December 13th, 2016

Bill Gravatt Comes on Board at Creedmoor Sports

Bill Gravatt Joins Creedmoor Sports Gun Sinclair International Reloading

Great news for shooters –Bill Gravatt (former owner and President of Sinclair International) has joined the team at Creedmoor Sports. Bill will work with Creedmoor on product development, customer service, and other key tasks, bringing his decades of experience to Creedmoor’s operations. Creedmoor Sports is a company on the rise — it now offers a full line of ammunition, and in recent years Creedmoor has launched its own successful “brick and mortar” retail stores.

Bill has worked in the shooting and reloading industry for over 25 years. His vast knowledge of “all things shooting and reloading” will help Creedmoor expand its product line and serve hand-loaders. Bill Gravatt commented: “The folks at Creedmoor Sports remind me of the great team I had at Sinclair International. They are all driven in pursuit of exemplary customer service, they create well-made products, love to shoot, and just enjoy the daily satisfaction that comes from helping fellow shooters enjoy their sport.”

Greg Kantorovich, owner and President of Creedmoor Sports, tells us: “We are excited to have Bill working with us in many areas including product innovation, content production, reloading expansion, and consulting with our management team.”

“Bill brings a passion for people, product, and process that is second to none. In the short time we have been working together he has helped us raise the bar on becoming a better company to serve our customers. Myself and my team are excited for the future of precision rifle shooting and what Creedmoor will continue to bring to market.”

About Creedmoor Sports, Inc.
Creedmoor Sports produces rugged, well-built equipment for precision-driven rifle shooters. Creedmoor offers products for centerfire, smallbore and air rifle/pistol disciplines, as well as hunting and recreational shooters. For more information, visit CreedmoorSports.com.

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November 29th, 2015

Army Authorized to Transfer M1911 & M1911A1 Pistols to CMP

m1911 m1911a1 Pistol Army CMP Civilian Marksmanship Program

It’s official — the U.S. Army is now authorized to transfer surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for later sale to the public. This development was the result of language in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed by President Obama on November 25, 2015.

Section 1087 of the 2016 NDAA authorizes the CMP to sell surplus M1911/M1911A1 pistols and related parts/accessories to the public. This is a boon to gun collectors and should help the Army save money on storage for the 100,000 or so M1911 pistols it now stores at the Anniston (AL) Army Depot, near the the CMP’s regional warehouse and store.

Don’t expect an immediate flood of .45 ACP pistols on the market. The Army is not allowed to transfer more than 10,000 pistols per year, and the CMP says it will take a year or more to inspect/grade the pistols and ready them for sale. With roughly 100,000 pistols in Army hands currently, these guns could be available from the CMP for a decade or more. NOTE: This change in Federal law does NOT apply to surplus handguns held by the U.S. Navy, USAF, USMC, or federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, the NDAA does not compel the Army (at the behest of the Secretary of Defense) to commence pistol transfers. That must still be ordered by the Secretary.

Relevant Language from the 2016 NDAA:

‘‘(h) AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may transfer to the corporation, in accordance with the procedure prescribed in this subchapter, surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols and spare parts and related accessories for those pistols that, on the date of the enactment of this subsection, are under the control of the Secretary and are surplus to the requirements of the Department of the Army, and such material as may be recovered by the Secretary pursuant to section 40728A(a) of this title. The Secretary shall determine a reasonable schedule for the transfer of such surplus pistols. ‘‘(2) The Secretary may not transfer more than 10,000 surplus caliber .45 M1911/M1911A1 pistols to the corporation during any year and may only transfer such pistols as long as pistols described in paragraph (1) remain available for transfer.’’.

Writing for Ammoland.com, gun expert Dean Weingarten expressed a wish that the language in the NDAA was more open-ended: “I would have thought that the wording could simply have been changed to include surplus ‘pistols’ not just 1911 and 1911A1s. Then surplus .22 caliber trainers, 9mm pistols, and .38 caliber revolvers would also have been available. Perhaps this is the best that the NRA felt [it] could get from this President.”

Story Tip by EdLongrange. We welcome reader submissions.
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November 13th, 2015

Proposed Law Would Allow CMP to Sell Vintage U.S. Army Pistols

NCAA CMP m1911a1 Pistol US Armny surplus milsurp handgun

A proposed change in Federal law would allow the U.S. Army to transfer vintage M1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for resale to the public. This would please collectors while saving the U.S. Government $200,000 per year in storage fees. An amendment to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols to the CMP, including 100,000 highly collectable handguns that predate 1945. The CMP would them inspect, grade, and sell these pistols in the same manner it currently sells M1 Garands and M1 Carbines. The CMP might receive other vintage firearms also.

