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Friday, March 4, 2016


WELLSBORO—The Nessmuk Rod & Gun Club is hosting a Civilian Marksmanship Program-sanctioned John C. Garand (M1), Springfield, Vintage and Modern Military Rifle Match on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. The match will be outdoors at the club's range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 3 miles south of Wellsboro.

Registration will be from 9 to 9:55 a.m. on April 9. The match fee is $10 per entry.

Rifles eligible to compete for awards will be between 63 and 102 years old and must be in "as issued" condition; in other words, look just as they would have when issued to troops in either World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945) or the Korean War (1950-53). Those rifles include: the M1 Garand (Rule 4.2.2 and 5.2.1), M1903 and M1903A Springfield rifles (Rule 4.2.3), vintage military rifles (Rule 4.2.4 and 4.2.5) and modern military rifles (Rule 5.2.3, 5.2.4 and 5.2.5). For the rules, visit

Those who want to compete but do not have a rifle that meets the rules, including attached optics, are welcome to bring any "safe rifle" capable of holding a minimum of five rounds (for rapid fire stages) to fire in this match. In accordance with CMP rules, those who use a "safe rifle" will not be eligible for awards.

All competitors must supply their own ammunition.

Match competitors are permitted to use slings, ground mats, shooting jackets, gloves, spotting scopes and shooting kits or stools in accordance with Rule 5.3.

Every competitor must be capable of safely completing the course of fire for that match and for following all safety rules. A safety brief will be provided prior to the first shot. Match competitors and spectators are expected to provide suitable eye and ear protection. Limited quantities may be available.

This CMP event will be run as a "no alibi" match on the club's 100-yard walk-up range using the SR-1 target. The match is a 30-round or A" course of fire with all competitors getting 30 scoring shots with 5 sighting shots. Multiple match entries are permitted.

The SR-1 target or 200-yard reduced target is used for all stages of firing. The stages are prone slow fire, prone rapid fire and standing. Slings are permitted in the prone positions. Shooters must be over 18 but under 60 years of age. All shooters are expected to start the prone rapid fire position standing. move to prone, charge the rifle, fire 2 or 5 rounds, complete a reload and resume firing within the 80-second time limit. In the standing position no slings may be used for added support.

Shooters with appropriate rifles and scores can earn CMP achievement pins in gold, silver or bronze.

For match information, visit or call Match Director David Graham at 1-269-330-4183 or email him at

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