National Springfield Rifle Match

Civilian Marksmanship ProgramNational CMP GamesNational Springfield Rifle Match

GENERAL INFORMATION:  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.

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


RIFLES: Rifles used in the Springfield Rifle Match must be “as-issued” U. S. M1903 or M1903A3 Springfield rifles 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 afte

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 Springfield/Vintage Military Rifle Match are found in the Competition Rules for CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Matches (see especially Rule 4.6.3). Competitors who wish to compete for overall awards must follow Rule 3.7.9 (standing prior to rapid fire stages). The Springfield Rifle Match is a no alibi match; there are no refires 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. Scopes do not need to be turned away from the target during the rapid-fire stage. 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 Springfield/Vintage Military Rifle Match T-shirt. Special gold, silver and bronze Springfield Match Achievement Medals, with neck ribbons, will be presented to competitors who shoot qualifying scores. Springfield Match Medal award scores listed in the CMP Games Rules. The Springfield Rifle Trophy will be presented to the competitor who fires the highest score in the Springfield Rifle 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 in the Springfield Match.

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