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James Payne, 16, Sets New Records at 2015 National Rimfire Sporter Match

Posted By on August 13, 2015


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – On August 1, the National Rimfire Sporter Match was held on a hot, sunny day to a group of over 300 competitors. With last year’s event cancelled due to weather, competitors were eager this year to get on the firing line and take part in one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s most popular events.

Competitors in the match fire smallbore sporter rifles in three different classes: T-Class (telescoped rifles), O-Class (open sights) and PayneTactical. A winner, high junior, high woman and high senior is awarded from each class, based on scores.

Samuel Payne of Kingston, GA, was the match winner of the T-Class with an exceptional score of 599-46x. He was also the high junior, the high 4-H junior and set a new National Record. Payne was awarded his plaques by DCM Emeritus Gary Anderson (left), as well as CMP staff member Brad Donoho (right), who called the Rimfire Sporter Match.

Samuel Payne, 16, of Kingston, GA, was the match winner of the T-Class with an exceptional score of 599-46x. He was also the high junior and the high 4-H junior.

Back at the Eastern CMP Games in May, Payne became the first competitor to ever fire a clean score of 600 in the Rimfire Sporter Match. At the National Matches, Payne arrived with the hopes of duplicating his Eastern Games performance with another historical win.

“I wanted to shoot a 600 because I didn’t want to do so good there (Eastern Games), then come out here and do worse at the bigger competition,” he said.

The one point he dropped in the match was during his standing rapid fire – his third shot. From his scope, he thought the shot may have been close to the 10 ring, so he continued on as if he was still on track with his perfect performance.

“I didn’t know until after I finished shooting [that I didn’t make the 10 ring], which is probably good because it would’ve messed me up a little more,” he said with a smile.

Although he didn’t reach his goal of repeat perfection, Payne still made history by setting a new National Record – beating the previous score of 598-35x previously set by Jacob Guay in 2012.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s almost as good as a perfect score because it’s the thing to beat. It feels pretty good.”

Next year, Payne plans to come back to set a new record – a perfect score at Nationals.

Schindehette Scott Schindehette, 70, of Saginaw, MI, was the high senior of the T-Class with a score of 588-28x, while Amy Trombley, 50, of Canton, MI, earned a score of 585-31x to become the high woman.

In the Tactical Class, Theodore James, 36, of Woodville, OH, fired an outstanding score of 595-37x to claim the match winner title. His performance also set a new National Record, beating the previous score of 593-30x set by Ron Villanueva in 2012.

High junior of the Tactical Class was Brianna Toikkanen, 17, of Conneaut, OH, with a score of 563-24x. Roger Burdick, 59, also of Conneaut, OH, was the high senior of the match with a score of 592-35x. Burdick was the third place finisher overall. Rene Baldwin, 50, of Ellwood City, PA, earned the high woman honor with a score of 568-10x.

Winning the O-Class was Don Moore, 65, of Chattanooga, TN, who fired a score of 585-30x. Moore was also the high senior of the class. Amanda LaBeff, 33, of Saginaw, MI, was the high woman, with a score of 560-13x. Trombley

Samuel Payne was the high junior with a score of 583-23x. Payne also was the second place finisher in the O-Class and the high 4-H junior.

Amy Trombley of Canton, MI, earned a score of 585-31x to become the high woman of the T-Class.

Special thanks to Savage Arms and Remington for donating rifles to two lucky winners of the Rimfire Match.

For a complete list of Rimfire Sporter results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=12167.

Photos of the event can be found 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.

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AiR 15 Challenge Grows Over 100 Entries at 2015 National Match Air Gun Events

Posted By on August 4, 2015


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer Competitors

CAMP PERRY, Ohio August 3, 2015 – The Top 20 competitors of the AiR 15 Challenge met on the firing line at the world-class facilities of the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center for a Shoulder-to-Shoulder shoot-off and a chance to earn prize money. With 100 more entries into this year’s Challenge than last year’s, the popularity of the event is clearly growing.

Competitors qualify for the shoot-off in a 20 Shot re-entry match. During the final, shooters receive a 5 minute sighter period, followed by 20 record shots in a time limit of 22 minutes. The marksman with the highest score derived from those 20 shots is deemed the winner of the shoot-off.

This year, there were over 100 more competitors signed up for the AiR 15 Challenge than last year’s match – proving its growing popularity during the National Matches.

