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Sydney Rockwell – Competitive Shooter

Posted By on March 12, 2017

From SPRING 2015 issue

Hi! My name is Sydney Rockwell and I am a 14-year-old competitive shooter living in Knoxville, Tennessee.10523284_1516251025304403_7077404635078746457_n

When I was 9, I took the Hunter Safety Course and started hunting and shooting rifles with my uncle and dad. I took my first buck when I was 10. I was hooked immediately and it also gave me an appreciation and respect for firearms, and taught me firearm safety. I love hunting deer and I go every season with my uncle and dad. However, I didn’t really have the opportunity to handle a pistol until my mom took me with her last year on my 13th birthday to her all-women’s shooting club, Aphrodite Shooters. I was the youngest one there, but everyone was very welcoming and encouraging.

Sydney 2 From the very first day, I loved shooting. I couldn’t wait to go shoot again! I started shooting a .22 caliber and quickly graduated to a .9mm. One of the owners of Tactical Advantage Corporation, Eric Matson, generously offered to coach and sponsor me, and with his help and training I have come a really long way in less than a year.

I am currently sponsored and coached by Norsemen TCG. Other sponsors include AR-15 Gun Owners of America, CherryBalmz Weapons Lubricants, Windrock Shooting Range, Fighting SheepDog, Aphrodite Shooters, Athena Compliance and Training, and Tactical Advantage Corporation.

 IMG_2918I am classified as Marksman in IDPA and am hoping soon to move up to Sharpshooter in the IDPA levels. I also shoot steel plate, and I have recently begun shooting in USPSA and 3-Gun, which I LOVE! In October 2014, I attended the USAMU’s junior clinic at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where I had the unique opportunity to train with members of the USAMU team. In 2015, I hope to shoot in more 3-Gun competitions – as many as my parents’ budget will allow! As of right now, all of my guns are “borrowed”, but two of my sponsors are working on securing a rifle (Fighting SheepDog) and a shotgun (AR-15 GOA) just for me!

In addition to the shooting sports, I am the Student Council Vice President at West Valley Middle School where I am enrolled in all-honors 8th grade courses and an advanced placement class for high school credit. I am a member of the LPGA Girl’s Golf and received the Leadership Award for the 2014 season. I also coach kids’ golf clinics during the summer. I am the oldest of four girls and help with my younger sisters at home.

Sydney 3My real passion is the shooting sports. I am hopeful that I will earn a college scholarship to a college that has a shooting team, and after that I have my sights set on a successful career as a competitive shooter!

I strive to always do my best in competition and school, and to make my sponsors proud of me.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I hope to see more and more young ladies getting involved in the shooting sports.

Please visit my Facebook page, “Competitive Shooter Sydney Rockwell”. My parents and I keep it updated with video and photos of competitions and training sessions. Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Thompson Repeats Record-Breaking 3×20 Performance to Win Overall at the 2016 Camp Perry Open

Posted By on February 7, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – At the Civilian MarThompson[1]ksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2017 Camp Perry Open, Emma Thompson, 16, of Freeport High School, astoundingly broke her own 3×20 sporter air rifle qualification National Records (notably, for the third time) that she had previously set only a month ago at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center air gun range.

(Above: Emma Thompson broke her 3×20 qualification records for the third time during the 2017 Camp Perry Open.)

Thompson repeats record CMP 2016 Camp Perry

In December, Thompson fired a qualification score of 577-28x on her way to becoming the overall sporter competitor during the Gary Anderson Invitational event – where she incredibly also set nine total sporter National Records, some of which were already hers.

At the Camp Perry Open, fired Jan. 13-15, Thompson recorded a remarkable score of 578-31x to reach the new qualification record as well as a new kneeling record (197-13x) that adjacently resulted in new Navy JROTC, Age Group II and Overall records in another incredible win.

“It’s just a normal day at work,” she said. “Coming in and shooting with the same mindset, getting in the zone and hoping that I have a good day. I keep following fundamentals and doing the normal stuff.”


She says that she aims to do the best she can for her team by shooting her average or above every time she competes. She also has her sights set on a goal that she is quickly approaching with each record-breaking performance.

(Above: The Camp Perry Open is one of the CMP’s events throughout the year that combines both air rifle and air pistol competition for adults and juniors.)

“There’s a dream of 580 (overall 3×20 score) somewhere out there. I think I can do it,” she said with a smile.

