July 25th, 2020

Coaching Young Rifle Shooters — Gary Anderson Book

Gary Anderson Coaching Juniors Training Manual CMP

Young shooters are the future of our sport. We need to encourage young people to try shooting and develop an interest in marksmanship at a young age. Thankfully one of America’s legendary shooters, DCM Emeritus Gary Anderson, has created a great training resource, published by the CMP.

Gary Anderson’s book, Coaching Young Rifle Shooters, fills an important need. Anderson, one of the most successful American marksmen in history, has created a fully-illustrated guide to help parents and coaches train young shooters. This 187-page, full-color book is the most comprehensive instructional guide of its kind currently in print. In his training guidebook, Gary provides coaches with the tools needed to develop young shooters and improve their skills. In his 11 years of international competition, Gary won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championships, and 16 national titles.

Gary Anderson Coaching Book

Coaching Young Rifle Shooters
By Gary Anderson

Instructional and teaching guide for coaches and parents who work with beginning and intermediate junior rifle shooters.

187 pages, full color.
Fully Illustrated.
$19.95 plus S&H

CMP Store
Item NLU 758

Order through the CMP E-Store.

About Gary Anderson
DCM CMP Gary AndersonGary Anderson served as the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) from 1999-2009, and is now DCM Emeritus. At the 1962 World Shooting Championships in Egypt, Anderson won four individual titles and set three new world records. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Gary won the 300m free-rifle Gold Medal, setting a new world record in the process. At the 1966 World Shooting Championships in Germany, Anderson won three additional world titles. At the 1968 Olympics, Gary won a second gold medal in the 300m free-rifle event.

Gary retired from active international competition after the 1969 World Championships in Spain, where he set a 50m, three-position world record. After his “retirement” from international competition, Gary competed in the National High Power Championships, winning the President’s National Trophy in 1973, 1975 and 1976. Over his competitive career, Anderson won two Olympic Gold Medals, seven World Championships, and sixteen National Championships. No American has ever won more major shooting titles.

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February 27th, 2020

+ONE Challenge — Mentor One New Shooter in 2020

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Editor’s Comment: Here’s the bottom line folks — unless we bring in new shooters, we will lose our rights, and lose our ranges. It’s that simple. If you enjoy shooting and hunting, and believe in the Second Amendment, make a commitment to introduce at least one new person to the shooting sports this year. That’s the mission of the NSSF’s +ONE (“Plus One”) program.

For the shooting sports to thrive, we need to get new people involved in marksmanship and competitive shooting. Unless we add new shooters, we can expect more range closures, and more political attacks on our gun rights. The goal of the +ONE campaign is to build the ranks of shooters. The idea is basic — make a commitment to act as a MENTOR and encourage at least ONE new person to get involved. As the NSSF says: “If just one in three of America’s recreational shooters adds one new person to the shooting sports, we’ll secure a strong future for generations to come.”

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The +ONE Movement — The Mission

The goal of the +ONE program is to provide mentors for new shooters: “We all know that getting involved in hunting and the shooting sports can be a challenge for people who have never gone before,” said NSSF President Joe Bartozzi. “Having a mentor at your side makes it much easier for someone to get started. With the +ONE Movement, we’re challenging every hunter and target shooter in America to introduce at least one new person to the sports we love.”

These Videos Explain How to Get New Shooters Involved:

Learn more about the NSSF’s +ONE Movement at LetsGoShooting.org and LetsGoHunting.org. Those sites offer how-to articles and videos, along with tips on getting folks involved in the shooting sports (and hunting). But honestly, the websites are only an invitation. For this program to succeed, each of us needs to make a commitment to mentoring a new shooter in 2020.

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MENTORS — SHARE THESE TIPS WITH +ONE INVITEES

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January 3rd, 2020

Improve Your Shooting Skills with USAMU Pro Tips

USAMU Shooting USA Pro tips

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), in cooperation with Shooting USA TV, has created a series of instructional Pro Tip pages covering a wide range of shooting disciplines. All totaled, there are more than 50 USAMU Pro Tips. Most relate to rifle marksmanship but there are also numerous tips for shotgunners and pistol shooters. Each Pro Tip entry includes multiple photos and 6-15 paragraphs, in an easy-to-follow format. Many Pro Tips also include an instructional video produced by Shooting USA. Here are three Pro Tip videos, and links to seven more Pro Tip web pages.

