For the 106th year, the best shooters in the world have booked their trips to the shores of Northwest Ohio, ready to secure their places in history at the \"World Series of Shooting Sports.\" The 2013 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches will be fired at Camp Perry, six miles west of Port Clinton, July 8-August 14. The events are open to the public and spectators are welcome to observe firing on the Camp Perry ranges. Guests are encouraged to participate in the many exciting activities and visual attractions offered during the Match season.
Sights and sounds of military history will take center stage as they resonate through the start of the Matches at the First Shot Ceremony on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. This year\'s First Shot speaker will be LTG John S. Crosby, U.S. Army (ret.), and former member of the CMP Board of Directors, accompanied by this year\'s Master of Ceremonies, CMP Chairman and CEO Judith Legerski.
Vintage military vehicles from WWII and Vietnam War eras, as well as period-dressed re-enactors, will add to the pomp and circumstance of the opening proceedings, from the nearby Petrarca Range berm in a motorcade towards the crowd. There will be aerial passes from a restored B-25 bomber from Port Clinton\'s Liberty Aviation Museum and the firing of a replica 1812 naval cannon. The cannon will be used to commemorate this year\'s 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point in the U.S. victory over the British in the War of 1812.
Following the First Shot, \"Media Day at the Range\" will gather members of the local media for a light lunch and tour of Camp Perry. All guests, media and spectators alike, are also encouraged to visit our 80-point indoor air gun range at the CMP Marksmanship Center to shoot on the same firing points that once housed past Olympic athletes. For more information on Media Day, please visit www.thecmp.org/mediaday.htm.
Commercial Row offers a variety of items for both spectators and shooters, with a multitude of manufacturers selling used firearms, ammunition, competition gear, accessories, apparel and much more. The CMP Store allows even more buying opportunities at the Matches with their collection of military surplus rifles. Touch, feel and hand-pick a personal piece of history.
Whether an experienced shooter or firing a shot for the first time, those wanting to enhance their rifle or pistol abilities can register for a number of clinics conducted during the Matches. A Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) will also be held for rifle and pistol enthusiasts. Here shooters will be instructed by some of the top military shooters in the country on firearm safety and competition technique. The SAFS courses have been a staple in the National Matches at Camp Perry since 1918.
More information on the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Match registration and a complete list of events can be found by logging on to www.odcmp.com/NM.htm.