First Trip to Camp Perry

I’m back from my first trip to Perry and I’m very glad I made the trip. As I mentioned in my first post I signed up for the afternoon matches for vintage military on friday and John C. Garand on Saturday.

I had trouble with my 1917 which cost me posting a reasonable score. However I made it up on Saturday breaking my personal record by 7 points. I met some great folks and picked up some helpful tips. I’m excited For next year. I am going to try and chase a bronze medal next year.

I’ll do a full AAR in my next post.


Going to Camp Perry? Planning to Concealed Carry in OH? Not with an AZ Non-Resident permit

First off, just to be clear: You can not concealed carry at Camp Perry or the CMP store.

The folks at have recently uncovered that as the reciprocity agreement is written OH does not recognize AZ non-resident permits, even if that was the intention.

I was in the process of getting an AZ concealed carry permit so my Glock 19 could come with my to Ohio. It turns out that I will need to apply for a different permit or hope they work of their differences soon.

As you can see the agreement states “residents of the state.” Read the whole document here.

Hopefully this is cleared up soon. You can check this document for updates on Ohio’s reciprocity.

Here is a random picture of my constant companions… My Gen 3 Glock 19 riding in a crossbreed supertuck, and my Tactical Bernese Mountain Dog

He’s not coming to Camp Perry either

Learning The Pits at York Riflemen

On a whim I signed up to shoot the vintage rifle and Garand match at the CMP games at Camp Perry this year. While I have shot many “shoot and paste” matches, I have never shot at a range that uses pits and had no idea how it worked.

To rectify this I signed up for York Riflemen‘s annual JCG match

I did two rotations in the pit. It took me some time to get into the rhythm but all and all it’s not so bad.

How it works

In slow fire you raise the target watch the impact area on the berm. When your shooter fires you pull the target down. Place the spotting disk in the hole. Place the scoring indicator in the correct place. Patch the old hole if there is one.

Raise the target frame. Repeat as needed. Remember to have the right paster ready and put the spotting disks flipped so that they contrast the target (i.e. white on black)

The new 2012 slow fire score signal locations:


On the other side of the line the scorer is sitting behind the shooter recording the scores and calling them out for the shooter (i.e. “first sigher is a miss”…well in my case).

For rapid its a bit less stressful. In the pit you raise the target. Count the impacts. After time is up take the target down put golf tees in the holes, Hang a chalk board on the target, tally up the scores (i.e. x=6 10=4). Then raise the target and the scorer notes them.

As far as my performance in the match….well I got a 203/300 which could have been better. But, for my first pit match at 200 yards in a cold rain, I’ll take it. The folks at York Riflemen are great to
shoot with I hope to be back next year.

In off-topic news it was fun to stay in a hotel with a 70 year old rifle. 🙂