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News | Monday, July 16, 2018

NSSF Adds Regional Member Services Managers to Staff

The National Shooting Sports Foundation®(NSSF®) has created two new Regional Member Services Manager positions. Tammy McIntyre and Paul Irwin have been hired to fill those roles.

User Support Specialist- Level II- Columbia, MO

The IT Level 2 Help Desk Specialist's role is to support and maintain in-house technology equipment, software, and IT assets. This includes installing, configuring, diagnosing, repairing, and upgrading corporate hardware, software, and end user devices while ensuring its optimal performance. 

Meopta USA Sport Optics Hires Covey Sales & Marketing

Meopta USA Sport Optics has hired Covey Sales & Marketing as its sales agency for the Midwest.  This latest addition to the Meopta sales force continues to strengthen the company’s presence in the U.S. market. 

Gun World Magazine Honors Savage Employee

Longtime Savage employee Debbie Yale is the focus of a feature story in the August 2018 issue of Gun World magazine. The article chronicles Yale’s illustrious 35-year career in the firearms industry and highlights Savage’s commitment to excellence.

Crimson Trace Upgrades Popular Rifles

Crimson Trace offers numerous lighting upgrade options to owners of modern sporting rifles (MSRs) and most rail-equipped long guns. The easy-to-install laser sights and lights can be used on a wide assortment of firearms that are held for self- and home-defense purposes, and for hunting in numerous states.  

Gun Owner Groups Win Lawsuit Against City of Columbus, Ohio

 A Columbus (Ohio) Common Pleas Court has granted a permanent injunction against the City of Columbus forbidding it from enforcing its ban against bump stocks. Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry lodged the suits soon after the ordinance was passed by City Council.

Steyr Arms Announces Summer Sales Event Cash-Rebate Program

The Steyr Arms Summer Sale Event 2018 consumer cash rebate program has begun and will provide customers cash rebates of $125 for any Steyr Pro THB, Pro THB 6.5 Creedmoor or Scout Rifle purchased from any Authorized Steyr Dealer between July 9 and Aug. 31, 2018.

Rhode, Connor Win Gold, Silver at World Cup Tucson

 The USA Shooting Team opened the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club by claiming gold and silver in the Women’s Skeet event as six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) claimed the 18th World Cup gold medal of her career.

UTG 4.0 MOA Reflex Micro Dot

UTG announced the Reflex Micro Dot, an adaptable micro open reflex sight with a 4.0 MOA red single dot and their smallest optic. It is shockproof, fogproof, and rainproof and features an adaptable mounting base that is compatible with Glock, S&W M&P C.O.R.E, and other optics-ready systems which utilize the same plate foot prints.


Nation Ford Earns Win at CMP Three-Position Nationals

Patience and hard work paid off during the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2018 National Three-Position Air Rifle Championship, as Nation Ford High School from South Carolina finally earned a win after falling short every year since the competition began back in 2016.

RIO Ammunition Sponsors ISSF World Cup Range

RIO Ammunition is sponsoring the ISSF World Cup shooting range in Tucson, Arizona. With this sponsorship RIO Ammunition, based in Dallas, Texas, further strengthens its commitment to sports shooting.

 Thompson Finishes Fifth at World Cup Tucson

  Two-time Olympian Frank Thompson finished in fifth place in Men’s Skeet at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup for Shotgun at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger Pro Shooters Win ASA Pro/Am in Metropolis, Illinois

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan won the Open Pro Division of the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro/Am in Metropolis, Illinois. In addition, Gold Tip staff shooter Glen Bordwell took home his first win as a pro in the Known Pro Division.

SCTP National Team Members Compete at Junior Olympic Nationals

Over 200 junior International Trap and Skeet athletes converged in Colorado Springs June 21-29 for the 2018 USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships.  Nine were wearing SCTP National Team vests: Maddy Bernau, Heather Broski, Jack Brosseau, Trevor Evelhair, AJ Nomina, Molly Sheehan, Mark Shields, Madeleine Taylor, and Tyler Theide. 


CMPís 2018 National Pistol and Rifle Matches Start Off With a Bang at Camp Perry

A trio of historic cannons blasted pillows of white puffy smoke to kick off the First Shot Ceremony.


Editor's Note: Today's feature is from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – When most think of summertime in Port Clinton, they think beaches, boating and, in general, having an unlimited amount of fun in the water and on the shore. For others, summer in Port Clinton still means fun on the shoreline, but fun gearing up for the incomparable World Series of Shooting Sports at Camp Perry.

The National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches has welcomed millions of competitors and guests to the Port Clinton area since 1907. Embracing competitors from across the country, (and even some from countries like England and Australia, among others), the National Match event features a variety of rifle and pistol competitions and clinics for marksmen ranging from some of today’s most prestigious shots to those who have never pulled a trigger. The National Matches are held to promote competition and excellence, while also striving to teach marksmanship safety and fundamentals to the old, young and everything in between.

The annual event at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base is hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), with help from the Ohio National Guard.

