Advanced Maintenance Class

Advanced Maintenance Class


Designed for those who wish to take their passion for the venerable M1 Garand to the next level, the Advanced Maintenance Class (AMC) offers students a unique opportunity to receive unparalleled training from our knowledgeable Custom Shop Staff. Participants will be exposed to all information required to safely assemble a complete rifle under the direct supervision of our expert gunsmiths.

There will be 16 classes for 2020, each class will be a three-day event and have a capacity of 20 students. CLASSES ARE HELD IN ANNISTON, ALABAMA, ONLY.

Each student signed up for the class will have an option when purchasing, with both Field Grade Specials or CMP Special rifles available for construction. 

Total cost for the 2020 AMC will be $1,868.50 or $2,068.50, depending upon rifle selection (Field Grade or CMP Special). Breakdown of cost includes a $1018.50 course tuition fee, plus a rifle purchase fee of $850 for Field Grade Specials or $1,050 for CMP Specials. Deadline for class payment will be March 13, 2020.

2020 AMC Class Dates:

  • Feb 25 – Feb 27
  • Feb 28 – Mar 1  BUDDY CLASS
  • Mar 31 – Apr 2
  • Apr 3 – Apr 5
  • Apr 17 – Apr19
  • Apr 20 – Apr 22  BUDDY CLASS
  • May 12 – May 14
  • May 15 – May 17
  • Jun 9 - Jun 11
  • Jun 12 – Jun 14  BUDDY CLASS
  • Aug 18 – Aug 20
  • Aug 21 – Aug 23
  • Oct 13 – Oct 15 (Private GCA Event)
  • Oct 16 – Oct 18 (Private Apple Seed Event)
  • Dec 8 – Dec 10
  • Dec 11 – Dec 13  BUDDY CLASS

Please Note: The class will visit the CMP South Store on the 2nd day and visit the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park on the final day, which allows participants to test fire their rifle.


Lottery and registration

Registration for the electronic lottery used to randomly assign the 20 available seats for each class date will be open UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2020. To register for the lottery, visit This will allow individuals to register for the classes they can attend and applicants will be randomly drawn to attend the class or be placed on a waitlist. Registration for multiple classes is permitted but no applicant will be selected for more than one slot. FORMER AMC PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER FOR 2020.

A confirmation email will be sent to each accepted participant, which will include a hidden link to the CMP E-Store that will be used to complete the registration process. If chosen, Individuals must complete their registration by March 13, 2020. Failure to meet this deadline will result in forfeiture of your slot to the next applicant on a wait list.


Special "Buddy" classes:

Four "Buddy" classes will be held this year. These classes facilitate pairs of students wanting to take the class together, such as father/mother and son/daughter, spouses/partners, brothers, sisters or just friends. Only one member of the "Buddy" team may register. You must indicate your “Buddy” and their city and state along with either their date of birth or CMP Competitor Number, upon registration. Each student attending the "Buddy" classes will have to pay full fees separately (entry and rifle).


CMP Custom Shop:

1803 Coleman Rd, Anniston, Alabama

The three-day class is intended for individuals interested in knowing how the M1 Garand rifle functions in detail as well as for those wishing to know how to properly perform advanced maintenance procedures to their personal rifle(s). The class involves classroom lecture as well as hands-on shop time. Tools will be provided for students to use during the class.

Basic Functioning

This class is not intended for gunsmiths or students with advanced knowledge of the M1 rifle. No prior armorer or shooting experience is required to attend the class. Students will each assemble from parts their own rifle (manufacturer of receiver may vary depending on the current inventory available) that is included in the AMC fee.  Some of the key components of the class will include:

  • Component purpose and function
  • Use of gauges
  • Commercial barrel installation, chambering and headspace
  • Component selection and inspection
  • Fitting and proper assembly of a complete Field Grade Special or CMP Special rifle
  • Some discussion of malfunctions and their remedies
  • Accurizing techniques for the M1



Students will only need to bring themselves, safety glasses and a shop apron.



Individuals who attend the AMC in Anniston, Alabama, must arrange your own housing. To find accommodations in Anniston, visit (Ask for the CMP Rate).

Total cost of the class will be $1,868.50 or $2,068.50, depending on rifle selection. There is a fee for the class ($1018.50) and a fee for the purchase of the Field Grade Special ($850) or CMP Special Rifle ($1,050) that participants will build in the class. Cost will also cover three provided lunches. The class fee of $1018.50 will be charged to the credit card when paperwork is received ($150 of your class tuition fee should be considered as a non refundable “registration fee”). 

Cancellation requests may be submitted by email or phone to the Custom Shop at [email protected] or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 513. Late cancellations, made within 30 days of the class start date, will be subject to forfeiture of an additional $300. The balance of the class fee plus applicable taxes for the Field Grade Special or CMP Special Rifle will be charged to the credit card provided during the class. Shipping is included in the class fee.



If you want more information about CMP AMC, please contact the Custom Shop at [email protected] or (256) 835-8455, ext. 513.