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Junior Cierra Terrizzi Wins Open Match at 10th Annual Camp Perry Open

Posted By on February 5, 2016

clip_image002By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Cierra Terrizzi, 17, of Dallastown MCJROTC in Pennsylvania, was the overall winner in the 60 Shot Terrizzi Open Rifle competition of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 10th Annual Camp Perry Open at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, with a Finals score of 205.3. She bested Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) member Daniel Lowe, 23, by only one point. Following in third place was junior Ian Foos, 18, of Bellevue, Ohio.

On the pressure of being a junior against a talented AMU shooter, Terrizzi said, “It was nerve-wracking, but I liked it. I think the competition made me do better.”

“I just try to stay focused on my shot routine – I try not to get super excited because then I’ll get all shaky, and it doesn’t work out well,” she added with a laugh. After being announced the winner of the Camp Perry Open, she joked, “I was trying not to cry in front of all of those people!”

In the 60 Shot Open Pistol event, SGT Greg Markowski, 42, of the AMU, won the gold in the Finals with a score of 199.4. Junior Anthony McCollum, 19, of The Ohio State University, gave an impressive performance to earn second place in a shoot-off against Markowski. CMP’s James Hall, 32, was third overall.

Right: Junior Cierra Terrizzi from Dallastown MCJROTC in Pennsylvania was the overall winner in the rifle 60 Shot Open competition after an outstanding Finals performance on the last day of competition. She also came in third place in the Junior Rifle Match.

LoweThe Super Finals, which has made the Camp Perry Open unlike any other air event over the last decade, was also fired over the weekend. Contrary to typical CMP air gun Finals, blaring music, cheering fans, clappers, cow bells and other commotions were heard throughout the range at an attempt to distract the competitors on the firing line.

Left – Lowe: After a tense final shot, Dan Lowe of the Army Marksmanship Unit beat his teammate by 0.1 points to become the Super Final Champion in the rifle category.

Lowe commented on how he kept his composure while competing in the chaos of the Super Final, saying, “When we’re taking breaks between shots, I kind of like to let the craziness go with the flow. Then about two seconds before the shot, I look down range and go, ‘Okay, this is where my focus is now.’ That ‘On/Off switch’ was what I needed.”

Hall added, “I think this (the Super Final format) is something that’s going to grow for the future. Practicing for it is important because at international competition, you get a lot of cheering and noise going on. So practicing finals like this is great for the sport.”

OSU-PistolThe Top 40 air p istol marksmen overall and the Top 20 male and Top 20 female air rifle competitors took the firing line in the fun and exciting match. As the last shot approached, air pistol competitors SFC James Henderson, 48, of the AMU and CMP’s James Hall were the final two on the line, while the AMU’s Dan Lowe and SPC Erin McNeil, 27, stood on the rifle firing line.

 Right – OSU Pistol: Anthony McCollum (thumbs up guy) had an incredible showing at this year’s Camp Perry Open – winning the Junior Pistol competition by 30 points and coming in second in the Open competition. His Ohio State Pistol team (seen here) was also arguably the loudest bunch during the Super Final.

With an unbelievable 10.9 shot, James Hall took home the overall title in pistol, while Lowe narrowly beat out McNeil by one-tenth-of-a-point with a 10.1 over her 10.0. For their win, both shooters received $200 from the CMP. Second through fourth place also went home with cash prizes: $150 for second and $100 for third and fourth.

In the Junior Rifle event, though earning third in the Open Rifle competition, Ian Foos regrouped to dominate with an outstanding Finals score of 206.8 for first place. Joseph Hoover, 17, of the Black Swamp Jr. Rifle team in Ohio, trailed Foos for second, as Cierra Terrizzi landed in third.

Anthony McCollum had another excellent showing in the Junior Pistol competition – leading the other shooters on the line by nearly 30 points. In second was fellow Ohio State junior Michael Soklaski, 19, followed by Brett Tucker, 19, of the University of Akron in Ohio, for third.

Before the 60 Shot Match commenced on Saturday, a 3×20 event was held on Friday of the Camp Perry Open for sporter and precision rifle junior athletes. In sporter, Tyler Jetjomlong, 17, of Middletown Post 151 in New York, was the overall winner with his score of 652.5.

Jetjomlong “During the finals, I was trying to ignore the score and focus on shooting the shot center, but the entire time I was really nervous,” Jetjomlong admitted, “But I just told myself to calm down, make sure everything is aligned, and I just went from there.”

Left – Jetjomlong: Tyler JetJomlong of Middletown Post 151 in New York was the overall sporter winner in the 3×20 event.

Jetjomlong’s score was 10 points over the second place competitor, Emma Thompson, 15, of Freeport High School NJROTC in Illinois, who finished with 642.4. Thompson’s teammate, Alyssa Hornung, 16, fired a score of 641 for third.

Annabelle Stanec, 15, of the Ashland Eagles in Ohio, earned an aggregate score of 693.6 for first place in the precision match. Joseph Hoover beat out Sydney Perry, 18, of Shelby County MCJROTC in Kentucky, with a score of 692.8 in a close match. Perry recorded a score of 692.5 for a third-place finish.

First place finishers in the Open and 3×20 event received a $100 Visa Gift Card, while second earned $75 and third took home $50 – all courtesy of the CMP.

Congratulations to all winners! Thank you, competitors and incomparable staff of the CMP, for 10 great years of Camp Perry Open competition. We hope to see you next year!

For a complete list of results, including team results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13381.

Photos can be found online at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.


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First Time Deer Hunting With Grandpa!!

