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Old 01-11-2013, 11:14 AM
old teacher old teacher is offline
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Van Wert County, Ohio
Posts: 35
Default 1st time at Camp perry


My son and I are planning to shoot in the J.C. Garand match at Camp Perry in August. We have shot several of these matches at our local club. Is there a 'standard' list of things/items that we need to bring or know. I have a 5th wheel camper so lodging is taken care of. We are both looking forward to this.
Also, if you have tips for new shooters we would like to hear them.

Thanks in advance,

OK, the jokes over, now bring back the Constitution.
Proud parent ov a U.S. soldier.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:46 AM
tjtorborg tjtorborg is offline
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
Posts: 1,774

Here is the list that I made up for the guys from Minnesota as an FYI:

The following list is in addition to your “usual” equipment that you would bring to a local match. It’s probably not a complete list and I take no responsibility for you not having your favorite widget or for forgetting something. For the guys that have been to Perry already, Please review the list and let everyone know of anything that I have overlooked. Well, here is my list:
  • Backpack with hydration pack to carry the following items to the pits:
    • Rain Gear – for you
    • sun block
    • bug spray
    • band aids
    • utility tool/knife
    • hand sanitizer / baby wipes
    • paper towels/napkins
    • close pins
    • flashlight
    • snacks
    • small hand towel for wiping sweat off you brow or backup sun block
  • Rain Gear to cover your gear. (you leave it on the assemble line when you go to the pits)
  • Clothes for when it is really hot.
  • Clothes for when it is really cold.
  • Collapsible/folding /camping chair
  • Umbrella - the only shade out there is what you bring
  • Bungee cords for your cart
  • Alarm clock that can wake you up
  • Your favorite pillow.
  • Large cooler for in your motel room / hut
  • Small cooler for daily use on the range and in the pits.
  • Bathing suit for the motel pool or Lake Erie.
  • Under Armor type underwear - They keep the wedding tackle in its place and there aren’t any holes in the front to slip through and get "pinched" getting into the prone position like boxer shorts. They dry quickly and are great unmentionables for day to day activities.
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder. Don’t ask just trust me on this one.
    • The GOLD label is for your naughty bits.
    • The GREEN label is also for your naughty bits but is a little stronger and gives you that wonderful "I am now awake" feeling in the morning. It seems to have better mileage as well.
    • The Blue label is for your feet. VERY, VERY Strong. (ie. made for your feet) DO NOT USE THIS ON YOUR NAUGHTY BITS.
  • Easy Pass / IPass device:
    • New Shooters – be sure to order one well in advance. It takes at least 24 hours to activate. Not only will this save you travel time but you get a discount on all of the tolls.
    • Old Shooters - Be sure that your account information is up to date.
  • Shopping list for Vendors row:
    • Plan your purchases wisely by getting your bullets and powder first. These items have been known to run out toward the end of the week.
    • Give a second thought to all of the other goodies and toys that can be had. You may find that doodad is useless and the $ could have been spent better or not spent at all. (I know this may sound funny coming from “The Gadget Man” but I thought I would give you a heads up….)
    • Compare prices from one vendor to another. Sometimes there are significant savings to be found.
  • Credit cards:
    • One that your significant other doesn’t know about.
    • Credit card to use when the above card is maxed out
  • Cash:
    • Not all banks have machines in Ohio. Wells Fargo doesn’t. I hate paying ATM fees.
    • I believe challenges during a match are $4 and the officials don’t make change.
    • This also comes in handy for when you max out the above mentioned credit cards.
    • The power has gone out on vendors row from time to time. When that happens cash is king.
  • Do something nice for your significant other while you are gone. I used to send flowers to the wife but last year she asked not to because she wanted to get nails done instead.
  • Information for buying from the CMP
Thats about all that I can think of right now.

See you there!

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:48 PM
303guy 303guy is offline
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 394

Here's a tip Mike:
If you have never pulled and marked targets (worked the pits), familiarize yourself with the process beforehand. The shooters on your FP will appreciate it. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:08 PM
NotMrWizard NotMrWizard is offline
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 104

If you can't get to a range that has target pits, you can also ask the pullers next to you if they can switch with one of you for your first relay of pulling. That way you'll get a little experience, then you can pull targets together for the next relay. And have fun!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:07 PM
mustang82 mustang82 is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 295

Helpful site:
This is my checklist (as personalized) :
___Rifle and sling (incl. extra sling), with soft or hard case
___Magazines or M1 clips (incl. single-load style)
___Ammunition, incl. extra for alibis, refires, and shootoffs
___Rear and front sight protection covers, muzzle cover
___Shooting glasses, blinders, headband, lens cleaner (wipes), eye drops
___Hearing protection muffs and plugs (extra soft plugs)
___Spotting scope and stand (rain cover)
___Shooting Mat, Jacket, glove or mitt ___Open Bolt Indicator (OBI) – (ECI)
___Shooter’s stool (to carry small items) and bungee cords
___Score book, clipboard, pens(2)/pencils(2), paper, Permanent Marker
___Gallon Zip Locks (Scoring in rain or snow) / Collect spent brass
___Sight blackening equipment (lamp or spray) / Carbide
___Timer or watch ___NRA and CMP rule books
___Sunglasses ___Raingear (for yourself and to cover equipment)
___Face cloth and rag/wipes ___Canteen/Waterbottle
___Tools, incl. cleaning rod to clear stuck cases / Boresnake.
___Folding chair (if desired)
___Bug repellent ___Sunscreen (Very Important)
___Gun cleaning equipment ___Staple gun (pistol matches)
___3 x $1 dollar bills for challenges
___Cooler (small enough to take into scoring pits) with snacks and drinks

Last edited by mustang82; 01-11-2013 at 09:10 PM.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:41 PM
OSU1986 OSU1986 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 278

Mike, I sent you a PM. Email me back. Several guys from our club go and shoot in this match. We also camp and have campground info also.

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:06 PM
marka1187 marka1187 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: central Illinois
Posts: 456

I can't stress this enough-don't forget the bug spray! If you have the AM relay the mosquitoes will feast on you while you are standing around waiting for the sun to come up. Perry has ridiculous mosquitoes, and spending the day itchy is no fun.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:53 PM
Mtnshooter Mtnshooter is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Posts: 445

The mosquitos at Perry have been known to carry small children away. Very important to bring the strongest repellant you can find. Knowing your blood type is very important if you forget/ lose your repellant and transfusion is needed.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:49 PM
GregW GregW is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 17

Pack all the above stuff, know how to pull targets, show up and have a good time!
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:02 PM
ptf18 ptf18 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 197

Mike: My USMC son and I attended CMP Week for the 1st time in 2011. We had a great time just being a Dad/Son thing. We shot everyday for the week sometimes together and sometimes apart.

You will be TIRED at the end of the day and depending on how much shooting you plan on doing wont have much time to do anything but sleep, eat breakfast, shoot, maybe eat lunch, shoot more, go eat dinner, clean up and go to bed.

May sound boring to some but if your a shooter you really live to do Perry once in your life.

Hope to go there again (someday) with my USMC son but Uncle Sam seems to get in the way.

All and all no matter how you do enjoy the time with your boy. Its... as they say... priceless.

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