TALLADEGA, Ala. – Registration has begun for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) annual Talladega 600! Set for Nov. 6-12, 2023, this year’s event will feature an assortment of rifle and pistol competitions as well as new 800 Rifle Aggregate and Mid-Range 3×600 matches – all held at CMP’s own Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.
Known as “A Southern Classic,” the Talladega 600 is open to guests through a variety of disciplines and experience levels. The mix of recreation-oriented CMP Games events alongside more challenging service rifle matches means there’s a little something for everyone in the lineup. Meanwhile, the new Mid-Range 3×600 will include Match Rifle, Service Rifle, Palma Rifle, F-Open, F-T/R and AR Tactical categories to allow an assortment of options on the line.
Such CMP Games rifle events on the Talladega 600 schedule are the:
- Garand/Springfield/Vintage/Modern Military Rifle (GSMM),
- Carbine Rifle,
- .22 Rimfire Sporter,
- Vintage Sniper Rifle,
- Benchrest Garand and Rimfire Sporter Matches.
Likewise, the pistol lineup consists of the:
- As-Issued 1911,
- Military & Police,
- 22/Centerfire/.45 Pistol Aggregates and
- .22 and Service Pistol EIC events.
For highpower rifle, the Talladega 600 will host versions of prestigious National Trophy Rifle Matches (the Congressional 30 and Dixie Double), team events and Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) matches to add even more challenges to the event.
Outside of competition, Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship 101 courses combine classroom and live-fire practice, while other educational opportunities like the GSMM Master Instructor and Range Officer Level II courses offer even more valuable range training. If you are new to the sport of marksmanship, the Marksmanship 101 courses include hands-on coaching, firearms and ammunition for the course.
Learn more about the Talladega 600 and find registration info through the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/talladega-600/.
About the CMP and Talladega Marksmanship Park:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U.S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and air guns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions.
Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, while the 20-lane life-size 3D target Archery Range provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.
The public is welcome, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply explore the grounds. Off the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Learn more about Talladega Marksmanship Park at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.
— Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.
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