Civilian Marksmanship Program

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U.S. citizens in responsible use of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills.

The mission of the Civilian Marksmanship Program is to promote firearms safety and marksmanship training for U.S. citizens with an emphasis on youth. The vision of the Civilian Marksmanship Program is that every youth in America has the opportunity to participate in firearms safety and marksmanship programs.

The CMP is a national leader in providing instructional materials, training leaders and organizing competition events that enable youth to participate in safe marksmanship activities.

CMP Youth Marksmanship Programs

JROTC Marksmanship
The CMP cooperates with the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force JROTC Commands to provide the marksmanship training and competition programs that are used by 2,500 JROTC units throughout the nation.

National Three-Position Air Rifle Council
The CMP partners with The American Legion, BSA-Venturing, National 4-H Shooting Sports, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, USA Shooting (national governing body for Olympic shooting), and the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Commands to govern almost all sanctioned youth air rifle competitions in the U.S.

Local Youth Marksmanship Programs
85 percent of the CMP’s 5,200 affiliated gun clubs and local youth organizations offer gun safety and youth marksmanship instruction that utilize CMP training materials and supplies to youth in their communities.

Junior Rifle Camps
The CMP provides a summer-long series of youth shooting sports camps to give advanced training to 500 youth and their adult leaders.

Camp Riflery
The CMP is a national leader in providing instructional materials specifically designed for youth BB gun, air rifle and smallbore rifle marksmanship in summer camp settings.

Rifles and Ammunition
The CMP subsidizes the sale of rifles suitable for instructing beginning shooters so that camps, 4-H clubs and junior rifle clubs can acquire affordable equipment for their programs.

More detailed information about the CMP and its programs can be found at