Anthony Kissik

MATHEWS, ALABAMA

State Director Info

Background

  • American Legion, Department Virginia, Post 290, Executive Committee Chair
  • Virginia Junior Marksmanship Program Assistant
  • Junior High Powered Coach
  • American Legion, Department Alabama Junior Shooting Chairman
  • American Legion, Department Alabama, Post 133,
  • Junior Air Rifle Coach River Region
  • Friends NRA Committee Member

Personal Info

Married to Susie Kissik. We have 2 boys, Matthew, 22, currently attending Texas A & M, and intends to accept an Air Force Commission. Dawson, 16, currently attending 11th grade and hopes to compete on a collegiate rifle team. I enjoy spending time and traveling with Susie, hunting, and attending shooting competitions.

Goals/Hopes

Increase the number of shoulder-to-shoulder Junior Air Rifle and Smallbore Matches and increase the number of participants at the current Junior Air Rifle Matches. In addition, I would like to increase the number of Junior High Powered shooters who are interested in competing at the high powered matches across the country to include Talladega Marksmanship Park and the CMP National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio.

CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park Offers Monthly Activities During Fall Season

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” is gearing up for another season full of rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery events for the public to enjoy during the fall months!

A destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and learning opportunities, Talladega features CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors as well as designated areas for a variety of purposes – designed for both experienced marksmen and women and those just beginning in the sport. The public is welcome into the park to test out their firearms, zero-in their guns for hunting season, to try something new or to simply take a tour of the grounds.

A man aims a rifle downrange on the 600-yard range
Talladega’s 600-yard rifle range includes a covered firing line and electronic targets.

Along with day-to-day activities, the CMP hosts its own monthly events at the park all year long, including:

  • Basic Marksmanship Clinics: Held each week for pistol, rifle and shotgun.
  • Talladega 600 – Nov. 14-20, 2022: Known as “A Southern Classic,” the Talladega 600 features popular recreation-oriented rifle and pistol matches as well as more advanced challenges like EIC and Aggregate competitions.
  • Match Tracker Steel Challenge: The Steel Challenge event (for pistol or pistol caliber rifle) includes five stages, with a minimum of 125 rounds to complete. A total of 175 is recommended per gun being fired.
  • USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association): The USPSA events include six stages, with approximately 115-230 rounds fired and divisions encompassing 9mm, .38 caliber, .40 caliber and .45 caliber.
  • 3×600 Monthly Match: The 3×600 rifle event is held on Talladega’s crowning 600-yard range, with a course of fire of 60 shots for record at 600 yards. Each string consists of two sighting shots and 20 shots for record.
  • Rimfire Sporter: The Rimfire Sporter rifle match is open to all ages and features .22 caliber competition in three classes: O-Class for open sights, T-Class for telescopes and TU for tactical/unlimited – fired at 50 and 25 yards.
  • 3-Gun Monthly Match: This is a multi-gun, practical shooting event where each of the stages requires the competitor to use and transition between a combination of rifles, handguns and shotguns. The Talladega Marksmanship Park’s 3-gun matches are held every 4th Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
  • 800 Aggregate: Competition course for this rifle event is 80 total record shots: 20 shots at 200 yards (standing), 20 shots at 200 yards (sitting rapid fire) 20 shots at 300 yards (prone rapid fire) in 70 seconds and 20 shots at 600 yards (prone slow fire). There will be two sighters at every stage.

The park also holds Regular Monthly Specials, like:

Thursday Specials, receive $5 off a whole day of rifle/pistol ranges or one round of clays

  • First Thursday of the month: Ladies Day
  • Second Thursday of the month: Public Service Workers Day (firemen, police, EMTs, etc.)
  • Third Thursday of the month: Military Day
  • Fourth Thursday of the month: College Student Day 

Bring a Friend Special: Bring a new shooter and receive $5 off a daily range pass or clays for you as well as your guest!

All visitors to the park may also fire on the Unknown Distance Range – featuring over 100 stationary targets set at various yardages and reaching distances as far as 620 yards – or CMP’s Archery Range, which includes 20 lanes of life-size targets and a 30×60-yard practice range.

For shotgun enthusiasts, Talladega maintains a one-mile Sporting Clays Loop as well as 5-Stand, Trap and Wobble Trap areas. Additionally, Talladega hosts NSCA Registered Target Sporting Clay Shoots and other shotgun events throughout the year.

A group of three people shooting on the Unknown Distance range.
The targets of the Unknown Distance Range are capable of being set up at various yardages, up to 620 yards.
An archer standing on the pratice range, having just released an arrow.
The Archery Range, completed in early 2022, houses 3D targets and a 30×60 practice range.
A man shooting from a sporting clays stand.
Talladega’s sporting clays field features 15 stations around the facility.

