BY JENNIFER GREEN, CMP FEATURE WRITER
If you’ve always wanted to try something outside of your own shooting discipline without the hassle of buying or borrowing new equipment, or you are just looking for something fun to do between matches, come check out the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s new Laser Shot Simulators.
The simulators are set up in the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry in Port Clinton and is the perfect place to cool off after a hot match in the baking sun.
The simulators have two projection screens and plenty of options for firearms including M4 rifles, M17 pistols, shotguns and a sniper weapon system. The simulators have capabilities for civilian, military qualifications and law enforcement training, with a mobile system that can be taken on the road to competitions and matches.
The permanent set-up at CMP operates with the game function and costs $5 to run three simulations.
The gun acts as the game controller, so you can point at the screen to choose the course and calibrate the firearm sights before entering the simulated course. There are different difficulty levels depending on each person’s abilities. A CMP staff member will be present to assist with game operation.
“So far it’s been a huge hit,” said Brad Donoho, Smallbore Manager at CMP. We’ve used it during the CMP Air Rifle Regional Championships, as well as the Camp Perry Open and the JROTC Championship. We had a full room and people were cheering and even jeering their teammates at times,” he added.
Some competitors and their families pop in for one round, and some are in and out all day, playing game after game.
The CMP simulators are available anytime at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center when it’s open. View the daily schedule at https://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/2023-NM-Air-Gun-Event-Schedule.pdf.