With her performance, Thompson’s team, Freeport High School, rose to the overall win in the 3×20 team competition along with the help of teammates Alyssa Hornung (who finished second overall), Lindsay Strohacker and Makiah Stacy.

Freeport coach, SgtMaj Michael Dechy, is quick to acknowledge Thompson’s excellent work ethic that he believes is a result of her involvement in other activities, such as the school play and dressage (English-style horse riding). He says being involved in a variety of interests causes her to be more attentive in air rifle.


“She never misses a practice, and she does a lot of the physical parts other than shooting. She keeps herself in good physical condition. She’s really focused on nutrition and all of the other aspects of shooting,” he said. “She does a lot of things other than just this (air rifle) which makes her very focused when she comes to shoot.”

(Above: Richard Gray was the overall winner in the 60 Shot Open Pistol competition.)

SgtMaj Dechy looks to Thompson as a natural mentor to her teammates. The drive, respect and generosity etched into her personality are the characteristics that make her a highly appreciated member of the team.

“She’s a very nice person, very humble and she is a leader on the team,” he said. “She doesn’t just come in, shoot and takes off. She helps other kids if they want help, but she doesn’t push them, and she’s well liked.”


Thompson said with a laugh, “This is my third year, so I hope I look like I know what I’m doing and am responsible. But I try to help out the freshman and new kids as much as I can, give them pointers and calm them down at these big meets.”

(Above: Junior Samuel Gens earned third place in the Open Pistol match and led overall in the Junior competition.)

“I wouldn’t be here without my team,” she added. “These records are the first of many. Freeport’s name will be up in lights for a long time, I’m hoping.”

The Camp Perry Open is an air gun competition that combines both junior and adult competitors in a shoulder-to-shoulder 60 Shot match. Air rifle and air pistol events are fired concurrently, with a 3×20 competition preceding the two-day Open match.

Richard Gray, 45, of Fredericksburg, VA, led overall in the 60 Shot Open Pistol match, as Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA, was the overall high junior of the competition – landing in third place overall amongst the Open competitors.


Also winning during the Camp Perry Open was Karly Potts, 18, of the Palmyra Jr. Rifle Team, who outshot her junior air rifle competitors for the overall win in the match, and Antonio Gates, 17, of RRC Juniors, who led the precision class in the 3×20 competition.

(Above: Dempster Christenson led overall in the 60 Shot Open Rifle match and also won the rifle Super Final.)

Dempster Christenson, 26, of the USA Shooting team, topped the 60 Shot Rifle Open competition and was also the winner of the wild and rowdy Super Final.

On the pistol side, Margaret Delnoce, 20, of the University of Akron, withstood the challenging Super Final to secure first place in the fun Camp Perry Open staple.

The Super Finals, which has made the Camp Perry Open unlike any other air event throughout the year and arguably the most widely attended by fans, features costumes, booming music from the overhead speakers, cheering fans, clappers, cow bells and other commotions – all echoing simultaneously throughout the range as the competitors fire their shots. This year, the Top 36 air rifle and pistol overall competitors, respectively, took the firing line in the event.








(Above: Margaret Delnoce was all smiles when she was named the pistol Super Finals champion.)

Other winners of the 2017 Camp Perry Open include:

60 Shot Rifle Open:

  1. Dempster Christenson, 26, of USA Shooting – 1247.1
  2. SSG George Norton, 32, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit – 1243.8
  3. SPC Daniel Lowe, 24, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit – 1238.9

60 Shot Pistol Open:

  1. Richard Gray, 45, of Fredericksburg, VA – 1117
  2. Kara Petracek, 38, of Atlanta, GA – 1109
  3. Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA (Mass. Rifle) – 1094

60 Shot Junior Rifle:

  1. Karly Potts, 18, of Ephrata, PA – 1230.4
  2. Martina Gratz, 14, of Sigel, IL – 1221.9
  3. Kaitlyn Kutz, 17, of Darien, CT – 1218.8

60 Shot Junior Pistol:

  1. Samuel Gens, 17, of Andover, MA (Mass. Rifle) – 1094
  2. John Marrinan, 19, of Oakdale, CT – 1072
  3. Stuart Burns, 17, of Kilbride, ON – 1058

60 Shot Team Results:

Open Rifle:                                                                                                

  1. USAMU – 3703.1
  2. Central Illinois Precision Shooting – 3612.2
  3. South Eastern Rifle Team – 3606

Junior Rifle:

