June 7th, 2015

CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park Opens to Public

Talladega marksmanship Park Alabama

The CMP’s New Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama offically opened this weekend. On hand for the opening ceremonies were Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Congressman Mike Rogers. Joining in the initial competition, Rep. Rogers fired an M1 Garand from the bench.

500-acre Facility Cost Nearly $20 Million to Complete
The new facility features 500 acres of Rifle and Pistol ranges, along with Trap and Sporting Clays fields. The main rifle range boasts state-of-the-art electronic targets at 200, 300, and 600 yards. Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson said workers completed construction on time and the project came in under the original $20-million budget.

Along with the politicians, our friend Kevin Thomas was in Talladega as well. Kevin, who shot in the inagural Garand match, had this to report:

Observations from the Garand Match. #1, it’s fun. It’s probably more fun if you come prepared, with zeros for you rifle, and ammo you know good dope for. #2, practice isn’t cheating, and it helps a bunch. #3, it helps if your ammo is appropriately loaded into clips, two or eight rounds each. (I did NONE of these, but still had a great time.) And #4, any range, any match, any discipline, anywhere, is always like a big, well-armed family reunion. And yeah, I love it.

Talladega Marksmanship Park D-Day June Opening Ceremony

Oh, and I almost forgot … yes, electronic scoring positively rocks! Pit duty? We don’t need no stinkin’ pit duty!

Video Report from ABC Local Affiliate:

Inaurgural Rifle and Pistol Matches
Talladega hosted its first-ever shooting match this weekend, a D-Day commemorative event. This included a Garand Match on Saturday, followed by EIC Service Rifle, EIC Service Pistol, and EIC .22 Rimfire Pistol Matches on Sunday.

Talladega Marksmanship Park D-Day June Opening Ceremony

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