USAMU TOP TEN PRO TIPS

1. Reading the Wind with SGT Sherri Gallagher.
Apart from gravity, wind has the most pull on the bullet as it travels down range. Being able to accurately read the wind and mirage will greatly enhance your performance on the rifle range. National Champion, SGT Gallagher gives you some of her tips.

2. Angle Shooting with SFC (Ret.) Emil Praslick.
SFC Praslick shows you how to determine the angle to your target, and then how to include that to change your data necessary to hit your target on the first shot.

3. Rifle Grip, Stance and Body Position for 3-Gun with SFC Daniel Horner.
Professional 3-gun marksman SFC Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), give tips on how to properly handle a semi-automatic rifle, including grip, stance and body position.

4. Service Rifle Positions (with SFC Brandon Green)

5. Rifling and Twist Rate (with SFC Ret. Emil Praslick)

6. Setting the Right Zero (with SPC Ty Cooper)

7. Practice Drills (with SFC Lance Dement)

8. Using the Sling

9. Getting Your AR Zeroed

10. 3-Gun Rifles By Division (with SFC Daniel Horner)

USAMU Pro Tips Sherri Gallagher Emil Praslick Daniel Horner

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August 2nd, 2019

Learn Marksmanship from 3-Time Nat’l Champion Brandon Green

USAMU Basic Riflemans Course SFC Brandon Green High Power Shooting Training

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) has produced an excellent series of videos, which collectively cover the Basic Rifleman’s Course. If you are getting started in High Power shooting, or want to improve your position shooting skills, this series is well worth watching. And these videos are not just for service rifle shooters — even bench shooters can benefit from these videos, particularly Part 5, which explains how to estimate wind speed and direction. The lead instructor for these videos is SFC Brandon Green, the reigning National High Power Champion, and Service Rifle Champion at the 2017 CMP Trophy Matches. When SFC Green talks, you should listen.

SFC Brandon Green is a shooting superstar. Green won his third NRA National High Power Rifle Championship in 2018 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He dominated the HP Championship cycle, finishing eight points and ten Xs ahead of his nearest competitor. Brandon also won High Power National Championships in 2015 and 2013. And in 2017 he set new records at the CMP’s National Trophy Matches at Camp Perry. One of the greatest marksmen in the nation’s history, SFC Green has no weaknesses, excelling at all positions, both rapid-fire and slow-fire.

Part 5 — Wind and Weather Estimation (Very Useful for All Shooters)


Note: This video includes a hit location “target analysis” in the first 6 minutes.

Part 4 — Minute of Angle Explained

Part 3 — Ballistics and Zeroing

Part 2 — Positions, Sight Alignment, and Natural Point of Aim (Very Useful)

USAMU Basic Riflemans Course SFC Brandon Green High Power Shooting Training

Part 1 — Aiming and Sight Picture

SFC Brandon Green 2017 CMP Camp Perry USAMU Service Rifle
Three-time National High Power Champion SFC Brandon Green (left above) set four new
National Records at Camp Perry in 2017.

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May 9th, 2019

CMP Small Arms Firing Schools in 2019

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Want to learn marksmanship from top-flight instructors, with guns AND ammo provided? Then check out the CMP’s Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) program. The CMP will host several travel Small Arms Firing Schools this year. The programs include classroom instruction, range training, practice, and firing a service rifle match. Rifles and Ammunition will be provided by the CMP, as well as Kongsberg Electronic Targets. Visit the CMP website for additional information.

CMP Rifle SAFS Locations and Dates:

1. Douglas Ridge Rifle Club, June 8-9 | Eagle Creek, OR
2. Fairfax Rod & Gun Club, June 22-23 | Manassas, VA
3. National Matches, July 27-28 | Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH
4. Oak Ridge Sportsman Association, August 24-25 | Oak Ridge, TN
5. Camp Ethan Allen, September 19 | Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, VT
6. Fort Hill Rifle & Pistol, September 28-29 | Keyser, WV
7. Oklahoma Cup & Games Matches, October 10 | Oklahoma City Gun Club, OK
8. Talladega 600 Matches, November TBD | CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, AL

SAFS small arms firing school CMP marksmanship program

SAFS is designed to train beginners on rifle essentials and competition basics in a closely monitored setting, utilizing the talents of qualified CMP staff, trainers and members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Participants learn through classroom discussion and hands-on training At the conclusion of the course, participants fire in a real match, under the supervision of instructors. No previous knowledge in marksmanship is required for the course, with all experience levels welcome to attend.

