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Garand Collector’s Association Creates New Master Marksman Program

To acknowledge those who consistently score well in the John C. Garand Match with As-Issued M1 Rifles at designated Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competitions, the Garand Collectors Association (GCA) has designed a new GCA Master Marksman Program.

“The GCA is grateful to enjoy a cooperative association with the CMP, whose administrative efforts are essential in making this new award a reality,” the GCA said in a statement.

The GCA will mail out medals to individuals who 40 points towards the award.

The GCA Master Marksman program is set to begin in January 2023. Like the CMP’s established Distinguished Badge Program, the new addition will work on an Achievement Award point system, based on performance at designated CMP events.

Points will be awarded based on cut scores and presented as gold (10 pts), silver (8 pts.) and bronze (6 pts) levels. Competitors must reach a total of 40 points overall, with one gold and one additional gold or silver required. All other points may be bronze or greater.

This exciting new program is open to all as-issued M1 Garand rifle competitors.

The first points to be awarded will be at the 2023 Western Games, held in Phoenix in March.

Annual events featuring GCA point competitions currently include:

  • CMP Western Games (Arizona) – March 10-19, 2023
  • CMP Eastern Games (North Carolina) – April 28-May 7, 2023
  • CMP D-Day (Alabama) – June 6-11, 2023
  • CMP National Matches (Ohio) – July 2023
  • CMP New England Games (Vermont) – Sept. 16-24, 2023
  • CMP Talladega 600 (Alabama) – November 2023

To participate, a competitor must be a current member of the GCA. Individuals may even join the day of the match through the GCA website in order to be considered a valid member.

Only As-Issued M1 Garands maybe used. Competition Rules for the John C. Garand Match (Course A: 30 rounds) will be followed as defined in the CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Competition Rulebook. Those who fire in re-entry events will only be able to use their highest score as points.

Outside of the Master Marksman Program, the GCA will continue to donate generous funds to the winners of the John C. Garand Matches as well as the semi-auto category of the Vintage Team Sniper Matches at major CMP competitions, regardless of GCA membership.

Questions on the new program? Contact CMP’s Christina Roguski at 419-635-2141 ext. 714 or croguski@thecmp.org.

About the GCA: Since its beginnings in 1986, the GCA and its members have worked diligently to expand knowledge on the M1 Garand, to preserve its history and to encourage and assist others in collecting the historical rifle. The GCA has also worked closely with the CMP since 2000 on sorting/grading M1 Garand rifles and encouraging competitive and recreational firearm safety. Learn more about the organization at https://thegca.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.

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