  1. Central Illinois Precision Shooting – 3612.2
  2. South Eastern Rifle Team – 3606
  3. Niantic Sportsmen’s Club 10x Terrors – 3603.9

Open Pistol Team:

  1. Massholes – A – 3241
  2. Massholes – B – 3161
  3. Niantic Sportsmen’s Club 10x Terrors – 3127

3×20 Precision Rifle:

  1. Antonio Gross, 17, of RRC Juniors – 691.1
  2. Elizabeth Dutton, 17, of Hudson Fish and Game – 685.6
  3. Caleb Moxley, 18, of Dallastown MCJROTC – 683.8

3×20 Sporter Rifle:

  1. Emma Thompson, 16, of Freeport High School – 671.2
  2. Alyssa Hornung, 17, of Freeport High School – 651.7
  3. Matt Cress, 17, of Zion Benton High School – 648



Thanks to all who competed or attended one of the CMP’s most enjoyable events of the year at the Camp Perry Open. We hope to see everyone back again next year – with some new faces too!

(Above: Air rifle competitor Elizabeth Bark, 18, was bringing her cello back to the University of Akron when she decided to break it out and play during the Super Final.)

For a complete list of results, visit the Camp Perry Open Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&tab=results&task=edit&match=14602.

Photos of the Camp Perry Open are available for free viewing and download on the CMP’s Zenfolio page at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f556459568.

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.



CMP Adds New Junior Pistol Awards to 2017 National Matches

Posted By on February 7, 2017

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP WriterCMPPistolJuniors16-1

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – To better recognize its remarkable junior pistol competitors, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has added specialized awards to the 2017 National Trophy Pistol Matches, fired at the renowned Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.

(Above: Juniors from around the country travel to the National Trophy Pistol Matches each July to learn and compete on the famous Camp Perry ranges.)

The Top 3 juniors in the President’s Pistol Match, National Trophy Individual (NTI) Pistol and .22 Pistol EIC matches will be presented individual overall awards. A special aggregate award for the highest combined score in the President’s 100, NTI, .22 Pistol EIC and the Pistol Team Match will also be given to the leading junior competitors, and the Top 3 teams in the Junior Team Trophy Match will also be recognized.

CMPPistolJuniors16-2All of the junior awards will be presented during the National Trophy Pistol Awards Ceremony on July 2 at 5 p.m. The ceremony will include a reception beforehand, with winning juniors receiving their earned honors on the Hough Theatre stage – walking the same path as other revered marksmen have done throughout the long history of the National Matches.

(Above: Each junior competing at the 2017 National Pistol Matches will receive a special t-shirt, which includes an exclusive design that will be introduced at the event this summer.)

As an added bonus, all juniors who compete in the CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches will receive an exclusive t-shirt with a design selected especially for 2017.

CMPPistolJuniors16-3Last year, junior attendance at the National Trophy Pistol Matches proved to be one of the best ever recorded – with escalating participation expected in the coming years. The demonstrated dedication of junior competitors and increasing interest in the sport serves as motivation for the CMP to continue its mission of expanding the ways it challenges and commends the marksmanship community.

(Above:New junior pistol awards have been added to the 2017 Nationals to allow more recognition for talented young marksmen.)

For more information on the National Trophy Pistol Matches, including an in-depth look at each event, visit the Pistol page on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/national-pistol-matches/.

About the National Trophy Pistol Matches:

The 2017 CMP National Trophy Pistol Matches are scheduled for July 1-2 at Camp Perry. The Pistol Matches were introduced in 1904 and include service pistol championship competitions for both elite and up-and-coming marksmen. A Small Arms Firing School, taught by current military pistol team members and qualified CMP instructors, is also conducted during the matches for those new to the sport or wanting to improve his/her skills. For over a century, the Matches have served as the premier rifle and pistol championship series fired during the year.

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.

Duck Hunting and the Mossberg 835

Posted By on January 1, 2017

By: Ricky Marston (16)

20160519_193009 On September 10, 2015, I received a Mossberg 835 pump 12 -Gauge shotgun and had the opportunity to try it out at the range and in the field. Right when DSCF4012 - Copy I opened the box, I knew it was a great and a well-made gun from Mossberg. It came with the stock and action, 28-inch barrel, four choke tubes including modified, improved cylinder, full, and extra full. Also the action is built for 12 Gauge 2 ¾, 3 and 3.5-inch shells.

