CMP Program

Civilian Marksmanship Program is a bulls-eye target sport that is intended for
US Service rifles and NRA match rifles. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) replaced the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (ODCM) program ran by the Department of Defense.
CMP rules require a center-fire rifle with iron-sights and open bolt indicators NRA High Power Rifle Rules also apply. Shooters will need a rifle that holds at least 5 rounds and can be reloaded quickly.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and associations that covers every state in the U.S. The clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses as well as the opportunity for continued practice and competition.

The CMP was created by the U.S. Congress. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. From 1916 until 1996 the CMP was administered by the U.S. Army. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (TITLE XVI) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS) to take over administration and promotion of the CMP. The CPRPFS is a tax exempt not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that derives its mission from public law.

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