Talladega Marksmanship Park Hosts State Shotgun and Pistol Events in September

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

TALLADEGA, Ala. – In September, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park, “the Home of Marksmanship,” hosted a number of State matches on the grounds of its 500-acre facility.

Over 1,000 event entries were seen throughout the month, with several thousands of dollars generated and credited towards the CMP’s continuing mission of marksmanship advancement through competition, clinics and safety training.

The Alabama State Sporting Clays Tournament was held on Talladega’s own sporting clay course.

Alabama State Sporting Clays Tournament, Sept. 13-15:

A total of 120 participants from surrounding states arrived at the Alabama State Sporting Clays event. Categories fired included the Main Event, Prelim, FITASC, Sub-Gauges, Super Sport and a Side Event (Snooker shoot off).

The 2019 State Champion is Mike Benton with a score of 182/200. Runner Up is CMP Shotgun Team Member Steve Dickinson with a score of 180/200.

Todd Simmons earned the Out-of-State Champion title with a score of 185/200, as Kevin Griffin became the Out-of-State Runner Up with a score of 185/200. Lady HOA State Champion is Sherri Smith, accruing a score of 133/200.

Sponsors of the tournament included: Chris Myers Automotive, Howell Traps, Garrison Steel, Coca-Cola, Gilreath Printing, Whiskers Catering and QMAX.

View a full listing of the results at http://app.scoringpro.com/public/tournamentresults.aspx?enc=2CZ03VoEUQtx5bWVe315B/e8drchsuGgch6NH7c7Y/Q=.

The Alabama USPSA welcomed hundreds of entries for the two-day event. Photo courtesy of Alabama Steel Challenge.

USPSA State Steel Challenge, Sept. 13-15:

The Alabama United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) brought the two-day event to Talladega Marksmanship Park in September. A total of eight stages were held in each of the divisions, which included the Main Match, PCC, Rimfire Pistol and Rimfire Rifle.

Chris Barrett led the Rimfire Rifle Open with a remarkable time of 59.82. Photo courtesy of Alabama Steel Challenge.

Over the eight stages, Chris Barrett finished the Rimfire Rifle Open with a leading time of 59.82. He also finished the PCC Optics Division with a time of 64.43, Rimfire Rifle Iron with a time of 65.56 and Rimfire Pistol Open Division with a time of 69.15.

To learn more about USPSA, visit the association’s website at https://uspsa.org. See a full list of the Alabama USPSA results here: https://practiscore.com/results/html/4d1c983a-74ef-46c7-944d-755628861883.

Dennis P. Kirchhoff was the winner of the 2019 Gunny Challenge. Photo courtesy of GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation.

GLOCK Annual Match, Sept. 20-22:

The GLOCK Annual Shoot XXVI & Gunny Challenge XV weekend event welcomed over 1,000 entries. With GLOCK Matches held around the country throughout the year, the match at Talladega serves as the national championship for GLOCK’s competitions and the organizations home range. Participants fire in several divisions, with winners decided upon based on those categorical scores. The Gunny Challenge is named for actor, Marine and long-time marksmanship sports and GLOCK supporter, the late R. Lee Ermey.

Winning the 2019 Gunny Challenge was Dennis P. Kirchhoff. He earned a check for $3,000 for his performance. Other top performers of the event can be viewed on the results page at http://www.gssfonline.com/results/2019/2019gas.pdf.



The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park is a destination for firearm supporters and those intrigued by the sport, featuring exclusive CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility. The park is open to the public every week and regularly hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun events all year long.

Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully-stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia.

About the Civilian Marksmanship Program:

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. The CMP hosts several learning and competitive events throughout the year and around the country. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.

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