I thought, from looking at other guns, the 3.5 inch shells would kick like a mule but not with the great recoil reducing technology from Mossberg. I shot paper at first just to get used to the sights and feel of the gun and then I put it through everything I could think of. I didn’t even clean the gun for 100 rounds of 3-inch waterfowl loads, and many more. It even worked and functioned great when it fell out of the boat in to the frigid waters of the Snake river. It ran 201601091427smoothly even with water in all of the parts of the gun and a layer of ice! That is quite a test to its ruggedness.

I shot all sorts of different shot sizes and brand of shells from 9 shot to lead and steel, also brands like Black Cloud, Federal, Fiochi, Winchester, Kent, and Estate. Also, the front bead on the end of the 28-inch barrel was a red fiber optic and it picked up light in the lowest light conditions.

 V__4DF0I have hunted many animals with this great shotgun including ducks, geese, pheasant, quail, dove and many more. It is a great shotgun for beginners that want to hunt waterfowl and other animals. Its total length from barrel-tip to buttstock is 50-inches. With its great camo pattern, it blends in really well in to most things in the fields like timber, grass lands, prairies, and marsh lands,

If you are looking for an excellent field gun at a reasonable price and need one that will operate almost anywhere, this is the one to get.

Tyssen, Thompson Set Over 10 National Records at 2016 Gary Anderson Invitational

Posted By on December 14, 2016

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer 

__CMP LOGO - USE THIS ONE CAMP PERRY, Ohio; ANNISTON, Ala. – Shannon Tyssen of Upson Lee High School JROTC in Georgia and Emma Thompson of Freeport High School in Illinois captured the essence of the Gary Anderson Invitational’s namesake (a two-time gold medalist and multi-world record holder) as they shattered 12 collective National Records during their performances at the 2016 annual event. The match is conducted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and is open to precision and sporter junior air rifle competitors from around the country.


On Dec. 3, Tyssen, 18, set three new precision Navy JROTC records with a 3×20 score of 594-44x, a 3×20 plus Final score of 694.3 and an unbelievable 20 Shots Kneeling score of 200-19x. With her outstanding performance, Tyssen bested a field of 147 opponents to become the overall precision champion while competing at the CMP’s South Competition Center in Anniston, AL.

(Shannon Tyssen of Lee High School JROTC set three new Navy JROTC records while competing in the precision class.)

That same day, 750 miles north at Camp Perry, Thompson incredibly set nine – yes, NINE – new sporter National Records with her performance, starting with her 20 Shots Standing score of 187-7x, which served as a new Navy JROTC record, and her 20 Shots Kneeling score of 195-9x, which prompted a new Navy JROTC record and a new Age Group II record. Additionally, her 3×20 score of 577-28x set new Navy JROTC, Age Group II and Overall records, Thompsonas did her 3×20 plus Final score of 672.4.

Astoundingly, Thompson, 16, broke three National Records she had previously set before the Gary Anderson Invite – adding her name to six more along the way.

(Right: Emma Thompson (center) set nine new National Records at the event, even breaking three records she had set previously.)

The Gary Anderson Invitational 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 advancing to the final. Winners are determined overall of scores comprised from competitors at the CMP Gary Anderson Competition Center located at Camp Perry, OH, and CMP South competitors in Anniston (3×20 plus final scores). Both schools and junior clubs are welcome to participate in the annual competition.

Targets This year’s match saw 385 total competitors and was the first to be fired on CMP’s newly updated electronic air gun targets.

(Left: Competitors at the Gary Anderson Invitational were the first to fire on CMP’s new electronic targets, installed in November.)

Coming in second in the precision class was Richard Clark, 16, of Riverside Shooting Club in Michigan, with a score of 687.6, followed by Annabelle Stanec, 16, of Ashland Eagles JRC in Ohio, with a score of 686.9.

In sporter, Hailey Smith, 18, of Zion Benton High School in Illinois, fired a score of 650.4 to earn second, while Jason Migliori, 18, of Middletown Post 151 in New York, recorded 649.8 to land in third.

The top competitors in the sporter and precision classes at each competition center received individual gold, silver and bronze medallions. The Top 3 are recognized with championship medallions and plaques.

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.