Posted By on February 3, 2016

By: Abigail Taylor (11)

Abbi Deer Hunting My mom and dad called me into their room in early October to tell me that Grandpa Taylor called and wanted to know if I would like to go hunting with him up in Goldendale, WA. He said he would pay for my license and out-of-state tag. I had a friend’s birthday party that same weekend. The choice was easy; I was going hunting!      

Unfortunately, my dad was unable to go, so my sweet, awesome, wonderful mom loaded my two sisters and me in the car and we headed for Goldendale, WA.  After we got to the campsite, we played in the forest behind the trailers. All the cousins thought it would be fun to make a teepee out of fallen braches; we all helped since a teepee is a lot of work. Then, when we finished building the teepee, we covered it in branches from fallen trees, so it was somewhat dry and warm inside. We were told to get cleaned up so we could go into town for dinner at a pizza joint. After we got back to camp, we played some more, had dessert and went to bed; we had to wake up early for opening day of deer season.

My Grandpa Frank woke me up around 6:30 a.m. so we could get ready to go hunting. We got dressed, packed food, grabbed his Remington 280 with a 3×9 power scope, and loaded up in the truck. As we were driving to the area my grandpa likes to hunt, we saw two spikes; unfortunately in this unit they have to be a 3-point or bigger. Once we got to the place we were going to park, we grabbed our packs and rifle and started our hike.

I thought hiking would be easier because the terrain is flat with smaller hills and thick standing trees with lots of deadfall, very different from what I’ve hunted in Idaho. Boy, was I wrong; hiking up the hills and climbing on and over the deadfall carrying a 15-pound pack and my grandpa’s rifle kicked my butt. We made about a 1-to-1½-mile loop to scout the area and ended back at the truck. We unloaded the rifle and took off our packs and talked about where to go next as we ate licorice out of grandpa’s 10-pound bucket of Red Vines.

After we filled up on Red Vines, Grandpa took me to Porcupine Point before we headed back to camp. Grandpa told me that 20+ years ago my dad claims he heard a porcupine humming to him while my grandpa went to get a deer he shot, nobody knows what the porcupine was humming, but all our hunting friends and family know Porcupine Point. The rest of the day, Grandpa drove me around and showed me the different areas we’d be hunting so that I would be familiar with where we would be hunting.

The next day, we got up at 5:40 a.m. and it was dark, cold, and wet from rain the night before. We did not eat breakfast because we had packed food and snacks for our morning hunt the night before. Grandpa and I loaded our packs and the rifle in the truck while it was warming up. Once everyone in the hunting camp was ready, we loaded up in the three trucks to drive to our hunting area. It started to get light out while driving and we saw an area that looked like a good spot. We parked the truck, loaded the gun and made sure it was on safety. I carried the rifle as my grandpa led the way through thick deadfall and standing trees. We walked a 1-to-1½-mile loop scouting the area and then we sat for a while to watch for deer. It was getting to be late morning and we didn’t see anything, so we walked back to the truck where we got warm and had a snack.

We drove to a different spot, took a turn around a big pine tree and there it was; a nice big 3-point buck standing in the middle of an old Cat road. My grandpa threw the truck in park and said, “Grab the gun.” I grabbed the gun, walked around the truck, and my grandpa said, “Load the gun;” but I had no bullets (cartridges). I had left them inside the cup holder. He took the rifle and told me to grab the bullets, so I grabbed some and loaded the gun. By the time I got it loaded, it was too far away and I could not find the deer in the scope, so I gave the rifle to my grandpa who tried to find it in the scope. When he was lining up, “BOOM” someone else shot at it. We went to help him find it, but could not see any blood where it was standing. We circled back towards the truck to see if there was any sign of the buck, but he had disappeared. We jumped in the truck and headed back to camp.

On my last day we got up for a morning hunt and headed down a road that was new to me. While driving, we saw another spike on the side of the road. Grandpa continued driving and we saw a second spike far away by two trees. We finally stopped at a great spot; it was thick with deadfall and standing trees. We walked a loop that was about 2-2½ miles (half of it was an old Cat road). When we were walking, we spooked a doe and saw a fresh deer bed with a buck track in it, but there was nothing we could shoot. After a five-hour hunt, we decided to go back to camp.

As we entered camp, we were welcomed by the smell of my grandma’s wonderful cooking. We filled our bellies and packed our bags to go home because we had school the next day. I had so much fun spending the three days with my grandpa hunting. Even though I didn’t get a deer, it was a great opportunity and I had a great time. My dad always talked about going hunting with his dad as a child, a tradition that my grandpa and dad will continue with me and my younger sisters.  


Posted By on January 26, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio (January 26, 2016) – Ben Zimmerman, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded grand prize in the Pyramyd clip_image002Air Son of a Gun Giveaway. The world’s largest Internet airgun retailer ran the sweepstakes via its Website, www.pyramydair.com.  Zimmerman’s prize include a visit to the Pyramyd Air headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, a $3,000 shopping spree, trigger time on the Pyramyd Air indoor range, and the privilege of becoming honorary CEO for the day.

“The Son of a Gun Giveaway gave us the chance to open our doors at Pyramyd Air and invite an airgun enthusiast to see what goes on behind the scenes,” said Pyramyd Air CEO, Josh Ungier. “I gave up the reigns for a short time and escorted our guest through the headquarters where he was able to go on a once-in-a-lifetime shopping spree, meet the team members who are the lifeblood of our business, and shoot a .45 caliber AirForce Texan Big Bore air rifle in our state-of-the-art indoor shooting range,” he said.

An avid airgunner, Zimmerman approached the day with abundant enthusiasm. “I’ve never won anything like this before,” he said. “I’ve been shooting airguns for a while now, so being welcomed at Pyramyd Air and seeing the variety of airguns and accessories they house under one roof was a real thrill. They’ve got anything and everything ‘airgun’ you can possibly imagine,” he added.