Green This year’s winner, with an outstanding score of 199-7x, was SFC Brandon Green, 30, of the Army Marksmanship Unit. With his win, Green also received a check of $700 from the CMP.

An accomplished Service Rifle competitor, SFC Green actually got his start in competitive shooting in sporter air rifle for a JROTC unit in Louisiana. After shooting sporter for a few years, he switched to precision in high school before joining the Army and becoming a member of the Service Rifle Team, which he has now done for the past 12 years.

Often seen on the line during the AiR 15 Challenge at the National Matches, he has placed every time he’s shot the match – giving him hundreds of extra dollars during his trips to the National Matches.

SFC Brandon Green, 30, of the Army Marksmanship Unit, was the winner of the AiR 15 challenge – finishing with an exceptional score of 199-7x out of a possible 200.

“I think, mainly, people come in here to train,” Green explained. “It’s convenient to train and compete – get a little of that match pressure. That’s the reason that I come in to do it. Just to get time on the sights – time on the gun. Plus, it’s exciting to come in and shoot for a little bit of money.”

“Come out and try it,” he added. “It’s a good time.”

Coggshall2 Coming in second place and receiving $500 was SSG John Coggshall, 30, of the Army National Guard, with a score of 197-9x. Civilian Thomas Holm, 46, of Sioux City, IA, claimed the third place spot with a score of 196-4x. Holm received $350 from the CMP. Monetary awards were also given to competitors in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place.

A Top Center Shot was awarded during the 20 Shot Re-Entry Sporter Match to the competitor who fired the closest shot to center. Out of 86 competitors, this year’s winner was Chris Mollis, 70, of Fremont, OH, who fired a 10.9 within 6.2718 mm of center. For his win, Mollis will receive a monetary prize from the CMP, based on the number of entries. The next seven closest competitors will also receive money for their efforts.

SSG John Coggshall, 30, of the Army National Guard, was the second place finisher in the AiR 15 Challenge with a score of 197-9x.

Jaren Nofzinger, 11, of Fremont, OH, won the Novice Prone Sporter Match – cleaning the phase with a score of 200-5x. The event is designed for young shooters aged 8-12 who are just beginning their shooting careers. Novice Prone introduces them to the exciting world of competitive shooting in a safe and fun way.

Winning the 60 Shot Air Pistol event was Alexander Chichkov, 21, of Tampa, FL, with a score of 579-1x. Chichkov also won the event at last year’s National Match Air Events as a junior.

High woman of the event was Lyudmila Andrianova, 21, of Schaumburg, IL, with a score of 517-3x. Gary Peterson, 67, of Levittown, NY, fired a score of 548-8x to become the high senior, while Robert Yarrito, 18, of Phoenix, AZ, shot a 520-6x to earn the spot as high junior.

Air Pistol A Top Center Shot is also awarded during the 30 Shot Air Pistol Match to the competitor who fired the closest shot to center. As with the 20 Shot Sporter Match, the top eight competitors closest to center will receive monetary prizes.  Winning the Center Shot Contest was Konstantin Pitsoulis, 45, of Brooklyn, NY, who fired a 10.9 within 0.1140 mm of center. With 377 total entries, Pitsoulis will receive nearly $200 for his win.

For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13159.

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

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3-Gun Video Series from Brownells and Janna Reeves

Posted By on July 23, 2015

Brownells & Pro Shooter Janna Reeves Partner in 3-Gun Video Series

Grinnell, Iowa – Brownells has released a video series offering viewers a pro’s perspective on conquering the game of 3-Gun.

Hosted by 2014 3-Gun Nation Pro Series finalist and Brownells-sponsored professional shooter Janna Reeves, the three-part series covers a range of topics from gear selection to key tips and tactics to help improve scores on the range.

Get in the Game

The first video, entitled “Get in the Game” breaks down the essential gear necessary to get started in this popular sport.

Stay in the Game

In the second video, Reeves covers the basic products necessary to “Stay in the Game.” This includes products to place in range bags and maintenance equipment to keep firearms running smoothly.

Win the Game

In the final video, “Winning the Game,” Reeves breaks down a typical 3-Gun stage and offers advice on efficiency in movement and action – a critical component of scoring well.

To view the videos, or to see Janna’s recommended gear and other competition shooting-related items, customers are invited to visit the Janna Reeves page at www.Brownells.com.

