CMP holds special public air field events

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is pleased to host holiday-themed parties for the public to enjoy inside our indoor airgun shooting range, the Gary Anderson Center of Competence CMP, with fun prizes available to participants!

Located on the grounds of Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio, the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center features authentic Olympic memorabilia and other memorabilia from the career of celebrated American shooter Gary Anderson for guests to view, as well as a circuit internal electronic 80 points. air pistol shooting range that regularly hosts local, state, and national events.

The climate-controlled facility also hosts open-to-the-public time slots each week, where people of all ages can shoot the advanced targeting system for practice or fun. The range is open Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm and by appointment Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

Special events scheduled for 2022 include:

  • October 27, Halloween Party: With a costume contest in which the winner will receive a CMP gift card. Candy will also be provided!
  • November 17, Turkey Shoot: A bench match will be held, awarding the winner with a turkey.
  • December 1 to 15, Christmas donations: Bring hats, scarves or mittens to put on our Christmas tree and receive $2 off shooting range fees. All items will be donated to a local charity.

Don’t you have an air gun? No problem! The CMP offers several easy-to-use, lightweight airguns for loan. Sporter-class air rifles are free, while National Match Air Rifles (NMAR), Sniper Rifles, and Air Pistols are available to rent for a reasonable fee. Participants must bring their own pellets or can purchase them at the shooting range. People who have personal air guns can use them, as long as they have less than 600 fps. The CMP also encourages people with disabilities to attend, with stands of springs and other equipment available for use.

Visitors to the shooting range must complete a CMP Eligibility Affidavit and One-Time Liability Waiver, as well as attend a short safety briefing before arriving at the firing line. Children under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form and must be 8 years old before they can participate in marksmanship activities. CMP staff members are always on site to answer questions and ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Outside of practice, the air pistol range hosts a CMP Pneumatic Bench League, featuring a 20-shot course of fire from a propped position at 300-yard reduced targets and 20 shots at 600-yard reduced targets, as well as a variety of monthly matches for those who are ready for the competition! Youth (ages 8-18) interested in marksmanship are encouraged to join the CMP Junior Rifle Club, which meets Tuesday and Thursday nights, 5-8:00 p.m.

For more information about the Gary Anderson CMP Competence Center, visit or call (419) 635-2141, ext. 704. We hope you will join us!

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