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Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018

Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018CAMP PERRY, Ohio –-( At the 2018 National Matches at Camp Perry, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) introduced its new series of Long Range events to competitors. Three days of long range rifle matches, held at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards, were added to the event schedule to allow long range marksmen the opportunity to fire on the Camp Perry grounds following the National Rifle Association’s decision to leave the annual event in Ohio.Those who participated in the inaugural matches were generally pleased with the series lineup and the organization of the competitions brought back to Camp Perry after a two-year absence, leaving such comments with the CMP as:“Being back at Camp Perry already put things in such a positive light, but once we started shooting, how smoothly things ran made it a very positive experience.”“Camp Perry is one of the best ranges in the U.S. with a long and proud history. Thank you, CMP, for all of the work expended on the 2018 season.”“The matches were well organized and went smoothly.”“I liked the fact that they were held at Camp Perry. That’s where the National Matches should be.”“Good job! I enjoyed the matches. It was great being back at Perry for long range.”“Overall a very positive and fun championship for me. I applaud your efforts in bringing long range back to Camp Perry and your efforts to improve. Thank you!”Competitors at the 2018 National Long Range Matches at Camp Perry fired in service, match and Palma rifle classes.Geissele Automatics served as a generous sponsor for the new Long Range events, donating a prize to every winner in each category. Capstone Precision, the parent company of such entities as Berger and Lapua, also donated prizes from various companies to several winners during the National Long Range Matches. Vihtavuori was also a sponsor of the new Long Range events.The overall aggregate winner of the Long Range Matches received the Coats Brown Memorial Trophy – donated to the CMP by the Military Marksmanship Association. Chief Warrant Officer 4, Coats Brown, U.S. Army, began his extensive shooting career in 1935 following enlistment and became proficient in an array of firearms, from a 1911 pistol to a water-cooled machine gun. Brown was a repeat National Matches champion, individually and with teams, and went on to become the head coach of the newly-formed Army Marksmanship Unit in 1956. Retiring from the Army in 1965, he dedicated his life to serving as a mentor in the shooting community for the remainder of his life – molding countless individuals into skilled marksmen.Winning the overall aggregate was SFC Shane Barnhart, 39, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), with a score of 1244-71x. Teammate SGT Lane Ichord, 24, led the service rifle aggregate, marking up a score of 1228-48x, as Robert Steketee, 68, of Haslett, MI, fired a score of 1233-56x to top the Palma rifle category.Six matches were held during the Long Range series, with talented competitors emerging in each event. Winning the Viale Memorial Match and the Critchfield Memorial Match with a service rifle was SFC Christopher Gervasio, 48, of the U.S. Army Reserve. Gervasio dropped only one point in the Viale Match, winning with a score of 199-11x, and only three points in the Critchfield event, with a score of 197-7x.John Whidden, 42, of Nashville, GA, cleaned the Viale Memorial event with the match rifle, with a score of 200-12x. Whidden won the iron sights match rifle category by only two x’s over the second and third place competitors, who also recorded perfect scores of 200. Robert Gill, 59, of Visalia, CA, led the Palma rifle portion, while David Thompson, 56, of Keyser, WV, dropped only one point to win the match rifle with optics class.SFC Shane Barnhart, who landed in second in the Viale Memorial Match behind Whidden in the match rifle iron sights portion, earned the top spot in the classification in the Critchfield Memorial event – besting teammate and second-place finisher SFC Brandon Green by just two “x” shots.Robert Steketee cleaned the event in the Palma rifle class, as Harry Harrison, 57, of Corona, CA, earned the win in the match rifle with optics event.Both the Viale Memorial and Critchfield matches featured a course of fire of 20 record shots in 30 minutes at 1,000 yards.The same course of fire was also played out in the Henry Memorial Match and the Kerr Memorial Match, fired during the Long Range series. Overtaking the events in service rifle were AMU members SSG David Bahten and SFC Evan Hess, respectively. Bahten, 29, overtook the Henry competition with a score of 195-6x, while Hess, 32, dropped only two points for a winning score of 198-10x in the Kerr match.SFC Barnhart also earned the win in the match rifle class in the Henry Memorial event, dropping only one point, while AMU teammate SSG Amanda Elsenboss, 29, cleaned the match rifle portion in the Kerr Memorial event and won by just one “x” shot, with a score of 200-15x.Also winning by just one “x” was Kent Roach, 58, of Toledo, OH, who overtook the Palma rifle class in the Henry Memorial Match, with a score of 193-6x. SSG John Coggshall, 33, of the Army Reserve National Guard, earned a perfect 200 to pass Robert Gill and receive the win in the Palma class during the Kerr Memorial event.The Bataan Memorial 4-Man Team Match, which included 20 shots by each member at 1,000 yards, saw wins from the AMU in both the match and service rifle categories. Members of AMU Green (SSG Elsenboss, SFC Barnhart, SFC Green and SGT Ben Cleland), each dropped only one point in the match rifle class to record an aggregate score of 796-54x. AMU Craig members (SGT Ichord, SSG Bahten, SSG Augustus Dunfey and SGT Verne Conant) earned a score of 776-21x in service rifle for the win.All Guard Coggshall members (SSG John Coggshall, Hanne Brantner, MSG Michael Hester and MSgt Garey Diefenderfer) claimed the win in the Palma category with a score of 787-33x.A Camp Perry Palma Match was also fired during Nationals, where competitors fired 15 record shots at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards, in a block time of 22 minutes at each firing line. Winning the service rifle portion was SGT Verne Conant, 22, of the AMU, with a score of 448-22x. David Thompson led the match rifle any sight category by just on “x” count, recording a score of 447-28x.For a complete list of results, visit the CMP Competition Tracker page at THE DATE: The 2019 CMP’s Long Range Matches will take place August 6-9 at Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, Ohio. Events include three days of Individual Long Range Matches, two days of Team Matches, the Camp Perry Palma Match, Shooter’s Reception and Long Range Awards Ceremony.About the Civilian Marksmanship ProgramThe 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 post Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018 appeared first on

