Rifle and Pistol Training

Civilian Marksmanship ProgramEducationRifle and Pistol Training


The CMP, along with CMP Master Instructors, will offer pistol and rifle training classes at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park.

The classes are structured toward teaching new shooters (both adults and youth alike), so no past firearm experience is required, though intermediate and advanced marksmen are also welcome to participate. During the course, students will learn basic instruction and firing practices, competition skills and live range firing.

Equipment, including rifles or pistols and ammunition, will be provided. Personal equipment, such as a shooting jacket, sling, and glove, will be permitted during the course as well. Participants are required to wear hearing and eye protection.

These classes are a great opportunity to learn more about the marksmanship world in a safe and comfortable setting.

Upcoming Rifle Marksmanship Classes

Upcoming Pistol Marksmanship Classes

Please note: The Pistol training class allows competitors to shoot two-handed.

The CMP’s Pistol Marksmanship Classes are taught by Jim Henderson, CMP Pistol Coordinator. A member of the USAMU as competitor and instructor for over 30 years, Henderson has compiled several prestigious accomplishments, including a nine-time winner of the National Matches President’s 100 Pistol Match and current National Record holder of the event, four-time winner of the National Trophy Individual match and current National Record holder, two-time NRA National Outdoor and Indoor Pistol Champion and as nine-time Pistol Inter-Service Champion and record holder. He’s also held positions as member of the USA Shooting Board of Directors and Pistol Athlete Representative and has successfully realized a number of training programs within the Army over the course of his tenure.  

Other Marksmanship Training Opportunities

The CMP also holds the Pistol, Smallbore, Rimfire Sporter and Rifle Small Arms Firing Schools during the National Matches at Camp Perry.

A Basic Rifle and Basic Pistol class is offered at the CMP Travel Games Events. Please visit the CMP Travel Games web page for dates and details.

Basic Rifle, Basic Pistol and Introduction to Shotgun classes are offered at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. Visit our CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park web page for details.

For more information or ask additional questions, please contact Amy Cantu at acantu@thecmp.org or (419) 635-2141 ext 602.