About Janna Reeves

Janna Reeves, aka “Miss Battle Born,” is a Brownells-sponsored professional 3-Gun shooter participating in professional-level competitions across the U.S. Since picking up a firearm for the first time in 2011, Reeves has taken the competition shooting world by storm. Her resume includes a top-four finishing in the prestigious 2014 3-Gun Nation Pro Series final, in addition to numerous “high-lady” match titles.

About Brownells

Serious About Firearms Since 1939™, Brownells is the world’s leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools, survival gear and archery. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Forever. For more information or to place an order, call 800-741-0015 or visit Brownells.com. Stay up-to-date with Brownells on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact:
Roy Hill, Public Relations Specialist
(641) 623-8572 roy.hill@brownells.com

CMP Hosts Annual National Trophy Rifle and Games Matches in July

Posted By on July 16, 2015

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CMP Hosts Annual National Trophy Rifle and Games Matches in July

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio –The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is thrilled to once again welcome eager competitors to the Rifle Phase of the National Trophy Matches, held July 15-28, 2015, at the world-famous Camp Perry National Guard training facility. The matches have been fired on the base since 1907 and continue to draw  thousands of athletes and spectators each year. The event offers air gun, vintage military rifle and modern military rifle opportunities to enthusiasts of all ages.

AirGunEvents The National Match Air Gun events will be fired July 5-20 in the 80-firing point Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. Shooters can choose to participate in any of the many air gun competitions, including the 30 Shot Re-Entry Matches in both pistol and rifle, 20 Shot Novice Prone, as well as the AiR 15 Challenge Match.

The President’s Rifle Match has been a principal event since the first Nationals was fired in 1903. The match received its named after the winners typically received a letter of congratulations from the President of the United States. After firing from 200, 300 and 600 yards, a shoot-off from 600 yards is fired by the top 20 competitors in the match to determine the winner. The Top 100 competitors overall is deemed “The President’s One Hundred.”

NTITThe National Trophy Individual (NTI) EIC match is fired from 200, 300 and 600 yards from standing, sitting or kneeling and prone positions – with a combination of slow and rapid firing. The National Trophy Team (NTT) match is a six-person team event, where at least one firing member must be a “new” shooter. New members are considered those who have never fired the NTT in competition.

The NTIT has been a staple at the National Matches since 1922. Also known as the “Rattle Battle,” the event is one of the most unique in the competitive rifling world. Six-person teams begin the match with 384 rounds of ammunition, which they fire upon eight silhouette targets from 600, 500, 300 and 200 yards during 50-second periods. Marksmen participating in the match must have all equipment in tow from firing line to firing line, giving the Rattle Battle its name.

Another anticipated team match is the Hearst Doubles, which began in 2006 and has become one of the most regarded events during the CMP National Matches. Two-person teams fire a 30-shot course of fire in standing and prone positions from 200, 300 and 600 yards, using service rifles.

VintageSniperRifle For those looking for more recreation-oriented shooting, popular CMP Games events, such as the Vintage Sniper, M1 Carbine, Springfield/Modern Military and John C. Garand matches, will also be present at the National Matches. These matches allow shooters around the country to compete in a fun-filled, relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere amongst old and new comrads.

Please join us for another exciting year at the spirited National Trophy Rifle Matches and CMP Games. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the National Matches, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/. For more on the CMP Games Matches, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.

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


Posted By on May 15, 2015

BLOOMFIELD, New York (May 15, 2015) The preferred air rifle of serious hunters is now available in popular camouflage finishes in a limited edition run available exclusively on crosman.com. The Benjamin Marauder .25 caliber precharged pneumatic rifle can be ordered in Realtree MAX-1, Realtree Xtra or Moon Shine Camo’s Muddy Girl.

The Marauder delivers lethal accuracy to 75 yards on small game and 40 yards on furbearers and predators. With a factory-installed shroud and suppression system, neighbors or nearby game animals won’t hear the shot, giving shooters more hunting opportunities.

The Marauder has long been considered a rifle that shoots beyond its price point and the addition of an adjustable comb and increased shot count have added to its reputation as the definitive air rifle for hunters.

“Realtree MAX-1 is perfect for western hunters looking to blend in amongst the sage in arid environments, while Realtree Xtra is an amazingly realistic woodland pattern,” said Chip Hunnicutt, Marketing Manager for Crosman. “Muddy Girl is one of the hottest patterns on the market and we are excited to partner with Moon Shine Camo to be the first company to feature it on an airgun.”

