CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Featuring competitions never before held on the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) event schedule, the annual 2021 National Pistol Matches welcomed nearly 900 individuals on the firing lines – some for the first time.
Such newcomers included 1st Sgt. Mario Gonzales from Camp Parks in Dublin, California. Gonzales is a member of the 1-363rd Training Support Battalion and is also a Deputy Sherriff for the City and County of San Francisco. His marksmanship experience includes 20 years with the Army and competing at a local rod and gun club.
Gonzales admitted he had heard of Camp Perry in the past but was unable to make the trip until this year, arriving not only to compete but also to take the lessons he’s learned back with him to embed into his company’s training.
“I’m super addicted and I’m looking forward to bringing the rest of my company out here to enjoy it again – hopefully,” he said with a smile. “It’s a great place. Ohio has some of the most humble people I’ve ever met, and I’m looking forward to coming back again.”
Fired July 12 through July 18 on the grounds of the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio, new events on the National Pistol Matches schedule included the Pop-Up Pistol match on the pop-up range located behind the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. During the match, participants fired upon red and blue targets that electronically pushed upwards and fell backwards. Competitors aimed at each target as they rapidly appeared, earning points for each hit.
“It was a fun match. We had great reception all day,” said Chris Knott, CMP armorer who helped lead the Pop-Up event.
Over 100 competitors completed the just-for-fun match, with more showing up to observe out of curiosity. The details of the Pop-Up event are currently being discussed by CMP staff members, with the possibility of reprisals at future CMP events.
Another fresh competition to the CMP calendar was the Revolver Match, which saw over 170 competitors. Winning the inaugural event was Anthony Bellipanni, 50, of Birmingham, Alabama, with a score of 274-8X. High Woman was 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, while John O’Donnell, 63, of Saint Louis, Missouri, and Vernon Reichenbecher, 73, of Edgar Huntington, West Virginia, earned Senior and Grand Senior titles, respectively.
Also new to the National Matches pistol series was the inclusion of Industry Day. Vendors like Walther Arms and Starrett precision tools arranged their own displays on the range, which included hands-on and live-fire product demonstrations conducted alongside CMP’s Pistol Games matches on surrounding ranges.
Along with the new were the traditional National Trophy Matches and CMP’s own Pistol Games matches that have come to be greatly anticipated by competitors, including the prestigious President’s Pistol Match and the National Trophy Individual (NTI) event.
Claiming the 2021 President’s Match was SSG Ryan Franks, 33, of the Army Marksmanship Unit with a score of 379-12X. Civilian David Lange, 52, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, went on to overtake the NTI Match, firing a score of 287-10X.
The GLOCK Match, sponsored by the popular pistol manufacturer, again brought a unique and exciting challenge to the range. Winning the Stock category was Jonathan Shue, 40, of Liberty, North Carolina, with an astounding 500-45X. SSG Carl Clegg, 35, of Columbus, Georgia, cleared an incredible 500-46X in the Unlimited category, while SP4 Mate Standard, 32, of Waverly Hall, Georgia, dropped only two points in the Rimfire category to reach an overall score of 498-43X in the GLOCK event.
Other winners throughout the National Pistol Matches and the CMP Games events included:
National Pistol Events:
High Overall: Arthur Terwilliger, 59, Kerhonkson, Texas – 264-5X
High Non-Distinguished: Justin Peterson, 51, Ashmore, Illinois – 260-4X
Any Sight: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 393-20X
Metallic: SSG Ryan Franks, 33, Ellerslie, Georgia – 387-9X
.22 Rimfire Pistol: 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, Kalamazoo, Michigan – 386-17X
High Junior: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 366-2X
CMP Revolver Match:
Overall: Anthony Bellipanni, 50, Birmingham, Alabama – 274-8X
High Woman: 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, Kalamazoo, Michigan – 252-3X
High Senior: John O’Donnell, 63, Saint Louis, Missouri – 271-11X
High Grand Senior: Vernon Reichenbecher, 73, Edgar Huntington, West Virginia – 252-1X
.22 Rimfire EIC:
High Overall: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 293-13X
High Non-Distinguished: Capt Emily Maurer, 31, Brunswick, Ohio
High Junior: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 282-7X
.22 Rimfire Pistol:
Overall: Mark Nicholson, 60, Tomball, Texas – 2560-70X
High Junior: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 2542-65X
High Woman: LTC Amy Trombley, 56, Canton, Michigan – 2470-54X
High Senior: Kurt Hamlin, 61, Cary, North Carolina – 2288-37X
High Grand Senior: Anselmo Lastra, 70, Durham, North Carolina – 2121-15X
High Civilian: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 2542-65X
.22 Rimfire Pistol Junior Aggregate: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 1184-24X
EIC Service Pistol:
Overall: SP4 Jason Gregoire, 33, Midland, Georgia – 294-6X
High Non-Distinguished: Willard Wright, 43, Morrison, Colorado – 284-10X
Junior EIC (.22): Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 276-7X
President’s Pistol Match:
Overall: SSG Ryan Franks, 33, Ellerslie, Georgia – 379-12X
High Woman: 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, Kalamazoo, Michigan – 361-8X
High Senior: Kevin Vacura, 60, Red Wing, Minnesota – 366-5X
Junior President’s Pistol: Dustin Carr, 19, San Diego, California – 363-8X
National Trophy Individual (NTI):
Overall: David Lange, 52, Glen Rock, New Jersey – 287-10X
High Woman: SFC Sally Talbott, 44, Columbus, Georgia – 279-9X
High Senior: Greg Abraham, 68, Lake Crystal, Minnesota – 273-6X
Junior Individual: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 278-5X
Overall Individual Service Pistol: SSG Ryan Franks, 33, Ellerslie, Georgia – 951-34X
Overall Individual Junior Pistol: Devin LaCross, 19, Jackson, New Jersey – 855-12X
National Trophy Team (NTT):
Overall: USAMU Blue (SSG Carl Clegg, SFC Greg Markowski, SSG Ryan Franks, SFC Sally Talbott) – 1117-36X
High Civilian: Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association (Richard Kang, Charles Grove, Hiem Trang, Jacob Merritt) – 1051-16X
NTI-NTT Individual Aggregate: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 561-24X
Junior Team: Texas State Rifle Association White (Austin Stone, Charisma Owen) – 518-3X
CMP Pistol Games Events:
Overall: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 500-45X
High Junior: Dustin Carr, 19, San Diego, California – 481-34X
High Lady: Patricia Dye, 72, Albuquerque, New Mexico – 477-24X
High Senior: Jack Ragsdale, 63, Lumberton, Mississippi – 500-41X
Unlimited: SSG Carl Clegg, 35, Columbus, Georgia – 500-46X
Rimfire: SP4 Mate Standard, 32, Waverly Hall, Georgia – 498-43X
Overall: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 393-18X
High Woman: CW3 Cara Krauss, 40, Bristol, Vermont – 356-4X
High Senior: John O’Donnell, 63, Saint Louis, Missouri – 371-6X
High Grand Senior: Charles Grove, 73, Pasadena, Maryland – 366-7X
Military & Police Service Pistol:
Overall: SSG Carl Clegg, 35, Columbus, Georgia – 389-14X
High Woman: CW3 Cara Krauss, 40, Bristol, Vermont – 364-9X
High Senior: Greg Abraham, 68, Lake Crystal, Minnesota – 375-9X
High Grand Senior: John Kurek, 70, Jacksonville, North Carolina – 340-2X
For a complete list of results, visit the CMP Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/21nmpistolresults.
Photos of all of these and other National Matches can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f114097770.
-- By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Staff Writer
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