CMP Junior Rifle Camps Return to Ranges in 2021

After going virtual in 2020, the Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) Junior Rifle Summer Camps are returning to an in-person format in 2021. Running from May to August, the 10-week schedule includes an assortment of camps and clinics for high-school age (9-12 grade) junior athletes and their adult leaders on intermediate and advanced marksmanship skills through various exercises and demonstrations.

Kirschenmann, Utley Set Records at CMP's Talladega 600

TALLADEGA, Alabama - Reaching a new record score at the Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) Talladega 600 "A Southern Classic" rifle and pistol event was Kyle Kirschenmann, 56, of Tellico Plain, Tennessee, with an outstanding score of 392-9x in the M16 Match. Kirschenmann surpassed the previous record of 385-11x (set in 2015) with perfect scores of 100 in three of the four stages fired in the competition, which accompanies the educational Marksmanship 101 course.

USA Shooting Wraps Up Winter Airgun Event at CMP's Air Gun Ranges
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USA Shooting, with the help of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), hosted the 2020 Winter Airgun Championships (WAG) in December. The event spanned three days at the CMP's air gun ranges in Anniston, Alabama, and Port Clinton, Ohio, simultaneously.

CMP Club News: Granbury Rifle WINS State!!!
The Granbury Marine Corps JROTC rifle team of Granbury, Texas, claimed the STATE title at the 2020-21 Civilian Marksmanship Program Three Position Air Rifle Championships on January 30, 2021 hosted at the Granbury High School Marksmanship Center.  


Shooting News in Other Media 

Revere's Riders Donates Over $14k to Ovar'coming TogetherBy Bruce Williams - 2020 was the second year for the Marty Brown Memorial series of events and we hoped to improve our fundraising to $20,000 from just under $12,000 last year. Our plans included splitting the Marty Brown Memorial Open event into two separate 1-day events hopefully making it easier for more people to attend. Click here to read more about the events held in 2020.

Clarence shooter wins gold, bronze in Jamestown matches - By Milton Northrop, - Alexis Kirk, a former state high school air rifle individual champion, took home gold and bronze medals from the Civilian Marksmanship Program's Winter Home Range Series held last weekend in Jamestown. A 2020 Clarence graduate who competed with undefeated teams there, she topped a field of 13 with a score of 611.2 (588 without added decimal points) for 60 shots in the standing air rifle portion. She was third in the three-position small bore (.22 caliber) match.

Shooting Sports Showcase - The Shooting Sports Showcase is a private event for shooting industry professionals. It provides companies with the opportunity to showcase their products to distributors, dealers, and members of the media. Click here for more information.

CMP Club's Corner 

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Visit for more information or contact the CMP Affiliate Relations Department at 419-635-2141, ext. 753 or email [email protected].    

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Training Opportunities 

Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship 101 and Small Arms Firing Schools. The CMP will be holding several Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship 101 classes and the National Match Small Arms Firing Schools. The classes, consisting of classroom instruction, range training, practice and firing a M16 match, fired on Kongsberg Electronic targets. Competitors should bring the following if they have them:  Mats, scopes, jackets, etc. Rifles and Ammunition will be provided by the CMP. Visit the CMP website for additional information.

Rifle Marksmanship 101:
  • March 16 - Talladega Spring Classic, CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Talladega, Alabama
  • April 23 - Eastern Games, Camp Butner, North Carolina
  • September 19 - New England Games, Jericho, Vermont
  • October 17 - Oklahoma Games, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • November 16 - Talladega 600, CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Talladega, Alabama
Pistol Marksmanship 101:
  • September 19 - New England Games, Jericho, Vermont
  • October 17 - Oklahoma Games, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Applications for the CMP Range Officer Training Course are now available. 
The CMP Range Officer Training Course is a program developed by the Civilian Marksmanship Program to provide training and structured on-the-range work experiences to prepare interested persons to serve as qualified Range Officers in CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions. There is a course fee of $75.00 for the Level I CMP Range Officer Training course. For more information, visit

2021 Level II Range Officer Training Courses:
April 24     CMP Eastern Games, Butner, North Carolina
June 9      D Day Matches, Talladega, Alabama
July 12     National Matches, Port Clinton, Ohio
July 20     National Matches, Port Clinton, Ohio 
July 25     National Matches, Port Clinton, Ohio 
Oct 18      CMP Oklahoma Games, Oklahoma City,
Nov TBA  Talladega 600 Matches, Talladega, Alabama

If you have any questions about the CMP Range Officer Training Program, please contact Kim Filipiak: 419-635-2141 ext. 706 or [email protected].

CMP Garand-Springfield-Military Master Instructor
Training Workshops. Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training and be certified as "Master Instructors" to teach CMP-Sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics are invited to apply to attend a CMP Master Instructor Training Workshop. Dates and locations are:

2021 Dates/Locations:
July 30   National Matches, Camp Perry, Ohio
Oct 17    Oklahoma Games, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 16   Talladega 600, Talladega, Alabama  

For more information or to register, please visit or contact Kim Filipiak at [email protected] or by phone 419-635-2141 ext 706.

Talladega Marksmanship Classes
 - The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park invites you to participate in its weekly firearms safe handling and basic fundamentals classes. New and experienced shooters are welcome. These classes are taught by CMP certified instructors and will include both classroom training and live firing on the Talladega ranges. Materials will cover safety and firearms handling and hands on practical application. For more information, visit or contact us at 256-474-4408 ext 460 or 461 or email [email protected].

Check out Additional Clinics on the CMP website.

News from the CMP 

CMP Introduces New Indoor Rifle and Pistol Winter Home Range Series - Though the weather outside is frightful, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is keeping the competition season hot by introducing a fresh set of marksmanship opportunities for rifle and pistol competitors to enjoy from their local ranges during the frosty months. Visit the CMP website for more information.