USA Clay Target League Launches Nationwide College League

USA Clay Target LeagueMendota Heights, MN – -( The USA Clay Target League, the parent organization of the USA High School Clay Target League and its state affiliates, has announced the launch of the USA College Clay Target League. The recreational clay target shooting sport program is open to all colleges nationwide, and will begin competition in Fall 2019.“We wanted to build upon the success of our highly popular high school clay target programs by offering a program for college students nationwide.” said Jim Sable, President of the USA Clay Target League. “It was a natural next step to develop the program for the tens of thousands of students that have previously participated in the high school league.The League will offer four different clay target shooting sport “virtual” recreational leagues for students to participate in: trap shooting, skeet shooting, sporting clays, and 5-stand. Teams can compete in one or more leagues as determined by their preferred clay target sport(s).“We have had dozens of requests to develop a college league in just the last few years as more and more of our student athletes have graduated high school and enrolled in college.” John Nelson, Vice President of the USA Clay Target League said. “Colleges recognize the great recruiting opportunity to attract students, and students want to continue enjoying the clay target sports they’ve grown up participating in.”The USA College Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a competition among colleges nationwide. College club teams can choose to participate in up to four different clay target shooting sport “virtual” recreational leagues. “Virtual” means that teams shoot at their local shooting range(s), submit the scores online, and then the scores are compared against all other team scores in their respective conference.The USA College Target League® and the USA High School Clay Target League® are subdivisions of the USA Clay Target League®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The League is an independent provider of clay target shooting sports for secondary and postsecondary schools. The League’s priority are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.Nationwide, over 26,000 students participate in League programs.For more information visit | http://usaclaytarget.comThe post USA Clay Target League Launches Nationwide College League appeared first on

