The National Matches at Camp Perry


Shooting USA – Camp Perry National Matches

It was Teddy Roosevelt’s vision to encourage civilian marksmanship. More than 100 years after, the Camp Perry National Matches are still fulfilling the mission. Plus, the  multi-gun match that’s all head-shots, Hornady’s Pandemic in the Heartland. And The venerable ’03 Springfield is one of History’s Guns.

National Matches at Camp Perry

33-14-1In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision of skilled marksmen among American citizens came to life as the National Matches; civilians on the firing line with the service weapon of the day, preparing for training in case of a time of war. T.R.’s vision is now a tradition, attracting thousands of people for five weeks of shooting competitions each year at Camp Perry in Ohio.


33-14-2The National Matches is often referred to as the World Series of the Shooting Sports, and for good reason. There are individual competitions, such as the Vintage Sniper Match, or the M1 Garand Match featuring  legendary firearms. Then there’s the National Trophy Infantry Team Match, known as the Rattle Battle among competitors, simulating an assault by an Infantry Squad.  And, these days, new shooters, women, and juniors are all welcome on the firing line at Camp Perry.

33-14-5“My family has a lineage going back to Washington fighting in the armed forces, so if anything, it brings me closer to them,” says 16 year old Katherine Agnew. “My father, he was an airman.My sister is in the military. She’s an Army officer and you feel them around you. You’re making them proud.”




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History’s Guns - 1903 Springfield

33-14-8The U.S. Rifle, Model of 1903, better known as the 03 Springfield for the year adopted by the Army, continues to attract praise today. While its design was initially borrowed, it’s accuracy, quality and service record proved to be a fine military bolt-action rifle in the trenches of The Great War and on into World War Two.




“It was a beautifully made gun, extremely, extremely well balanced,” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “The 03 Springfield was highly regarded by the troops who carried it.”




Hornady Zombies in the Heartland


Zombies have taken over the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s Hornady’s Pandemic in the Heartland 3-gun match.





Competitors use rifle, shotgun and pistol to take aim at zombie heads, set up on ten different and reactive stages. John Scoutten took the challenge along with 400 other competitors, and he reports on the match.




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Zombies in the Heartland Match Information

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Sighting In:

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Hogue has a solution for an AR upgrade using their over-molding process to create a positive grip kit. It’s an over-molded adjustable stock, pistol grip, and positive grip, full-floating, forend. The over-molded stock provides a comfortable cheek-weld. Suggested Retail $300.
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It is the smallest personal defense carry revolver, the North American Arms’ Sidewinder. The tiny single-action wheel gun now has a the tip-out cylinder for easier reloading. While it’s small, it’s powerful, loaded with five rounds of .22 Magnum. We recommend Hornady Critical Defense.  Suggested Retail $349.

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Pro Tip: John Paul on Trigger Control

JP-3-16-300In long range rifle shooting, trigger control technique can be the difference between a hit and a miss, but there’s more to it than just squeezing the trigger. John Paul, of JP Precision Rifles, shows us how to interact with the entire rifle to develop proper trigger control.
JP’s Roller Trigger 





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