As part of the grand prize package, Zimmerman chose a .25 caliber Air Arms S510 Xtra FAC Sidelever PCP Air Rifle air rifle valued at nearly $1300.00. “This gun is absolutely beautiful, and great to shoot.  I was lucky enough to test this on the Pyramyd Air range during my visit, and I can’t wait to get it home and continue the fun,” said Zimmerman. “Everyone I met at Pyramyd air was welcoming and helpful. I can say with confidence clip_image004that you won’t find another airgun retailer anywhere with as much expert knowledge and commitment to top-quality customer service. They run a tight ship,” he said.

The Son of a Gun Giveaway ran from June through September of 2015, and offered entrants the chance at winning gift cards as weekly prizes and airguns for the monthly prizes throughout the sweepstakes. Ungier says more contests are in store for 2016. “We’re gearing up for more fabulous fan sweepstakes, so I encourage people to visit www.pyramydair.com and keep your eyes open for details.”

For additional information visit PyramydAir.com, or contact Marketing Manager, Kristen Coss by email: kristen.coss@pyramydair.com, or phone: 888-262-4867 ext. 253, or reach Media Contact, Laura Evans by email: laura.evans@pyramydair.com .

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2016 CMP Rulebooks Released

Posted By on January 15, 2016

By Gary Anderson, DCME


 picture-2 2016 rulebooks for CMP-governed Service Rifle, Pistol and CMP Games shooting events have just been released. The 2016 20th Edition of the CMP Competition Rules for Service Rifle and Pistol is posted at http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/Rulebook.pdf. The 2016 4th Edition of the Competition Rules for CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Matches is posted at http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/CMPGamesRules.pdf.

The big changes in last year’s CMP competition rules concerned the modernization of CMP pistol rules. The definition of a Service Pistol was expanded to allow the use of a broad spectrum of military-type pistols in CMP EIC and National Trophy Matches. In what proved to be a very popular new pistol program, the 2015 rules established 22 Rimfire Pistol EIC Matches and Distinguished Badges. Eleven competitors earned the new Badge in the program’s inaugural year. The objective of these changes was to increase participation in CMP pistol programs. 2015 increases in Pistol EIC Matches and competitor numbers affirmed that this objective was being reached. As a result, there was no need for further pistol rule changes in 2016.

The big rule changes in the 2016 CMP competition rules concern the modernization of CMP Service Rifle rules. Starting in 2016, Service Rifle competitors will be able to choose between service rifles with traditional metallic sights or rifles with telescopes with a maximum of 4.5X magnification. This rule change was coordinated with a similar rule change adopted by the NRA.

The decision to legalize optical sights on service rifles was taken after several years of discussion and a recognition that U. S. military personnel no longer use anything but optical sights on their military rifles. CMP Service Rifle rules have traditionally tried to keep abreast of military rifle and training developments so opening Service Rifle shooting to optical sights became an inevitable change. To quote one comment received by the CMP, “It is very difficult now to say that as-issued ‘AR-15 or M16’ does not include telescopes.”

Another major change in the CMP Service Rifle rules will allow the use of a much wider variety of M16/AR15-type rifles. Legal service rifles will no longer be restricted to rifles that rigidly comply with the M16 service rifle profile. Starting in 2016, Service Rifles can be any “M16 U. S. Service Rifle or a similar AR15 type commercial rifle that is derived from the M16 service rifle design” and that complies with these restrictions:picture-1

· Chambered for the 5.56 x 45 mm (.223) NATO cartridge.

· Designed or modified for semi-automatic fire only.

· Have either a gas-impingement system or a piston-operated gas system.

· Have a barrel that is no longer than 20 inches, or 21 5/8 inches if the barrel has a flash suppressor.

· Must use the same upper receiver and barrel for the entire match.

· Have a trigger pull of at least 4.5 pounds.

· Quad rails or similar hand guards are permitted, but the front sling swivel location must be fixed at 13 inches (+/- ½ in.) ahead of the forward edge of the magazine well (8.0 inches on M4 configured rifles).

· Use standard service magazines or commercial equivalents.

· Have a fixed or collapsible butt-stock that may vary in length and even be adjusted between firing stages. Butt-plates or cheek-pieces may not, however, be adjustable.

· Have a standard A1 or A2 pistol grip.

· Extended bolt releases and mirror-image left-hand receivers will be permitted.

The CMP released a preliminary announcement about 2016 rule changes that were under consideration by the CMP Rules Committee in the Oct 22nd edition of CMP Shooter’s News ( http://thecmp.org/2016-cmp-rifle-and-pistol-rule-changes/) . Over 100 written (email) comments were received and reviewed by the Committee. A substantial majority supported allowing optical sights and the broadening of the Service Rifle rule. The one rule change that most shooters opposed was a proposed weight limit for Service Rifles with optical sights. After considering these comments, the CMP Rules Committee decided to reject the Service Rifle weight limit proposal. In 2016, there will be no weight limits for Service Rifles, whether they have optical or metallic sights.

Many comments submitted to the CMP supported the idea of offering separate categories for service rifles with metallic and optical sights. That was a topic of much debate by the Rules Committee, but the arguments for having one unified competitor category competing together for EIC points and Distinguished Badges prevailed. Having separate categories and one Distinguished Badge would have created nightmare administrative challenges. Having two categories and separate Distinguished Rifleman Badges for optical and metallic sighted rifles would have become a formula for diminishing the prestige of the traditional Distinguished Rifleman Badge. The final CMP decision was to keep one strong, unified Service Rifle event instead of two smaller categories that likely would compete with each other for prestige and participation. In the end, it was hard to envision any real benefits to having two President’s Rifle Match winners or two National Trophy Team Match winners.


