By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Author

PHOENIX, Ariz. – William Ellis, 52, of Langley, England, continued an unbelievable yr of marksmanship showings by overtaking each the Three-Gun and 4-Gun Combination rifle competitions throughout the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Western Video games, held Oct. 13-17 on the Ben Avery Taking pictures Facility in Phoenix. Incomes the second Distinguished Rifleman Badge by a non-U.S. citizen this previous yr, the Western Video games combination wins have been a primary for Ellis, who has been touring to the occasion since 2009.

Again in 2014, Ellis had fallen simply wanting the combination match titles, touchdown in second in each, adopted by a fourth total end within the matches in 2016. However this yr, he gave various constant and noteworthy performances within the Arizona desert to information him to success, together with the highest spot within the Springfield Rifle Match and incomes second within the Classic Navy Match.

Moreover, as a proficient competitor undoubtedly touring the farthest to compete, Ellis shall be featured in a Carbine Match TV video phase by Taking pictures USA (, whose crew filmed parts of the CMP Western Video games for an upcoming episode. The crew additionally shot footage of the GSMM matches, digital targets and the Rimfire Sporter occasion.

Junior Jared Wilkins was the general winner of the SAFS M16 EIC Match.

Together with spectacular scores within the classic rifle matches, Ellis took his abilities to the Rimfire Match to be named the general winner of the Tactical Class. Final yr’s Three- and 4-Gun winner and the second place finisher of each occasions this yr, David Geyer, 42, of Phoenix, topped the T-Class. Lyle Drenth, 64, of Cedar Metropolis, UT, outscored the sphere by 10 factors to earn the O-Class competitors win and likewise carried the Carbine Match.

Junior competitor Jared Wilkins received the Small Arms Firing College M16 Match with a rating of 388-15x. Second place went to Christopher Hook, who fired three out of 4 clear 100-point phases (susceptible sluggish, susceptible fast, sitting fast), ending with 384-13x.

Together with aggressive occasions, Western Video games additionally featured a Small Arms Firing College class, a highpower rifle Degree II Vary Officer class and a Garand-Springfield-Navy new competitor clinic on the exercise heart over three days.

Opponents and friends of the 2017 Western Video games skilled some extremely sizzling climate in Phoenix, regardless of the occasion being held every week later than earlier years. Hotter durations noticed temperatures attain about eight to 10 levels hotter than traditional, dipping into the 90s every day. The afternoon of the Sniper staff match day noticed temps topped out at 102 as CMP workers disassembled the digital targets.

CMP’s digital targets, 30 in whole, have been arrange on the berm in entrance of the highpower rifle vary pits wall. The Small Arms Firing College was efficiently fired on the targets earlier than in a single day wind gusts exceeding 40 mph toppled your entire line. The winds have been so robust, they even blew over the port-a-johns on the highpower vary – fortunately, with nobody inside.

Opponents current on the awards ceremony have been eligible to win quite a lot of prizes, from hats to rifles.

Because of the CMP workers and a number of other opponents, nearly all of the targets have been reset, and all matches have been fired upon them for the scheduled day and the rest of the matches.

“It put us behind about two hours, necessitating further, smaller relays however firing was nonetheless accomplished sooner than if we had run the matches on pit-operated targets,” mentioned Steve Cooper, CMP North basic supervisor.

“It’s customary to have one or two achievement awards ceremonies at sunset throughout the matches, however all the awards ceremonies concluded effectively earlier than darkish. The shortage of pit modifications and efficiencies in squadding positively picks up the tempo of the matches and helped get people off the firing line and out of the desert solar sooner,” he added.

Visitors have been greeted by 90-degree climate every day, however nonetheless managed to maintain smiles on their faces.

Different high winners of the Western Video games occasions embody:

Garand Match:
Randall Dwornik, 287-3x

Classic Navy:
William Fairless, 290-7x

Trendy Navy:
Jeffrey Schneider, 293-6x

Classic Sniper:
Guide Class:
Crew MnM: Michael Miller, Mike Barranco – 393-11x
M1 for Vets Lead Farmers: SSG Steven Ophoff, Jeffrey Schneider – 364-8x

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About Western CMP Video games:
The Western Video games occasion, held annually in October, is the final of a collection of Journey Video games occasions placed on by the CMP across the nation. Additionally held in Oklahoma, North Carolina and New England, the Video games occasions function each classic and fashionable rifle and pistol occasions – designed as a leisure competitors for each adults and juniors and all expertise ranges. The Western Video games is the one Journey occasion that’s completely set to rifle matches solely.

CMP Digital Targets:
Programmed with software program that has confirmed precision by Kongsberg Goal Techniques, CMP Targets function LED displays beside every competitor on the firing line that present correct shot accounts, without having to alter paper. The well-lit screens have been examined by an assortment of opponents for over two years for readability in addition to ease of use and have been met with overwhelming constructive suggestions.

With the elimination of pit responsibility allowed by the goal system, matches are accomplished in a shorter period of time to offer extra alternatives to fireplace further relays for individuals who need to lengthen the enjoyable. Shorter matches additionally alleviate the bodily day by day put on on opponents, making them superb for each older and youthful individuals. For extra info on CMP Targets, go to

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