The amendment allowing transfer of the Army’s vintage pistols was proposed by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Alabama). Rogers said this “is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage. This amendment is a ‘win – win’ for the taxpayer… at a cost of roughly $2.00 per pistol per year to store these weapons, we were spending $200,000 a year in perpetuity. This sensible change will save the taxpayers millions over the years to come, as well as aid a great organization [the CMP] that serves the public.”

Rep. Mike Rogers Discusses NDAA Amendment Authorizing CMP Pistol Sales

The amendment to the NDAA (if it becomes law) would authorize the CMP, currently limited to selling .30-caliber and .22-caliber rifles, to receive and sell more types of surplus military firearms. The Army pistols are currently stored at the Anniston Army Depot, located right next door to the CMP’s regional warehouse and store. NOTE: This proposed change in current Federal law would NOT would not apply to surplus handguns now held by the U.S. Navy, USAF, USMC, or federal law enforcement agencies. For more info visit AL.com and WarHistoryOnline.com.

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May 18th, 2014

Creedmoor Sports Will Be Producing Match-Grade Ammunition

Creedmoor Sports will be producing high-quality loaded ammunition very soon. This will be crafted with top-quality bullets, and premium-grade Lapua brass. General Manager Dennis DeMille tells us: “We received four pallets of brass today and we have 13,005 pounds of powder waiting for production.”

Here’s a preview of what will be on the market very soon:

Creedmoor Sports Ammunition Powder Anniston Alabama

Oh, the beauty of it — all that Lapua brass. From Finland with love….

Creedmoor Sports Ammunition Powder Anniston Alabama

What does 13,005 pounds (6.5 tons) of powder look like? That would last most reloaders a few seasons. Hoarders, eat your hearts out….

Creedmoor Sports Ammunition Powder Anniston Alabama

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February 4th, 2014

Registration Opens for 2014 CMP Youth Training Camps

Do you have a young family member who enjoys shooting? A CMP summer camp is a great way to provide school-age kids a solid start in position shooting. Camps are offered around the country, during the summer months. Camp registration is now open. There are many options for this year’s camps, but it’s important for interested youngsters to apply soon. Don’t delay — some locations will fill-up quickly.

CMP summer camp 2014 sign-ups

Each summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. CMP Summer Youth Camps are three-position, air rifle camps that run for a week (with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp). Click the links in the boxes below for specific information about each camp. CLICK HERE for general CMP Camp INFO Page

Camp

Location

Camp Dates

1

Anniston, AL- CMP South

2-6 June

2

Anniston, AL- CMP South

9-13 June

3

Camp Perry, OH- CMP North

9-13 June

Clinic 1

Willard, MO- Springfield Area (Outreach Clinic)

16-18 June

4

Anniston, AL – CMP South

16-20 June

5

Camp Perry, OH – CMP North

16-20 June

Clinic 2

Port Orchard, WA – Seattle Area (Outreach Clinic)

7-9 July

Stand 1

Phoenix, AZ – Ben Avery (Advanced Standing Camp)

10-12 July

6

Anniston, AL – CMP South

14-18 July

7

Phoenix, AZ – Ben Avery

14-18 July

8

Anniston, AL – CMP South

21-25 July

9

Kerrville, TX

21-25 July

10

Anniston, AL – CMP South

28 July-1 Aug

11

Fountain, CO

28 July-1 Aug

Stand 2

Anniston, AL – CMP South (Advanced Standing Camp)

4-6 Aug

Camp Costs
The tuition the CMP charges for these camps does not begin to cover the total cost of operating the camps; the CMP subsidizes the camp program through its budget for the camps, but participants are still responsible for a cost share.

2014 CMP Junior Rifle Camp Fees:
$245 (athlete); $50 (adult) for Three-Position Air Rifle Camps
$175 (athlete); $50 (adult) Advanced Standing Camp $150 (athlete); $30 (adult) for Clinics

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September 30th, 2013

New CMP Custom Shop Will Repair and Upgrade USGI Rifles

CMP Custom Shop Civilian Marksmanship ProgramOver the years, many Civilian Marksmanship Program firearms purchasers have asked if the CMP would consider offering reliable, reasonably-priced and prompt maintenance, repair and upgrade of USGI-issue rifles. The CMP has responded and the answer is “YES”.