Some comments argued that higher power scopes should be allowed, but others recognized the wisdom of restricting scope magnification to 4.5X because that meant shooters with scopes would have no or only a small advantage. Several comments asked why optics were not also allowed for M14s. This issue is still on the table and will be evaluated during 2016. Several competitors expressed concerns that adding optics to M16/AR15-type rifles will increase costs and may impact participation. However, many other older shooters said allowing optics will keep them in the game longer or, in some cases, bring them back. “Now I’m definitely putting a SR together and getting back in the CMP game. It’s no longer a seeing game.”

For 2016, the new service rifle definitions and restrictions were purposefully kept at a minimum. Rather than try to define too many details now, the Rules Committee decided to let 2016 experiences define where there are real issues that will require further definition in the future. Competitors should always feel free to ask questions or offer further comments by contacting CMP Competitions via email at competitions@thecmp.org.

Another major Service Rifle rule change will abolish allowing extra time or refires for malfunctions. This change will save time because malfunction refires effectively double the length of time needed for rapid-fire relays in big matches. The main reason for this change is to place more responsibility on competitors for having rifles and ammunition that function with complete reliability. Comments received by the CMP concerning this change showed that it is controversial, but a majority of shooters supported the change. As one example, “The elimination of “alibis” is long overdue. It was always most frustrating to me when it takes longer to shoot rapid fire than slow fire.

The rules that were just released include, for the first time, new CMP rules for electronic targets. For the moment, these rules apply only to matches conducted at the CMP Marksmanship Park near Talladega, Alabama, but that will change in the future as more ranges switch to electronic targets. For 2016 competitions on the Talladega electronic target ranges, the CMP will place backing cards on the rear of all targets. This will enable match officials to quickly decide protested shots and any claims for missing shots. Backing cards were used during the Talladega 600 matches in early December and although there were several score protests, the original electronic target indications were verified in every case when the backing cards were removed and inspected.

In addition to using backing cards on the rear of the targets, the new CMP electronic target rules will require that verifiers observe each firer to confirm shots fired and scored and to assist if there are crossfires or missing shot claims. Each of the two rulebooks will now have an Annex titled “2016 Electronic Target Scoring Rules” that provide step-by-step procedures for dealing with protested shot values, claims concerning missing shots and unclaimed or extra shots.

In keeping with past practice, all substantive changes in the two 2016 rulebooks are identified with unlined texts. As reported in the preliminary rules announcement in October, there were only a few other noteworthy 2016 rule changes. The threshold age for being able to start CMP Games rifle rapid-fire stages in position was moved to 70, but competitors with physical disabilities can start in position regardless of age. The one new caveat is that competitors in all CMP Games Matches including Rimfire Sporter who start in position can be senior class winners, but not match winners. CMP Achievement Award Scores are updated annually, but there were no significant changes in these cut scores except for Service Pistol and 22 Rimfire Pistol scores. There is an important rule change to also allow 4.5X maximum optical sights for Modern Military Rifles that are governed by CMP Games Rules. New Pistol Range Officer scripts are added to the Service Rifle and Pistol rulebook so now there are Range Officer scripts in the applicable rulebook for use in conducting all CMP events.

The CMP extends its best wishes to all competitors and match officials for a great 2016 shooting year.

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

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Posted By on January 12, 2016

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Stone, Kleinhans Lead Air Rifle Juniors at 2015 Gary Anderson Invitational

Posted By on December 18, 2015

Kleinhans By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio; ANNISTON, Ala. – Justin Kleinhans, 16, of Black Swamp Jr. Rifle in Ohio, was the overall winner in the precision category at the 2015 Gary Anderson Invitational (GAI). Kleinhans, who also won last year’s GAI, fired an aggregate score of 691.8 during his performance. Josey Stone, 17, of Volunteer High School in Tennessee, recorded a score of 652.1 to become the overall sporter competitor of the event.

Justin Kleinhans of Black Swamp Jr. Rifle in Ohio was the overall winner in the precision category for the second consecutive year.


The Gary Anderson Invitational was held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio and the South CMP Competition Center in Alabama. Overall winners were determined from scores of both North and South. Over 360 sporter and precision air rifle competitors fired at the event.

The GAI was held December 4-5 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry, OH, and the South CMP Marksmanship Center in Anniston, AL, to a group of 368 competitors from around the country. The top competitors in the sporter and precision classes at each competition center received individual gold, silver and bronze medallions, based on cut scores. The Top 3 are recognized with championship medallions and plaques.

Coming in second behind Kleinhans in the precision competition was Ryan McAndrews, 16, of the MCGC KATS in Alabama, with a score of 689.5. Trailing closely behind McAndrews was Caleb Moxley, 17, of Dallastown Precision in Pennsylvania, who fired an overall score of 687.6.

Savannah Hall, 17, of Ozark High School JROTC in Missouri, fired a score of 646 to earn second place in the sporter competition – beating out Kimberly Harr, 16, of Volunteer High School, who landed in third. Harr recorded a total score of 645.8.

The event is a three-position air rifle tournament that follows the 3×20 course of fire. Each shooter fires 20 record shots from prone, standing and kneeling positions, with the Top 8 shooters from each relay advancing to the final. Winners are determined overall, from scores comprised from the CMP North and CMP South competitors (3×20 plus final scores). Both schools and junior clubs are welcome to participate in the highly anticipated competition.