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CMP Provides Rifles and Ammo at Small Arms Firing Schools
At each SAFS, equipment, including rifles and ammunition, will be provided. Personal equipment, such as a shooting jacket or glove, will be permitted during the course as well. Participants are required to bring hearing protection and eye protection is strongly encouraged. Matches will be shot on the CMP’s traveling Electronic Targets (see video below):

SAFS Course Objectives
Led by certified military and/or civilian instructors, SAFS programs are structured toward teaching new shooters, 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, as well as compete in a real Service Rifle EIC Match.

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September 7th, 2017

Anderson Book Explains How to Train New Shooters

Gary Anderson Coaching Juniors Training Manual CMP

DCM Emeritus Gary Anderson has authored a good book, Coaching Young Rifle Shooters, that fills an important need. Anderson, one of the most successful American marksmen in history, has created a new fully-illustrated guide to help parents and coaches train young shooters. This 187-page, full-color book is the most comprehensive instructional guide of its kind currently in print. In his training guidebook, Gary provides coaches with the tools needed to develop young shooters and improve their skills. In his 11 years of international competition, Gary won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championships, and 16 national titles.

Gary Anderson Coaching Book

Coaching Young Rifle Shooters
By Gary Anderson

Instructional and teaching guide for coaches and parents who work with beginning and intermediate junior rifle shooters.

187 pages, full color.
Fully Illustrated.
$19.95 plus S&H

CMP Store
Item NLU 758

Order through the CMP E-Store.

About Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson served as the Director of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) from 1999-2009, and is now DCM Emeritus. At the 1962 World Shooting Championships in Egypt, Anderson won four individual titles and set three new world records. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Gary won the 300m free-rifle Gold Medal, setting a new world record in the process. At the 1966 World Shooting Championships in Germany, Anderson won three additional world titles. At the 1968 Olympics, Gary won a second gold medal in the 300m free-rifle event.

DCM CMP Gary AndersonGary retired from active international competition after the 1969 World Championships in Spain, where he set a 50m, three-position world record. After his “retirement” from international competition, Gary competed in the National High Power Championships, winning the President’s National Trophy in 1973, 1975 and 1976. Over his competitive career, Anderson won two Olympic Gold Medals, seven World Championships, and sixteen National Championships. No American has ever won more major shooting titles.

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August 30th, 2016

Get Money for Your Shooting Club from the NRA Foundation

NRA Foundation Range Club Grant funding Application

Could your gun club or youth shooting group use money to upgrade range facilities or run training programs? Well here’s a chance to get some cold, hard cash to help with operations. Every year, the NRA Foundation Grant Program provides hundreds of grants to deserving organizations. The 2017 Grant Application is now available. CLICK HERE to Apply for a Grant.

Since its inception, the NRA Foundation has funded over 41,000 grants totaling over $300 million. Grants went to qualified local, state and national shooting sports programs, hunting and conservation programs, Second Amendment education and for the preservation of historical firearms.

Grant money comes from generous donors and volunteer fund-raising efforts. Through its Grant Program the NRA Foundation seeks to: 1) Promote shooting sports and hunting safety; 2) Help educate individuals in proper firearms use and marksmanship; and 3) Enhance shooting range facilities and support active shooting sports organizations.

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NRA Foundation Range Club Grant funding Application

Range Improvement Grants
Helping clubs improve shooting range facilities is one of the main missions of the NRA Grant Program. Such programs might include: Berm improvements (example below), Clubhouse improvements, Covered firing lines, Road improvements, Trap Machines, and other permanent improvements to club properties and/or facilities.

NRA Foundation Range Club Grant funding Application

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November 17th, 2011

CMP Offers Youth Program Grants for CMP-Affiliated Clubs

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is now offering financial assistance grants to CMP-affiliated groups that conduct youth marksmanship projects, activities, and events. Approved grants will be funded annually beginning in the fall of 2012. “We are very excited to announce the CMP Grant program,” said Christie Sewell, CMP North General Manager. “To support our mission, we look forward to helping deserving CMP-oriented youth marksmanship groups who are in need of a financial boost to get their projects off the ground,” Sewell said.