CMP Opens Second Round of 1911 Pistol Orders. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is accepting orders to purchase CMP 1911 Type Pistols from January 4 to March 4, 2021. Visit the CMP 1911 website at for more details.

CMP Stores Are Open For Business. The CMP Retail Stores in Anniston, Alabama, and Port Clinton, Ohio, are open. The CMP North Store is by appointment only (please call (419) 635-2111 to schedule your appointment). Our store at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park is open during park hours. Visit the CMP Store web page
for additional information.

CMP State Directors. The mission of the State Directors is to provide leadership, resource and program information, coordination, networking, motivation and publicity for junior shooting within his or her state. The CMP is currently taking applications for the following states: Delaware, Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington. For more information on requirements on applying for a State Director position, visit or contact Lue Sherman at (419) 635-2141, ext. 707 or email [email protected]

CMP Talladega Marksmanship ParkThe CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park is the "THE HOME OF MARKSMANSHIP" (no membership required) where responsible firearm ownership, safety instruction, and accuracy training reside inside a beautiful 500 acre range facility. The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park has something for all types of firearms and firearm owners. The Park prides itself on its friendly - accommodating staff and the time savings of electronic targets.  

The CMP's home range is open to the public and allows the visitor to focus on marksmanship instead of spending time hanging paper targets down range. Don't be a Stranger, Come see us at the CMP Range, "The Home of Marksmanship"! 

CMP Talladega Marksmanship Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

The CMP "Aces" Postal satellite match offers all junior and adult air rifle and air pistol shooters a program designed to encourage participation in the sport and test marksmanship skills nationally with their peers. The program consists of Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Para-Air Rifle/Air Pistol events.

In This Issue

The CMP is excited to launch a new Postal Competition for Smallbore Shooters. While the world continues to battle the COVID-19 virus, the CMP will continue to conduct competitions for its athletes however it can. This Postal Competition will feature both 3-Position and Prone events fired at a distance of 50ft. Individuals and clubs can register and fire in both events. This competition will be scored using the Orion Scoring System. 

For more information,
visit the CMP website.


The CMP Talladega Spring Classic will be held at the CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park. The event schedule has been designed to appeal to rifle and pistol enthusiasts alike in order to provide a variety of marksmanship opportunities to competitors from around the country.  Each firing point of the 500-acre facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art, KTS electronic target and scoring monitor.  Located beside the shooter, on the firing line, each monitor allows the competitor to see their shot value in a matter of seconds.

For more information,
visit the CMP website.

The CMP is pleased to announce a series of home range matches for winter 2020-2021. These matches will be fired indoor in .22 pistol, air rifle, air pistol, rimfire and smallbore disciplines. Scores from all local matches will be compiled into one match (similar to a postal event). Awards will be sent to overall winners. This is a great way to get a national ranking without leaving your local range!  Each competitor will receive a winter hat and match decal for their participation.

For more information,
visit the CMP website.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is set to reward deserving student-athletes for the 2021-2022 school year in their future endeavors through the annual CMP Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship - with an increased monetary amount now offered to recipients. Visit the CMP website for additional details.

For more information,
visit the CMP website.

Deadline to apply is
March 20, 2021.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park invites you to participate in its Matches and Events. New or experience shooters are welcome. We offer basic pistol, rifle and shotgun classes each week.
For more information,
visit the CMP website.

2021 CMP Competition Dates & Locations

Talladega, AL 
March 16-21
Camp Butner, North Carolina 
April 23-May 2
Talladega, Alabama
June 8-13

Jericho, Vermont
September 19-26
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
October 17-24
Talladega, Alabama
November 16-21

Come join the CMP at our regional competitions which were created to give competitors the chance to participate in beloved CMP events found at the National Matches, but on a much smaller scale.
For more information,
visit the CMP website.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is happy to invite the public back to our North and South Competition Centers for air rifle and air pistol fun, with new protective practices in place for staff and guests.
For more information,
visit the CMP website.

To set up an appointment for your spot on the firing line, please call Catherine Green at 419-635-2141, ext. 704.


CMP Monthly Matches

Feb. 6, 2021
March 20, 2021
April 10, 2021
May 8, 2021
Sept. 18, 2021
Oct. 9, 2021
Nov. 13, 2019

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) looks forward to welcoming competitors each month at our indoor air gun ranges. A full lineup for the CMP Monthly Matches, featuring a series of air rifle and air pistol events, is scheduled for 2021. The Monthly Matches are open to the public and designed for all ages and experience levels.

For more information,
visit the CMP website.

Not sure what to get that special someone? The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Gift Certificates may be used towards any - yes, ANY - purchase within the CMP. Whether an entry fee, a sweatshirt or even the full price of one of the CMP's refurbished rifles, certificates can be a cost-effective and worthwhile gift for firearm enthusiasts.
For more information and to register, 
visit the CMP website.

Target Shooting With Vintage Military Rifles
Item #792
$29.95 (S&H additional)

Vintage military rifle competitors and collectors alike will be excited learn the Civilian Marksmanship Program has released a new book, entitled Target Shooting With Vintage Military Rifles, authored by Gary Anderson, Director of Civilian Marksmanship, Emeritus and two-time highpower rifle Olympic gold medalist. The 284-page, soft-bound, fully-illustrated first edition is likely the most comprehensive manuscript ever written about the methods of training and competing with popular American and foreign vintage military rifles.

The CMP E-Store has several publications available to purchase. 


Amazon SMILES!

Do you love to shop on Amazon?  Check out the Amazon Smile program!
Simply go to and designate the CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM, then shop away!  The CMP will receive a donation for your qualifying purchases.