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October 7th, 2021

Girl Scouts Enjoy Day at CMP South Competition Center

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Trailblazer Girl Scout Troop Visits CMP South Competition Center
Last month, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) hosted the Trailblazer Girl Scout Troop from Hoover, Alabama, at the CMP South Competition Center in Anniston, Alabama. The group of 25 Girl Scouts and parents took part in a day of fun on the range, shooting CMP-supplied air rifles at electronic targets. CMP trainers covered the basics of air rifle marksmanship and competition.

“They scheduled the range for two hours to get the girls on a different adventure than their normal realm”, said Renay Woodruff, CMP South Competition Center supervisor. The Girl Scouts and their leaders were very pleased with their visit and plan to come again in the future.

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The CMP South Competition Center boasts a state-of-the-art indoor airgun range with eighty, 10-meter firing points, all equipped with electronic targets. The range hosts competition events all year long and is also open weekly for public use.

The CMP South Competition Center in Alabama offers Open Public Marksmanship Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm CST in Anniston. Guests of all ages are welcome to try air gun shooting. Shooters may also visit the range by appointment Monday through Thursday.

The South Competition Center is also home to the CMP South Store, where guests may browse a variety of marksmanship equipment, instructional materials, and CMP memorabilia. Note — the CMP South store will be closed for a limited time to allow staff to catch up on mail orders.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about the CMP Competition Centers, including rental information. Reserve a time for your group by contacting Renay Woodruff: or 256-835-8455 ext. 415.

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September 5th, 2012

CMP to Build All-New 500-Acre Shooting Facility in Alabama

Report based on Story by Steve Cooper, CMP Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has purchased roughly 500 acres of property just south of the Talladega Speedway in Alabama for the purpose of building a new CMP Outdoor Marksmanship Facility. As planned, the new site will include a high power rifle range, 100-yard smallbore range, ten (10) action pistol bays, and a shotgun range. The multi-phase, multi-year project will allow the CMP to offer competitions and marksmanship training at a state-of-the-art facility in the Southeast. “With the support of friends of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, we envision a facility that will provide … a safe, instructive environment where CMP will conduct training, competitions and related events near our Anniston home, less than 30 minutes away,” said CMP Chief Operating Officer, Orest Michaels.

The facility, projected to be completed in five phases, will be located three miles from the Talladega Superspeedway, and will be accessible from the Eastaboga (#173) or Talladega (#168) Interstate 20 exits. The facility property is situated near Turners Mill Road, south of the speedway and two miles north of downtown Talladega. For now the CMP has cleared land for access roads and constructed a pair of 200-yard highpower rifle firing points for testing and evaluation purposes.

The following is a general description of the multi-year project phases, which will be supported by a CMP capital campaign. As with all projections of its magnitude, the project phases may vary and are subject to unforseen development and funding constraints:

  • Phase I – to establish a 50-point rifle range with firing lines at 100 and 200 yards, complete with fully-operational target pits with manually-operated cantilever style target carriers and a state of the art electronic target system.
  • Phase II – Expand the range by adding 300- and 600-yard firing lines, utilizing Phase I features and adding permanent restroom facilities.
  • Phase III – Construct a 100-yard smallbore range, a 50-yard pistol range, a 50-foot pistol range and a 10-Bay action pistol range.
  • Phase IV – Complete classrooms for firearm safety and marksmanship training.
  • Phase V – Create a five-stand, 12-station sporting clays range.

At present the CMP leases outdoor ranges at Camp Perry to conduct the Small Arms Firing Schools, clinics and games events during the annual National Matches in July and August. Additionally the CMP has conducted regional events and clinics at non-CMP facilities in Arizona, California, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma. “Eventually the CMP Outdoor Marksmanship Facility will provide us greater flexibility with outdoor programming and allow us to offer additional opportunities to participate in firearm safety and marksmanship events in the southeastern U.S.,” Michaels added.

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