Project and Group Eligibility Standards for Grants
An eligible project must be youth-oriented. The project must benefit at least 7 juniors (under age 21) and the funds must be used for expenses related to juniors. The funds will be used for the related activity directly, such as, but not limited to housing, meals, match supplies, etc. Requests must be for “special projects” that are considered above and beyond routine marksmanship activities.

An “eligible group” is any organization affiliated with the CMP and they must submit an application for a grant for a qualifying project or activity. Applicants are expected to provide compelling reasons for requesting the grant and should include detailed descriptions and financial estimates required to carry out the activity, project or event. Activities and projects already sponsored by the CMP are not eligible for grant consideration. Applicants seeking to qualify for support shall not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, race, color, sex or national origin.

How to Apply for Youth Program Grants
Grant applications can be downloaded from the CMP Grants web page. Or, you can write to: Civilian Marksmanship Program, Attn: Grant Application Department, P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452. The deadline for submitting grant applications is September 1, 2012, and decisions on grants by CMP will be made within 30 days.

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July 3rd, 2010

CMP Kicks off Youth Air Rifle Summer Camp Program

CMP Summer CampThe 2010 summer 3-position Air Rifle Camps are underway at CMP North (Camp Perry, Ohio) and at CMP South (Anniston, Alabama). The camps are designed to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. Each camp hosts 55 to 65 high-school-aged athletes. An important feature of the CMP camp format is the emphasis on athletes and adult leaders learning together. At least one adult leader (coach, team or club leader, parent, etc.) must accompany each athlete or group of athletes who attend. CMP Camp Director Sommer Wood notes that the Camps have a major change in format this year. For 2010, the Camps are all full-length residential programs. “In the past,” Wood said, “the camps traveled to different locations, but this year we will be holding three Western Outreach clinics in place of full traveling camps, each being three-day, three positions air rifle clinics.” This year also marks the first year that CMP will be working jointly with the US Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) to hold an advanced smallbore camp at Fort Benning, Georgia.

CMP Summer Camp
CMP Summer Camps utilize state-of-the-art indoor ranges, equipped with MEGALink electronic targets.

High-Tech Equipment Employed in Summer Camps
The Camp curriculum has also been updated this year. The 2010 camps will employ high tech electronic targets as a focal point in the camps. With new 80-firing point marksmanship centers featuring the MEGALink target scoring systems, camp participants will experience a state-of-the-art classroom with multiple TV monitors, allowing interactive question and answer sessions. Participants will also receive video-linked tips from some of the top shooters in the country.

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January 17th, 2010

Gary Anderson Retires as Director of Civilian Marksmanship

Gary Anderson, who served the CMP as the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) for the past ten years, officially retired from that position on the December 31, 2009. Anderson celebrated his 70th birthday in October, 2009. The CMP has no immediate plans to appoint a new Director of Civilian Marksmanship. The CMP’s current Chief Operating Officer, Orest Michaels, will take over direct management of CMP programs.

Anderson will continue his association with the CMP in a consulting capacity as “DCM Emeritus”, working work on several projects that include training curriculum development, master instructor training, rulebook editing and technical writing. Anderson will also stay busy with international-level shooting. Anderson was recently elected President of USA Shooting, the U. S. Olympic shooting governing body. He also serves as a V.P. for the ISSF.

CMP Thrived Under Anderson’s Leadership
During his tenure at CMP, participation in CMP National Matches events doubled, the CMP Games expanded dramatically, and Anderson guided the growth of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC marksmanship programs, and CMP Master Instructor training program. Anderson also had a key role in the construction of the CMP Competition Centers at Camp Perry and Anniston.

While serving as DCM, one of Anderson’s top priorities was increasing youth participation in the shooting sports. In the photo above Anderson awards a certificate to a CMP-USMC Junior High Power Clinic participant.

Anderson said, “My work as the DCM has been richly fulfilling and I am grateful to the CMP and its Board of Directors for the opportunities they gave me to realize so many of my dreams and expectations for the shooting sports.” The CMP Board will hold a tribute to Gary Anderson at Anniston, Alabama on March 28th, after the 2010 JROTC Air Rifle National Championship.

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