Josey Stone of Volunteer High School in Tennessee was the overall sporter competitor of the event. She is a 4th Year Marksman and co-captain of the Navy JROTC Rifle Team. Josie also recently earned her Junior Distinguished Badge at the end of 2015.

Along with the individual competition, a team match was also held concurrently with the individual competition for any scholastic or club teams wishing to participate. Each individual’s score of the four-member team was combined to determine overall sporter and precision teams.

The overall winning team in each discipline received $500 from the CMP as well as the Gary Anderson Trophy. Second place teams received $300, while third place earned $200.



Gulfport MCJROTC from Mississippi was the overall sporter team in the competition.

The Top 3 winning teams are:


  1. Gulfport MCJROTC Team 1, MS – 2192-69x
  2. Middletown Post 151 A, NY – 2184-68x
  3. Volunteer High School, TN – 2183-64x


  1. Dallastown Precisions, PA – 2326-146x
  2. Hardcore 4 Stars, GA – 2319-136x
  3. Ashland Eagles, OH – 2316-130xDallastown

Dallastown Precision in Pennsylvania was the winning team in the precision class. Caleb Moxley (second from left) was the second place finisher in the individual precision competition.

About Gary Anderson:

Mr. Anderson is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also holds seven world championships, six world records and 16 national championships. He has won more Olympic and world championship three-position titles than any other American in history. In 1999, Anderson began a 10-year reign as Director of Civilian Marksmanship and retired in December 2009.

Today, Anderson serves as DCM Emeritus and remains a mentor for new and experienced, old and young shooters around the country. In 2014, the CMP North Competition Center was renamed the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, in honor of his years of dedication to the sport.

For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13262.

Photos of the event are available for download at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/.

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

Washington youths give their best shot at clay target sports

Posted By on November 21, 2015

By Rich Landers

DSC_0527 As partner of USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS), the nation’s premier and only all-inclusive junior competitive shooting organization, Washington Youth Education in Shooting Sports, WAYESS, held its fourth annual Junior State Clay Target Championship. The tournament was open to any team or individual belonging to an organization which has a competitive shooting program such as USAYESS, 4-H, FFA, A.I.M., and others. More than 170 students, grades 6-12, were having a blast last weekend at Double Barrel Ranch south of Spokane and at the Spokane Trap and Skeet Club in Spokane Valley.

Over 20 teams from across the state were applying their year of training and practice in the fifth annual WAYESS Junior State Clay Target Championship.

In two days, most competitors fired 100 shotgun rounds in each of three venues: trap, skeet, and sporting clays.

Clay bursting RGB web Nathan Barron of Spokane had a two-day score of 282 out of 300, tying for first place overall with Max Jester of Wenatchee.

Among the other top individual performances were Barron and Tommy Hartman of Spokane shooting 99s in skeet and Colton Call of Spokane firing a 99 in trap.

DSC_0794 “Interest is growing at clubs and high schools across the state every year,” said Eric Nikkola, Athletic Director at Rearden High School and Vice President of WAYESS.

“Local gun clubs, such as the Spokane Gun Club, often sponsor youth clay target shooting teams as well as Future Farmers of America and 4-H programs in schools,” Nikkola said. As a nonprofit national program, USAYESS forms state foundations across the country which then support local teams within the state and introduce, grow, support, and educate youth and their families on firearm safety, shooting sports, and wildlife conservation and habitat.

“We want shooting sports to be thought of the same way as other athletic sports,” Nikkola said.

“Clay target sports is the fastest growing sport in high schools and colleges across the country,” said Charles Worthing, President of WAYESS.

DSC_0510 Abbi Denmark, 18, of Spokane is doing her part in that respect.

The Freeman High School senior was the top female shooter in last weekend’s competition and fourth overall with 276. But that was just the latest stop on her journey.

“I picked up a shotgun for the first time when I was a freshman,” she said. “I placed dead last in my first competition, breaking only one target out of 50.”

After six months of determined practice with the Spokane Gun Club youth team, she finished fourth in the state girls’ competition. She’s gone on to win regional and state titles through her high school career and finished third in national competitions last year.

“It’s paid off,” she said. “I have a shooting scholarship and will be going to Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.”

“We are seeing more girls joining teams and competing equally with the boys,” Said Worthing.

“Adults with deep roots in the shooting sports step up for the kids,” Nikkola said.

DSC_0621“We had about 40 adult volunteers out there, including two at each of the 16 sporting clays stations,” he said. “These are people who want their sports to grow, and we’re being successful in many ways.”

“Although we lose our seniors every year, the overall number of participants is increasing. And last year, the Colville team went on to win the combo of all three events in the San Antonio national shoot.”

“There were no perfect scores but several 99 out of 100 scores,” Nikkola said. “That’s incredible. One of the shooters on my (Spokane) team shot 98 of 100 in trap and placed fourth.”

IMG_2380 To learn more about the Washington Youth Education in Shooting Sports, visit: www.wasctp.org. or contact Eric Nikkola at (509)944-1642.

Quinn McElvain – SST, 8th grade

The WAYESS State Shoot was one of my favorite shooting experiences. I was skeptical about shooting sporting clays at a different location than our trap and skeet club, but it ended up working out great.  It was only a 30-minute drive, and it really brought our team together. We learned new things about each other, which helped our team communication during sporting clays.  We also gave each other tips and advice for skeet and trap. I also got to meet a few people from other teams and get to know them!

Hodgdon Announces IMR 4955 Powder

Posted By on November 11, 2015



IMR 4955 Added to Enduron® Series
of Technology Advanced Smokeless Powders

Shawnee, KS, November 11, 2015 — IMR® Legendary Powders is pleased to announce

IMR 4955, the latest introduction to the Enduron® series of smokeless powders.

