Mike Krei, Director of NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division, recently traveled to Camp Perry, home of the National Matches to meet with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the Ohio National Guard. While there, Krei got to take a look at the reconstruction of Rodriguez Range (also known as Range 4) and shared photos and a report of the progress with us.
Each year at this time, the CMP, Ohio National Guard and the NRA go over after action reports from the National Rifle & Pistol Matches held at Camp Perry. I was pleasantly surprised to see a great deal of construction activity at Camp Perry when I arrived for the Fall Planning Conference.
Completion of the power upgrades, buildings being re-roofed, parking lots being repaved — but most exciting was seeing the Rodriquez butts being taken down. On the priority list for many years, reconstruction of the Rodriquez butts and targetry replacement is scheduled for completion by the National Matches 2012.
Construction crews with major earth moving equipment tore out concrete pit walls, walkways and targets. The plan is to use modular concrete walls to rebuild the pit walls and walkways. But a great deal of earth moving will take place before that portion of the project begins. Talking with the project foreman, the June 1, 2012 deadline will be met with little trouble. Weather can always be a question on Lake Erie, but things are moving along at a steady pace. New targetry will be installed, the and I have been assured that the Viale range bugs have been addressed.
Thanks, Mike! Stay tuned, because in the coming months we’ll have more information about the 2012 National Matches including sponsorship, news, and updates on the progress of Rodriguez Range.