Off the firing line, the facility’s Club House holds a stocked Pro Shop (open during park hours) that includes a collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia. Park hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Monday/Tuesday).

Stay connected to upcoming events and more at Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/competitions/talladega-marksmanship-park/. Follow the Park on social media at https://www.facebook.com/cmptalladegamarksmanshippark/ and https://www.instagram.com/cmptalladega/.

CMP’s Annual Anniston Dixie Doubles Air Gun Match Returns – with the Famous Target Sprint!

ANNISTON, Ala. – Registration is now open for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 13th annual Anniston Dixie Doubles Air Rifle and Air Pistol Competition, set to fire Nov. 3-5, 2022, at the South Competition Center in Alabama.

Rifle athletes standing at the firing line.
The annual Anniston Dixie Doubles is held at the South Competition Center in Alabama.

The event is fired on the state-of-the-art electronic targets housed within the facility and features two days of 60 Shot international air rifle and air pistol competitions for adults and juniors, along with a final to end each day. Additionally, a two-person (adult and junior pair) aggregate team event is held concurrently with the open shooting competition. Overall competitors are awarded each individual day as well as from the combined, two-day aggregate scores.

Pistol athlete aiming downrange.
The international-style event features 60 shot air rifle and air pistol competition.

Hosting a variety of individuals from around the country, including Olympians and national-level athletes, the Anniston Dixie Doubles serves as a learning opportunity for new, upcoming competitors and is also a worthwhile challenge for experienced marksmen and women.

Girl running outside during the target sprint event.
The fun and popular Target Sprint event returns in 2022!

Returning to the Dixie Doubles in 2022 after a short hiatus is the exciting Target Sprint competition! Firing on Saturday, Nov. 4, participants in the Target Sprint run along a marked path, occasionally stopping to fire air rifles at five 10-meter falling targets – knocking all over before continuing the race. The first to cross the finish line wins! This fun event is open to all competitors and non-competitors, ages 10 and up, who have completed a basic rifle safety class. Sign up now for one of the South’s most popular air gun competitions! For more information about the Anniston Dixie Doubles and to register, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/dixie-double/.

Reichert Claims 4-Gun Aggregate, Springfield Record at CMP’s 2022 Talladega D-Day Event

Richard Reichert, 68, of Vienna, Illinois, was the recipient of the special 4-Gun rifle aggregate award at the 2022 Talladega D-Day Matches. The event was held June 8-12 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Reichert’s outstanding performances in the Garand, Vintage Military, Modern Military and Springfield Matches earned him the 3-Gun rifle aggregate honor and the overall win in the 4-Gun category, where he received a new stock donated by Dupage Trading Company. Reichert also set a new Springfield D-Day Match record, firing an excellent score of 285-7X.

Competitor aiming vintage rifle downrange.
The Talladega D-Day event is a mix of vintage and modern competitions for all ages.

Additional donations to match winners were given by the Garand Collectors Association, which presented CMP Gift Certificates to the overall leading competitor of the Garand Match and the second place finishers in the Vintage Sniper Semi-Auto category.

Talladega’s D-Day event commemorates the anniversary of the 1944 Allied Forces landing at France’s Normandy Beach, paying tribute to the valiant heroes of the World War II generation through a variety marksmanship competitions and activities scattered throughout the 500 acres of Talladega Marksmanship Park. Such matches held during the week included classic service rifle and vintage rifle competitions mixed with challenging pistol opportunities. Modern matches, such as the Garand Iron Man EIC introduced at last year’s D-Day, returned to the event for guests to enjoy in 2022.

Leading the Service M1 Garand category of the new Iron Man match was Scott Godwin, 47, of Auburn, Alabama, with a score of 471-7X, as Steven Dekich, 64, also of Auburn, fired a score of 441-4X to claim the win in the As-Issued M1 Garand category.

Competitor resting his M1 Garand before loading and taking a shot downrange.
Part of the D-Day events is the Garand Iron Man EIC Match – a new challenge for vintage enthusiasts.

Andrew Granberry, 59, of Germantown, Tennessee, broke his own D-Day Match record he had set last year within the As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match Course – crushing his previous score of 349-9X by nearly 20 points. He went on to set another new match record in the Military & Police Pistol Match by just one point, accumulating a score of 360-8X overall. 

Granberry overtook the record from Kyle Kirschenmann, 58, of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, who made up for losing one record by setting another in the Roosevelt Commemorative rifle match with a score of 287-5X. It was only three points above the previous record, which Kirschenmann set himself at last year’s D-Day event.

Also claiming a new match record was team Watson Squared, James and Curt Watson, who earned a score of 393-15X in the Vintage Sniper Manual Match. The pair narrowly surpassed the previous record of 393-12X – besting the score by x-count.

