Camp Perry National Pistol Matches



Shooting USA - Camp Perry National Pistol Matches
Bullseye Shooting. That’s the nick-name for The National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, with rimfire and center-fire at 25 and 50 yards, for Bullseye accuracy in the historic matches. Then meet the ladies of the Les Baer Custom Pistol Team to find out what they shoot to claim their titles in the sport. Plus, action pistol champ Julie Golob tries her first duck hunt in the rain and the cold, but finds out why waterfowlers are so passionate about their hunting.


The National Pistol Championships

31-14-6aEach year the NRA hosts the Rifle and Pistol Championships on the coast of Lake Erie. Camp Perry in Northern Ohio is the historic home to the National Championships that date back more than 100 years.  Most of the matches have their roots in military competition, including the pistol championships… that bring the most accurate 1911 45s to the line shooting for the x ring.

The original course of fire was designed for the civilian population with 22, the police with the center fire for the revolver and the military for the 45.

The Course of Fire Lasts Three Days:

31-14-2On the first day is the 22 Cal. 900. The first stage of fire for the 22 cal 900 is slow fire. You have 10 minutes for 10 shots, one handed, at a distance of 50 yards. For the second stage of fire we’ve moved up to the 25 yard line, this is going to be the timed firing stage.  5 shots at a time in 20 seconds per string. The third stage of fire on the first day is rapid fire. Still be shooting from the 25 yard line, but five shots in a time limit of 10 seconds per string.

Days 2 and 3 are the same courses of fire.  Only difference is day 2 is center fire—anything from 32 caliber to 45 caliber—and day 3 is strictly 45 caliber.

Most competitors use a 1911 on center fire day and the majority of them use that same 1911 on day three for 45 caliber. But since the format allows, it is possible you’ll see a revolver in competition.

Red dot Optics are permitted on all classes of guns accepted for Bullseye competition.  Most often the scope is an Ultra Dot with a 4 MOA dot.  Or an Ultra Dot with a variable MOA Dot.

Les Baer Custom Ladies Team:

The Les Baer Sponsored Ladies have been shooting Bullseye and collecting championships for years.  We asked them to show us their choices in guns, scopes, and ammunition they choose to claim those titles.


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Julie Golob’s First Duck Hunt:


Mike Irvine is Shooting USA’s avid waterfowler  who has been getting himself out to the duck blinds by taking Pro Shooters out for their first hunting experience.  Last year he had Jerry Miculek and his family out in a foot of Kansas snow!





This season there’s no blizzard, but plenty of cold winter wind and rain as Smith and Wesson Pro Julie Golob tries her first duck hunting adventure across middle Missouri.  You’ll see it doesn’t take long to build some good hunting memories.




Equipment and Gear for Julie’s Hunt:


Pro Tip – Todd Jarrett on Perfecting the Draw


Whether it’s competition or personal protection, the key to being faster, is how you get your handgun out of the holster—The Draw.  Perfecting your draw is what Todd has for you in a Pro Tip.




Hunting Tips – Wade Bourne on Turkey Hunting Tips


Wade: I’ve hunted turkey for almost 40 years and I want to share with you five simple tips, things that I do every time I go to the woods.  Maybe one of these can make that big difference for you sometime.




31-14-13One thing I like a shotgun with a short barrel. It’s just easier to get around in the woods with you. When you sling it, the barrel is no higher than your head. If you duck a limb your gun is going under with you.  When you’re setup against a tree you get your gun up and a turkey comes, if he’s over here and there’s a tree sticking up in front of you, you don’t have to make one of these moves you can just swing it you have a shorter swing radius.



Second tip: I do like a sling.  It just makes it more convenient when you’re covering those long miles trying to find a turkey, throw it over your shoulder and go on a march.





31-14-15Tip number three: I like a mask that has a bendable wire frame that conforms to my face. Now why do I like this? Let me demonstrate.  When you put it on bend it around and make it fit your nose and your eyes.  I have full peripheral vision.  My face is entirely covered. I hate a mask that has two separate eye holes, or little slits that keeps obscuring your vision, obstructs it. Get one of these masks with a bendable wire frame that goes around your eyes.



31-14-16Tip number four:  This is what I call my possibles bag and, as you can see, I carry spare everything in here.  Spare calls, spare gloves, spare mask, tape, shotgun shells, etcetera, etcetera.  I keep this in my car. You’re going to lose stuff when you’re turkey hunting. It’s going to fall out of your pocket, it’s going to fall out of your vest, and you’re going to leave it in the woods.  If I miss a call, lose a shell, I’ve got a replacement right with me.


31-14-17And tip number five:  I vacuum seal all my paper products. Toilet paper, maps, food snacks, you know a lot of times I hunt in the rain. I don’t want to get these things wet. I don’t want to let my toilet paper get wet. So just get a vacuum sealer, or a zip lock bag. Seal them up.  Keep them dry. You’re going to be a lot more comfortable.

Again these are not mind-bending tips.  These are just simple little things.  You find your own simple things, maybe use some of mine, and put them all together. The little things are going to add up to make you a lot better turkey hunter. 





Colors for the Range

All choices have some internal structure to maintain the shape and are adjustable.  

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