The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a multi-faceted national shooting sports organization. Its primary goal is to train and educate U.S. citizens in the responsible use and handling of both firearms and airguns, through gun safety, marksmanship training and competitive events, with a special emphasis on the nation’s youth.
Mansfield Fish and Game is a CMP-affiliated club. And while there is no such thing as an individual CMP membership, club members may participate in CMP programs and competitions, and also make purchases through their stores as long as they are members of a CMP-affiliated club, such as ours.
Additionally, any U.S. citizen who belongs to a CMP-affiliated club and is not legally prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase (as supplies permit) a military surplus rifle and/or ammunition from the CMP.
The organization traces its origins to 1903 when Congress and the President established the National Matches and National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, now called The Civilian Marksmanship Program. The program gave life to a concept advanced by President Theodore Roosevelt and other national leaders that marksmanship skills developed through regular practice and competition contribute to the nation’s defense.
The federal law that created the current non-profit CMP Corporation specifically mandates these three functions:
To instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship.
To promote practice and safety in the use of firearms.
To conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges, and other insignia to competitors.
The law specifically states:
In carrying out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the corporation shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and that reach as many youth participants as possible.