Winning Teams:


  1. Riverside Shooting Club, Michigan – 2317-139x
  2. Hardcore 4, Georgia – 2316-124x
  3. Ashland Eagles, Ohio – 2311-131x


  1. Carroll County 4-H Air Rifle, Georgia – 1982-39x
  2. Palmyra JR Rifle Team, Pennsylvania – 1968-35x
  3. Walton Warriors 4-H, Georgia – 1959-38x

For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=14679=results.

Photos from both locations can be found at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f426591886.

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.

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.

Mossberg New Online Store

Posted By on November 16, 2016

image Mossberg® Announces Grand Opening of New Online Store

Mobile-Friendly, Easily-Navigated and Fully-Integrated Experience

 37318_BLAZE_10Rd_WildfireCamo_RifleSights North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has launched its redesigned, mobile-optimized online store with the announcement of “Grand Opening” specials for visitors who join the Mossberg community. Now through November 20, DSCF4012 - Copy 2016, sign up as a Mossberg community member and receive 20% off of your next purchase of gear, apparel, parts and all things Mossberg at www.mossberg.com/grand-20 or simply browse through the latest offerings at www.mossberg.com. For further savings, look for Black Friday specials during 11/21 – 11/25/2016, with Mossberg Community members receiving a 10-hour advanced notice on all special sales throughout the week.

Visitors will discover a fully-integrated experience with the firearms section of the site. Easily locate parts or accessories for your Mossberg firearms by simply selecting the model. New filters and navigation streamline the process of finding the right barrels, chokes and accessories to customize your shotgun or rifle. Display your Mossberg pride with branded gear, apparel and collectibles. And if you are an on-the-go shopper, the new store has been optimized for ease of viewing on mobile devices.

Why join the Mossberg community? As a member, we will keep you posted on new guns, apparel and online store special offers and discounts. You can join other Mossberg enthusiasts with access to the latest tips and secrets for success in the field or ways to further enjoy your favorite outdoor experiences.

Start shopping today and take advantage of the latest online discounts at www.mossberg.com.


About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. history. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at www.mossberg.com.



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CMP Shooting Scholarships!

Posted By on November 13, 2016

Marksmen Student-athletes Apply Now for 2017-2018 CMP Scholarships

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP WriterScholarships

CAMP PERRY, OH – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is delighted to again award exemplary student-athletes for the 2017-2018 school year in their future endeavors through its annual scholarship program. The CMP offers $1,000 one-year scholarships based on merit and rifle or pistol marksmanship participation to current high school seniors only.

Since 2005, CMP has awarded over $1 million in scholarship prizes. Last year, the CMP again received a record-setting number of applications and awarded over $150,000 in scholarship money. Winning recipients came from a mix of JROTC schools, 4-H groups and other shooting clubs.

TO BE CONSIDERED, applicants must turn in a list of past and present rifle or pistol competition history, awards, involvements and future expectations for the sport. Proof of participation, including match bulletins, photos or CMP Competition Tracker printouts (for example), MUST be presented in order to be considered for the scholarship. Applications without this will be discarded.

Those interested must also provide academic information such as GPA (3.0 or above – anything below 3.0 will not be accepted), test scores and a list of extracurricular activities. Additionally, an official transcript must be provided, along with a letter explaining why the applicant is applying and what future plans the money will fund. A nomination/recommendation letter from a coach or instructor is also required.


Incomplete applications will not be considered, so please check that all required information is sent. Because the CMP takes great care in personally reading each application, all mandatory information (including forms and other necessary materials) must be sent to the CMP in its entirety. We are eager to recognize praiseworthy student-athletes for their hard work – so please take extra precaution in sending all application requirements.

The deadline for application submission is March 20, 2017. Scholarships may be used to pursue post-secondary education or vocational programs for the upcoming school year.

The CMP is dedicated to its commitment to youth programs and furthering the education of the successful young adults involved within them. Through these scholarships, the CMP is able to uphold one of its missions of awarding those who present exceptional talent, motivation and determination within the field of marksmanship.

Application forms and other scholarship information can be found by visiting http://thecmp.org/communications/cmp-scholarship-program/. For specific questions, please contact Kathy Williams at 419-635-2141, ext. 709 or email kwilliams@thecmp.org.

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.

Marksmen Student-athletes Apply Now for 2017-2018 CMP Scholarships

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

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Posted By on November 10, 2016

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October Shotgun, Rifle Weekend Events Fill Talladega Marksmanship Park

Posted By on November 8, 2016

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama was a busy place – full of learning and competitive opportunities for marksmen of a variety of disciplines.