Junior shooting M1 Garand during the CMP D-Day Matches.
Talladega’s D-Day event brings together American history and friendly competition on the range.

Other overall results of the 2022 Talladega D-Day Match include:

Benchrest Garand Match: Charlotte Carroll, 15, Opelika, Alabama – 283-5X

Garand Iron Man EIC Service M1 Garand: Scott Godwin, 47, Auburn, Alabama – 471-7X

Garand Iron Man EIC As-Issued M1 Garand: Steven Dekich, 64, Auburn, Alabama – 441-4X

Garand Match: Joseph McMillan, 62, Greenville, North Carolina – 287-5X

Springfield Match: Richard Reichert, 68, Vienna, Illinois – 285-7X

Vintage Military Match: Geoff Bateman, 61, Powder Springs, Georgia – 285-8X

3-Gun Aggregate: Richard Reichert, 68, Vienna, Illinois – 826-10X

Roosevelt Commemorative Match: Kyle Kirschenmann, 58, Tellico Plains, Tennessee – 287-5X 

Special 4-Gun Aggregate Award: Richard Reichert, 68, Vienna, Illinois – 1099-13X

Carbine Match: Timothy Adamson, 49, Hueytown, Alabama – 347-8X

Competitor firing a pistol downrange during the CMP D-Day Matches.
Along with rifle matches, D-Day offers pistol opportunities for guests to enjoy.

As-Issued 1911 Pistol Match:  Andrew Granberry, 59, Germantown, Tennessee – 366-5X

Military & Police Pistol Match: Andrew Granberry, 59, Germantown, Tennessee – 360-8X

Vintage Sniper Manual: Watson Squared (James Watson, Curt Watson) – 393-15X

Vintage Sniper Semi-Automatic: ADBD (Brian Dobish, Amy Dobish) – 361-5X

View a complete list of results of the D-Day Match on the CMP’s Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/2022TallDDa9yResults. Photos of the match are available for viewing and free download at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f727817099.

CMP's Rifle Range at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park is equipped with electronic targets.
The Talladega D-Day event is held at CMP’s 500-acre Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.

About Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery opportunities for guests to enjoy. The park Club House consists of 13,000 square feet of useable space and includes CMP’s Pro Shop, which is loaded with firearms, ammunition, shooting accessories and CMP memorabilia.

The facility is open to the public all year long, Wednesday through Sunday. Find a list of monthly events and other happenings at the Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

Civilian Marksmanship Program Provides Unique Activities for Local Fun

Ready to try something new? Planning your next family or friend group get-together? Look no further than the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s public events! 

With world-class facilities in the Anniston and Talladega areas, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) offers marksmanship prospects not only to the those around the country but within central-east Alabama as well! The wide variety of programs in just about every shooting discipline imaginable provide something for everyone. Whether an experienced marksman or a beginner who has never fired before, CMP’s educated staff members are always on-site to ensure safety and to welcome those to a sport that’s accessible right in Alabama’s own backyard.

CMP South Competition Center firing line with participants firing in a supported position.
The South CMP Range hosts Open Public timeslots every week for new and experienced guests.

South CMP Competition Center in Anniston:

The South CMP Competition Center includes the CMP South Store, which is fully stocked with equipment and memorabilia needs, along with an 80-point indoor air gun range, fitted with electronic targets. The climate-controlled facility hosts Open Public Nights every week, where individuals of all ages are welcome to bring their own air rifle or air pistol to fire for practice or fun. Those who are new to the sport and may not own an air gun are welcome to rent one from the CMP during their visit. The air guns use pellets for firing and are easy to handle – no noise or kickback!

The range is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests may also visit by appointment Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. And don’t forget, the CMP hosts Monthly Matches for those who are ready for competition! For more on the South Competition Center, visit https://thecmp.org/ranges/cmp-competition-centers/.

CMP Talladega aerial view of the Highpower Range and Clubhouse
The 500-acre Talladega Marksmanship Park offers rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery opportunities.

Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Known as “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters. Maintaining several features that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery events all year long. 

The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega allows guests to practice in a field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, while the 3D Archery Range contains 20 lanes of life-size targets and a practice range. The rifle range is equipped with electronic targets that automatically raise and lower at 200, 300 and 600 yards, meaning those on the covered firing line never have to move. Monitors at each firing point provide instant feedback. The park also provides a number of pistol ranges for visitors to enjoy. 

For those who are new to marksmanship or want to hone their skills, the CMP holds monthly educational courses – led by certified instructors on the range. The park also hosts monthly competitions, open to all experience levels!

The public is welcome daily to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes a collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and memorabilia. Visit https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/ to see all the park has to offer!

Ready to learn more? Visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ to view all the available programs provided throughout the year! 

About the CMP:

The CMP is a federally chartered non-profit corporation dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training as well as the promotion of marksmanship competition across the United States. Though the CMP places an emphasis on youth, the organization strives to provide both competitive and learning opportunities for all ages.

