CMP Smallbore Postal Program

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January 2021 – April 2021


Beginning in January 2021, the CMP is excited to launch a new Postal Competition for Smallbore Shooters. While the world continues to battle the COVID-19 virus, the CMP will continue to conduct competitions for its athletes however it can. This Postal Competition will feature both 3-Position and Prone events fired at a distance of 50ft. Individuals and clubs can register and fire in both events. This competition will be scored using the Orion Scoring System. 

After registration is complete, the CMP will print customized targets for each competitor and mail them to the club or individual. After firing, targets will be returned to the CMP or you may opt to score your own targets using the Orion Scoring System and send them to the CMP electronically. 

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The CMP would like to remind clubs to follow all state and local health guidelines and safe range practices. We also recommend each club follow guidelines to keep their facilities safe, such as: following state and local laws and adherence to health advisories, limiting/spacing the number of participants who congregate for safety briefings, spacing out firing points, leaving empty firing points between shooters, ensuring participants wear masks, covering their nose and mouth, washing hands frequently and/or providing disinfectant wipes and continuously cleaning common surfaces such as shooting benches & equipment. 


  • 3-Position (3×20, Kneeling, Prone, Standing) – USA 50 Foot Target
    • Metallic Sights (Rule 5.2.1)
  • Prone (60 Shots – Sling and F-Class) – USA 50 Foot Target 
    • Sling – Metallic Sights (Rule 5.2.1)
    • F-Class – Optics Permitted

Important Dates

14 January 2021Online Registration Begins
23 March 2021Online Registration Ends
16 April 2021Targets must be received by CMP
19 April 2021Preliminary Results Posted
23 April 2021Results Final


2020-2021 CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition Rules


This competition is open to Juniors and Adults. See Eligibility Rule 3.0.


Individuals can register by going to CMP’s Club and Competition Tracker at Registration will open on 11 January 2021.


The cost for each competitor is $5.00 per event. Payment must be received before targets are mailed. 

Firing Procedures and Scoring 

All firing and time limits must be conducted in accordance to the 2020 CMP Smallbore Competition Rules (Rule 6.4). Time limits for the 60 Shot Prone match will be 60 minutes (20 minutes per 20 shot string). Scoring will be done using the Orion Scoring System. Individuals and clubs with Orion may scan and score their own targets, but must submit their targets electronically to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. You can find the instructions for submitting targets electronically by going to the Firing Instructions, found on the CMP Smallbore Page.

Targets for the Prone competition will be scored and ranked in decimal sum.


Results for the competition will be posted as CMP receives targets. Preliminary results will be posted on 19 April and Final results will be posted on 23 April.

For questions, contact Brad Donoho at [email protected].