John C. Garand Match

Civilian Marksmanship ProgramNational CMP GamesJohn C. Garand Match

GENERAL INFORMATION: 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 Garand’s in the 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.

COURSE OF FIRE: The 200-yard As-Issued Military Rifle Match Course A is used for the Garand Match.

AS-ISSUED M1 GARANDS: Rifles used in the John C. Garand Match must be “as-issued” U. S. M1 Garand rifles, M1941 Johnson or Caliber .30 U. S. M1 Carbines that comply with Competition Rules for CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Matches

FIREARM INSPECTIONS. All firearms, to be used in any CMP Games or CMP Service Rifle event, are required to be inspected by a CMP sanctioned armorer prior to any live fire at every event.  Competitors will be required to present all applicable scorecards to the CMP Armorer in order to complete the inspection process. To expedite the inspection process, competitors are requested to apply their competitor label to each score card. Please include the last four digits of the serial number for the firearm to be used in the bottom right hand corner of the scorecard. Upon completion of the firearm inspection process, each scorecard will receive a stamp of approval from the CMP Armorer, indicating that no safety violations or rules compliance issues were observed at the time of inspection.  Each rifle will also receive an inspection tag, verifying participation in the inspection process. Any inspection tags from prior events are to be removed at the time of inspection.

Upon conclusion of firing, any scorecard received by CMP staff which does not bear the CMP Armorer’s stamp, will be entered as “Out-of-Competition. To accommodate unforeseeable circumstances, competitors will receive a 30 minute window after completion of firing in which a fired rifle may still be inspected. 

UNLIMITED GARANDS: Unlimited Garand Category allows shooters with many M1 Garands that were not previously allowed in the Garand Match to now fire those rifles in the National Matches. Competitors with National Match M1s, .308 M1s, commercial M1s or Garands with glass bedding or shims may fire those rifles in this new class. Detailed rules are given in Rule 5.2.5 in the Competition Rules for CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Matches. All John C. Garand Match scores will be divided into As-Issued Garand and Unlimited Garand Categories.

AMMUNITION: Competitors in this match must bring their own ammunition that complies with Rule 4.3.3. Hand loads may be fired. NO AMMUNITION WILL BE ISSUED FOR THIS MATCH.

OTHER RULES: Rules governing the Garand Match are found in the Competition Rules for CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Matches (see especially Rule 4.6.2). Competitors who wish to compete for overall awards must follow Rule 3.7.9 (standing prior to rapid fire stages). The Garand Rifle Match is a no alibi match; there are no re-fires for rifle or ammunition malfunctions. It is important that rifles and especially rifle chambers are clean and in good working condition so as to minimize the possibility of malfunctions or difficult cartridge extractions (often caused by rough or dirty chambers). Competitors may use spotting scopes for shooting or scoring. Cloth, canvas or leather shooting jackets may be used. Standard-issue web or leather slings or slings of this same type are permitted. Shooting gloves or mitts and ground cloths or shooting mats may be used.

AWARDS: All competitors who complete the match and turn in scorecards will receive a John C. Garand Match T-shirt. Special gold, silver and bronze Garand Match Achievement Medals, with neck ribbons, will be presented to competitors who shoot qualifying scores. The Achievement Award Scores are listed in the CMP Games Rules. The John C. Garand Trophy is awarded to the competitor who fires the highest score with an As-Issued M1 Garand (rifle must have been inspected after the match) (the competitor receives a trophy plaque and his/her name is permanently engraved on the trophy; the trophy is retained by the CMP on permanent display at Camp Perry). CMP Recognition Plaques will be presented to the high junior, high senior and high grand senior who fire As-Issued M1 Garands in the match. An award plaque is also awarded to the Unlimited Class winner.

ENTRY FEES: $45.00 for adults, $25.00 for juniors.