CMP ‘Busts’ Ranges with New Sanitation Equipment

Who ya gonna call…to clean the range?

Employee Sean Elftmann recently demonstrated CMP’s new procedure of sanitizing the firing line, using a ghost-busting-type machine – actually a Petra fogger pack. The process is used at Camp Perry for Open Public time slots and matches held on the facility’s Petrarca Range, an outdoor electronic target line, as well as at CMP’s air gun ranges in Ohio (Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center) and Alabama (South Competition Center).

Instead of extracted ghosts, the Petra pack is filled with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and other disinfecting ingredients. A quick spray until damp to the touch, a short wait time of 5-10 minutes and the firing line is sterilized and ready for the next group of competitors and guests.

“Not as cool as capturing ghosts,” Elftmann joked. “But it is effective in helping us keep as safe as we can for our guests to the range.”

This is just one of the many ways the CMP is taking steps to ensure safety for staff and competitors as we continue to enjoy the sport we love!

About Petrarca Range:

CMP Targets at Petrarca Range, on the grounds of Camp Perry, is home to 10 rifle targets set up at 100 yards and five pistol targets set up at 25 or 50 yards. Targets can also accurately simulate 200, 300 and 600 yards. Benches are available for those wishing to have extra support while firing.

Petrarca Range is open to the public (by appointment only) Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Petrarca Range page on the CMP website at

About CMP Air Gun Competition Centers:

The CMP Competition Centers are equipped with 80 electronic targets. Marksmanship Nights, held year-round, allow visitors of virtually any age and experience levels to try their hands at air rifle or air pistol shooting. Anyone is welcome to the ranges for practice or friendly competition on the firing line, though for the foreseeable future, by appointment only.

Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (EST) at the Gary Anderson Competition Center in Ohio and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) at the South Competition Center in Alabama. Tuesday, the ranges will be open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST). For more, visit

— Ashley Brugnone, CMP Staff Writer

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto