CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Fired throughout the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Matches in July and August, the National Air Gun events welcomed over 640 air rifle and air pistol entries, fired by competitors of all ages from around the country. The matches were held within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located on the grounds of the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility, where the National Matches have been conducted for over a century.
The National Air Gun Matches feature a variety of events, suited for both seasoned competitors and those new to the sport. Traditional 60-, 40- and 30-Shot events as well as modern Bench League opportunities (shot from a supported position) lined the schedule for competitors to choose from during the summer months.
Winning the 60 Shot Air Pistol Match was Michael Soklaski, 24, of Ringoes, New Jersey, with a score of 568-14X. High Woman of the event was 2nd Lt. Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Army National Guard, with a score of 560-15X. High Junior was Mehr Chanda, 13, of Coppell, Texas, with 546-8X, and Bruce Martindale, 63, of Charlton, New York, claimed the High Senior title with a score of 550-8X.
Timothy Schmeltzer, 24, of Greenville, Michigan, led the 40 Shot Pistol event with a score of 378-11X, as Dwaine Hurt, 57, of Red Oak, Iowa, overtook 30 Shot Pistol with 285-11X.
Those who competed in the 30 Shot event were automatically entered into a Center Shot contest, where participants who fire closest to target center have the chance to win money, based on participation. Judy Tant, 71, of East Lansing, Michigan, earned the top spot in the National Matches Pistol Center Shot competition with a 10.9X closest from target center at 0.101980mm. For her win, she received $159.50 from the CMP.
Also receiving prize money in the contest were the next seven closest competitors (all firing 10.9s):
- Mehr Chanda, 13, Coppell, Texas
- Eric Herrin, 58, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Nate Gunn, 38, Spencer, West Virginia
- Devin LaCross, 19, Jackson, New Jersey
- Howard Bentley, 68, Barboursville, West Virginia
- Tom Dipietro, 74, Belleville, Michigan
- Neil Hay, 65, Baroda, Michigan
Likewise, competitors in the 30 Shot Standing Rifle event were automatically entered into the Center Shot contest. Claudia Muzik, 15, of Green Springs, Ohio, was the closest from target center at 2.37876018mm and received the overall cash prize.
The next seven closest competitors received cash prizes included:
- Michael Judd, 57, Crestview, Florida
- Rebecca Pendleton, 13, Green Springs, Ohio
- Jack Daniels, 13, Dracut, Massachusetts
- Dustin Carr, 20, of San Diego, California
- Craig Weston, 71, Mount Solon, Virginia
- Scott Braun, 51, Belvidere, Illinois
- Chris DeForge, 34, Hampton, Virginia
Winning the 30 Shot Rifle Match was Lillian Warren, 17, of Perry, Michigan, with an outstanding score of 300-17X. Thomas Wonderly, 75, of Portage, Ohio, led overall in the 40 Shot Vintage Air Rifle Pneumatic Sniper Match with a score of 396-12X, as Chance Cover, 30, of Sandusky, Ohio, claimed the win in the 60 Shot Rifle event with a score of 620.4.
Other 60 Shot Air Rifle awards included High Woman and High Junior honors, which both went to M’Leah Lambdin, 18, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for her score of 619.4.
An AiR-15 Challenge Match, featuring air guns that resemble service AR-15 rifles, was also held during the National Air Gun events. The match typically includes a concluding final amongst the top competitors but was removed for the 2021 event. Leading this year’s match was the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Green, 36, of Box Springs, Georgia, with an overall score of 397-15X.
The CMP’s 30 Shot Bench League allows participants to compete a national-level event, even if he or she has never competed before. During the League, competitors fire air sporter, precision or AiR-15 rifles off of a fixed support for added stability – providing a fun and challenging experience for all. Earning the win in the AiR-15 Bench League Match was Larry Bush, 73, of Perrysburg, Ohio, with a score of 309.6. Larry Kiraly, 68, also of Perrysburg, fired a 315.0 for the overall win in the sporter match, with Philip Edwards, 73, of nearby Marblehead, Ohio, coming out on top of the precision match with a score of 318.9.
View a complete list of the 2021 Camp Perry National Air Gun results on the CMP Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/2021nmageresults.
About the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center
The CMP’s indoor air gun range is equipped with 80 electronic firing points. The range is open to the public and has rental equipment available. Pellets are available for purchase and CMP’s Range Safety Officers are available to help visitors get on target. Learn more at https://thecmp.org/ranges/cmp-competition-centers/.
— 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.