News: Camp Grayling sets standard for rifle competition
CAMP GRAYLING, Mich. - Home to a growing community of rifle club members and enthusiasts, the Michigan National Guard’s Camp Grayling is a prime location for civilian rifle competition. The Michigan Rifle and Pistol Association’s partnership with Camp Grayling has been growing consistently for the past 30 years. The MRPA is also the only entity currently conducting rifle shooting activities on post, other than military and law enforcement groups.
Camp Grayling hosts multiple MRPA rifle competitions every year, including black powder, long range and silhouette matches. The MRPA conducted silhouette rifle matches at Camp Grayling July 14 and 15. Each match consisted of 60 shots at various livestock-shaped targets. Distances ranged from 100 to 500 meters.
Through the long standing relationship with the MRPA, Camp Grayling’s ranges have been regularly maintained and developed, meeting the required safety standards for rifle competition.
“It’s one of the few places you can safely fire a rifle out to 1,000 yards in the state of Michigan,” said Jerry Pond, Army veteran and Committee Officer for the MRPA.
The woodland backdrop and extensive ranges at Camp Grayling give MRPA members access to a diverse shooting experience. “The scenery, wildlife and vast range area at Grayling makes it unique,” said Richard Franke, Range Safety Officer and Army veteran. “All over the country, people talk about Camp Grayling and how it’s an interesting place to shoot.”
MRPA members often take the opportunity to camp and enjoy the recreational aspects of the post after competition, including an array of lodging, clubs, and lakeside activities.
“It’s like having your own little private club,” said Pond. “It’s a great experience here.”
The military community at Camp Grayling appeals to veterans in the MRPA and gives its members networking opportunities with both retired and active service members. The increased exposure from events on post gives the MRPA an advantage when recruiting new members.
“The rifle club at Camp Grayling gives members the ability to work with interested youth and stay connected with other veterans,” said Pond. “The military has made this all possible.”
Date Posted:07.20.2012 08:50
Location:GRAYLING, MI, US
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