IMR 4955 lands between IMR 4451 and IMR 7977 on the burn rate chart and is an ideal choice for many popular calibers such as 270 Winchester, 25-06 Remington and the 300 Winchester Magnum. Enduron® Technology allows accuracy to be maintained over longer shooting sessions, thanks to a special additive which helps remove copper fouling as the rifle is fired.

This environmentally friendly formulation delivers ideal loading densities in medium and big game hunting calibers.

Ballistic variations based on climate conditions are a thing of the past with IMR 4955, thanks to its temperature insensitivity. From extreme heat to extreme cold, shooters will see uniform velocities. IMR 4955 has a small grain size, making it extremely accurate and easy to flow through a powder measure.

With the addition of IMR 4955 to the series of Enduron® Technology powders, reloaders can find a technically advanced powder for reloading anything from 223 Remington all the way up to the 500 Nitro Express.

IMR 4955 will be available in early 2016 in one-pound and eight-pound containers. Complete reloading data will be available in the 2016 Hodgdon® Annual Manual in January or in the Reloading Data Center on http://imrpowder.com any time.

Contact information: IMR Powder Company, 6430 Vista Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218, email help@imrpowder.com, imrpowder.com, call 913-362-9455, and fax 913-362-1307

Contact: Chris Hodgdon Phone: 913-362-9455 ext. 120 Email: chris@hodgdon.com

Hunting Hogs With Airguns

Posted By on October 20, 2015

AATVSeasonOfGiveAways-Logo This Week on American Airgunner

By Justin “JB” Biddle, Executive Producer

FORT SMITH, AR (October 19th, 2015)—Come watch Steve Criner try to bag a 90 pound hog with the same high-powered PCP air rifle he used to harvest a coyote on Episode 1 of the 2014 Season. This week’s episode shows the power of modern large caliber PCP air rifles for authentic hunting. The original Coyote Ugly episode was one of the Top 5 viewed videos of the entire American Airgunner series and the Hog Hunter show won’t disappoint.

rossi-serious See the .22 vs. .22 battle between one of the most popular rimfire firearm rifles and a Walther LGU .22 air rifle. Viewers of this segment might be surprised at the results and should be able to answer the question of “Is a .22 pellet airgun a good alternative to rimfire rifles?”

See what amazing things our round table crew discovered at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. From the unusual to a lot of gotta-haves, you will want to see these innovative new airgun related products. Many of the products shown are entering into capabilities that only were possible with firearms in the past.

rossi-rick-25y-cards This week’s prize in the American Airgunner 2015 Season of Giveaways is the top-selling action pistol Colt® Peacemaker® airgun with custom hand engraving donated by Pyramyd Air. You can ENTER THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY on Facebook and view the custom engraved Peacemaker® when you enter at http://americanairgunner.com/airgun-giveaway. Follow American Airgunner online for the remainder of this year for your chance to win weekly prizes!

Audiences are invited to follow American Airgunner on Facebook, YouTube, AmericanAirgunner.com, Instagram and to search for #AirgunnerTV to keep up with the show, its host Rossi Morreale, and the show’s guests, airgun hunters, and experts.

American Airgunner airs on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm Eastern, Fridays at 1:30 am and during primetime on Friday evening at 8:30 pm Eastern/5:30 pm Pacific. Pursuit Channel can be found on DirecTV Ch. 604, and DISH Network Ch. 393 and via Roku and Chromecast. Check your local listings for additional channel information.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11qMXgRP2S8 – Coyote Ugly Episode with big bore airgun hunting

16-Year-Old Wins NSSF Rimfire Championship

Posted By on October 13, 2015

16-Year-Old Wins NSSF Rimfire Championship

RECORD ATTENDANCE . . . Sixteen-year-old Kolby Pavlock of Kuna, Idaho, claimed the title of World Champion this past weekend at the NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, held at Old Fort Gun Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A record 200 competitors of all ages and skill levels took part. Formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, NSSF took over ownership of the program in 2014. More than 400 Rimfire Challenge events were held across the country this year. The matches are designed to encourage family participation in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Complete results from the world championship event will be posted during the week at www.nssf.org/rimfire/championship.

  • NSSF EXTENDS THANKS TO RIMFIRE CHALLENGE SPONSORS . . . NSSF recognizes the 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship sponsors in gratitude for their support. The long list of 2015 sponsors includes ATI, Allchin Gun Parts, Breakthrough Clean Technologies, Brownells, Chamber-View, Comp-Tac, Fiocchi, Gold Coast Armory, Gun-Guides, Hogue Inc., Joseph Chiarello & Co., Kahr Arms, Keystone Sporting Arms, Magnum Research, MGM Targets, Mossberg, Revolution Stocks, Ruger, Secure Firearm Products, Striplin Custom Gunworks, Tactical Solutions, Tandemkross, Timney Triggers, Victor Company, Volquartsen Custom, Warne Scope Mounts, Walther, Winchester, WMD Guns and XS Sight Systems.

NSSF’s Rimfire Challenge Matches are Fun for Everyone

Posted By on October 12, 2015

By Jennifer L.S. Pearsall, NSSF Director, Public RelationsLogo1_Black

It’s often said that hunters, more often than not, tend to be well-rounded shooters. They spend time on the range practicing their skills, shoot competitively in the off-season and, in general, spend a lot of time behind their guns when they’re not in the field pursuing game.

All this off-season practice sharpens skills, improves performance and provides the chance to enjoy our firearms year round.

RimfireGirl Of course, no well-rounded hunter or proficient marksman was born that way. Everyone started somewhere, had their first safety lesson, first introduction to sight alignment, first pull of the trigger and a bevy of other firsts. For many, this list of firsts also included an introduction to some sort of shooting competition.