The Benjamin Marauder is being offered for $599.99 in any of three patterns. Current Marauder owners may purchase the stock for $125.00 and easily install it themselves. The Marauder is also available in an all-weather black synthetic stock and a wood stock for $579.99.

For additional information on these limited edition Benjamin Marauder rifles, visit crosman.com or write to Chip Hunnicutt, Marketing Manager, Crosman Corporation, 7629 Routes 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469, email him at chip@crosman.com, follow him on Twitter (@chiphunnicutt) or call him at (800) 7–AIRGUN (724-7486).

For up-to-the-minute news from Crosman Corporation, follow us on Twitter (@crosmancorp).


For over 90 years Crosman has led the world in the design and manufacture of airguns and airgun ammunition, along with airsoft, optics and shooting sports accessories. Headquartered in Bloomfield, N.Y., the company sells its products worldwide under the Crosman®, Benjamin®, CenterPoint®, Game Face® and Undead Apocalypse® brands. For more information about any of these brands or products, please contact Crosman Public Relations at (800) 7-AIRGUN or visit crosman.com.

Contact: Chip Hunnicutt
Crosman Corporation
7629 Routes 5 & 20
Bloomfield, NY 14469

CMP 3PAR Regionals 2015

Posted By on May 7, 2015

Sutton, Hampton Top Performers at CMP 3PAR Regionals

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Sara2 Sarah Sutton, 17, of Black Swamp Jr. Rifle, OH, remained the leader of the precision class during the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Three-Position Air Rifle Regional Championship after all competitors finished firing at the three designated locations – Camp Perry, OH; Anniston, AL; and Sandy, UT.

Sutton set the bar at the Camp Perry location in March with her score of 1285 – a performance that no other precision competitor could match.

At last year’s Regionals, Sutton made her mark as a powerful contender – finishing in second overall. She also managed to snag the gold along with the rest of her Black Swamp crew at the 2014 Regional Championship, as they were named the overall precision team leaders.

The Camp Perry location at this year’s Regionals seemed to house some of the most successful athletes as Caleb Lloyd, 17, of Seitzland Junior Rifle Team, PA, held his second place position behind Sutton with a score of 1283.9, while Justin Kleinhans, 15, of Black Swamp Jr. Rifle, maintained third with a score of 1282.8.

Brian Hampton, 18, of the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, NC, outshot the rest of the sporter class individuals with his score of 1220.5.

Brian_s Last year, Hampton set two National Records at the National Junior Olympic competition (ran the same week as the CMP Nationals): 96.6 finals score and an overall score of 653.6x. With his outstanding performance in that match, he finished in first place. Hampton also displayed remarkable talent at last year’s CMP Nationals, with an exceptional finals showing and a third-place finish.

Behind Hampton at the 2015 Regional event was Gabriel Palermo, 18, of Freeport High School, IL, who finished with a score of 1215.9. Adam McClintock, 18, of Flowing Wells JROTC, AZ, rounded out the Top 3 with his score of 1204.9 for third.

HamptonLast year, McClintock finished in first place during the Regional event, but failed to place at Nationals after failing to bring his equipment to the venue – a mistake that his coach CW3 (ret) Ronald James says will be different at this year’s National Championship.

“He has a lot of people to remind him this year,” said James, with a laugh. “He won’t be forgetting.”

The CMP 3PAR Championship is a 3×20 air rifle event where competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. School-aged marksmen involved in 4H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC air rifle programs all meet on the firing line to compete against one another to be named the best junior in the nation.

Top Overall Regional Teams:


Lebanon 1. Gulfport High School 1, MS – 4359-135x

2. Freeport High School 1, IL – 4349-149x

3. Lebanon High School JROTC 1, OR – 4326-153x


1. Black Swamp Jr. Rifle, OH – 4699-319x

2. Hardcore 4, GA – 4677-302x

3. Ashland Eagles, OH – 4667-298x

Black-SwampTo reward the hard work of dedicated junior athletes and coaches, the CMP administers $21,000 towards teams who qualify for the Regional events, with an additional $21,300 for teams and individuals reaching the CMP National Championship.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield have again provided incredible donations to the Three-Position Air Rifle Championships. This year, Mr. and Mrs. Potterfield donated nearly $275,000 through generous MidwayUSA Foundation endowments to winning teams throughout the competition. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds in their MidwayUSA Foundation account to support their youth shooting teams and activities.

Overall teams and individuals from all three Regional locations will be invited to the 2015 CMP National Three-Position Air Rifle Championship in Anniston, AL, June 21-26.

