Fourteen years ago, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) inaugurated the John C. Garand Match and, with it, an exciting new concept in target competition. The Garand Match is a unique competition where shooters fire older “as-issued” military rifles over a course of fire that makes target shooting attractive to the average shooter. The availability of surplus M1 and other older military rifle make target shooting accessible to thousands of shooters, many of whom do not participate in traditional target competitions. The Garand Match allows shooters to reenact military and marksmanship history and features camaraderie and a relaxed, fun-filled, yet challenging experience. In response to the growing popularity of the Garand Match, the CMP established other competitions of the same type that now include the Springfield Rifle Match, Vintage Military Rifle Match, Rimfire Sporter Match, M1 Carbine Match and the Vintage Sniper Rifle Team Match. Together, these matches have come to be known as “CMP Games Matches.”
Vintage Sniper Rifle Match – 17 July 2015
The Vintage Sniper Team Match is designed to reproduce the conditions under which skilled long range military snipers operated. Two riflemen work together as a team. During the match, each team member functions alternately as a shooter or a spotter. After one team member finishes firing, they switch roles and the other team member fires. Firing is done at distances of 300 and 600 yards from the prone position. Shooters may use either a sling or sand bag support, but not both. Wind doping is critical and firing must be done quickly; targets are exposed for each shot for only 20 seconds and then withdrawn for 20 seconds.
M1 Carbine Match – 20 July 2015
The M1 Carbine is a lightweight semi-automatic carbine that became a standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was produced in several variants. It was widely used by U.S. and foreign military and paramilitary forces, and has also been a popular civilian firearm. The M1 Carbine Match was added to the CMP Games Events in 2006. An M1 Carbine Match was fired during the National Matches in the early 1950s, but it was not fired between then and 2006.
The M1 Carbine Match is fired at 100 yards. Competitors fire 10 sighting or practice shots in 10 minutes, 10 shots for record in slow fire prone in five minutes, 10 shots prone from standing rapid fire in 60 seconds, 10 shots sitting or kneeling from standing rapid fire in 60 seconds and 10 shots slow fire standing in 10 minutes. All firing is at 100 yards on the SR-1 highpower rifle target (200 yard SR target reduced for firing at 100 yards).
M1 Garand/M1903 Rifle Maintenance Class -
CMP armorers will present the two-hour clinic on the disassembly, assembly and maintenance of M1 Garand and M1903 Springfield rifles. Special attention will be given to accurizing steps that can be taken with these rifles and still keep them legal for firing in CMP sanctioned As-Issued Military Rifle Matches.
Springfield-Vintage Military Rifle Match – 18 & 19 July 2015
The National Springfield Rifle Match is a CMP Games event where all competitors must fire “as-issued” M1903 or M1903A3 rifles that comply with CMP rules for as-issued military rifles. As a CMP Games event, the Springfield Match stresses participation, camaraderie and history and offers an ambience that makes Springfield Match Day a truly enjoyable experience for competitors. Competitors can fire in both the Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle Matches on the same day or they can fire one event on Saturday, 18 July, and one event on Sunday afternoon.
The 200-yard As-Issued Military Rifle Match Course A (Table 7) is used for the Springfield Match. Shooters begin with five sighting or practice shots and ten shots for record in the prone position, to be fired in 15 minutes. This is followed by a prone rapid-fire series. Shooters begin the rapid-fire stage from the standing position where they are commanded to load, then get into the prone position and fire ten shots, with one reload, within the 80-second time limit. The final ten record shots are fired in the standing position with a 10-minute time limit.
The National Vintage Military Rifle Match is a CMP Games event where competitors must fire “as-issued” U. S. Krag or M1917 rifles or manually operated foreign military rifles. The Vintage Military Rifle Match encourages recreation-oriented target shooters to use these fascinating military rifles in target shooting events that strive to preserve military marksmanship traditions. Competitors can fire in both the Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle Matches on the same day or they can fire one event on Saturday and one event on Sunday afternoon.
The 200-yard As-Issued Military Rifle Course A (Table 7) is used for the Vintage Military Rifle Match. Shooters begin with five sighting shots and ten shots for record in prone in a 15-minute time period. This is followed by 10 shots rapid-fire prone in 80 seconds. The final ten record shots are fired in the standing position with a 10-minute time limit.
John C. Garand Match – 18 July 2015
The National John C. Garand Match is a CMP Games event where competitors must use “as-issued” U. S. M1 Garands in the regular John C. Garand Match or they may use National Match or certain modified M1 Garands in a new Unlimited Garand Category. The Garand Match Course of Fire is designed so that both new and experienced shooters can complete it. As a result, the Garand Match attracts large numbers of recreation-oriented shooters who come to this match because its combination of camaraderie, history and competitive challenge makes firing in this match an especially enjoyable experience. The John C. Garand Match is a very colorful match, with many competitors appearing in World War II and World War I period military uniforms. The priorities for Garand Match day are clearly on fun, fellowship, enjoyment and respect for tradition. Both Rodriguez and Viale Ranges will be utilized for Garand Match firing.
The 200-yard As-Issued Military Rifle Match Course A (Table 7) is used for the Garand Match. Shooters begin with five sighting or practice shots and then shoot ten shots for record in the prone position in a 15-minute time period. This is followed by 10 shots rapid-fire prone in 80 seconds. The final ten record shots are fired in the standing position with a 10-minute time limit.
National CMP Games Matches Closing - 20 July 2015
The last event of National Trophy Matches week is the closing ceremony and the presentation of awards for the Vintage Sniper Match, M1 Carbine, Springfield, Vintage Military Rifle and John C. Garand Matches. This ceremony will take place on Petrarca Range shortly after the Springfield-Vintage Military Rifle Match concludes at approximately 5:00 PM on Sunday. All competitors in any of the CMP Games Matches are encouraged to attend this short, but meaningful closing of the 2015 Matches.
For more information on the National CMP Games Events, view the Official Match Program or contact the CMP Competitions Department at [email protected] or (419) 635-2141, ext. 706 or 714.
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