Starting October 1, 2013, the CMP Custom Shop (Anniston, AL) opens for business, providing a wide variety of repair, upgrade and custom services for a wide range of U.S. Military rifles, specifically those issued in early eras. As well as regular repairs (and troubleshooting), the CMP Custom Shop will be able to perform virtually any normal upgrading, accurizing, customizing, and refinishing for the types of rifles the CMP sells.

CMP will work on the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, 1903 and 1903A3 Springfield, the 1917 Enfield and the Krag. Other rifles like the Remington 40X, Mossberg 44, and H&R Model 12 can also be serviced. CMP will NOT work on shotguns, pistols, revolvers, M14/M1A, AR15-style rifles or other commercially-produced modern rifles. For a list of services (with prices) visit the CMP Custom Shop webpage.

cmp custom shop USGI rifle repairs

NOTE: Before you can send a rifle to the CMP Custom Shop you must be a customer on file in the CMP system. Customers must meet the same eligibility requirements as for CMP rifle purchases. Once qualified, you can purchase a rifle from the CMP and have the CMP Custom Shop make modifications to it prior to shipping.

CMP Custom Shop Can Work on USGI Rifles Purchased from Other Sources
The CMP Custom Shop can work on rifles that may have been purchased elsewhere as long as they were made by a USGI contractor. Some examples include: Springfield Armory (not Springfield Inc.), Harrington & Richardson, Winchester, International Harvester, Remington, Rock Island, Eddystone, Inland, Underwood, Rock-Ola, Quality Hardware, National Postal meter, Standard Products, IBM, Irwin-Pederson and Saginaw. NOTE: There are many NON-USGI copies of the M1 Garand, 1903 Springfield and especially the M1 Carbine that CMP will be unable to work on.

CMP Custom Shop Garand 1903 repair

CMP Custom Shop Garand 1903 repairFor more information, call (256) 835-8455, x1113, or send email to customshop [at] thecmp.org. Shipping and Correspondence address for the CMP Custom Shop is:

CMP Custom Shop
1803 Coleman Rd
Anniston, AL 36207

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August 16th, 2013

Build Your Own M1 Garand at CMP’s Advanced Maintenance Class

Update August 20, 2013: The Class is full. The CMP states: “If you applied and did not get accepted, the CMP plans to hold additional classes next year in Anniston. Dates will be announced at a later date and an email announcement will be sent out.”

This fall, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will offer a 3-day, Advanced Maintenance Class (AMC) for students with strong mechanical aptitude and a desire to learn how to work on M1 Garand rifles. The first AMC class starts Friday, November 1st at the CMP Custom Shop in Anniston, Alabama. The course fee is $1,400.00. This includes a CMP Special Rifle that each student will build (as his own “keeper”) and three lunches. Students must provide their own accommodations in Anniston.

M1 Garand CMP Class Anniston Gunsmithing

The 3-day class is intended for individuals interested in learning how the M1 Garand rifle functions and how to perform advanced maintenance procedures to their personal rifle(s). The class involves classroom lecture as well as hands-on shop time. Tools will be provided.

NOTE: This class is not intended for gunsmiths or students with advanced knowledge of the M1 rifle. No prior armorer or shooting experience is required. Students will each assemble their own CMP Special rifle from components included in the AMC fee.

CMP M1 Garand AMC Course Topics

  • Component purpose and function
  • Commercial barrel installation, chambering and headspace; use of gauges
  • Component selection and inspection
  • Fitting and proper assembly of a complete CMP Special rifle
  • Some discussion of malfunctions and their remedies
  • Accurizing techniques for the M1

How to Apply for M1 Garand Class
To apply for the CMP AMC, complete the online APPLICATION FORM (You can fill this out online or download the PDF file and email completed application to armorers@thecmp.org.) The class is expected to fill quickly. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more info, email John McLean via email at jmclean@thecmp.org or call the CMP Custom Shop at (256) 835-8455, ext. 2114. The November AMC class is the first of its kind. However, the CMP hopes to offer similar classes quarterly at the Anniston Custom Shop.