For a complete list of Regional Championship results from all three locations, visit the CMP Competition Tracker at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=12419#.

Photos can be viewed online 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.

Christine Elder
CMP Communications Manager
(419) 635-2141, ext. 711

Learning to Shoot in My Basement

Posted By on April 26, 2015

Nate Basement SIRT Learning to Shoot in My Basement

By Nate Staskiewicz (14)

There are so many fundamentals that you have to learn before you can become good at shooting the pistol.  When I first started shooting, I would dry fire with my regular gun but would have to rack the slide every time and couldn’t see where the shot went. This didn’t allow me to understand good trigger control. I quickly got bored with dry fire until my Dad found the SIRT training pistol from Next Level Training.

Using the SIRT, he taught me how to shoot the handgun in my basement and it simplified learning trigger control. Two months later I competed in my first Steel Challenge. My two goals were to not get DQ’d and finish in the top 50% – I exceeded both of my goals and it was the beginning of my passion for shooting.

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SIRT Training Pistol

SIRT stands for Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger and it does just that. Unlike dry fire with a real pistol and having to rack the slide every time, the SIRT’s trigger resets automatically. The SIRT has two lasers – the first is a red laser that shows trigger prep, which is when you have pressure on the trigger. It also shows you if you are resetting the trigger without losing contact between rounds. The second laser is a green laser that shows where your round would have impacted and if you’re pulling the trigger too hard or anticipating the recoil. The SIRT has different settings that allow you to turn the red laser on or off.


The SIRT pistol has a similar size, shape and feel of a Glock 17 and the same frame size of a Glock 34, which is the same pistol I use in competitions. You can even put your own sights on the SIRT. But the shape and size of the SIRT doesn’t matter – the important thing is to learn trigger control.

Effective Drills

The first thing I was taught when using a SIRT pistol is how to incorporate a safety protocol into drills. Even though it is impossible to load a round into a SIRT because the slide doesn’t move, we begin by removing all live firearms and ammunition from the room we are training in. This prevents any type of weapon confusion during a training session.

Nate gear When I first started training with the SIRT pistol I would stand in one spot and shoot at small targets on the wall until I understood trigger control. Then, once I got good at that I would incorporate the draw into the drills. Eventually, I would gradually incorporate more advanced things like shooting on the move, reloading and transitioning between different sized targets. While doing this, I have different sized targets to work on point shooting vs. sighted shooting.

Another way to train with the SIRT is to take it onto the live fire range and do drills with it before you do them with live fire so you can conserve ammo.

3-Gun Shooting

 IMG_1685 In my opinion, out of the pistol, rifle and shotgun, the pistol is definitely the hardest one for me to master. But because of the SIRT, it has made learning to shoot the pistol much easier.

As I started shooting in Steel Challenge, USPSA and 3-Gun matches, I have found my passion is with 3 Gun shooting and I’ve been traveling to regional 3-Gun competitions. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors – Blade Tech, XRail by RCI, Taran Tactical Innovations, ESS, Targets Online, TACCOM and especially Mike Hughes of Next Level Training for providing me with a SIRT training pistol.

Next Level Training has generously offered a 15% discount code to junior shooters. Use the code “YOUTH” at checkout from the www.NextLevelTraining.com store for their SIRT Training Pistol and the SIRT AR Bolt.

CMP to Host JROTC National Championship at Camp Perry

Posted By on March 25, 2015

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CAMP PERRY, OH – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) proudly invites the top junior shooters from around the country to Port Clinton to compete for the gold at the 2015 JROTC Three-Position National Championships, held March 19-21 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Briggs Center. High school cadets from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) units will meet on the firing line to complete a journey that has been months in the making.

Over 8,025 junior shooters participated in the 2014-2015 CMP Postal Competition back in October 2014, with the highest-scoring shooters in each branch qualifying for the JROTC Regional Service Championships in February 2015. Top shooters and teams from each Regional location then earned a spot at the National Championship, where the overall winners will finally be determined.

KingGeorge The event is a 3×20 air rifle event, meaning competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Visitors are welcome into the range to observe the National Championships at any time during the match – with free admission. All are encouraged to come witness this unparalleled display of young talent.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield of the MidwayUSA Foundation have donated over $400,000 through generous endowments to winning teams and individuals of the JROTC Championships. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities. 