Sign Up Now for CMP’s Annual 5K & 1K Fun Run at Talladega Marksmanship Park

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Calling all runners! The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will again host the annual CMP 5K Range Run & 1K Fun Run – set for Sept. 24, 2022, at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.

The event is a USA Track & Field certified 5K race. Once again the CMP will partner with the Presbyterian Home for Children in Alabama.

Runner at the finish line
The Talladega 5K & 1K Fun Run is open to guests of all ages.

As in the past, the CMP 5K Range Run & 1K Fun Run will follow a course designed along the paved pathways of the Talladega Marksmanship Park. The park’s 500 acres of scenic foothills allow an open space for all participants to enjoy. Runners will also have the chance to observe the several unique areas of the outdoor facility, like the 600-yard electronic highpower range, pistol bays, shotgun sporting clay fields and archery range.

Ample parking is available onsite, with clean restrooms located throughout the grounds and a fully-stocked CMP Store located within the park’s Club House.

Runners participating in the CMP's 5K at the Talladega Marksmanship Park.
The course is lined along the pathways of CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park.

The 5K race will begin at 7 a.m., with the 1K Fun Run following at 8 a.m. Awards will be administered to the top three overall males and top three overall females, along with individual age group awards. Door prizes will also be drawn at random.

Entry fees for the 5K are $18 before Aug. 31, 2022, and $25 after that date. Members of the military and their families or members of the Anniston or Gadsden Runners Club or the Birmingham Track Club may enter for $15. Entry for the 1K Fun Run is $5.  There are no discounts after Sept. 1, 2022.

Those interested may register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Talladega/CMP5KRangeRun. For more information, email CMP’s Matt Camp at [email protected]. We hope to see you there!

Family poses after the race with Spongebob and Patrick after the race.
The Talladega 5K provides fun for the whole family!

About the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, while the 20-lane life-size 3D target Archery Range provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

The public is welcome daily, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/ to learn more. 

About CMP Youth Events:

The CMP’s youth programs reach hundreds of young adults through outreach endeavors and matches held at its Anniston and Talladega, Alabama, facilities, as well as at its Port Clinton, Ohio, location. In addition, the CMP conducts summer camps to teach marksmanship skills, discipline and teamwork that are necessary to compete in shooting events. These camps are conducted in various locations throughout the U.S. through the use of its mobile and traveling target systems. Learn more about the CMP at https://thecmp.org/

About the Presbyterian Home for Children:

Raising Hopes, Growing Confidence, & Nurturing Faith Since 1868. The Presbyterian Home for Children serves children, young adults, and families from throughout Alabama who seek healing and hope for their precious lives. To learn more, visit www.phfc.org.

CMP Introduces Monthly 3D Archery Tournaments at Talladega Marksmanship Park

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is excited to announce the addition of monthly 3D Archery Tournaments, held at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. The event is open to the public, with both new and experienced individuals welcome to compete.

Archery competitor aiming at target
The CMP’s Monthly 3D Archery Tournaments will include 20 total scored targets for each participant.

Talladega’s Monthly 3D Archery Tournaments are designed for archery shooters who are hunters or for those who simply love using a bow and arrow. The tournaments follow ASA (Archery Shooters Association) rules and are fired upon professional Delta McKenzie Targets. Practice bags will also be available for sighting and warm up. Entry fee is $7.50 for Juniors (ages 10-17) and $15 for Adults (18 and over).

Though the events are held over two days, individuals may choose one day to complete his or her 20 total targets for score. This year’s dates include:

  • April 15 & 16
  • May 14 & 15
  • June 11 & 12
  • July 9 & 10
  • August 20 & 21
  • September 10 & 11
Archery competitor aiming with bow
Shooters ages 10 and over who love to hunt or use a bow and arrow are welcome to sign up for the Monthly 3D Archery Tournaments.

Guests may register early or on the day of each match. For more information, visit https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/3d-archery-range/. Questions should be directed to William Chapman at 256-474-4408 ext. 21421 or [email protected]

About the Talladega 3D Archery Range:

Opening in 2021, the 3D Archery Range at Talladega Marksmanship Park is located on the shotgun side of the grounds and outfitted with 20 lanes of life-size 3D targets, specially painted to look like live animals in their natural habitat. The foam Delta-McKenzie targets are designed to fit along pathways tucked between the trees of Talladega’s terrain and can be arranged from 15 to 50 yards. The archery area also contains a 30×60-yard practice range.

Archery 3D target
The targets used in the tournaments are manufactured by Delta McKenzie – a company often featured at national-level events.

