Citing an effort to “keep the National High Power Rifle Championships up to the high standards that competitors have enjoyed for over one-hundred years” the National Rifle Association announced this week its intent to relocate the prestigious championship from its historic home at Camp Perry, OH, to Camp Atterbury, IN, beginning with the 2017 National Matches.
Camp Perry has been the host of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the NRA-sponsored National Rifle Matches since 1907. The National Matches, easily ranked among the world’s top shooting events, attracts shooting sports competitors – civilians and military alike – from across the globe each year. Competition event shooters range from beginners to the world’s best.
The National Matches include Small Arms Firing Schools, a series of CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches, CMP Games Events and NRA national championships. The National Matches are conducted through a partnership with the CMP, the Ohio National Guard and the NRA.
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,” Dennis Willing, director of NRA Competitive Shooting said this week. “After much discussion, the range at Camp Atterbury, IN, was selected as the new home of the NRA National High Power Rifle Championships.”
Camp Atterbury, a major training facility for the Indiana National Guard, has a history not unlike Camp Perry. The 35,000-acre site 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 move is pending approval by the NRA Board in January 2017.
“I intend to change the face of High Power Rifle as a discipline, and will be presenting matches that are better than competitors have ever seen before,” Willing said in an NRA press release issued this week.
The proposed 2017 match schedule (subject to change):