Pratt The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center is the completed result of the $1.1 million-dollar expansion to the formerly known CMP North Marksmanship Center, located inside Camp Perry in Port Clinton, OH. The expansion includes an open reception and common area, fully equipped classrooms, cylinder filling room and CMP retail store. The impressive addition also includes projection screens and flat-screen television sets throughout the building.

Connected to the new expansion is the existing 80-point air gun range, equipped with 10-meter firing points and state-of-the-art electronic targets to accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. The electronic targets, used in some of the most elite ranges in the world, update scores automatically and are displayed on large television monitors within the range – allowing spectators to keep track of the intense competition.

For those unable to attend the event, scores for the JROTC National Championship are also available for viewing online through the CMP website.TopComp

For more information on the JROTC National Championship and a link to live target images, visit http://thecmp.org/air/jrotc-air-rifle-national-championship/.jrotc 4-3

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


ACUI Donates to Collegiate Shooting Team Endowment Accounts

Posted By on March 4, 2015

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Columbia, MO The Association of College Unions International has made a donation of $93,250 to the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Team Endowment Account Program.  Teams that will benefit from this donation recently competed in two ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship events.  Both events were held in January.

Michelle Smith, ACUI Director of Corporate Partnerships and Events, said, “As always, we thank the MidwayUSA Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. [Larry] Potterfield for supporting the ACUI Shotgun Bowl Series and Collegiate Clay Target Championships. They are helping make our program a success.”  Currently, over 300 collegiate shooting teams have an active Team Endowment Account.

GA-2015-Emmanuel College - ACUI Lower East Champions Along with donations like this one, teams can grow their Team Endowment Account through soliciting private donations, earnings, and conducting fundraisers. Funds generated through private donations and fundraisers are currently matched 1:1 through November 30, 2015.   Each year teams can then apply to draw up to 5% of their account balance to use for team expenses, such as, ammunition, range fees, targets, uniforms, travel and more.

Learn more about the MidwayUSA Foundation and its Team Endowment Account Program by visiting www.midwayusafoundation.orgor calling 1-877-375-4570.  To learn more about the Association of College Unions International visit www.acui.org/claytargets.

Dani Farris
Marketing Communications Specialist | NRA Annual Member
dfarris@midwayusafoundation.org | 573-447-5994
6001 West Van Horn Tavern Rd. Ste C | Columbia, MO 65203


Brownells ESG Essentials Emergency Gun Bag Kit

Posted By on February 22, 2015

Many of us have an emergency bag in case of a disaster. Is is a real must for any family, especially a family with kids. One of the best I have seen is Brownells ESG Essentials Kit. It has just about everything you need in any situation except food and water – just add them in. The Emergency Gun Bag contains the supplies required to help keep both you and your firearm working in an emergency situation, all packaged into one easy-to-carry bag that saves you money over purchasing all the items separately.

For your gun, the bag contains a Universal Cleaning Kit, weapon wipes, two 20-round AR-15 magazines, and a Burris lens pen to keep your optic clean. Just add some ammunition in the appropriate caliber.
For you, the bag contains everything – except food – that’s required to survive a long-term emergency: Water purification, fire-making supplies, shelter-building tools and materials, first-aid supplies, emergency lighting and more.
Just add some long-term storage food and ammo in the caliber of your choice, and you’ve got a completely-prepared bag that you can grab and go with in any emergency. Check it out at www.brownells.com.

Kit Includes:

· Remington Universal Cleaning Kit

· Break-Free Weapon Wipes, 24-Pack

· Ontario Survival Knife

· Burris Lens Pen

· 2 Brownells 20-Round Magazines

· ASP Airweight Baton

· Top Cop .68 oz Spray

· E.A.R. Ultra-Fit Earplugs, Corded w/Case

· Brownells Clear Shooting Glasses

· Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

· Gerber Gator Machete Jr.

· Brownells Versatile Light

· Streamlight Microlight

· Streamlight Trident Headlamp

· Adventure Medical Adventure Trauma Pack

· Adventure Medical Kits Afterbite

· Brownells AR Multitasker

· Ace Camp Survival Multi-Tool Shovel

· Condor Outdoors Products Black Shemagh

· Coleman Lightsticks, 2-pack

· Coleman Emergency Candles, 2-pack

· Turboflame V Flame

· UST Butane Fuel

· Balm Shot

· Stansport Camp Blanket

· Rite In The Rain Notebook

· Rite In The Rain Pen

· LifeStraw Filter

· CamelBak Eddy Hydration Bottle

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Happy 2015! Remember Safety First – Check Out Custom Safety Flags

Posted By on January 4, 2015

 IMG_4542 edited Website jpg I hope you all have a very happy and rewarding new year. Lots of fun, some great shooting and time with family. Always keep in mind that safety comes first whenever you are around firearms whether it is at the range or at home.

