Where are the Matches?
HELP! - WHERE IS the AMMO?
"On the move"
An incredible week of shooting:
Typical traveling day from NJ to Ohio is Sunday (8-10
Here are some of the most common inquiries:
CHECK FOR updatES - How do I enter?
(If your question is not included here, please email Mary@NJPistol.com!)
CMP or NRA - What are all these matches? (2018 Schedule shown below)
The NRA (National Rifle Competitions Division) runs the Harry Reeves, Distinguished Revolver, and the .22 caliber, Centerfire and .45 caliber Championship matches!
The CMP (Civilian Marksanship Program) runs SAFS (Small Arms Firing School) which now takes place on Saturday after Pistol Week at the National Matches. The CMP also runs the "hardball*" matches (a.k.a. "Service Pistol*") - the main CMP matches are conducted on the last Sunday, AFTER the NRA matches are completed!
**Service Pistol (or "hardball") specifications now generally mean iron sights and ANY SAFE jacketed ammo! See CMP Rules for full details!
*Juniors compete in a special junior category if they fire AS JUNIORS for CMP matches. As such they must use .22 caliber pistols with iron sights and are NOT eligible for points toward Distinguished Pistol Shot with their .22 scores. An advanced Junior MAY fire in the adult matches (but can't enter to shoot BOTH .22 as a junior and "regular" hardball with 9mm or .45!)
**EVERYONE MAY NOW DO RIMFIRE EIC WITH .22 AS A SEPARATE EVENT!!!
NOTE: NJ State Teams will be entered by the State Pistol Chairman (Ray Badiak) AT CAMP PERRY! You do NOT have to sign up for any TEAM matches when you enter online or by mail - just sign up for your individual matches (see above!) If you are interested in firing on a Team, read and reply to the NJ 2018 TEAM LETTER.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must belong to NJ State Association (ANJRPC) to fire on a NJ State Team!
Team Matches are conducted on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for each of the 3 guns of the NRA Championship. They are held AFTER the individual matches for that gun are finished for that day.
Team matches are 30 round NMC - 4 members of each team will be chosen to fire on any given day - they fire 2 at a time (-i.e., there are two 30-round relays) - the non-firing team members help with scoring. A total of 2 alternates are allowed on 4 member teams.
Team matches are ALSO conducted for "hardball" on Sunday! Juniors may be on 2-person teams!
NOTE: Your individual squadding location will likely be on a different point, and may be on a different range than your team squadding!
Preliminary day TEAMS: 3-man fired match (one .22, one CF and one .45!) are not included in usual ANJRPC sponsorship
2/7 - updated for 2018 - Q: How do I enter?
(yes, this is a 2 step process - you can't sign up for "everything" all at once!)
NOTE: NJ State Teams will be entered by the State Pistol Chairman AT CAMP PERRY! You do NOT have to sign up for any TEAM matches, either NRA or CMP, when you enter online or by mail - just sign up for your individual matches (see below!)
FOR NRA MATCHES:
NOTE - The NRA DOES allow you to sign up for JUST Harry Reeves ($17) or DR ($28)
(2018 prices) -
Competitors MAY sign up for individual Championships (if you can't stay all
NRA CHAMPIONSHIP 2700 (including .22-only-2700) is
on or after 6/15)
1- ONLINE ENTRY - (with payment by credit card) OPENS 4/3/18
2- Snail mail - to request forms by email or snail mail click here
IMPORTANT NOTE: You AND A NEW SHOOTER can EACH
get a $20 discount
NEW NOTE: YES, you CAN also get the "with me" discount if you enter online!
Just do the individual online signup (above) and when you get to CP both of you must go
together to the NRA office on the side of the new building where the
scores are posted and tell them what you want.
They will verify the 'new' status of the new shooter and give
both of you forms you take to the finance office on the other side of the
building where you exchange the forms for $$!!
FOR CMP MATCHES and SAFS:
(SAFS = Small Arms Firing School)
NOTE: For ONLINE ENTRY -
you'll need to "log in"
(or register) before they will take your entry
When you arrive at Camp Perry you need to sign in at the CMP
(See map below!)
CMP In-Processing Hours:
You will get a wrist band which you
will need to show at NRA sign-in
(NRA sign-in and packet pickup will open on MONDAY!)
NOTE: If you are planning to fire ONLY CMP matches fired on the Sunday after the NRA Champ, sign-in hours are:
FRIDAY (July 13, 2018): 8 AM - 8 PM
On Monday or Tuesday you must pick up your "competitor packet" from the NRA (see "NRA SIGN-IN" on map above!)