About the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, and provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

The public is welcome daily, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Learn more at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park Introduces New Monthly Match Awards

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has announced a new series of awards for competitors who participate in the Talladega Marksmanship Park’s Monthly 800 Aggregate and Monthly 3X600 service rifle matches. 

Like other CMP Monthly events, a Monthly Match League has been designed for the 800 Aggregate and 3×600 competitions – collecting and comparing scores accumulated at each match. League awards will be based on consistent participation in the events, with the top scores used to determine overall awards. Participants must fire in a minimum of seven 800 Aggregate or 3×600 Monthly Matches to be considered.

Prone rifle competitor aiming downrange.
Each month, the CMP offers 800 Aggregate and 3×600 service rifle events at its own Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.

Individual recognitions, presented at the end of the year, will include Most Improved and High Junior as well as other special award categories and prizes. The Top Three competitors with the highest overall average scores will also be recognized and presented with seasonal discounts for the following year at Talladega Marksmanship Park. Third place will receive three free Monthly 800 Aggregate Matches, second place will receive five free Monthly 800 Aggregate Matches and the overall winner will receive all Monthly 800 Aggregate Match fees paid for the 2023 shooting season. The same prize structure will be used for the Monthly 3×600 event.

Questions on the Talladega Monthly Match Awards may be directed to Christina Roguski at [email protected]. All questions on the Monthly 800 Aggregate and 3×600 Matches may be sent to Bret Lankford at [email protected].  

Come be a part of this challenging and fun opportunity! Learn more about all of Talladega Marksmanship Park’s daily, monthly and annual events by visiting the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

About the Monthly 800 Aggregate and 3×600 Matches:

The Monthly 800 Aggregate service rifle match is a total of 80 shots, fired at distances of 200, 300 and 600 yards in standing, sitting and prone positions. Open to new or experienced marksmen, the match utilizes Talladega’s outdoor electronic target line, meaning no need to move firing lines or perform pit duty. Entry fee is $50 for adults and $30 for juniors (18 and under). View more details at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/800pt-aggregate-monthly-match/.

The service rifle Monthly 3×600 event is 60 shots at 600 yards – fired in strings of two sighting shots and 20 shots for record (the first string includes unlimited sighters). Like the 800 Aggregate, the 3×600 match utilizes Talladega’s outdoor electronic target line for competitor convenience on the range. Entry fee is $35 for adults and $25 for juniors (18 and under). View more details at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/3×600-yard-matches/.

About the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, while the 20-lane life-size 3D target Archery Range provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park Logo

The public is welcome daily, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours.

The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park offers Rifle classes, along with Pistol and Shotgun classes, which introduce new marksmanship to the sport. The class includes both classroom and live fire. Find out more details by contact Bret Lankford at [email protected].  

CMP Club News: Alabama’s GunPort Academy Hosts Boy Scouts in January

Submitted by Wm. Gary Mozingo, U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Retired)

GunPort Academy and Range, a CMP Affiliated Club, celebrated a much-anticipated day on Jan. 8, 2022, when it hosted a fine group of Boy Scouts, Troop 292, out of Mobile, Alabama. 

Boy scout on range receiving instruction.
The GunPort Academy range welcomed Boy Scout Troop 292 for a day of marksmanship.

The visit started with a brief history of the evolution of law and a review of The War for Independence – beginning at George Washington’s Valley Forge all the way through to the first permanent settlement in North America, Jamestown. The group also learned about the writing of the U.S. Constitution, the need for a Bill of Rights and reviewed the first 10 Amendments.

Just prior to leaving for the range, the Boy Scouts were instructed on safety, marksmanship and range etiquette. Once on the range, each participant shot four action types: bolt, lever, pump and semi-automatic rifles chambered in .22 caliber. The scouts were consistently ringing steel at 100 and 200 yards. No safety violations were witnessed, and the parents were well behaved.  

The rifles used were bolt, lever, pump and semi-automatic rifles chambered in .22 caliber.
each participant shot four action types: bolt, lever, pump and semi-automatic rifles chambered in .22 caliber.

Working with youth is always enjoyable for us. We are looking forward to doing this again at GunPort. Also, if you ever find yourself on the Gulf Coast, be sure to stop by.

Boy scouts on the range.
Boy scouts on the range.

About GunPort Academy:

GunPort Academy, a tactical firearms training school, is proud to be a CMP Affiliated Club. The Academy is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico – just 15 minutes from Dauphin Island in Mobile County, Alabama. Learn more about GunPort Academy at https://www.firstclassarmstraining.org/.       

