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CMP Competition Centers Hold Special Halloween, Thanksgiving Range Events

CAMP PERRY, Ohio; ANNISTON, Ala. – To encourage new visitors to stop by and to provide regular guests with even more exciting opportunities, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has created special events within its state-of-the-art indoor air gun ranges to close out 2023.

The CMP’s electronic target air gun ranges are found within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio and the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center in Alabama. The climate-controlled facilities host Open Public timeslots every week, where individuals of all ages and experience levels are welcome to fire upon the advanced target system for practice or entertainment.

Each Competition Center is open to the public all year long – by appointment Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Perry and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Anniston. The ranges are also open every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Camp Perry and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Anniston, with no appointment needed.

The special events are set during the Tuesday evening range times at both ranges and include:

  • October 24, ALABAMA ONLY – Halloween Safehouse Trunk or Treat: Visit us from 4-7 p.m. at the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center for a night of fun, featuring a costume contest, candy, range shooting games and more! Huckleberry Targets, which light up and emit dog, elephant, cat and other fun noises when hit, are available for youngsters!
  • October 24, OHIO ONLY – Halloween Costume Party:  Similar to the Alabama event, the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center will host a costume contest, with candy and special Halloween targets for guests to enjoy from 5-8 p.m. The Gary Anderson will also have the fun, light-up Huckleberry Targets for young visitors in attendance!
  • November 14, BOTH LOCATIONS – Turkey Shoot: Match will start at 6 p.m. in Ohio and 5 p.m. in Alabama. Course of fire will be sighters for practice, followed by single shots for record. The highest value shot taken will receive a point. First person to collect 10 points gets a whole turkey, while the next two to earn 10 points get pies!

Air guns utilize compressed air or CO2 to propel lead pellets downrange. The lightweight air pistols and air rifles produce little sound and no kickback – making them perfect introductory firearms. The CMP encourages those individuals who have never fired an air gun before to tour the ranges and to try the worldwide sport performed at the college level and beyond, including the Olympic stage.

As always, CMP staff members will be onsite to answer questions and to ensure a safe environment for all.

Don’t own an air gun? The CMP offers several air guns to rent for use at our ranges. Participants must supply their own pellets or may purchase them at the range. Individuals who own personal air guns may use them, as long as they are under 600 fps. All personal air guns will be inspected by our range staff before they can be used. The CMP also encourages those with disabilities to attend, with spring stands and other equipment available for use.

Outside of these special 2023 events, juniors in Ohio are able to take part in the Junior Rifle Club – open to all beginning youth who show an interest in air rifle! The club is led by former Division I NCAA rifle athletes, with only the cost of pellets needed to participate (available at the range). Equipment is provided by the CMP.

To learn more about the CMP Competition Centers, visit We hope you’ll join us!

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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