March 21st, 2008

New CMP Rulebook Available

The CMP has finalized its 2008 rules for service rifle, service pistol and as-issued military rifles. The 12th Edition (2008) of the CMP Competition Rules is now posted on the CMP web site and can be downloaded for free. Printed copies of the 2008 rulebook can also be ordered from the CMP. DCM representative Gary Anderson reports that “just like in 2007, there are not a lot of rule changes, [and] nothing in the 2008 rules is going to substantially change any CMP courses of fire or the way competitions are conducted. There are some rule changes, however, that are designed to address issues that have come up or to respond to recommendations that were received from match sponsors and competitors.”

CLICK HERE for a Summary of all the New Rules


ECIs now Required for Rimfire AND Pistol Classes
One noteworthy change in the 2008 CMP rules is that ECIs (empty chamber indicators) confirming that firearms are unloaded and safe are now required in ALL rifles and pistols in both CMP and NRA matches at all times except during preparation and firing periods. Highpower and air rifle shooters quickly accepted the mandatory use of ECIs for centerfire rifles and CBIs (clear barrel indicators) for air rifles, but smallbore and pistol shooters resisted. Now several years of experience have demonstrated how effective these safety flags are in allowing range officers to quickly confirm that guns are cleared. Accordingly, the use of ECIs is now mandatory in all classes.

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