The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will once again offer free BB Gun demonstrations at the 33rd Annual Walleye Festival at Port Clinton’s Waterworks Park.
Kids of all ages, including supervised kids under 18, are welcome to visit the CMP’s portable BB Gun range on the festival grounds and try their hand at some old-time marksmanship fun.
Christie Sewell, CMP General Manager, says last year’s appearance of the portable range at the festival was a first-time success.“We were excited to have so many people stop by our inflatable BB Gun range to shoot at a target for the first time or to reminisce about shooting a BB Gun when they were kids,” Sewell said.
“We are also extremely proud to have our name associated with the 2013 Walleye Festival Grand Parade. The CMP staff has always enjoyed being in the parade with our vehicles and this year’s parade will be extra-special.”
The portable range will be open to festival-goers all Memorial Day weekend long, with hours of operation 5-7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.
The range is completely enclosed and has two firing positions with target runners. Instructors work with shooters one-on-one to teach them shooting safety rules and marksmanship techniques using Daisy youth BB guns such as the famous Daisy Red Ryder.
The CMP hopes that some of the families who experience the BB Gun range at the festival will be encouraged to visit the organization’s 80-firing-point indoor airgun Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry, site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Airgun. CMP’s Marksmanship Center is a family-friendly facility and will be open for public shooting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the conclusion of the 2013 National Matches in July and August. The CMP also holds monthly airgun matches for sporter and precision air rifle shooters.
Thanks to its increased popularity, the CMP Marksmanship Center will be undergoing a major expansion for several months beginning this summer, adding a reception area, changing rooms for competition shooters, common areas, eating areas and larger classrooms.