civilian marksmanship program (cmp)


Qualifications and Match Fees

CMP matches are open to Club Members and the Public.

Match fees:  $15 per shooter plus the cost of ammo you need to complete the match.


Dillman Outdoor Range

Dates and Times

The CMP matches are held on the second Saturday of the month with the exception of May, July, August, and October.  Sign ups begin at 7:30 am. and are held on a first come first serve basis.  A total of 2 teams equaling 24 shooters will be registered for each match.  

Match fees will be collected at 7:30 am.  Appropriate ammo will be available for sale.

Set up begins at 8:00 am. Practice is held until 9:00 am.  Match usually ends around Noon but may continue until 2:00 pm or until all shooters have completed the course of fire and the Range has been cleaned up. 

Please see the Lincoln Rifle Club (LRC) calendar to verify schedule.

Course of Fire

Shooters who have their own firearms are encouraged to come out and participate.  The course of fire is the John C. Garand Course “A”, which will be fired at 100 yards.This course of fire includes:

1) 5 sighting shots

2) 10 slow fire shots (10 minutes) in the prone position

3) 10 rapid fire shots (70 seconds for Garands and Carbines, 80 seconds for bolt action military rifles)

4) 10 shots in 10 minutes unsupported offhand (standing position).

Loaner Equipment

This match utilizes military rifles like those that were carried by the United States military.  LRC Club owned, CMP M-1 Garand rifles are available to any shooter who would like to fire a “California legal,” original issue weapon that American GI's carried up the walls in Normandy in WWII. 

History of CMP

CMP history goes back to late 19th century efforts by U.S. military and political leaders to strengthen our country’s national defense capabilities by improving the rifle marksmanship skills of members of the Armed Forces. The CMP traces its direct lineage to 1903 when Congress and President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP) and the National Matches. From then until 1996, first the Department of War and later the Department of the Army managed the program that became known as the “civilian marksmanship program”. During this period, program objectives shifted from military marksmanship to training civilians who might serve in the military to developing youth through marksmanship training. In 1996, Congress acted again to establish the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearm Safety that now governs the CMP. The Act defines the corporate mission of the CMP as the, “instruction of the citizens of the United States in marksmanship”, giving highest priority for its programs to junior training.