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June 8th, 2013

Creedmoor Sports Free Shipping for Orders of $100 or More

AccurateShooter.com Creedmoor sportsLimited Time Offer Good This Weekend Only
Now through June 9, 2013 (at 11:59 pm), ground shipping is FREE at Creedmoor Sports for current product orders of $100.00 or more. This can save you $10-$25 on a typical online order. This Free Shipping offer is valid for ground shipping only, and applies to internet orders only (no free shipping with phone orders).

NOTE: This Free Shipping offer does NOT apply to ammunition, brass, bullets, or targets. For those items you will pay normal shipping from Creedmoor Sports’ new facility in Anniston, Georgia. Previous orders are excluded and this offer can not be combined with other offers.

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February 13th, 2013

Juniors — Register Now for CMP Summer Training Camps

Registration has just opened for the 2013 CMP Junior Summer Camps. This year there will be camps in Anniston (AL), Camp Perry (OH), Phoenix (AZ), and Colorado Springs (CO). These summer camps fill up quickly, so if you know a young shooter who wants to attend, be sure he or she submits an application soon. Most of the camps cost $230.00 for the week. For additional info, contact Sommer Wood, CMP Junior Rifle Camp Director, by emailing swood [at] odcmp.com.

CMP Summer Camp

CMP 2013 Summer Air Rifle Training Camps and Clinics
Each summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. There are eight (8) camp sessions (plus two outreach clinics) scheduled for 2013. The first session starts June 10th, and the last session begins August 5th. Detailed information about the camps and how to apply to attend them are listed on the CMP website. All camp sessions are week-long, 3-position air rifle camps, with the exception of Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp.

Camp Location Camp Dates
Anniston, AL — CMP South 10-14 June
Anniston, AL — CMP South 17-21 June
Camp Perry, OH — CMP North 24-28 June
Outreach Clinics (To be announced soon!) 1-3 July
Phoenix, AZ 15-19 July
Linn, MO (Outreach Clinic) 17-19 July
Anniston, AL — CMP South 22-26 July
Anniston, AL — CMP South 29 July-2 Aug
Colorado Springs, CO 29 July-2 Aug
Colorado Springs, CO (Advanced Standing Camp) 5-7 Aug
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February 7th, 2013

Creedmoor Sports Prepares for Move to Anniston, Alabama

On or before April 15th, 2013, Creedmoor Sports will cease all operations at its current Oceanside, California location and relocate to newly acquired facilities in Anniston, Alabama. Creedmoor has dubbed this move “Operation Roll Tide”.

Creedmoor Sports has secured its new Alabama headquarters facilities already, so the change-over should be very smooth. Customers can continue to place orders with the Creedmoor website and continue to use Creedmoor’s toll-free order line, 1-800-CREEDMOOR.

Dennis DeMille, Creedmoor Sports General Manager, explained the reasons behind the relocation: “The decision to move was based on several factors including: business climate, proximity to greater number of customers, employee pool, and growth potential. Our new facilities are located aboard old Fort McClellan, ten minutes North of CMP Headquarters in Anniston. Morris Building of Anniston began construction and renovation February 4th on the existing building and on a new addition.”

Dennis adds: “We look forward to the increased opportunities this move provides and we appreciate your support during this transition. Many of our employees key to production and operations will be moving with us, thereby minimizing any potential disruption to service.”

New Creedmoor Sports Address:

Creedmoor Sports, Inc.
167 Creedmoor Way
Anniston, AL 36205

Creedmoor Sports will be very close to the CMP’s Anniston location and roughly 30 minutes (by car) from the CMP’s new 500-acre shooting facility (currently under construction).

Here is the entrance to Creedmoor Sports new Alabama facility, along with the new street sign on the nearest corner. You’ll find updates on Creedmoor’s “Operation Roll Tide” business move on the Creedmoor Sports Facebook Page.

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March 23rd, 2012

Shoot for FREE at CMP Marksmanship Centers (North or South)

CMP Marksmanship CenterNow through May 31, 2012, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is offering Free Shooting at the CMP Anniston, Alabama or Port Clinton, Ohio indoor Marksmanship Centers. To qualify, print out the coupon below, and bring a friend to the range with you. You get in free (with coupon) while your friend pays the normal charge. This Free Shoot offer applies only to the Open Public Shooting sessions. Open Public Shooting in Anniston is on Tuesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. In Port Clinton, the Open Shooting sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30PM – 8:00PM, through the end of May. Both 80-point, 10-meter air gun ranges are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. Rental equipment is available for a small fee.

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