By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has revamped the Junior Smallbore and Air Rifle Camp traditionally held during the National Matches at Camp Perry, offering an evolved set of intermediate and advanced skills training to junior marksmanship athletes.

The Smallbore training will take place at Petrarca Range at Camp Perry.

Now overseen entirely by the CMP, the six-day CMP National Matches Junior Camp, Smallbore & Air Rifle, is open to three-position smallbore and standing/international precision air rifle juniors between the ages of 12 and 20. The camp will take place 17-22 July at Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, Ohio. Athletes must be currently involved in competitive smallbore and air rifle settings in order to participate.

Certified coaches will lead classroom discussions and provide training throughout the camp.

A trained staff of 17 certified coaches, eight safety officers and four support staff will be on hand during the camp to ensure safety and provide guidance to junior competitors as they are reinforced with the fundamentals and positioning standards of each discipline. A 50- and 100-yard prone “Dewar Match” will be held on the electronic targets of Petrarca Range, along with a 60 Shot International Air Rifle match in the electronic air range found within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located next to Petrarca on Camp Perry’s grounds.

The air rifle portion of the camp will take place at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center on OpticScore system targets.

Campers will need to provide his or her own three-position smallbore target rifle, equipment and ammunition. Sporter air rifles are available for use during the air range portion of the camp.

Small group discussions allow coaches to work with students. Presentations are provided throughout the week including shooting positions, wind and weather, positive thinking, scoring and along with many other shooting topics.

Smallbore practice firing and matches are part of the week camp.

Early registration will be available through the CMP website ( the first week of March 2018, with a total cost of $250. Registrations made after May 1, 2018, will be $275.

For questions, contact head coach Russ Evans by phone at 330-534-5344 or by email at We hope to see you there!

Award certificates are awarded to campers at the conclusion of the camp.

About the Gary Anderson Competition Center:

The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center is a marksmanship sporting facility that includes an open reception and common area, fully equipped classrooms, cylinder filling room and CMP retail store. Large projection screens and flat-screen television sets throughout the building, as well as authentic Olympic memorabilia and other remarkable items from the career of decorated American marksman, Gary Anderson, can also be found within the building. An 80-point airgun range is attached to the main area and includes KTS electronic targets, available for purchase from the CMP.

About CMP Targets at Petrarca Range:

Petrarca Range is located at Camp Perry, next to the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. The range contains CMP Targets, powered by KTS, which work through the power of acoustics – “hearing” the shot and accurately determining its location. The CMP is proud to share these targets that are certain to be known as the way of the future.

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