Camp Perry’s National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches are looking for a few good men – and women.
This annual competitive shooting effort was for many years conducted jointly by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the National Rifle Association and called simply enough “The National Rifle and Pistol Matches.”
However, after being a Camp Perry fixture for more than a century, the NRA unexpectedly withdrew its rifle phase from there last November. The organization has since moved that portion of the shoots to Camp Atterbury, a large multi-purpose and multi-sited Indiana National Guard complex located in southeast Indiana.
Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Program Chief Christy Sewell says that for the past 20 years her organization “has been a leader in the marksmanship community.”
Even so, says Sewell, many hands make for light work and the CMP could use a lot of muscle power.
Consequently, the CMP – as the entity is commonly referred to - is in search of willing volunteers to help support the organization’ 2017 National Match series of CMP-associated events. This year those shooting disciplines are scheduled for June and July on the world’s largest shooting range and which recently underwent extensive renovation.
Sewell says volunteer duties may include - but won’t be limited to - firing line work as range officers, assistance with statistics and scorecards, or other tasks to be assigned as needed.
Similarly, housing and lunch will be provided for each volunteer, said Seawell.
“Becoming a CMP volunteer is a worthwhile opportunity for any competition-goer,” Sewell says. “Not only will volunteers earn behind-the-scenes access to the CMP competitions process, they're also destined to create unforgettable memories with staff members and participants along the way.”
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn