CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Looking toward the summer months, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is eagerly anticipating the return of one of the most acclaimed events of the year – the National Rifle and Pistol Matches, held on the historic ranges of Camp Perry.
The National Matches has been an honored tradition for generations – first firing on the Camp Perry grounds in 1907 and featuring a lineup of rifle, pistol and air gun events for both seasoned and aspiring marksmanship competitors.
With the evolving regulations of COVID-19, CMP staff members are hard at work updating the National Matches to fit the modern era. Procedures for the 2021 National Matches include revisions to safety regulations (such as social distancing and mask wearing), limiting firing points, squadding protocols, in-processing, awards and other details.
The CMP is partnering with the Ohio National Guard to remain up-to-date on CDC guidelines, to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for guests of Camp Perry, while also staying true to the events and customs that have made the National Matches a celebrated destination for marksmanship enthusiasts for over a century.
Provisions for the 2021 National Matches may change in the coming weeks but currently cover:
First Shot Ceremony:
Due to the complexity of dealing with COVID concerns, the First Shot Ceremony, which typically serves as the formal opening event of the National Matches, will not be held this year.
Squadding/participation for all events will be held to half of the maximum capacity. Competitors will be placed at every-other firing point for distancing purposes. For those events squadded on the line, social distancing and masks will be required while squadding is taking place.
NM Welcome Center (In-Processing):
Several check-in desks, appropriately spaced, will be available for arriving guests. A limited number of individuals will be permitted into the building at a time and will be required to be seated in chairs, six-feet apart, to discourage gathering while waiting to check in.
In order to prevent crowds, the traditional awards ceremonies will not be held in 2021 – including competitor receptions held prior to the awards.
Registration for the 2021 National Matches opens April 1! Learn more about the event and updates on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/competitions/matches/cmp-national-matches/.
The CMP would like to thank all individuals for their cooperation as we navigate the most efficient ways of hosting our events and ensuring the safety of our staff and supporters. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back on the shores of Lake Erie for more marksmanship memories and fun in 2021!
NOTE: Although it is CMP’s hope to hold our upcoming events, please keep in mind that we may have to cancel due to COVID-19 issues. For those events that we do conduct, we will follow the appropriate state’s guidelines and recommendations. We continue to monitor the venue states’ guidelines and adjust our procedures based on those guidelines and common sense. As always, the safety of our customers and employees is our priority.
–By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Staff Writer
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 www.TheCMP.org.
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