Supporting a growing number of shotgun events over the last year, Talladega stood as the venue for the Harvester Christian Shotgun Sporting Clays Shoot. A total of 64 marksmen from eight middle school and high school private Christian academies involved within the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association fired in the event.

Shotgun Field Scott Cosper, a Harvester Christian member who coordinated the match, decided to hold the shoot at Talladega after taking his 14-year-old son there in the winter of 2015 to practice sporting clays. Cosper and his son, a member of the shotgun team, enjoyed their time on the shotgun fields and knew others would as well.

“We shot several clays events there, and the people were wonderful to work with. It was unheard of to shoot 100 rounds of sporting for only $25,” he said. “We really loved the setup, and each time we came the course was different, which helped in our practice.”

The Harvester Christian Shotgun Sporting Clays Shoot at Talladega featured 100 rounds of sporting clays throughout 15 stations of Talladega’s carefully designed sporting clay field – covered with details Cosper finds rare in other shotgun field arenas.

“It’s like no other in this area. It’s fun but challenging,” said Cosper.

Praise Not only did Cosper praise the course itself, but he also went on to compliment those who run it as well.

“The people who work there are so helpful and friendly. They made us feel at home while we were there. They treated us like we own the place,” he said. “During and since our event ended, I have received nothing but great reviews about the CMP. They LOVED it and want to come back.”

“We appreciate all the hard work that was put in by the CMP,” he added. “We will make plans to host an event there again in 2017.”

The Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association holds six to eight events per season, with 18 teams throughout the state of Georgia. State finals will be held in December in Savannah.

Occupying other ranges on the grounds was Project Appleseed, a nationwide program that teaches rifle marksmanship skills that originated at the roots of America and reconnects participants with the people and events of the colonial era.

The Talladega camp focused on Known Distance – an intermediate level class for rifle shooters who have some experience but wish to learn longer distance shooting. Class time was spent less on the fundamentals of marksmanship and concentrated on more specific elements.

ProjectAppleseed During Project Appleseed, students are taught accuracy out to 500 yards using a standard rifle with iron sights, known as the “Rifleman’s Quarter Mile.” The Quarter Mile is an American tradition that has been celebrated since the beginning of the nation. Participants also learn little-known Revolutionary War history and other facts about the American heritage.

Talladega Harvester Event Marksmanship Park is home to 500 acres of meticulously crafted ranges that cater to an endless number of rifle, pistol and shotgun opportunities. As one of the most advanced outdoor facilities in the country, the ranges hold some of the latest technological advances in the realm of marksmanship, including electronic targets and scoring monitors, and is a must-see destination for firearm supporters and other curious guests. The park is open to the public, year round (see our website for operating days and hours).

Events are held every week at the range, so check them out for yourself!

View photos from the Harvester Christian event at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com/p395643634.

View the online calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=aWUwNGhmOTZpamdnbmxjODh0NHBkYm5ydmNAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ or the Match Schedule link at http://thecmp.org/competitions/matches/.


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P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452

Tel (419) 635-2141

Web site: www.TheCMP.org

On-Line Newsletter: http://thecmp.org/communications/the-first-shot/

APO Riflecraft – Advancing America’s Proud Outdoor Heritage of Rifle Marksmanship

Posted By on October 14, 2016

AAPO logo shbury Introduces Riflecraft Field Shooting Clinics, Workshops and Courses for Gun-Curious Millennials, Recreational Shooting Enthusiasts, and Hunters

Ruckersville, VA.Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO), manufacturer of the patented SABER® modular APO photo 1 rifle chassis system, premium grade precision rifles, and long range shooting accessories is expanding its line of client services with the introduction of Riflecraft.  This new client service offers an innovative series of core rifle marksmanship programs conducted in the picturesque forested mountains of Central Virginia by a company dedicated to providing exceptional Riflesports experiences.  Ashbury’s lineup of full training programs, advanced skills workshops and field shooting clinics are designed to attract new outdoor-oriented millennials, active rifle shooters and hunting enthusiasts.

Ashbury’s Riflecraft programs grew out of the “country comfortable” APO Experience, an experiential shooting sports initiative for adventurous travelers and corporate retreats.  The APO Experience offers customized “bucket list” Riflesports experiences, complemented with end-of-the-day artisan and chef inspired forest-to-fork cuisine, cordials and engaging fireside conversations with experienced firearms professionals.

