs for the 2009-2010 school year, one being a Co-Ed Varsity Rifle Team. This was exciting news for both the NCAA and for high school athletes in Georgia, where Rifle is a varsity sport sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association. Before CSU added its new program, North Georgia College and State University and Mercer University were the only NCAA shooting programs in Georgia. NGSU is the only one of those two programs that competes in both air rifle and smallbore; Mercer is exclusively an air rifle program. These limited options have resulted in many of Georgia’s top shooting athletes venturing to other parts of the country to pursue college shooting careers. With the addition of CSU’s program, high school athletes have one more option to entice them to stay closer to home.

Third Annual Camp Perry Open Hits New Marks - In 2007 the first Camp Perry Junior Open took place at the CMP North Headquarters in Camp Perry, OH. At the time, CMP staff had no idea if they would be able to generate interest for a new match held in the middle of the Ohio winter. Plans had not even been developed yet for the CMP Competition Center-North, so the match was to take place on a temporary 20-point range. To CMP’s pleasant surprise all three relays of the 3x20 air rifle match filled and the event earned a permanent slot on the CMP Events Calendar. The opening of the new CMP Competition Center-North in the summer of 2008 meant there would be plenty of room for growth in the 2009 Camp Perry Open program. The decision was made to expand the weekend from a 3x20 junior match and clinic to an entire weekend of shooting that included a two-day International Standing event.

CMP Tests New National Match Air Rifle Match - CAMP PERRY, OHIO - In the most ideal firing conditions ever experienced by competitive shooters in the dead of winter at Camp Perry, about three dozen shooters broke ground on what is designed to become a valuable new type of off-season training and competition for highpower, smallbore and recreational competitors.  On 10 January 2009, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) conducted its first test firing of two National Match Air Rifle events at the Camp Perry Marksmanship Center with its 80-firing point, all equipped with electronic targets. Competitors fired two standing position events and one three-position prone, sitting or kneeling and standing event.


New 2-Person Junior Team Match Coming in 2009 National Trophy Rifle Matches - Junior service rifle shooters will have the opportunity to compete in a new two-person team match during the 2009 CMP National Trophy Rifle Matches at Camp Perry. The new match will replace the Whistler Boy Junior Service Rifle Team Match. The new event, to be fired on Wednesday, 5 August, will be named the National Trophy Junior Team Match. A striking new trophy called “Freedom’s Fire” will be awarded to the winning team.

Registration Opens for 2009 Eastern CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches - The Official Program for the 3rd 2009 Eastern CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches that will take place at Camp Butner, North Carolina on 2-10 May, is now posted and available at
EasternGames.htm. Competitors who want to compete in either the CMP Games Matches or the Creedmoor Cup Matches can register for on-line at  In 2007, the inaugural Eastern CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches drew over 300 competitors to Camp Butner, North Carolina for the nine-day shooting extravaganza. In 2008, the Eastern Games competitor count increased to 350. With three new events on the 2009 program, the total number of competitors is expected to go up again.

2009 Achievement Medal and Achievement Pin Cut Scores - One of the most popular goals for competitors in CMP As-Issued Military Rifle and Rimfire Sporter Matches is to fire a score good enough to earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze Achievement Medal or Pin. Competitors in the CMP Games Matches at the National Matches are awarded medals with neck ribbons when they fire scores that exceed Achievement Medal cut scores. Competitors in the Eastern and Western CMP Games Matches also are awarded medals with neck ribbons. Clubs that sponsor As-Issued Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Matches can award, Gold, Silver and Bronze Achievement Pins for scores fired in CMP sanctioned matches.

2009 CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Summer Camp Registration Opens - As the holiday break ends and schools start back across the country, it is already time for students to begin planning how they want to spend their summer vacation. For air rifle shooters we hope that one of the events that will be marked on their new 2009 calendars will be a CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Summer Camp. To help make this planning easier, the 2009 schedule has already been posted online, and registration forms will begin being accepted on 19 January.

Enter Now--the 2009 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Open Championship - Junior shooting clubs and school teams can now make on-line entries in the 3rd U.S. Army Junior Open Air Rifle Championship. The annual U.S. Army-sponsored event offers state championship postals and a shoulder-to-shoulder national championship in two events, sporter air rifle three-positions and precision air rifle standing. Organizations interested in this major junior air rifle championship can download the official match program that is posted at and make their entries on-line at

CMP Conducts Junior Air Rifle Clinic for American High Schools in Germany - The CMP Three-Position Junior Air Rifle Camp and Clinic programs are always expanding in attempts to reach more juniors across the country, but on 22-24 November 2008, this concept was taken to the extreme when CMP instructors Brad and Vicki Donoho traveled to Germany to work with American high school student-athletes stationed with their families on U.S. Military bases. This is the first time that the CMP has carried its camp program outside of the United States and only the second time that a CMP junior camp has been held outside of the lower 48 states.

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