By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
Camp Perry, OH & Anniston, AL -(Ammoland.com)- Young marksmen from Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs will flock north to Port Clinton, as well as south and west locations, to participate in one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) largest air rifle events of the year.
The 2015 JROTC Service Regional Championships will be held in the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry and the CMP Marksmanship Center February 13-15, bringing a slew of patrons to the Port Clinton and Anniston areas. This year, over 11,000 cadets participated in the JROTC Postal Competition on the road to the National JROTC Service Championship.
During the Postals, participants are issued official targets to be fired upon at their home ranges and returned to CMP for scoring. Top teams and individuals of the Postal Match are invited to participate in one of three JROTC Regional Championships – held at Camp Perry, OH (February 13-15); Anniston, AL (February 13-15, 19-21); and Phoenix, AZ (February 19-21). 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 Regional Championships at any time during the match – with free admission.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield of the MidwayUSA Foundation have donated generous endowments to winning teams and individuals of the Service Championships. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities. Winning teams and individuals from all three Regional Championships will be invited to participate in the JROTC National Championship, held March 19-21 in the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center.
For those in the area wanting to try their own hand at air gun, the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Port Clinton, Ohio, is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., September through June (except for holidays and special events) and the CMP Marksmanship Center in Anniston, Alabama, is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., (except for holidays and special events) for air rifle and air pistol use. The range can also be rented for a fee for your next company or business/family outing.
Both CMP Competition Centers include an open reception and common area, fully equipped classrooms, projection screens and flat-screen television sets. The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry also includes authentic Olympic memorabilia and other notable items from the outstanding career of the most decorated marksmen athlete in U.S. history, Gary Anderson. Connected to the new expansion is the existing 80-point air gun range, with 10-meter firing points – each equipped with state-of-the-art electronic targets to accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting.
Each of our Competition Centers, including our Mobile Range, contains state-of-the-art electronic targets that instantly record scores as each shot is fired. Shot-by-shot feeds are then displayed online through our Live Target Images and can be viewed anywhere there is an Internet connection. Visit www.TheCMP.org/air/cmp-marksmanship-centers/live-target-images for more information on our Live Target Images.
For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.
About The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills.
For more information, please visit www.TheCMP.org.