Riflecraft logo For over two decades, Ashbury has developed an exceptional network of passionate long-gun professionals from many sectors of the firearms community.  These specialists include skilled competitive shooters from various rifle disciplines, gunsmiths and precision rifle builders, professional hunters of North American and African dangerous game, experienced small arms & firearms trainers and veteran US military Snipers.  Each professional provides distinctive direction, support and assistance to Ashbury in its development and delivery of innovative Riflecraft training.

 APO Photo 2 “All Riflecraft programs are designed to educate, build core marksmanship skills, energize new firearm owners, and challenge seasoned shooters alike,” says Adam Wilson, Ashbury’s Marksmanship Activities Coordinator.  “Ashbury is proactively working to introduce precision rifle sports to more women and youth participants through our active sponsorship program. Riflecraft’s goal is to introduce and promote the many positive aspects of rifle shooting sports that inspire personal confidence, teach responsibility, enhance the enjoyment of shooting and encourage good sportsmanship.”

Adam Wilson is an APO Shooting Team member and veteran US Army Sniper with multiple combat deployments, a marksmanship instructor in the Texas Army National Guard and firearms training blogger at 1 MOA Solutions.  He is a passionate advocate for civilian marksmanship training with a proven instructor background helping shooters reach their true potential.  Adam joined the Ashbury team to focus on growing Riflecraft programs by cultivating new recreational shooters, promoting long range precision shooting, and improving the marksmanship skills of predator and big game hunters.

(Junior Shooters magazine youth Long-range Precision rifle team sponsored by Ashbury with representatives from Ashbury at Sniper’s Hide Cup 2016.)

“Ashbury is pleased to be working with Adam Wilson as our new Marksmanship Activities Coordinator,” said Matthew Peterson, Ashbury Product Development Coordinator and APO Shooting Team Captain.  “Riflecraft programs will increase our outreach to new sport and recreational shooters at all levels and further strengthen the APO brand in the highly competitive custom rifle market space.”

APO Photo 3 Riflecraft’s unique blend of technically oriented precision rifle courses, provide clients plenty of high quality trigger time based on well established marksmanship fundamentals and challenging terrain.  Riflecraft’s progressive building block approach to rifle marksmanship training welcomes inquisitive gun-curious adults, women seeking outdoor sports options, as well as concerned parents seeking age and demeanor appropriate firearms safety training for teenagers.

All APO Riflecraft programs are fully supported with some of the industry’s best hand crafted precision rifles and a full complement of quality long range shooting accessory equipment.  Clients gain hands-on experience with premium brands like Leupold, Talley, Ruag, Hornady and more.

The Riflecraft facility utilizes a wide array of well maintained reactive steel targets, movers and custom AR500 Game Steel targets (e.g. Prairie Dogs, Coyotes, Wild Boar, and big game) custom designed by sponsor Best Targets.  At Riflecraft, we make the expression “when pigs fly” a reality, because only at Riflecraft can you can “ring steel” on our very own challenging Flying Pig target!

APOphoto 4 Riflecraft participants are encouraged to bring their favorite rifle of any brand or type to Riflecraft training courses where they can develop the skills and confidence necessary to engage targets outwards of 2,000 yards in real world field conditions.

Riflecraft programs focus on safety, building fundamental rifle marksmanship skills, establishing consistency and improving proficiency at all ranges.  For those new to the Riflesports, Ashbury offers rental equipment and features an all-inclusive tuition package. This package includes a selected APO precision rifle (.223 to 50BMG), premium optic, ammunition and all accessories clients need to participate in small group or customized private training.  Participants only need to show up in range-appropriate apparel and let the Riflecraft Training Coordination Team handle the rest.

For more information on Riflecraft programs please visit APORiflecraft.com and if you have an interest in Ashbury’s experiential Riflesports offerings, visit APOExperience.com.  You can also view APO’s complete line of modular rifle chassis systems, precision rifles, custom pistols and long range shooting equipment at the Ashbury Web Portal AshburyIntlGroup.com.

