Chip Gross

The Shooting Games at Camp Perry

Historic Camp Perry, located on the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie, has been hosting the National Rifle and Pistol Matches since 1906. Considered the World Series of Shooting Sports, for five weeks each July and August more than 5,000 of our nation’s finest civilian, military, and law enforcement shooters—men, women, and teens—compete for more than 100 trophies and awards. The National Matches are conducted by a partnership among the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Rifle Association (NRA), and Ohio National Guard (ONG). W. H. “Chip” Gross spent time recently at this year’s matches. See what he learned about the history and the future of this long-lived shooting competition…

…Talk about getting your game face on. Would you want to compete against this young lady? Most teens shooters at the Matches compete on junior shooting teams. In 2009, a junior team beat the adult shooters, winning the National Team Infantry Trophy Match, known as the “Rattle Battle.” It was the first time the trophy had been won by civilians since 1930.

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