If you’d like to find your local club, visit the CMP Competition Tracker Page at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=clubSearch to become involved. To become a CMP Affiliated Club, visit https://thecmp.org/clubs/affiliate/

Have an article to share or want to highlight your CMP Affiliated Club?  Send us your photos, reports and articles to highlight in The First Shot – email [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

A Note from the CMP: At the CMP, we are not only dedicated to an increasing number of those involved in marksmanship within our own programs but are also devoted to supporting the efforts of those who are creating their own legacies in their own ways. Our Club News articles are our way of displaying the successes of our clubs, in the hopes of encouraging others to take the same respectable paths – both in marksmanship and in life. We are proud of our clubs for all of their endeavors and are honored to show them off within our news feed. 

Sign Up Now for CMP’s 2022 Talladega D-Day Marksmanship Event

Mark your calendars as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will again welcome competitors and guests to its annual Talladega D-Day rifle and pistol event, set to be held June 8-12, 2022, at the CMP’s own Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Registration is currently open, so sign up now to join in on this commemorative occasion!

Competitor firing a pistol at target.
CMP’s Talladega D-Day event is full of competitive and educational options for rifle and pistol enthusiasts.

Talladega’s D-Day celebration honors the anniversary of the 1944 Allied Forces landing at France’s Normandy Beach. Visitors to the event are able to pay homage to the valiant heroes of the World War II generation through the diverse marksmanship competitions and activities scattered throughout the 500 acres of Talladega Marksmanship Park.

The 2022 D-Day event will include the return of contemporary match favorites, like the Garand Iron Man EIC Rifle Match that allows competitors to fire a Service M1 Garand or As-Issued M1 Garand toward possible Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) points. A Rimfire Sporter Rifle Benchrest Match, which incorporates the use of sandbags for increased stabilization for competitors as they fire .22 rifles in O-, T- or TU classes, and a Benchrest Garand Match are open to competitors of all ages and are ideal for those just beginning in rifle competition or those with ailments, eager to get back on the range.

Display of the Hall of Heroes, memorabilia, at the CMP Talladega Clubhouse.
CMP’s Talladega D-Day is a way of celebrating heroes of the past while participating in fun recreational events.

CMP’s traditional schedule of select Games events such as the GSMM, Carbine and Vintage Sniper rifle matches will mix with a series of popular pistol competitions, like the 1911 As-Issued and Military & Police matches. The Roosevelt Commemorative Match, using vintage M1903 Springfield or U.S. Krag rifles, will further show reverence the military firearms of the past through friendly, recreational competition.

Individuals at the Talladega D-Day event are also able to engage in CMP’s educational opportunities, including the M1 Maintenance Clinic, Range Officer Level II course and the GSMM New Shooter Clinic – each allowing a more concentrated look into the inner workings of rifle preservation and competition fundamentals, led by certified marksmanship professionals.

Competitor firing off a bench at a target.
The benchrest match is perfect for those just beginning in the sport or those needing extra support during competition.

Outside of regular D-Day competition, Talladega Marksmanship Park offers even more to explore with a shotgun trap field, two 5-stand fields and a 15-station sporting clays field with automated trap machines. Also be sure to check out the park’s Unknown Distance Range, featuring 12 metal targets in the shape of life-size animals (including elk, deer, bears and hogs) and the CMP’s new Archery Range! Both are only a short walk or golf cart ride away from the D-Day events on the grounds of Talladega.

Come be a part of the ceremonies, giveaways and World War II memorabilia on this special date in U.S history. For more information on Talladega D-Day, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/talladega-d-day-matches/

Rifle competitors on the firing line at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park.
Rifle matches are held on the covered firing line of Talladega’s 600-yard electronic range.

About Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery opportunities for guests to enjoy. The park Club House consists of 13,000 square feet of useable space and includes CMP’s Pro Shop, which is loaded with firearms, ammunition, shooting accessories and CMP memorabilia.

The facility is open to the public all year long, Wednesday through Sunday. Find a list of monthly events and other happenings at the Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park Highlights January Events

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is kicking off the new year with some of the classic events offered each month at its own Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.

Those searching for rifle opportunities during the winter months may participate in Talladega’s Monthly 3×600 Match, set for Jan. 15 on Range 1, which showcases the park’s versatile electronic target line. The course of fire for the 3×600 event will be 60 shots for record at 600 yards. Each string will consist of two sighting shots and 20 shots for record (the first string allows for unlimited sighters). Entry fee is $35 per shooter ($25 for juniors 18 and under).

Competitor in prone position with rifle
Each month, Talladega Marksmanship Park offers a variety of competitive events for the public to enjoy.

The USPSA Match will also take place on Saturday, Jan. 15. Six stages will be shot. USPSA divisions encompass 9mm, .38 cal, .40 cal and .45 cal. You will need a holster and at least 3 magazines and a mag pouch. Occasionally, some stages may involve as many as 32 rounds. They usually vary from 8-12 on the low end and 26-32 on the high end. Competitors may visit https://practiscore.com or reach out to the Match Director, Mark Hearn [email protected], for more information. 