Kahr Firearms Group Sponsors NRA Tactical Police Competitions Nov 2-3

NRA Tactical Police CompetitionsGreeley, PA – ( – Kahr Firearms Group, a leader in innovative firearms design and manufacturing, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the NRA Tactical Police Competitions on November 2-3 in Fairfax, VA.The Tactical Police Competition (TPC) is a program designed to challenge officers through courses of competition that focus on skills with duty firearms and gear. The TPC is only open to law enforcement and military and utilizes only patrol duty firearms and equipment. The program gives officers an opportunity to practice and sharpen skills in handling and deploying their duty firearm, as well as solving hypothetical challenges through scenario-based training courses.TPC matches include 4 to 7 courses which utilize a pistol, rifle or shotgun, or a combination. The courses challenge officers to sharpen and evaluate their skills with their duty weapon as well as their ability to make tactical decisions and assess threats and environment. TPC matches are live-fire training competitions and give valuable opportunities and experience to participants. The TPC program holds matches around the country. For more information and to see a schedule of events, visit more information about Kahr Firearms Group products, visit,, or the discussion on Facebook:, Or, or Kahr Firearms Group: Kahr Firearms Group, formed in 2012, includes Kahr Arms, Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research.  KFG Headquarters reside in Greeley, Pennsylvania. Kahr Arms produces small concealable handguns in .380, 9mm, .40 and .45ACP. Auto-Ordnance is the maker of the famous “Tommy Gun”, M1 Carbine and WW2 GI Model 1911. Magnum Research Inc., designer and producer of the world renowned Desert Eagle Pistol, Baby Eagle, MLR .22LR and .22Mag Rifles and BFR Revolvers. All three companies are proudly located in the USA. The post Kahr Firearms Group Sponsors NRA Tactical Police Competitions Nov 2-3 appeared first on

Tactical Games Regional Event to be Held Oct 13-14th 2018 in Autryville, NC

Tactical Games Regional Event to be Held Oct 13-14th 2018 in Autryville, NCPlant City, FL – ( The Tactical Games, a series of competitive events for tactical athletes pushing physical and mental strength, is holding a regional event in Autryville, NC on October 13-14th, 2018.This event will be held at The Range Complex at 2850 TigerSwan Dr. in Autryville, NC. It will consist of two days of extreme competition among top level physical competitors with unique tactical skill sets. This event will be the next installment of combat as a spectator sport.Based on a highly secretive event hosted and ran by NATO Tier 1 units, The Tactical Games is designed to test tactical athletes throughout the continuum of combat related tasks, while under time constraints, and under physical duress. It is difficult to shoot a target with a pistol at 50 yards. It is quite different and exponentially more difficult, to shoot a target with a pistol at 50 yards after running, dragging a 95lb sled, hopping over obstacles, and then shooting accurately with a heart rate over 150 beats per minute. View this post on Instagram The Next Tactical Games is October 13th & 14th at The Range Complex-TRC – Autryville, NC. Get more details and sign up info at #nooffseason #letsgo #tactical #LEO#army #marines #seals #swat #athlete #specialforces #greenberet#navyseals #2aA post shared by Tim Burke (@thetacticalgames) on Jul 27, 2018 at 5:15am PDTAlthough there is some cross-over between other shooting sport competitions and The Tactical Games, as both events require shooting weapons, the two sports couldn’t be more different. Three Gun matches, for example, are generally sprint-style events lasting a couple of minutes at most, and sometimes only a second or two. The Tactical Games will challenge the best of shooters, but will do so by combining grueling physical challenges with precision marksmanship.To compete and win at the Tactical Games will require the fitness level of a professional athlete, with the tactical and technical skills of the best tactical operatives in the world. Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators such as Green Berets, Navy SEALs and SWAT officers, will do well in The Tactical Games. Being able to shoot well is not enough. A tactical athlete will be required above all to THINK, but also to move fast over distance, carry heavy weights, and utilize bursts of strength and energy to win the title of the Most Dangerous Man/Woman in the World.The next Tactical Games event is only days away on October 13-14th at The Range Complex in Autryville, NC, just outside of Fort Bragg.  This event will be the next installment of combat as a spectator sport.To see full details and registration information, visit Tactical Games 4205 Holland Grove Way Plant City, FL 33567 (661) 860-5934The post Tactical Games Regional Event to be Held Oct 13-14th 2018 in Autryville, NC appeared first on

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