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Anderson highlights friendship and community at First Shot Ceremony

Gary Anderson taking the first shot at the 2014 National Matches.

The 107th annual National Rifle Matches started Monday, July 7, with the First Shot Ceremony honoring Gary Anderson. Anderson, a Nebraska native, taught himself how to shoot by dry firing. In his shooting career, he has won 2 Olympic gold medals, 7 world championships, set 6 world records and holds 16 national records. He also became the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in 1999. Since then membership has skyrocketed from 2250 to nearly 5000.

“There is a big difference between shooting and marksmanship,” noted Anderson during his speech at the ceremony. “Marksmanship makes soldiers more efficient and able to better defend themselves and our country.”

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Gary Anderson attending First Shot and Range Dedication ceremonies

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites men, women and children of all ages to attend a Dedication Ceremony of its newly-expanded Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located in historic Camp Perry in Port Clinton. The Range Dedication Ceremony will take place Monday, July 7, at approximately 11 a.m. (following the First Shot Ceremony). Join us as we tour the modern architecture and flowing walkways, glass cases of authentic Olympic memorabilia and the advanced technology of our indoor air gun range within the multi-million dollar complex. 

Guests of Honor at the event will include the mayor of Port Clinton, Vincent Leone; CMP Board Chairman, Mrs. Judith Legerski; as well as the range’s namesake, Mr. Gary Anderson.

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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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