So, what exactly is a CMP shoot?
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. SWKRPC is a CMP affiliated club, so participation in one of our shoots meets the 'proof of marksmanship' criteria for any one interested in the M1 Garand purchase program. For full details and further information regarding how to purchase your CMP M1 Garand, see the CMP's Eligibility requirements requirements.
In terms of our CMP shoots - they are a mixture of slow fire (loading a single round at a time) and rapid fire stages, shot from a variety of positions - prone, standing, sitting, etc. These are shot from 100 yards using open/iron sights, under various time restrictions, from 10 minutes during the slow fire stage to 70 seconds for the rapid fire stages.
So, exactly what do I need to give it a try?You should bring a centerfire rifle that has open sights. Strictly speaking, to be a CMP shoot this should be a military-type rifle, either modern military or a historical military rifle. Some examples of the former are the various AR platforms, FN Fal, etc. while common examples of the latter include M1 Garands, Springfield 03', Mosin Nagants, K-98 Mausers, etc. Pretty much any rifle used by a standing military at some point. Note that any rifle used must be capable of loading a single round. A more comprehensive explanation can be found starting on page 29 of the CMP's Rule book.
However, unless it's a sactioned match, we're usually somewhat flexible on the 'military' rifle aspect, and we'll let you shoot the course of fire with any open-sighted centerfire rifle, as long as it's capable of loading single rounds at a time for the slow fire stages. You'll also need at least 60 rounds of ammunition, and of course eye and ear protection.
Sounds fun, when can I try, and what does it cost?Currently, CMP shoots are on the 3rd Saturday of the month starting at 10:00 a.m., and you'll need to bring a $1 (members) or $2 (non-members) bill for each target you shoot. (Typically only one target is needed per shoot.)