Competing with your firearm, whatever the sport, can be an intimidating proposition. You’re not familiar with the rules and equipment and you’re surrounded by people who seem to “know it all.” It can be enough to scare a newcomer away.

RimfireFamily NSSF seeks to change that “scariness” that can accompany a person’s first competition with its Rimfire Challenge program. Originally created and run by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Ruger sought out NSSF to take over the successful program in 2014.

Rimfire Challenge matches are two-gun matches. Competitors need both a rimfire pistol and a rimfire rifle—and other than hearing and eye protection, that’s just about all a new competitor needs (full details are available at www.nssf.org/rimfire). Why so minimal? The Rimfire Challenge was specifically designed to provide an entry to competition that wasn’t gear-focused, wasn’t expensive to participate in and wasn’t intimidating. In fact, it’s the opposite of all those things. Whole families are encouraged to participate and shoot together—and they do! RimfireBoy We see brothers helping sisters load magazines, moms shooting alongside their daughters, and families bringing neighbors and other friends to introduce them to the sport.

The formula for these matches—easy entry, easy cost, easy gear and lots of family-oriented fun—has proven to be tremendously successful. This has been especially true for a number of youth shooters, who are now sponsored shooters and proudly wearing shirts with the names of the many firearms industry members helping them continue to compete. Yet those kids, those perfecting their skills and becoming more serious about competing, still shoot right alongside brand new shooters and those younger than them, helping them through their first safety orientation, their first stage, and sometimes their first mis-feed. So even though this is competition—more serious for some than others, but still competition—guns are lent, advice is given and everyone encourages and cheers for everyone else.

RimfireInstruction NSSF would like to encourage new hunters and new shooters in general to seek out the Rimfire Challenge events in their area. Not only will they find a welcoming atmosphere and the most “non-scary” competition on the planet, by participating in Rimfire Challenge, they’ll do just what their mentors do: sharpen skills, improve performance and have the chance to enjoy their firearm year round.


Arkansas’ Old Fort Gun Club to Host 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship, Registration Now Open

Rimfire5 For the second year in a row, veteran shooting match facility Old Fort Gun Club, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has partnered with NSSF as the hosting range for the 2015 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, to be held October 9-11, 2015.

With extensive experience hosting competitive shooting events, from local and small to large and national in scope, and across a wide range of shooting sports, Old Fort Gun Club’s staff and facilities are the perfect pairing to host large matches. Past events have included Cowboy Action and ISPC/USPSA matches, as well as 3-Gun Nation and Steel Challenge contests. Old Fort’s hosting of last year’s Rimfire Challenge World Championship was widely praised by spectators and competitors alike.

“Given how smoothly last year’s World Championship went and the professionalism exhibited by Old Fort’s match staff, we are very pleased to have them agree to host the 2015 World Championship,” said Zach Snow, Shooting Promotions Manager with NSSF. “We’re excited to be working with them again and look forward to hosting what will be an even more memorable event experience for all participants.

“The staff at Old Fort Gun Club was asking to host the World Championships in 2015 before the 2014 match was even completed,” said club match director Bill Striplin. “They absolutely love the sport and the competitors. We are very much looking forward to making this one of the top competitions in the nation, and October can’t get here soon enough.”

“I am very much looking forward to the 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship,” said Mark Passamaneck, match director for the World Championship. “As I design stages, run matches and compete over the shooting season, one of the highlights of the year is running this match, because this match format provides a low-stress atmosphere for anyone to get involved in competitive shooting, and it brings families together on the range. We hope to see a lot of new faces this year.”

Online competitor registration is available now for the Rimfire Challenge World Championships at https://shootnscoreit.com/nssf/match/220/. Shooter participation is limited to 200, so competitors are urged to sign up now. Additional information about the World Championships is available here (http://www.nssf.org/rimfire/championship/).

Windham’s VEX .223 Hunter & Burris XTR II 1-5X Fastfire Combo

Posted By on September 13, 2015

By Andy Fink, Dylan Sacks, and Ricky Marston

scope left side 2 We got in a really nice, wooden-stocked Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) for test and review and were very pleased with it. The laminated nutmeg wood stock and the coyote-anodized receiver change the whole appearance. It is very pleasing to the eye compared to the standard, more common, black MSR. I also liked the fluted barrel and the small picatinny rail on top by the gas block at the end of the stock.

The function was perfect, with not even a single jam after over 350 rounds of reloads, Armscor and Black Hills Ammunition 55-grainers. Not one jam. Even with a slightly heavier trigger pull than I usually like, about 5 pounds, its accuracy was phenomenal. It is easily capable of shooting one-hole groups at 100 yards.

Though heavy for a MSR at 8.35 lbs. due to the wood stock and not including the weight of the scope, it is a rifle that just screams for you to take it out hunting – whistle pigs, coyotes and even small deer with a 75-grain hunting bullet.

201002 Angle Ð XTRII#8470BC Now, part of the good results we got from testing its accuracy was certainly helped out by the Burris XTR II 1-5X24mm G3 scope combo with a FastFire III 3-MOA red dot, a 300mm AR-P.E.P.R. mount, and a Scope Tube FastFire mount all in one package.

  • The XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 illuminated rear focal plane reticle helps the shooter achieve maximum accuracy with 5.56/.223 ammunition (201000, 201002 only)
  • Features the XTR II Ballistic CQ Mil illuminated rear focal plane reticle (201001 only)
  • Combo includes a complete shooting platform at significant savings: XTR II Riflescope 1-5x24mm with XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 rear focal plane reticle, FastFireIII 3-MOA red dot sight, a 30 mm AR-P.E.P.R.mount, and a Scope Tube FastFireMount (201002 only)
  • Designed for serious rifle shooters—both tactical and competitive

5.56-gen-3-reticle JPEG The XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 reticle is made for ultra-fast target engagement at short distances and trajectory compensation to push out to extended ranges. It’s an incredibly versatile tactical reticle.