When safety rules are broken disasters can happen! We should make sure that standard safety rules are adhered to when handling firearms. Such rules include:

  • Always treat a firearm as if it was loaded.
  • The gun is always loaded. (If you always treat a firearm as if it was loaded, then when handling a firearm you will be more inclined to insure the muzzle is not pointed at anyone, including yourself.)
  • Never point a gun at anyone. (Muzzle control at all times.)
  • Always know your target and what is behind it. (The gun is pointed down-range and when fired the bullet cannot go beyond the berm/barrier. If it does, there is still a cleared area.)
  • When these rules are followed, it will minimize any damage if an accidental discharge occurs insuring your safety and that of others. However, the use of a chamber safety flag will further reduce accidents, hopefully eliminating them.

Almost all firearms sold by manufacturers today are sold with a safety flag. That is encouraging. The discouraging part is that these flags are usually not used and many are lost. Safety flags should be used all of the time unless actually shooting.

  • When stored. When you take a firearm out of the safe to show someone, put it in a gun case, or clean it, you can immediately see the flag and know it is safe.
  • When put in the gun case. (When a gun is taken out of the case there should be a flag in the chamber.)
  • At the range. A chamber safety flag should be inserted into the chamber immediately after shooting. This means that long guns (rifles and shotguns) should have a safety flag in them when they are in the rack.

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Some really cool safety flags are custom ones for rifle and shotgun that are available from Sterling White.

Personalized Safety Flags – Making safety flags “cool” is a great incentive for people to use them. Not only are they personalized and look good but they work extremely well and are very obvious. We have used them extensively with great success. Junior Shooters magazine is a huge proponent of using safety flags. These flags from Sterling White are fully functional and the large fabric that is personalized really stands out. They are effective and fun. They are also “Way Cool!” Contact: Sterling White CONTACT INFO: http://www.plugrusa.com 951-966-9841.

Flex Hone – Improving Your Shotgun

Posted By on December 9, 2014

Flexhone_Barrel_Honeswcap We have found that even a chrome barrel and chamber have problems with sticky shells or shell residue build up, even after cleaning. When you put 400-500 rounds through your shotgun in a three-day period this can cause minor difficulties and even affect accuracy. There is now an easy way to make your chamber, forcing cone, and barrel as smooth as silk making those shells pop right out. We have even used it with Antique shotguns cleaning out rust and smoothing out pits.

This is a flexible, drill-mounted hone called the Flex-Hone® to quickly and easily produce the optimum smooth and polished surface finish in any type or size of shotgun chamber, barrel, or forcing cone.

Developed by Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM), Los Angeles, CA, the ball-style Flex-Hone Tool is characterized by small, abrasive globules permanently mounted to flexible nylon filaments. Using a flexible hone is a simple process that basically requires the means to hold a part securely such as a padded vise, the use of a low speed electric hand drill, and some common sense.

Available in a variety of lengths and grits designed to meet the various bore or gauge sizes of most types of guns, the Flex-Hone enables shotgun owners to achieve a rust-free, beautifully polished micro surface finish. As a result, many firearm manufacturers are today selecting the Flex-Hone for final finishing operations. However, the tool functions just as well in the hands of a DIYer.

Maintaining Barrels, Chambers and Force Cones
The Flex-Hone quickly, safely and thoroughly cleans out any barrel damage that has occurred from oxidation and corrosion, blend out scratches and removes the nicks and pits that cause plastic adhesion.

A flexible hone will also remove the built up residue in a barrel, and leave a superior surface resulting in greater accuracy, reduced wear and longer life for a shotgun. Standard barrel hones are 34 inches long and available in 10-, 12-, 16- and 20-gauge sizes.

Shotgun honing system 1 When used in shotgun chambers, the polished finish allows fired cases to extract more easily, which puts less strain on extractors and ejectors. It will also ensure that debris is far less likely to adhere to the chamber walls and any that does remain will be much easier to remove during the normal cleaning procedure.

The forcing cone can also be polished using a flexible hone with a specially designed tapered profile Flex-Hone. Forcing cones are the first thing the shot and wadding encounter as the transition is made from chamber to barrel, the cone literally forcing the larger diameter payload down to barrel size, so it is subjected to considerable force, as its name implies.

