Gary Anderson Invitational junior air rifle event returns in December

Oct 11, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The Gary Anderson Invitational is a three-position air rifle event for sporter and precision athletes at Camp Perry in Port Clinton.

BY ASHLEY DUGAN, CMP STAFF WRITER

PORT CLINTON – Registration is now open for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) junior air rifle event, the Gary Anderson Invitational. The annual match is set for Saturday, Dec. 2 only at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry in Port Clinton and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2 at the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala.

The Gary Anderson Invitational is a sporter and precision air rifle competition, designed for junior schools, clubs and individuals of all experience levels in a 3×20 course of fire – 20 shots at kneeling, prone and standing positions.

Along with sporter and precision athletes, adaptive junior competitors are welcome to compete in this event. Additionally, a four-member team event will be held concurrently with the individual match.

The top three competitors in sporter and precision, determined from 3×20 qualifying scores plus a 10-shot final fired by all participating athletes, will receive medallions and plaques. Gold, silver and bronze medals will also be awarded to those earning achievement cut-scores during the event.

Top teams will earn prize money and engraved awards.

For more information about the Gary Anderson Invitational, including a link to registration, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/gary-anderson-invitational-air-rifle-championship/.

Gary Anderson is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and holds seven world championships, six world records and 16 national championships. He has won more Olympic and world championship three-position titles than any other American in history.

In 1999, Anderson began a 10-year reign as Director of Civilian Marksmanship and retired in December 2009. Today, he serves as DCM Emeritus and remains a mentor for new and experienced marksmen around the country.

The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry includes an open reception and common area, fully equipped classrooms, cylinder filling room and CMP retail store, along with projection screens and flat-screen television sets throughout the facility.

The 20,000-square-foot Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center in Anniston is home to an 80-point air gun range equipped with CMP’s own electronic targets, powered by Kongsberg Target Systems. The target line instantly displays shot placements to allow for fast and accurate scoring, while large monitors overhead give spectators the chance to keep up with scores while observing from the stands.

Display cases around the facility contain authentic memorabilia from the career of Gary Anderson, leading to an 80-point air gun range that replicates the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center range. Be sure to check out the larger-than-life mural located within the range that can only be found at Camp Perry.

Learn more about the CMP’s air gun ranges at https://thecmp.org/ranges/cmp-competition-centers/.

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