CMP Releases Regional SAFS Course Schedule for 2019

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Over the last year, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has been working on developing even more opportunities for those wanting to learn rifle marksmanship safety and fundamentals by now offering remote, regional rifle Small Arms Firing Schools (SAFS) around the country throughout the year. The regional SAFS program began in August 2018 and has expanded its schedule for 2019.

Small Arms Firing School consists of training in both the classroom and during live firing.

A staple event at the Camp Perry National Matches since 1918, SAFS is designed to train beginners on rifle essentials and competition basics in a closely monitored setting, utilizing the talents of qualified CMP staff, trainers and members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Participants learn through classroom discussion and hands-on training. To finish out the school, students apply all they have learned in a true M16 rifle match, fired under close supervision of trainers on the line.

At the conclusion of the course, participants fire in a real match, under the supervision of instructors.

No previous knowledge in marksmanship is required for the course, with all experience levels welcome to attend. Rifles and ammo are provided. Personal shooting jackets and gloves permitted. Hearing protection is also required, and eye protection is strongly encouraged during live firing.

Courses on the 2019 schedule include:

Registration for all SAFS locations will open March 1, 2019. Classes are limited, so please sign up in advance! No walk-ins will be permitted.

Participants in all of the remote SAFS locations will have the chance fire on the CMP’s outdoor electronic highpower target system. The targets, used successfully at multiple CMP events, are programmed with precision software and are equipped with an LED monitor beside each competitor on the firing line. The well-lit screens have been extensively tested in the field by an assortment of competitors for readability and ease of use – able to be operated by just a press of a button.

Students in SAFS are trained by qualified CMP staff members and certified instructors.

For more information on Small Arms Firing Schools, visit the CMP website at Questions may be directed to Amy Cantu at 419-635-2141 ext. 602 or [email protected].

2 Responses

  1. I was told that there will be a SAFS to earn your first 4 points at the New England Games in Vermont, is that true? If so what are the Dates, times, and cost?
    • Correct, the information is posted at The SAFS will be held THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER from 8AM-2PM. The cost is $50.00. You can sign up at

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