This can lead to considerable fouling build-up close to the cone, the surface finish of which can be less smooth than either the barrel or chamber, as manufactured. Not only does the fouling create added resistance but can induce corrosion to take hold under it. Even regular cleaning may not remove it all. Honing with the Flex-Hone will ensure fouling build up is minimized.

Shotgun Owner Feedback

Johnson, who had been utilizing professional services for polishing and finishing and paying the cost plus $75 in postage, tried the Flex-Hone.

“With the Flex-Hone, I accomplished the polishing myself in half an hour,” says Johnson. “This saved me time and money. If you can operate a drill you can polish your barrels, chambers, forcing cones and cylinders yourself. I followed the instructions and had no problems at all.”

Jim O’Hanlon, a cowboy action shooter form Port St. Lucie, FL had similar results.

“Using the Flex Hone simplified the cleaning process and gave more consistent results,” says O’Hanlon. “As a cowboy action shooter, we shoot double shotguns that are not allowed to have ejectors, just extractors. Shells must fall out of the chambers with ease for fast reloads.”

Hanlon adds that he also competes in Black Powder categories, which can create what he calls “a really sticky chamber.”

“The Flex Hone gives that final, glass like smoothness that allows my extraction of empty shells to be fast,” says Hanlon.

Art Kopp, Jr. of Great Bend, PA tells of shell-hanging problems occurring with his Remington 1187 20-gauge. “The shells were not ejecting,” explains Kopp. To determine if the issue was a barrel-related malfunction Kopp switched barrels with another 20 gauge and the problem disappeared immediately.

Knowing it was a barrel issue, Kopp was able to use the Flex-Hone at home. “I used an electric drill, elbow grease, and a Flex-Hone,” says Kopp. “After, my Remington 1187 Premier Upland Special was again working flawlessly with any rounds I put through it, including cheap aluminum-hulled ones.”

Flexhone-Firearms_Barrelswcap Shotgun Barrel Restoration

Delbert Murray of Victorian Arms of Pensacola, FL describes how frustrating it can be to clean the barrels of older shotgun barrels, included double-barreled.

“We seem to have a lot of people showing up over the last two years with Grandpa’s old double barrel,” explains Murray of Victorian Arms. “Some of these were very sad cases. We did what we could for the pitted barrels [using various techniques] and it was relatively easy to knock off the surface rust and chunks of hardened powder and residue. The disappointing part was the very minute pits and scratches that remained.”

Although eager to restore the barrels to a safe condition to shoot, Murray also understood that it was extremely important that excessive material was not removed and that no area was over-worked in an attempt to remove a particularly stubborn pit or rust. Having tried a myriad of techniques, Murray learned of the Flex-Hone and decided to put it to the test.

“We were a little skeptical at first about how well it could work and chose an old Colt double 12Ga of Damascus steel to test on,” says Murray. “It could never be fired again so we couldn’t do it any harm.”

Murray was instantly impressed with the results. “The Flex-Hone was like magic. Now we use them every chance we get and the result is almost always a bright, ‘like new’ barrel in just a matter of minutes.

Victorian Arms now stocks a complete set of Flex-Hones in various sizes for all shotgun gauges, as well as for the chambers.

“It pays for itself the first time it is used on a restoration job,” says Murray.

Dennis Weinman, of Cordova AK, had a similar experience using the Flex-Hone as part of a restoration of his 1870’s vintage W.C. Scott.

“Rusty bores were a major issue,” explains Weinman. “The Flex-Hone tool removed the surface rust completely from the bores. I would have paid a professional gunsmith good money to do what I did myself. I used the flexible hone with my old drill and motor oil and got a great result.”

Weinman was also impressed that the Flex-Hone was available in the exact bore size he needed.

“The shotgun was a 10 gauge bore, so the fact that [Brush Research] had a 10 gauge Flex Hone was a restoration life saver,” says Weinman. “Moreover, it was rewarding to do the work myself and it made the result even better.”

For more information, contact Brush Research Manufacturing, Brush Research Mfg. Co., Inc., 4642 Floral Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90022; Phone: (323) 261-2193; Fax: (323) 268-6587; e-mail: info@brushresearch.com or visit the web site: www.brushresearch.com

For a simple Flex-Hone for Firearms Instructional Video go to our YouTube page. http://www.youtube.com/BrushResearch