Each team member is responsible for purchasing their own equipment. Below is the list of equipment needed:
- Smallbore and/or Precision Air Rifle with sights and hand stop
1a. These are the rifles needed in competition. A smallbore rifle uses .22 sized bullets. An Air Rifle uses compressed air and pellets, instead of bullets.1.b. Sights usually come with a rifle, but not always, e.g., some Anschutz.1.c. Sling swivels are paired with hand stops, and are usually an accessory, vice sold with the rifle.1.d. Riser blocks are metal shims that raise the height of front and rear sights. Riser blocks are necessary if a shooter must cant their head to aim through their sights. While not every shooter needs riser blocks, so many do that the Chief Instructor at CMP camp recommended assuming every shooter would need a set.1.e. All needed hex head wrenches are typically provided with a rifle, but not always, especially if you buy your rifle used. Typically all heads are metric.1.f. Small flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers are also useful.1.g. Small bore cleaning kit: .22 cal LR cleaning rod, brush, patches, solvent, Q-tips, and oil are needed.
- Rifle Case
1a. This can be purchased at the local Dicks Sporting Goods or Walmart. If for a .22, it must be lockable, this is also suggested, but not required, for an air rifle case. Foam can be cut to store rifles and accessories. Cylinders for air rifles should be stored in a separate compartment within the case, so that it is disconnected and not touching the threads. When flying to camp or competition, smallbore and air rifles must be checked according to commercial airline rules, and air cylinders must be completely emptied prior to being checked in at the airport.
- Sling (ISU)
The Sling is used to tighten the arm to the gun for minimal movement. It is adjustable and fits into a part of the shooting coat and attaches under the gun.
A shooting glove is an essential item for the shooter to both be comfortable and keep their hand from slipping on the gun. They come both with fingers and fingerless depending on shooter preference. Typically worn on non-trigger hand, e.g., left-handed glove for right-eye dominant shooter.
- Prone Mat
Used by the shooter when they are in prone position, lying down on the ground.
- Kneeling Roll
Used by the shooter when in kneeling position. Replace shredded rubber inside roll with Air Soft pellets, until half full.
- Shooting Coat
The shooting coat is a stiff fabric that helps keep the shooter more steady and also has hooks to tie the Sling to. Team members will receive an embroidered name plate, and this will hang on the back of the coat.
- Shooting Pants
The shooting pant is a stiff fabric that helps keep the shooter more steady. These are typically matched in color and style with the shooting coat.
- Shooting Boots
Stabilize the shooter when in different positions.
- Spotting Scope
The Spotting Scope allows the shooter to see the holes in their target from a far distance.
- Spotting Scope Stand – Bi-pod w/zoom or swivel head and three 22″ extension poles.
The Spotting Scope Stand holds the Spotting Scope and allows the shooter to adjust it for all three shooting positions. To avoid tipping you also need a 5 or 10 pound weight that attaches to the bottom of the extension pole.
- Off Hand Stand
The Off Hand Stand is used for several purposes. It has a place for the ammo box to be attached. It also is used as a rest for the gun when the shooter needs a break or during reloading when standing, kneeling or sitting. A rifle rest is bracket and 2 hooks that attaches to the off hand stand, also known as ‘antlers’.
- Shooting Glasses
Shooting glasses protect the shooters eye from getting lead in it and as a safety item in case a .22 casing comes off the gun toward the eye. Shooting glasses can be purchased at any sporting goods store, Lowes/Home Depot, or Walmart. Prescription eyeglasses meet this safety requirement.
- Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is necessary in order to protect the shooter’s ears from the loud sound of a gun firing. You can get either in-ear style protection (foam or other plugs) or a larger over-the-ear protection. Hearing Protection can be purchased at any sporting good store and Walmart.
- .22 cal. LR Target Ammo and/or .177 cal. Target Pellets
22 cal target ammo is used for the Smallbore gun and the .177 pellets are used for the Air Rifle. It is important to get high quality competition ammo when you purchase it. Ammo can typically be purchased from the Coaches during practice or matches.
- Equipment carrying case, duffle or bag
Many shooters use a large old piece of wheeled luggage. There will be a large amount of items in this case, so it will need to be a large piece. Prone mat should fit inside. Wheels are essential, and a reinforced or rubber bottom makes the piece last longer.
- Ammo Case(s)
The Ammo Box holds a shooter’s ammunition and also attaches to the off hand stand to allow the shooter easy access to their ammunition. There are two different sizes, one for .22 and one for .177 ammo.
Can be cut from translucent plastic, such as a milk jug, and attached to the rear sight. This prevents eye fatigue.
- Shooter’s Journal
A nicely formatted version (5.5″ x 8.5″) is available for free from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (www.thecmp.org, NLU # 703), but any small notebook and pen will suffice.
The Team has had good experiences with the following vendors. We do not benefit from these sales, this is just a suggestion. New shooters should attend our Fall Yard Sale to check out the gear.
Champions Choice: http://www.champchoice.com/store/main.aspx
Champion Shooter Supply: https://www.championshooters.com/
Killough Shooting Sports: http://www.killoughshootingsports.com/
Pyramyd Air: http://www.pyramydair.com/
Centershot Sports (Janet & Marcus Raab): http://www.centershot.com/
ISS (Neal Stepp): http://www.iss-internationalshootersservice.com/
McKenna is the exclusive distributor for MonardUSA products in the US: http://www.MonardUSA.com/
Pilkington Competition Equipment LLC: http://www.pilkguns.com/
USA Shooting: http://www.usashootingstore.com
Don Ballard (air rifles, pellets & accessories) Clifton, VA 571.436.5800
Bill Earnest of Earnest Shooting Products does not have a website. He will be at Palmyra, or can send you a catalog on request. He creates custom machined parts including the “antlers” which can be attached to an offhand stand to cradle the rifle. He does not take credit cards. Bill Earnest, 345 Coal Street, Teverton, PA 17881, 570-797-4872