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Civilian Marksmanship Program

The CMP Discipline announces monthly "Second Sunday" shoots throughout 2009 comprising the existing CMP matches together with Tommy Atkins bolt action service rifle events and 200 yd Open Rifle practices; see the calendar below.

The 200 yd Open Rifle days are meant to encourage club members and guests to fine tune their Bolt action or Semi-automatic service rifles specifically using the 200 yard targets. Other non-service rifles will be accepted, as will use of the 50 and 100 yard targets. Members participating will be expected to pull their weight, similar to existing CMP or TA shoots, where you will work in the butts pulling targets for some portion of your time.

The range will not be closed to other use. Coordination will be required for members using other facilities such as the trap range.

There will be a $5 fee for non-members to participate, and a donation of $2 from members would be appreciated to help with the cost of targets and patches.

For more details regarding any of the "Second Sunday" events, please contact either Curt (360-631-1305) or Andy (425-269-9222)or complete the form below. Note, the May shoot will not be on the second Sunday, as this is Mothers Day (and we don't want to get Andy into more trouble). Guests should coordinate with an MRC member ahead of time to "get in the gate".

Bob S., CMP shooter, demonstrates a 30-06 (M-1).

CMP shooters generally use .223, or 30-06 (M-1’s). In previous days shooters used the army M-1 rifle almost exclusively. At MRC, the rules have loosened-up to the point that any rifle with a military history is accepted. The price for an MRC member is $2.00, if he brings his own rifle and ammo, or $15.00, if the Club supplies rifle and ammo. For non-members the cost is $5.00, if the shooter has his own rifle and ammo; if the Club supplies rifle and ammo, the cost is $20.00.

Shooters should arrive at 9:00 AM to help set-up. Shooting usually begins at 10 AM or shortly thereafter. CMP shoots two relays—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If a shooter works the targets in the morning, then he shoots in the afternoon (Work points are earned for setting-up and working the targets!)

A CMP relay consists of four strings, 50 rounds total, all at 200 yards. The first string is ten rounds, single round loading, in the standing position. The second string is ten rounds, rapid fire, sitting; the third string is ten rounds, rapid fire, prone. The fourth and final string is 20 rounds, single round loading, prone. Rapid-fire strings require one reload. "If you want to get a feel for life in the trenches, come out and shoot the rapid fire strings!" exclaimed Curt.

CMP began in the early 1900’s when it was created by an act of Congress as the DCM. It continued to be known as DCM for most of its long history. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills in case they were called-on to serve the military. US Army administered CMP until 1996. Since then, the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS) has administered and promoted CMP. The CPRPFS is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that derives its mission from public law (similar to the Red Cross). The law establishing CMP mandates that it "shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and… reach as many youth participants as possible."

The CMP program offers a number of benefits to the public. In order to take advantage of these benefits, one must be a member of a CMP affiliated club, such as MRC, and must shoot 50 rounds in a CMP match. Benefits include eligibility to purchase government surplus rifles (M-1 and small-bore) and ammunition at discounted prices. For more information about firearms and ammunition available through CMP, visit their web-site:

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