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Anderson highlights friendship and community at First Shot Ceremony

Gary Anderson taking the first shot at the 2014 National Matches.

The 107th annual National Rifle Matches started Monday, July 7, with the First Shot Ceremony honoring Gary Anderson. Anderson, a Nebraska native, taught himself how to shoot by dry firing. In his shooting career, he has won 2 Olympic gold medals, 7 world championships, set 6 world records and holds 16 national records. He also became the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in 1999. Since then membership has skyrocketed from 2250 to nearly 5000.

“There is a big difference between shooting and marksmanship,” noted Anderson during his speech at the ceremony. “Marksmanship makes soldiers more efficient and able to better defend themselves and our country.”

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Top Junior Marksmen to Compete for the Gold at CMP National 3P Air Rifle Championship

After seven months of hard work and concentration, over 300 sporter and precision air rifle juniors will meet on the firing line for one final test to ultimately determine who are the best marksmen in the country. The 2014 CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championships will be held June 23-25 and June 26-28 at the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry.

Junior JROTC, 4-H and club team marksmen involved in the competition began their journey with the CMP Postal Competition in November, where CMP-issued targets were mailed into Headquarters for official scoring. Top shooters in the Postal Competition were invited to compete in the Regional Championships in March and April, with the overall high individuals and teams from that match qualifying for the National Championship.

The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to visit the world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center to witness extreme skill from tremendously talented juniors, as well as to explore the authentic Olympic memorabilia from two-time gold medalist and range namesake, Gary Anderson.   

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National Trophy Pistol Matches to commence in July at Camp Perry

Spectators and competitors are invited to witness the excitement and fierce competition at the National Trophy Pistol Matches, being fired on July 13 at Camp Perry. A total of 24 National Trophies are earned by talented teams and individuals each year in such highly regarded events as the President’s Pistol Match, National Trophy Individual Match and the National Trophy Team Match.

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