Rifle enthusiasts may also return to the 600-yard Range 1 the following week on Jan. 22 to fire in the 800 Aggregate Rifle match. Competition course is 80 total record shots: 20 shots at 200 yards (standing), 20 shots at 200 yards (sitting rapid fire) 20 shots at 300 yards (prone rapid fire) in 70 seconds and 20 shots at 600 yards (prone slow fire), with two sighters at each stage. Entry fee is $50 for open competitors and $30 for junior competitors.

3-gun competitor aiming at target
Talladega Marksmanship Park’s 3-Gun match is held within the Action Pistol Bays.

That same day, a 3-Gun Monthly Match will be held within Talladega’s Action Pistol Bays, also located on the grounds. The 3-Gun is a practical shooting competition where each stage requires the competitor to use and transition between a combination of rifles, handguns and shotguns. For more information, visit 3-Gun Nation at http://3gunnation.com/news. Questions may be sent to Keegan Singleton, match director, at [email protected].  

Talladega’s monthly Rimfire Sporter rifle matches, which typically feature .22 caliber competition in open sights (O-Class), telescopic (T-Class) and tactical/unlimited (TU) classes, will take a break in January and February and will resume in March. 

The Pizza & Pew Steel Challenge will return in 2022 on Saturday, February 5. The cost of the match will be $25.00 for your first gun and $10.00 for a second gun if you choose to shoot a second pistol or pistol caliber rifle. (.22, 9mm, .40, .45) No high powered rifles allowed in the Steel Challenge. There will be 5 stages. You will need a minimum of 150 rounds to complete the match but I recommend 200 to be safe. For more information, please contact Match Director Jon Wallace at [email protected].  

Learn about all of the opportunities at Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

Monthly Thursday Specials: Receive $5 off a whole day of rifle/pistol ranges or one round of clays

  • First Thursday of the month: Ladies Day
  • Second Thursday of the month: Public Service Workers Day (fireman, police, EMTs, etc.; must present ID)
  • Third Thursday of the month: Military Day (retired or active duty, with ID)
  • Fourth Thursday of the month: College Student Day

Bring a Friend Special: Bring a new shooter and receive $5 off daily range pass or clays.

Shotgun competitor aiming at clay
Outside of rifle and pistol, Talladega Marksmanship Park also offers shotgun and archery opportunities.

Park Hours:

Current hours for the park are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learning Opportunities:

Talladega Marksmanship Park offers Basic Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Courses, led by CMP’s Bret Lankford, training manager and chief range safety officer. Anyone interested in taking one, two or all three courses may contact Bret ([email protected]) to learn more.

Competitor aiming arrow at CMP Talladega Archery Range.
Along with the 20-lane 3D setup, Talladega’s archery area holds a 30×60 practice range.

About the Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards. The new 20-lane Archery Range with life-size 3D targets provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

The public is welcome daily, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully-stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours.

See all of the upcoming Talladega Marksmanship Park happenings through the year on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

Second Place Athletes Return to Win at the CMP’s 2021 Dixie Doubles

Motivated runners-up from last year’s Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Dixie Doubles air rifle and air pistol competition came back in 2021 to emerge victorious, reaching the top of the podium in both categories. The two-day Dixie Doubles air gun event was held Nov. 5-6, at the CMP’s South Competition Center in Anniston, Alabama.

The Dixie Double attracts rifle and pistol competitors of all experience levels.

Over 100 competitors fired in the 2021 Dixie Doubles match, which attracts athletes of a variety of experience levels – from beginners to military members to Olympians. The annual event includes two days of 60 Shot international air rifle and air pistol matches for Open and Junior athletes, with qualification scores and finals fired each day. Overall competitors are awarded at the conclusion of Day 1 and Day 2 as well as from the combined, two-day aggregate scores. 

Cleaning up the pistol competition was James Hall (center), Sandra Uptagrafft (left) and Timothy Schmeltzer (right).

Recent Tokyo Olympian and past Dixie Doubles winner James Hall, 37, of Columbia, Missouri,  overtook the Open Pistol portion with a score of 1149-31X – nearly 10 points above fellow Olympian SSG Sandra Uptagrafft, 50, of Phenix City, Alabama, who earned second with a score of 1137-29X. In 2020, Hall fell just short of the win behind another Tokyo Team USA athlete, SGT Nick Mowrer.

Hall and Uptagrafft swapped places on the leaderboard each day as Hall led Day 1 and Uptagrafft came out on top of Day 2. Timothy Schmeltzer, 24, of Greenville, Michigan, stayed close to the pack and claimed third overall behind Hall and Uptagrafft with a score of 1122-22X. High pistol junior of the match was Chandler Livingston, 17, of Chula, Georgia. 

1LT Sarah Beard (center) led the rifle match, while SP4 Ivan Roe (left center) and Ginny Thrasher (right) finished in second and third. They were awarded by the Army Marksmanship Unit’s SFC Hank Gray (far left).