Each year, the CMP pulls together a show of distinguished guests and historic elements to celebrate the official opening of the National Matches with its renowned First Shot Ceremony. The event is always open to the public and includes authentic vehicles from the past, including a World War II B25 bomber and a U.S. Navy TBM Avenger, along with a parade of Model T cars that provide free rides for guests. The ceremony concludes with a rifle shot fired downrange – signifying the “first shot” of the matches.

Members of the 555th Honors Detachment color guard from Wooster, Ohio, and veterans from a variety of wars were also in attendance, along with the Ohio National Guard’s 122nd Army Band. Mr. Lloyd Boyer, a 92-year-old veteran who served in field artillery in General Patton’s third Army in the European Theatre, proudly stood at the entrance of Rodriguez Range, where the event is held, fully dressed in uniform.

The ceremony began with the booming blasts of three historical cannons promptly at 10:00 a.m. – aimed downrange at Camp Perry’s iconic black and white firing lane numbers. CMP’s Chair of the Board, Judy Legerski, greeted the crowd and gave a short history of Camp Perry and the National Matches as she kept the ceremony moving.

A light and pleasant breeze cooled the morning air when the crowd in the stands at Shooters’ Plaza in front of Rodriguez Range suddenly turned their eyes to the bright blue sky overhead – the buzzing of the World War II aircrafts steadily growing from the distance as they approached the stands. Spectators cheered when the stunning aircraft flew low towards Lake Erie, giving a close view of their timeless craftsmanship. The planes then looped over the water to come back and wow the stands again, as bursting clouds from the pyrotechnics exploded on the range below to simulate an air strike.

SFC Bowman delivered the flag after his parachute descent.


After the planes left sight, a truly unforgettable display of American sacrifice and spirit cascaded to the ground when retired SFC Dana Bowman, a U.S. Special Forces Army Ranger and member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, jumped from 6,000 feet and parachuted onto the range – towing behind him a massive 2,500 square-foot American Flag. Many were brought to tears as SFC Bowman gracefully descended towards the green range grass with the classic “God Bless the U.S.A.” ballad playing over the loudspeakers.

In 1994, during a parachute team practice with SGT Jose Aguillon, SFC Bowman collided with his teammate in air at nearly 300 miles per hour. SGT Aguillon was killed in the accident, while SFC Bowman’s legs were severed mid-air. Unwilling to be defeated by the disaster, he astoundingly became the first double-amputee to re-enlist in the Army and rejoined the Golden Knights, now jumping with specially-designed prosthetic legs.

A native of nearby North Ridgeville, Ohio, Bowman’s mother, sister and other family members were present at the ceremony. As founder of the non-profit HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation, Bowman became connected with the CMP after purchasing a few rifles from the sales department. When the idea of jumping at the First Shot Ceremony was discussed, he was more than happy to take part.

“This is my kind of team here,” he said. “I got to speak and meet-and-greet with so many people.”

Bowman seized the opportunity to shake the hands of veterans and children in the crowd after the First Shot, thanking the veterans for their service and implanting inspiration into the next generation of Americans – a common theme of the National Matches.

Maj. Gen. LeMasters fired this year’s ceremonial First Shot.


“Look what the CMP does for our youth. We can’t forget about our youth,” he said. “CMP instills from the beginning to never forget about why we’re here. Our forefathers started this. Why not leave a legacy? I’m just glad to be part of it.”

Distinguished guests at the First Shot Ceremony included Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, Maj. Gen. Mark Bartmen, Ohio Adjutant General, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio’s 9th district and CMP Board members.

This year’s First Shot Speaker was Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters, Jr., Commanding General of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command and the Senior Commander of TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal, Mich. After briefly addressing the crowd, Maj. Gen. LeMasters strolled up to the 600-yard berm of Rodriquez Range, put on his eye and ear protection and fired the ceremonial “first shot” downrange with one of CMP’s M1 Garand rifles. The target downrange exuded a puff of smoke to imitate the shot bursting on impact – marking the true start of the National Matches.

After the First Shot ceremony, those in attendance took a short walk across the street to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hough Theatre, presented by the Ohio National Guard. Over the years, the interior of the auditorium has witnessed some of the greatest American marksmen in history and famous entertainers like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. The $1.6 million restoration of the theater pays homage to its beginnings in 1938, leaving some of its historical characteristics and adding modern conveniences that will accommodate guests well into the future.

The ribbon cutting ceremony also featured the pinning of a Bronze Star on one of Port Clinton’s own Vietnam veterans, Steven Fultz, who served as an Army Staff Sergeant during the war. The medal was presented by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

The first competitions of the CMP’s 2018 National Matches begin on Saturday, July 14, with pistol and continue through Wednesday, August 8. Along with pistol, the CMP will also hold smallbore, service rifle, vintage rifle and long range rifle events and clinics. CMP staff and trained support members will be on the firing line at each competition to ensure safety throughout the National Matches.

Open to the public year-round, guests may visit the grounds of Camp Perry at any time to observe or participate in National Match competition, with festival-style food vendors and shopping opportunities open during event days. Entry and parking around base is completely free.

For more information on the CMP’s National Matches, including a calendar of events, visit

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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