By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has revamped its 2018 Travel Games schedule, adding even more elite competitive shooting opportunities for participants and establishing its own Classification System.
In 2018, the CMP will take over the Creedmoor Cup Matches, traditionally fired at the conclusion of the CMP Travel Matches, along with introducing new events to the CMP Oklahoma and New England Games. All additional matches will be fired on CMP Targets, a user-friendly electronic target system that instantaneously produces shot placement and eliminates the need for pit duty – allowing quicker matches and less physical strain, absolutely suited for new or experienced competitors of virtually all ages and sizes.
The New Matches:
Additional matches at the Travel Games include Excellence In Competition (EIC) events for those aiming to receive the 30 points needed to earn a Distinguished Rifleman Badge. All regular CMP events, such as the Small Arms Firing School, various vintage rifle competitions and pistol matches, will still be included on the Travel Games schedule.
Matches added to the 2018 Travel Games include:
- Oklahoma CMP Cup & CMP Games Matches – two 80 Shot (800 Aggregate) Matches and a 4-Man Team Match
- Eastern CMP Cup & CMP Games Matches – The three Creedmoor 80 Shot Matches will now be changed to three 80 Shot CMP Cup Matches (800 Aggregate). A 4-Man Team Match and EIC Rifle Match will still be fired.
- New England CMP Cup & CMP Games Matches – two 80 Shot (800 Aggregate) Matches and a 4-Man Team Match
- Western CMP Cup & CMP Games Matches – The three Creedmoor 80 Shot Matches will now be changed to two 100 Shot (1000 Aggregate) Matches. A 4-Man Team Match and EIC Rifle Match will still be fired.
All matches will now follow CMP Highpower Rifle Competition Rules, and all the Individual Service Rifle Matches will count towards the new CMP Classification System.
The CMP Classification System:
The CMP will recognize and sanction matches for two different types of highpower rifle shooting. Match sponsors will be able to use either National Trophy Event Rules (that will continue to be no-sighter matches with competitors starting rapid-fire in standing) or new CMP Cup Match Rules (that will allow sighters and let competitors start rapid-fire series in position).
The National Trophy Event Rules will continue to be used for National Trophy Matches, EIC matches and matches where match sponsors choose to use them. CMP Cup Match Rules will be available for match sponsors that want to conduct 800- and 1000-point events like the Creedmoor Cup Matches.
Here are some of the significant changes that will be allowed by the new CMP Cup Match rules:
- The use of sighters is authorized for all team and individual matches, except for the EIC match.
- Competitors will remain in position for rapid-fire stages for both team and individual matches, except for the EIC matches or the National Trophy Rifle Matches.
- Match Rifles are allowed and will have their own category for awards, and results will count towards classification.
- CMP rules and NRA rules governing alibis differ greatly. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the new 22nd Edition (current draft) of the CMP Highpower Competition Rules: http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-competitions-rulebooks/.
All Travel Games schedules have been rearranged to accommodate the latest additions. More information and new schedules are posted online: http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-travel-games/.
About the CMP Travel Games:
The Travel Games are regional competitions held throughout the year, featuring exclusive CMP rifle and pistol outdoor events. A common part of the CMP schedule for the last decade, the Games are centered around recreation-oriented competition and educational activities that are designed to accommodate experienced marksmen as well as those hoping to learn more.
Participants at the Travel Games events also get a first-hand look at CMP Targets – an electronic target system, powered by Kongsberg Target Systems, that displays immediate shot scores on a monitor beside each competitor. The use of the targets eliminates the need for pit duty, creating faster match completions and easing the physical wear for competitors.