Advanced Maintenance Class

Advanced Maintenance Class







With the overwhelming popularity of the CMP Advanced Maintenance Class, we have decided to increase the number of classes to 12 for 2015. Each class will be a three-day event and have a capacity of 20 students. CLASSES ARE HELD IN ANNISTON, AL ONLY.

2015 AMC Class Dates:

December 4-6

December 8-10

The Lottery For Registration:

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Registration was held in Nov/Dec 2014 and we used a lottery system that utilized our Competition Tracker software. This allowed individuals to register for the classes they could attend and applicants were randomly drawn to attend the class or be placed on a waitlist.

New this year:

We will be trying two special “buddy” classes. Last year, we had many requests to help facilitate pairs of students wanting to take the class together, such as father/son, husband/wife, brothers or just friends. These two special classes are scheduled for June 12-14 and June 16-18. 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 the fee of $1800.00 and send in the paperwork requirements.

CMP Custom Shop:

1803 Coleman Rd, Anniston, Alabama

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is pleased to announce the first “CMP-AMC” or Advanced Maintenance Class for students with strong mechanical aptitude and a desire to learn how to work on their M1 Garand rifle. The first AMC class of 20 students was held Friday, 1 November 2013 at the CMP’s Custom Shop in Anniston.

The three-day class is intended for individuals interested in knowing how the M1 Garand rifle functions in detail, as well as those desiring 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 CMP Special 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 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).

There is a $1,800 fee for the class and includes the CMP Special Rifle that participants will build in the class and three lunches that are provided. The class fee of $805.00 will be charged to the credit card when paperwork is received. Cancellation requests may be submitted by email or phone to the Custom Shop at [email protected] or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 513. Cancellations received at least 30 days prior to the class will receive a full refund. Any cancellation received 29 days or less will receive a 25% refund ($200.00). The balance of the class fee plus applicable taxes and shipping costs for the CMP Special Rifle will be charged to the credit card provided during the class.


If you want more information about CMP AMC, please contact Chris Hord via email at [email protected] or the CMP Custom Shop at (256) 835-8455, ext. 514.