About Ashbury…

Ashbury International Group Inc. is a central Virginia USA based company, having more than 20 years of international experience as a prime contractor to Ricky setting up sitting WEBSITE RESgovernment agencies, military, and special operations forces as well as manufacturer of commercial shooting sports equipment.  The company provides logistics, engineering, training, ordnance manufacturing, and systems integration.
Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg.
   (APO), a division of the Ashbury International Group Inc., is a BATFE licensed 07/11/SOT commercial firearms and shooting accessories manufacturer.  APO manufactures SABER bolt action receivers and patented modular rifle chassis systems for factory and custom bolt action rifles.  APO manufactures custom precision tactical and multi-sport precision rifles in calibers from .223 to .408CT.  The APO Custom Shop offers custom reflex sight installation on pistols and complete special order custom rifle and pistol builds for discriminating clients.

(Above: Ricky Marston (15) with a custom APO 6.5 Creedmoor at Sniper’s Hide Cup 2016)

APO manufactures high quality rugged electro-optical weapon mounts and TACT3 tactical field tripods.  The company also distributes a wide range of rifle sports accessories to include Ruag Swiss-P ammunition, Field Firing Solutions (FFS) ballistic software, the RSTA-II Tripod Shooting System, Long Range Accuracy Bipods, and Snipers Field Tool Kits.

(Above: Cameron Burke (17) shooting off of a tripod with a custom APO 6.5 Creedmoor at Sniper’s Hide Cup 2016)

The Rapid Product Development Center (RPDC) provides engineering design and prototyping services. The engineering services group is Solidworks® CAD based with Simulation FEA and FeatureCam® CAD/CAM machine programming software, 3D Printer-Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) capable, a modern CNC precision machining shop and an experienced, well trained staff.

For Immediate Release

October 14, 2016

Media Contact:
Troy Perry
(434) 296-8600

What is an Air Bolt?

Posted By on October 4, 2016

16aa0074-f650-4d21-9f42-dce5d970b47a This Week on American Airgunner TV

FORT SMITH, AR (October 3rd, 2016) – You’ve seen things that shoot arrows before, but have you seen an air gun shoot an arrow? Tune in to Pursuit Channel this week for an all-new episode of American Airgunner! Rossi Morreale finds that the Air Venturi Air Bolt has more power than a crossbow!

79ee8ad5-0049-4206-9df2-407abde897f6 Rossi, host of American Airgunner TV, likes things with power. That’s exactly what the Air Bolt delivers. Rossi discovers that the Air Bolt goes through just about everything he launches it at and sets out on a quest to find something that can stop it.

In another segment Rossi joins revered airgun hunter, Jim Chapman, for a hog hunt. They put a broad head on the Air Bolt and set out into the Texas brush. Can they both put meat in the freezer? Does Rossi have what it takes to get a hog with the Air Bolt? Tune in to find out.

77695ae5-f39c-465b-9d33-5f720ff8f301 Watch it all during television’s #1 show about air guns, American Airgunner. Catch it on Pursuit Channel during the NRA Freedom Friday lineup right after Trigger Time TV. Friday nights at 8:30 pm Eastern / 7:30 pm Central.

You are invited to follow American Airgunner on Facebook, YouTube, AmericanAirgunner.com and Instagram. Search for and use #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, DISH Network Ch. 393, Verizon FIOS, and Century Link platforms as well as via Roku and Chromecast. Check your local listings for additional channel information.





Contact: Justin “JB” Biddle, Executive Producer
7700 Chad Colley Boulevard
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916


Special 2-Gun and 3-Gun Edition

Posted By on October 2, 2016

 The 2016 Special Edition is Done!

The 2016 Special 2-Gun and 3-Gun Edition is now on the SE 2016 Cover high quality print EMAIL LOW RESnewsstands. Check it out at Walmart!

This is packed full of information on 2-Gun sports (NSSF Rimfire Challenge and Long-range Precision Shooting) and 3-Gun (Cowboy Action Shooting and Modern 3-Gun,)

With articles on guns, events, and some of the juniors and families who really enjoy these sports it is a really special issue.

If you can’t find it at Wamart, give us a call to get one or order a subscription.

Have fun and shoot safe.

(On the cover: Ashbury Precision Ordnance custom Saber chassis rifle achieves groups of 1/2 MOA or less and is the perfect rifle for top competitors in precision long-range. Cimarron arms 1873 Deluxe rifle is a spitting image of the “Gun-That-Won-The-West” and is great for Cowboy Action Shooting. Rock River Arms XAR is one of the best rifles for the sport of Modern 3-Gun. Tactical Solutions XRING rifles are accurate, look cool, and work great in Rimfire Challenge.)