CMP Traveling Instruction School Re-Branded Rifle Marksmanship 101

By Steve Cooper, CMP Training & Education Manager

CAMP PERRY, OH – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s traveling entry-level rifle marksmanship school, formerly known as the Small Arms Firing School On-the-Road, has been re-branded with a new name: CMP Rifle Marksmanship 101.

“We’ve changed the name to more accurately reflect the purpose of the school at our off-site marksmanship events,” said Mark Johnson, CMP Chief Operating Officer.  “The Small Arms Firing School will remain the name of our introductory marksmanship programs for rifle and pistol held during the National Matches at Camp Perry.”

“CMP’s rifle marksmanship training program is growing, and its new identity will allow us to expand elements to include other classes like the GSMM New Shooter Clinic and other courses. The GSMM clinic teaches basic operation and competitions procedures employing the M1 Garand, Springfield, Vintage Military and Modern Military rifles,” he said.

“In fact, the CMP will be offering its first Pistol Marksmanship 101 course this fall at the CMP New England Games,” Johnson added.

The CMP currently provides introductory marksmanship training at several venues across the U.S., including the CMP Western Games in March at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ, the CMP Eastern Games in April at Camp Butner near Raleigh-Durham, NC, the CMP New England Games in September at Camp Ethan Allen, near Jericho, VT and the CMP Oklahoma Games in October at the Oklahoma City Gun Club near Arcadia, OK and ends the season with the Talladega 600 at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in November. The CMP frequently receives assistance with instruction from the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Camp Perry and other travel events.

In addition to those regularly scheduled annual events, the CMP conducts stand-alone Rifle Marksmanship 101 courses at three to four other clubs and competition centers across the U.S. each year.  Plans are now being finalized for the 2020 stand-alone schools.

For more details and registration information for Rifle Marksmanship 101 and Small Arms Firing School, visit the CMP’s website at

8 Responses

  1. This is great news. I hope there will be another one in the Pacific North West. I attended the one last year at Douglas Ridge near Portland, and would like to encourage some of my newer Highpower/Service Rifle shooters to attend one of the sessions if they are a reasonable distance away..
  2. This is great. Will James Hall be teaching the pistol course? I know he was trying to start a pistol class or program a couple years ago. Excellent to hear this finally happening.
    • Gary, Unfortunately, James is no longer with the CMP. Steve Cooper is our Training and Education Manager and he can be reached at [email protected] Thanks,
  3. Great news … even tho I'm 74 Id be interested in participating if not too far away. We have a new 1000 yd facility in Holt, Fl. How about adding it to your venue? Thanks
  4. Hopefully this will be coming to central Texas in 2020. Have a Garland I would love to take.

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