NOTE: PLEASE CHECK YOUR CLASSIFICATION - Let them know BEFORE FIRING ANYTHING if there is any error!!
Among other items enclosed will be a very important little piece of paper indicating your shooting position and relay for the matches you have entered - see the example below! (NOTE: Your Harry Reeves and DR squadding will likely be different than for the other matches of the week.)
You'll be assigned to one particular firing point for most of the week (Preliminary, .22, CF and .45) but the time of day will cycle around so you'll get the experience of firing at each of the 3 relays: 7:30 AM, 9:15 AM and 1 PM (you'll get to do one of those twice!) Check the relay times which will be listed in the match bulletin to be sure of the time you need to be on the ready line (relay 2 time is an estimate!)
There will also be at least 2 sheets of labels you'll need to stick on your scorecards! (Note you may want to write in your squadding by hand for your own reminder!)
Click on the scorecard image below
to see an example for the .45 match
When you sign these at the end of each match, you are agreeing that SHOT VALUES are correctly listed! If your scorer has not marked "X" in the shot value box, you won't get an X!! Addition will be checked in the Stats Office (just like we do in NJ!)
You may practice FOR FREE (on Ranges 3 and 4?) on MONDAY (hours 8 AM to noon? - check the schedule when you get your NRA packet)
Unless something has changed since last year, you may practice on Range 1 anytime the other ranges are "hot" - it costs $5 for UNLIMITED Slow Fire in 10 minutes, then 3 strings of Timed Fire and 3 strings of Rapid Fire (no alibis!) - you may use more than one gun per practice session - you may do as many sessions as your wallet will allow (and money collected benefits the NRA!)
There is a "Function Test Range" (on the left half or Range 1) - if you have had a gun repaired, the armorer will give you a ticket to allow you to test fire your gun without charge!
Many Bullseye shooters who have competed
in local matches have never seen an official NRA Referee until they come to Camp
Perry! Their role is to see that NRA rules are properly interpreted and
applied to for the benefit of all
Click for a summary of the role of NRA Referees at the National Matches by Chief Referee, Kenn Boyd!
Click on the map below for interactive version!
Bootleggers (2), McCarthy's (3), Jolly Roger's (4),,Nagoyaa(8))
and especially Andy's Ice Cream - all "must stops" for NJ pistol shooters!
1- On Base - new huts (as of 2015!)
Huts sleep 4, have A/C (no indoor plumbing) - $52 per
night (for the whole hut!)
2- Off Base - local hotels (click to enlarge)
3- Off Base - local Condos
Some shooters reserve their favorite condos for "pistol week" a year in advance!
i - Port Clinton area
ii - Oak Harbor - Green Cove
bit farther, but no problem getting to the range for your relay time!
- ammo: at least 180 rounds for each .22, CF and .45 (to
include individual matches and team matches, not accounting for practice or
- To make your trip to the firing line easier, consider getting a "Geezer" cart instead of carrying all your gear by hand!
- Leave your stapler at home! No repair centers here!
- you'll need to get your 9 targets, complete with backers, to bring to the firing line!
(fired and unfired targets fit below the benches - see photo below)
You may want to bring a chair - slow fire takes the full 10 minutes here!
You may want to bring a clamp for your brass catcher and a strap to keep your gunbox from blowing over (Camp Perry WIND is legendary!)
NOTE: When going
from "long line" (slow fire) to "short line" (timed and rapid fire) you will
need to move all your gear
- Bring fishing gear?! - Port Clinton is the "Walleye Capitol of the World!"
The following hints are offered by our local "veterans" to help you:
Don't be afraid to ask questions of anyone standing around!
Know your target # (some shooters write
in on their shooting hand!) so you don't crossfire
Load your magazines before going to the firing line!
"We will give you time to adjust your
equipment" = 45 seconds!
"Invest" in a calculator from the Dollar
Store if you are "mathematically challenged"
If the targets turn away before they
should (or don't turn away when they should) raise your hand and speak up (before the next string!)
If targets don't face when they should ("significantly" more than 3 second delay) and then suddenly face, don't fire - ask for a refire!
Check that your shot values have been written correctly ("X" in the shot boxes, not just the total column!)
THANK THE VOLUNTEERS - range personnel
are out there, in whatever weather, for 8-10 hours