Clinics and Schools

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Clinics and Schools

The National Matches are our biggest event! In addition to the competitions themselves, there are many schools, clinics and special activities that combine to make this week a complete shooting sports experience for everyone who comes to the National Matches.

Check the list below to find training events or other activities that will be of interest to you during your trip to the National Matches. The current clinic schedule includes these training opportunities:

Clinics and schools are a great opportunity for beginners to receive instruction from CMP staff members.


  • A CMP Rimfire Clinic with live fire will be held: 13 July 2024
  • Pistol School: 15 July 2024
  • Advanced Pistol SAFS: 15 July 2024
  • Smallbore School: 18 July 2024
  • Rifle School: 27-28 July 2024

These schools offer beginning shooters special hands-on instruction that starts from the beginning with safety, nomenclature, clearing, loading and unloading, shot technique and basic firing positions.

Intermediate SAFS instruction focuses on teaching and practicing competition techniques.

The Advanced Pistol and Rifle Courses  focus on the fundamentals, understanding training methods, and building a mental approach to competitive shooting. Click here for more information.

CMP Advanced Highpower Clinic: 26-28 July 2024

The Advanced Highpower Clinic offers more complex instruction in service rifle competition techniques using classroom, range discussion and live fire. This course is open only to those who have attended the Advanced Small Arms Firing School at least once and have an “Expert” classification with the CMP or National Rifle Association.

Participants in the clinic must bring their own service rifles, ammunition and shooting equipment. They will receive Clinic T-shirt and certificate. Click here for more information.

CMP-USMC Junior Highpower Clinic: 26-28 July 2024

NOTE: Juniors who are new to highpower rifle shooting are required to attend a Rifle Small Arms Firing School first (see dates above) before registering for the USMC Clinic.

The CMP-USMC Junior Highpower Rifle Clinic offers advanced instruction in service rifle competition techniques. Members of the U. S. Marine Corps Rifle Team teach the clinic. The CMP provides administrative support for the clinic.

The clinic includes classroom instruction and range firing at 200, 300 and 600 yards. It is open to junior highpower rifle shooters who have previous service rifle competition experience. Click here for more information.

Infantry Trophy Clinic: 1 August 2024, 5:30-6:30PM

Held at Building 950 (directly behind Rodriguez Range) for classroom instruction (no live firing in this clinic). This clinic is taught by the U.S. Marine Corps Rifle Team and includes classroom instruction on Infantry Trophy firing techniques.

Anyone who plans to shoot in the Infantry Team Match for the first time is strongly encouraged to attend this clinic on the rules and procedures for this unique team event.

As-Issued Military Rifle Clinics

NOTE: Any CMP Games competitors who have not previously fired in one of these matches are required to attend a clinic before they fire. All other competitors in these matches are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the information presented.

These free one-hour clinics will cover the Garand-Springfield-Vintage Matches with instruction and demonstrations. Topics include match rules, shooting positions and techniques, scoring and pit pulling procedures and how to fire the courses of fire. The clinic is open to all competitors.

Clinic Dates & Times (Held at Building 950 – directly behind Rodriguez Range):

  • Thursday, 1 August 2024 –  9:00AM-10:00AM and 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • Friday, 2 August 2024 –  9:00AM-10:00AM

The GSM New Competitor Clinic is also available during the CMP Games events. Click here for more information.

CMP Affiliated Clubs also hold clinics throughout the country. Click here to view upcoming clinics.

M1 Maintenance Clinic: 3 August 2024, 4:30 – 6:30PM

Held at Building 950 (directly behind Rodriguez Range), CMP Armorers will present this two-hour clinic on disassembly, assembly and maintenance of M1 Garand. Special attention will be given to accurizing steps that can be taken with this rifle and still keep it legal for firing in CMP-sanctioned As-Issued Military Rifle Matches.

The M1 Maintenance Clinic may also be available during the CMP Games events. Click here for more information.