After two days of competition in air rifle, 1LT Sarah Beard, 30, of the Army Marksmanship Unit, rose above the rest by only three-tenths of a point with a score of 1260.6. Last year, Beard was just shy of the overall win after earning second behind yet another Tokyo Olympian SPC Sagen Maddalena. Beard’s Army teammate SP4 Ivan Roe, 25, earned an aggregate score of 1260.3 for this year’s second place position, followed closely by Olympian and gold medalist Virginia (Ginny) Thrasher, 24, with a score of 1259.4.

Roe led Day 1 of the match, while SGT Brandon Muske, 27, also of the Army Marksmanship Unit, was the high competitor of Day 2. Muske landed in fourth behind Thrasher overall.

Emme Walrath (center) led the junior rifle competitors, followed by Katie Zaun (left) and Camryn Camp (right).

In just her second showing at the Dixie Doubles, Emme Walrath, 15, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, claimed the overall win in the Junior Rifle event. Following Walrath was Katie Zaun, 18, of Buffalo, North Dakota, and Camryn Camp, 15, of Hillsboro, Texas, who landed in second and third, respectively.

Hall and high junior athlete Chandler Livingston (center) were the pistol team leaders of the match.

Coinciding with the Open and Junior competitions is the two-person team match that combines the scores of an adult and youth athlete in both air rifle and air pistol. Leading the rifle side was last year’s team champions SGT Brandon Muske and Katie Zaun (North & South), while Thing 1 & Thing 2 (James Hall and Chandler Livingston) overtook pistol.

A complete list of results for the 2021 Dixie Doubles air gun match can be found on the CMP’s Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/2021DDresults. Find free downloadable photos of the event at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/p511054655.

SGT Brandon Muske (right) teamed up with Katie Zaun to claim the rifle team competition. He was given his medal by SFC Gray (left).

Upcoming Events at the CMP South Competition Center. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events that will take place in Anniston, Alabama. Open Marksmanship is available Monday – Thursday, call (256) 835-8455, ext. 415, for additional details.

December 2-4 – Gary Anderson Invitational

https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/gary-anderson-invitational-air-rifle-championship/

December 5-8 – Winter Airgun Pistol National Championships

https://www.usashooting.org/7-events/match-information

December 8-12 – Winter Airgun Rifle National Championships

https://www.usashooting.org/7-events/match-information

January 29 – CMP Monthly Air Gun Match

https://thecmp.org/ranges/cmp-competition-centers/monthly-air-rifle-and-air-pistol-matches/

CMP’s Talladega 5K Range Run & 1K Fun Run Event Sets Multiple Records in 2021

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hosted its 4th annual CMP 5K Range & 1K Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 – reaching its highest attendance on record. The races, open to all ages, flow through the 500 acres of CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama and offer a picturesque setting for the enjoyable and challenging event.

The annual 5K Range & 1K Fun Run course weaves throughout the 500 acres of the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park.

With growing popularity since its inception, the 2021 5K Range & 1K Fun Run surpassed last year’s participation numbers with 144 total athletes. Those registered were evenly split by demographic at 50 percent female and 50 percent male and spanned ages 1 (pushed by her dad) to an incredible 81 years! 

The top overall male and female athletes were awarded for their performances as well as leading runners from designated age groups. Winning this year’s male category and finishing with a new course record was Hunter Nails, 23, with a time of 16.25.3. In the female category, Alexzandria Byrd, 16, led overall with a chip time of 23:43.9. A full list of results, including top age group performers, can be found https://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/CMP-5k-2021-Overall-Age.pdf

Hunter Nails set a new course record with a time of 16.25.3.

As in the past, proceeds from the 5K Range & 1K Fun Run go toward CMP youth programs and the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega. The CMP and Presbyterian Home for Children would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers, staff and runners for another year of exciting competition. Photos of the event can be viewed at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/p455304635 and https://www.tentoesoutdoors.com/Browse/2021-CMP-5K-Range-Run/.

About the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:

The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, just off of I-20, is a destination for firearm supporters and those intrigued by the sport, featuring exclusive CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors. The park is open to the public every week and regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and even archery events all year long. 

Off of the firing line, the Club House holds a fully-stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia. Learn more about the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/

A few special guests were also in attendance at Talladega!

About the Presbyterian Home for Children:

Raising Hopes, Growing Confidence, & Nurturing Faith Since 1868. The Presbyterian Home for Children serves children, young adults, and families from throughout Alabama who seek healing and hope for their troubled lives. To learn more, visit https://www.phfc.org/.    

Alexzandria Byrd led the female category overall with a chip time of 23:43.9.
Outside of competition, the 5K Range Run offers a day of fun and gathering at Talladega.