Updated: 9/24/11 (add time for farewell breakfast)
The 2011 GCA Convention will be held in conjunction with the CMP Western Games at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ben Avery range is a great facility and you can learn more about it at the link listed below.
To enter the CMP Western Games, see “Useful Links” below.
Because of CMP Western Games scheduling limitations, this convention will run Thursday evening thru Saturday (Oct. 13-15) versus our normal weekend routine. After viewing what is being offered this year, we believe you will agree this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. We are thankful for the close relationship with the CMP that we all continue to enjoy.
You can pick up your packet and check in starting October 13 at 3:00 pm at the host hotel, Hampton Inn (2550 W Charlotte Dr.). GCA staff will be set up in the lobby 3:00 – 9:00 pm.
At 6:00 pm, the Welcome Reception begins at TGI Fridays in the shopping center adjacent to the Hampton Inn. GCA is providing appetizers. Beverages and meals are up to the individual.
Friday, Oct. 14, at Ben Avery range – the following activities will be organized and sponsored by the CMP specifically and only for GCA members who have registered to attend the convention:
6:30 – 8:30 am Convention check-in at Ben Avery range (at the CMP trailer). Competitors in the special GCA member Garand match will also need to check in with CMP staff. Rifles to be fired in competition must be inspected by CMP armorers. The CMP will have a limited number of loaner rifles available. Please note on your entry form if you would like to enter the match but need a rifle.
7:00 am M1 rifle maintenance clinic; followed by shooting clinic.
8:30 am(est.) After completion of the clinics, John C. Garand match for GCA members begins. Awards ceremony will be held on the range at completion of match. Hornady 30-06 Match Service ammo will be provided by CMP. Non-shooting GCA volunteers are needed to assist CMP with running the match. If you can help out, please indicate this on your registration form.
9:00 am -12:00 pm Convention check-in available again at Hampton Inn.
12:00 pm** Special CMP sale for GCA members who are registered attendees. Sale attendees will be randomly divided into groups of approximately 50. After one group finishes, CMP will replenish stock for the next group. This means each group will get to see M1 rifles for sale not offered to the previous group(s). The sale is anticipated to conclude by 5:00 pm.
5:30 pm BBQ banquet at Ben Avery Range.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7am – 9am will have a Farewell/Talkback Breakfast at Embassy Suites, 2577 W Greenway Rd. Attendees will be able to fire in the afternoon relay of the Western Games match following the farewell breakfast.
Hampton Inn and Suites – Phoenix North/Happy Valley
2550 W Charlotte Dr.
Phoenix AZ 85085
GCA room rate $72 (Make it a suite for $82.) Call for reservations.
GCA Special Online Reservation Link (click on the link below):
Right next door is the Homewood Suites, with full kitchens, for $109 per night. 623- 580-1800
Special GCA rate expires September 13. If you have not already done so, make your reservations today!
Convention registration forms were inserted in the Fall issue of the GCA Journal. The form can also be downloaded by Clicking Here. (PDF file)
**The GCA member sales event will be open to registered convention attendees only. The CMP will bring rifles, ammunition of various calibers, newly manufactured barrels, newly manufactured stocks, bayonets, slings, hard cases and the standard assortment of CMP apparel. Rifles may be purchased on site and either taken home immediately or they may be shipped from CMP South in Anniston 2-3 weeks later. Those taking rifles home immediately will pay Arizona state taxes as well. Those having them “tagged” to be shipped must make payment immediately as well and note that this is different from the previous CMP procedure.
CMP requests that all GCA members even considering a rifle purchase complete a sales purchase order so that a background check may be performed prior to the event. To find the necessary forms, log onto: http://www.odcmp.com/Sales/orderinginfo.htm. To view rifle information, log onto the “Rifle Sales” link at http://www.odcmp.com/Sales/rifles.htm. If you prefer to speak with a member of the CMP sales staff, phone the CMP South store at 256-835-8455 and CMP staff will be happy to assist you. Since there will be a very narrow window of time for sales, preparing your forms in advance will greatly speed up the purchasing process. Mail completed forms to:
CMP South – Sales
ATTN – GCA Event
1401 Commerce Blvd.
Anniston, AL 36207
Western Games: http://www.odcmp.com/Competitions/WesternGames.htm
CMP Eligiblity Requirements: http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/eligibility.htm
Ben Avery Range: http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/ben_avery.shtml