  • Mil measurements
  • Illuminated broken-circle pattern with center dot
  • Rear focal plane design provides consistent reticle size at every magnification
  • Dual focal plane design allows the crosshairs to change size with magnification so mil measurements and trajectory lines are accurate at any power; illuminated broken circle remains a constant size for easy transition between short- and long-distance shooting
  • Ideal for achieving accuracy with 5.56 and .223 ammunition
  • Trajectory compensation out to 1,000 yards

Burris really did a great job putting this combo together. Though considered more a tactical scope than a hunting scope, it can be used for both, as well as competitive shooting whether at 10 yards or 500 yards. It makes an excellent 3-Gun combination. I absolutely love the G3 reticle. With its illuminated broken circle pattern with center dot, it is easily picked up and placed on target. The windage Mil measurements and trajectory compensation lines make it simple to adjust to both distance and heavy winds.

3moa-dot The FastFire 3-MOA mounted on top lets you pick up your target quickly and clearly. Some of its features include:

  • Bright red dot allows for fast target acquisition and easy aiming
  • Compact and lightweight so it won’t affect firearm balance or handling
  • 1x magnification allows both-eyes-open shooting for enhanced awareness and target acquisition
  • Parallax-free for better accuracy
  • Mounts to almost anything—including handguns, rifles, and shotguns—using Burris mounting systems
  • Automatic brightness sensor adjusts brightness to match the environmental conditions; also features 3 manual brightness settings
  • Windage and elevation adjustments make optic fine-tuning easy; no special tool required
  • High-grade optical glass provides excellent brightness and clarity with lasting durability
  • Index-matched, Hi-Lume® multicoating provides low-light performance and glare elimination
  • Waterproof
  • Nitrogen-filled body tubes prevent internal fogging in the cold and rain
  • Shockproof design stands up to years of punishing recoil
  • CR1632 battery included
  • Battery access is conveniently located on the top of the sight

Dylan low ready smiling Dylan Sacks (19)

On this cold, cloudy day, I shot the Windham Weaponry VEX wood-stocked MSR. This unique rifle with its wood furniture was outstanding. The trigger was a bit heavy, about a 5-lb. pull, but the break was clean. Its accuracy was phenomenal, allowing me to hit a popper at 100 yards offhand with no problem. There was almost no recoil, which surprised me for a rifle with a non-threaded barrel. All in all, I’d say, sure, I wouldn’t mind adding a Windham to my collection.

The Windham VEX was matched with a Burris XTRII scope. I own a MTAC 1-4, and I honestly think the XTRII is a better scope. Both scopes hold up well. The horseshoe reticle on the XTRII makes taking accurate shots a breeze over the MTACs’ point-and-shoot style circle dot reticle. The illumination makes taking close shots a bit easier and faster, though normally I would leave it off. The only down side I see to the XTRII is the cap for the battery also acts as a turret for the illumination switch. This causes the shooter to loosen the cap as he switches brightness settings. Other than this small issue, the Burris XTRII is a wonderful scope; I definitely see one in my future.

Ricky Marston (13)

Windham Ricky offhand I recently had the opportunity to shoot a Windham Weaponry MSR (AR-15.) It had a beautiful laminated wood stock and a 16-inch fluted barrel. It also had a BCM charging handle. Overall, I thought that the gun shot pretty well. I tried a variety of different types of ammo with this gun, and all seemed to perform accurately when I shot it. One difference in comparison to other MSRs that I have recently shot is it is quite a bit heaver and bulkier. As an avid shooter, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this gun to others in the competition field. I believe it would make an even better hunting gun!

Windham VEX MSR 223 Hunter Left side “Windham Weaponry is proud to offer the highest quality rifles made
anywhere. As testament to that quality, we back our rifles with a Lifetime
Warranty to the original owner. That Warranty is also transferrable to
subsequent owners. See www.windhamweaponry.com for complete details.”

VEX Wood Stocked Series – Nutmeg Specifications

  1. Model: R20FSSFTWS-2
  2. Caliber: .223 Rem.
  3. Type: Rifle
  4. Price MSRP: $1,480
  5. Action: Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
  6. Capacity: 5 + 1- Ships with one 5 Round Magazine (accepts all std. sizes)
  7. Safety: Manual Lever with Indicator Markings on Both Sides of Receiver
  8. Receiver: A4 Type Flat Top Upper Receiver with Optics Riser Blocks
  9. Receiver Material: Forged 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Aluminum Trigger Guard
  10. Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Coyote Anodize
  11. Bolt Material: Carpenter 158 Steel
  12. Barrel: 20” Stainless Steel – Fluted – Matte Finish – w. Sling Stud
  13. Barrel Material: Precision 416R Stainless Steel
  14. Chamber: Compass Lake Spec. with Matched Bolt
  15. Rifling: 1 Turn in 8” – Right Hand Twist
  16. Stock/Forend: Laminated Wood – Nutmeg
  17. Weight: 8.35 pounds
  18. Length Overall: 38.1875 inches
  19. Pistol Grip: Hogue OverMolded Rubber Pistol Grip
  20. Rear Sight: None – Ready for Optics of Choice on Picatinny Rail Platform
  21. Front Sight: None – Picatinny Rail Platform
  22. Packaging: Hard Plastic Gun Case with Black Web Sling & Operators Manual