Camp Perry has hosted the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the NRA-sponsored National Rifle Matches since 1907. Dennis Willing, director of NRA Competitive Shooting explained the decision: “The NRA High Power Rifle Committee met and determined it would be beneficial to all competitors if we moved the Championship from Camp Perry to another site. After much discussion, the range at Camp Atterbury, Ind., was selected as the new home of the NRA National High Power Rifle Championships,” he said.
The Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center is administered by the Indiana National Guard, and has approximately 35,000 acres of training and maneuver space, which could potentially allow for expansion beyond the High Power Rifle Championships. Additionally, Camp Atterbury is home to several active U.S. Army components, including several from the First Army Division East. The site also provides various training and testing sites for military and civilian responders from around the world.
The proposed 2017 match schedule (subject to change):
-First Shot Ceremony – July 7
-Welcome BBQ (afternoon) – July 7
-Across the Course – July 8-13
-Mid-Range – July 14-17
-Long-Range – July 18-22
Across the Course is scheduled to end on July 13, thus there will be sufficient time for competitors to attend the CMP National Trophy Matches. Additionally, the NRA Smallbore Prone Championship is scheduled to end with sufficient time for competitors to leave Bristol, Ind., and arrive at Camp Atterbury to compete in Mid-Range Prone and Long-Range Prone. The NRA National Pistol Championship will remain at Camp Perry but will be held July 9-14, 2017, following precedent set in previous years.
For ongoing information about the National Matches, please visit ShootingSportsUSA.com.