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CMP Offers Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Warm-Up Match at National Matches

Those who have always wanted to try their hands at firing a real M9 Pistol in a safe and relaxed environment are encouraged to attend our Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), held Monday, July 7, during the Opening Day of the 2014 National Rifle and Pistol Matches at historic Camp Perry. 

Since the school is structured toward teaching new shooters, no past firearm experience is required. Students will learn basic instruction and firing practices, competition skills and live range firing, as well as compete in a real M9 Pistol EIC Match at the conclusion of the clinic. Intermediate shooters are also welcome to participate in this fun and exciting opportunity. The minimum age for Pistol SAFS students is 14 years old.

The SAFS courses have been a staple at the National Matches since 1918, with the involvement of over 1,000 pistol and rifle participants continuing each year. The school is conducted by members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). 

For those already familiar with pistol shooting, an Advanced Pistol Course will also be held the same day to provide additional class instruction, a Q&A session with real Pistol Champions and the chance to fire in the Service Pistol Warm-Up Match.

The Service Pistol Warm-Up Match is meant to be just that – an opportunity to “warm up” before the beginning of the National Pistol Matches. The event follows the President’s Pistol Match (one of the most prestigious pistol matches) Course of Fire and is open to adults and juniors who would like more experience in major competition.

Whether an experience shooter or picking up a firearm for the first time, come enjoy a day of fellowship and fun in one of America’s oldest pastimes with the security and knowledge of some of the best marksmen in the country!

For more details on the Small Arms Firing Schools and Warm-Up Match, visit http://thecmp.org/NM/Pistol.htm. Registration information can be found at http://thecmp.org/NM.htm. 

For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.

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CMP Highpower Marksmanship Clinic June 14

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association is sponsoring, with the support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the CMP Highpower Marksmanship Clinic held June 14. The clinic introduces junior and adult new shooters to the sport of high power rifle shooting. It is an opportunity for civilians to develop a degree of proficiency with the service rifle. All participants must be members of the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association or members of their home state NRA Association. 

Subjects being covered at the clinic include safety, purposes of competition rules, duties and responsibilities of competitors, NRA classification system, equipment, range control and commands, marking and scoring targets, aiming, trigger control, positions, sight adjustment, rapid fire, zeroing, use of score book and scope and effects of weather. Ammunition and rifles are supplied by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Do not bring your own rifles or ammunition.

The clinic runs from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Certifications of completion will be awarded to all attendees after completion of firing and pit duty. All shooters will be required to complete pit duty. Entry fees are as follows:

Junior- $45 clinic only, $53 includes ORPA one year membership

Adult- $55 clinic only, $80 includes ORPA one year membership

The clinic is limited to 140 entries. Please mail entries as soon as possible. Make check or money orders out to ORPA Highpower. Mail entry and fee to: Gwen Bailey, 175 West Main St., New London, OH 44851. 

The Stat Office, building 1024 C, will be open from 7-9 p.m. Friday and at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information contact 419-929-0307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Camp Perry wind turbine project halted

One of several wind turbine projects planned for the shores of Lake Erie, in one of the greatest bird migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere, has been halted following submission of a letter of intent to sue from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). The two groups had vigorously opposed the project due to its exceptionally high risk to federally protected wildlife.

The announcement formalizing the decision to halt the project was made via a letter from Air National Guard Headquarters, the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, in Andrews, MD, to the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal (MGC) of Washington, D.C, which represents ABC and BSBO.

The letter of intent to sue the Ohio National Guard (ONG), along with an ongoing petition campaign that has acquired over 5,000 signatures, charged that efforts in connection with the wind project at Camp Perry Air National Guard Station west of Port Clinton violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other federal conservation and environmental laws.

The letter from the National Guard Bureau states: “After carefully considering your objections … I have decided to withdraw the FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for the project effective immediately. … Since the FONSI has been withdrawn, the project will not go forward at this time.” The letter was dated Jan. 28 and was signed by Colonel Peter A. Sartori, Director, Installations and Mission Support.

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