Santa Margarita Gun Club

Letter from the High Power Director – 2016 CMP Rules Updates

Please refer to the CMP website for more information on the 2016 CMP Rules changes.

You are receiving this as the an information topic only. The CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) effectively runs the recognition of Awarding Distinguished Rifleman and Distinguished Pistol Badges.

One major item to note in the upcoming 2016 CMP Rule Changes are that Rifle Optics will now be allowed in CMP EIC “Leg” Matches. There are a few other conditions which must also be followed, but this is especially good news for our Marines/Navy personnel aboard MCB Camp Pendleton and the San Diego region.

It is hoped that SMGC can establish good communications with the various commands throughout the base, and notify their commanders that this is a very good thing for the Marines and Navy as a whole.

EXAMPLE: Marines and their main T/O Weapon throughout the Corps (M16A2 and A4’s) can be used to compete in CMP EIC “Leg” Rifle Matches.

With a Unit Commander’s support, Marines can use their issued rifles to “Train/Practice and Compete” in our SMGC Club events, which has been our Club’s main goal since the club’s inception.

Marines can have the opportunity to train & shoot their rifles more than one time a year. The ability to go out and train will also provide the means to improve skill levels and confidence. The few stumbling blocks I foresee, are the Marines/Navy personnel’s ability to get the rifles out of the Armory and having Ammunition delivered to the range. This is why the Unit Commander’s need to be informed that their support is critical. Small units within an organization (Platoon vs. Platoon) competitions could help build upon the unit’s Esprit de Corps.

This new rule change also allows Marines an opportunity to earn their “Civilian or Other Points” towards becoming a Distinguished Rifleman without having to use any other type of Rifle (ie. Iron Sights). SMGC can help promote marksmanship all-year round and not just prior to Western Division Matches. Marines could go and shoot at any of the SMGC EIC Matches held and the All-Navy Matches as well.

It is my sincere hope that all of you can help spread the word throughout your personal contacts. We at SMGC would love to see more “Marines and Sailors” participate at our SMGC Rifle and Pistol Events. We are hear to help and support our War Fighters to help them become more proficient in their Marksmanships Skills.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Semper FI,

Harry D. Harrison
Senior Officer, Fountain Valley P.D. (Retired)
MGySgt, USMCR (Retired)