By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park schedule is full of upcoming rifle, pistol and shotgun events for the public to enjoy in July.
Dubbed “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 new Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their marksmanship skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards.
The public is welcome into the park daily, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. The park can even be used for hunters looking to zero-in their guns for the season.
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.
Along with day-to-day activities, the CMP hosts its own monthly events, along with outside sponsors who also take advantage of CMP’s advanced facilities by utilizing the park for their own competitions. Read on to learn about the events open to the public for viewing and/or participation during the month of July.
Saturday, July 11:
The Steel Challenge event (for pistol or pistol caliber rifle) will include five stages, with a minimum of 125 rounds to complete. A total of 175 is recommended per gun being fired.
Saturday, July 18:
USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association):
USPSA welcomes all to participate. Registration begins on Range 5 at 8:00 a.m., with a Safety Briefing at 8:30 a.m. The pistol event includes six stages, with approximately 115-230 rounds fired. Please bring eye and ear protection. USPSA divisions encompass 9mm, .38 caliber, .40 caliber and .45 caliber. Please preregister for the match on PractiScore, though those not preregistered are still welcome to join. You are not required to be a member of USPSA to shoot the match. Questions? Contact Mark Hearn at email@example.com or 256-283-7382.
3×600 Monthly Match:
NRA High Power Rifle rules will apply. Course of fire is 60 shots for record at 600 yards. Each string will consist of two sighting shots and 20 shots for record. Entry fee for this event is $35.00 per shooter. Match firing will begin at 10:00 am.
Thursday – Sunday, July 23-26:
Talladega Highpower Regional 2020:
Open to new or experienced marksmen, this CMP Regional Cup Match offers three, 1,000-point aggregates, a two-person team match and an EIC Rifle Match. A CMP range safety card is mandatory to fire on the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park ranges. Range safety cards are issued after watching the 8 minute safety video.
Register for the event at http://ct.thecmp.org/TalladegaHPCupJuly20.
A Rimfire Sporter event is set for Saturday, July 25 at Talladega and is open to new and experienced competitors, using .22 rifles. The match will feature three classes: O-Class for open sights, T-Class for telescopes and TU for tactical/unlimited. The entire match will be fired on Talladega’s electronic target system.
For the Course of Fire, participants begin at 50 yards with a sighting or practice series and then shoot 10 shots for record slow-fire in the prone position, followed by two, five-shot rapid-fire series. This is followed by 10 shots slow fire and two, five-shot rapid-fire series in the sitting or kneeling position. Targets are then placed at the 25-yard line, where shooters conclude with 10 shots slow fire and two, five-shot rapid-fire series in the standing position.
Register for the event at http://ct.thecmp.org/2020julyrfs.
3-Gun Monthly Match:
This is a multi-gun, practical shooting event where each of the stages require the competitor to use and transition between a combination of rifles, handguns and shotguns. For more information on 3-gun Nation, visit http://3gunnation.com/news.
The Talladega Marksmanship Park’s 3-gun matches are held every 4th Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. The cost to fire in this match is $30 (Plus credit card fees if applicable). View the event at https://practiscore.com/upcomingmatches.
Current hours for the park through October 30 are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular Monthly Specials:
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: Ladies Day
Bring a Friend Special: Bring a new shooter and receive $5 off daily range pass or clays.
Regular Monthly Events:
Every Thurs. & Sun.:
- Basic Pistol Class (http://thecmp.org/competitions/matches/cmp-basic-pistol-course/)
- Intro to Shotgun Class (http://thecmp.org/competitions/matches/introduction-to-shotgun-class-2/)
Every Wed. & Sun.:
- Basic Rifle Class (http://thecmp.org/competitions/matches/cmp-basic-rifle-class/)
Keep up-to-date on upcoming events at Talladega Marksmanship Park all year long by visiting the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/competitions/talladega-marksmanship-park/.
About the Civilian Marksmanship Program:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. The CMP hosts several learning and competitive events throughout the year and around the country. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.