High Power Rifle Competition Sets Sights On Ben Avery Shooting Facility

High Power Rifle Competition Sets Sights On Ben Avery Shooting Facility

High Power Rifle Competition at Ben Avery Shooting Facility

PHOENIX – Competitive marksman using vintage military rifles with open sights will be shooting at long range targets starting Saturday in a national competition.

The 2008 Western Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches will take place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix on October 11-19.

CMP was created by the U.S. Congress with an original purpose to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills if later called on to serve in the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship.

The CMP Games begin on Saturday and continue through Tuesday, Oct. 14. A new shooters clinic will start off Saturday’s events. On Sunday, another new event is the Rimfire Sporter Match, which is designed to give recreational shooters in the Southwest a chance to try this growing shooting sport.

The Creedmoor Cup Matches begin with a high-power rifle clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 15, followed by four days of matches for service rifles and match rifles from Oct. 16-19. Members of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Service Rifle Teams and Team Bushmaster will be on hand to assist with the clinic and subsequently compete in the matches.

To register online or for more event information, visit Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is owned and operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is located on the northwest corner of I-17 and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix. For more information about the facility, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf.


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