After a brief pause in 2020, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is pleased to announce the return of the annual Talladega D-Day rifle and pistol event, June 8-13, 2021, at the CMP’s own Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.
The D-Day tribute commemorates the anniversary of the Allied Forces landing at Normandy Beach in France in 1944. Pay homage to the valiant heroes of the World War II generation by way of camaraderie and a variety of stimulating marksmanship events and activities, held throughout the 500 acres of Talladega Marksmanship Park.
The 2021 D-Day event features old favorites and a fresh lineup of matches, with the addition of the Garand Iron Man EIC Rifle Match that allows competitors to fire a Service M1 Garand or As-Issued M1 Garand toward possible Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) points. The new Prone GSM Match will provide a secure place for competitors 70 years and over who are itching to get behind the trigger. The match is fired completely at the prone position, to ease the usual physical requirements of off-hand shooting.
A traditional schedule of CMP’s specially designed Games events like the Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military (GSM) Carbine and Vintage Sniper rifle matches will intertwine with popular pistol competitions, like the 1911 As-Issued and Military & Police matches. The Roosevelt Commemorative Match, using vintage M1903 Springfield or U.S. Krag rifles, will further honor the military firearms of the past through friendly, recreational competition.
Other updates to the Talladega D-Day schedule include a Rimfire Sporter Rifle Benchrest Match, which incorporates the use of sandbags for increased stabilization for competitors as they fire .22 rifles in O-, T- or TU classes. Likewise, a Benchrest Garand Match will offer the same use of sandbags, using the M1 Garand rifle. Both of these matches are open to competitors of all ages.
Talladega D-Day competitors can also engage in CMP’s educational opportunities, including the M1 Maintenance Clinic and the GSM New Shooter Clinic (now featuring live-fire practice) – each respectively taking a more concentrated look into the inner workings of rifle preservation and competition fundamentals and led by certified marksmanship professionals.
Outside of regular D-Day competition, shotgun enthusiasts may take advantage of Talladega Marksmanship Park’s trap field, two 5-stand fields and a 15-station sporting clays field with automated trap machines. Also, be sure to check out the Park’s Unknown Distance Range, featuring 12 metal targets in the shape of life-size animals – including elk, deer, bears and hogs!
Join the CMP for this great event, enjoying the technology of the present while remembering the sacrifices of the past. For more information on Talladega D-Day, visit https://thecmp.org/cmp-matches/talladega-d-day-matches/.
About Talladega Marksmanship Park:
Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” hosts rifle, pistol and shotgun opportunities for guests to enjoy. The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park Club House consists of 13,000 square feet of useable space and includes CMP’s Pro Shop, which is loaded with firearms, ammunition, shooting accessories and CMP memorabilia.
The Park is open to the public all year long, Wednesday through Sunday. Find a list of monthly events and other happenings at the Talladega Marksmanship Park by visiting the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.
NOTE: Although it is CMP’s hope to hold our upcoming events, please keep in mind that we may have to cancel due to COVID-19 issues. For those events that we do conduct, we will follow the appropriate state’s guidelines and recommendations. We continue to monitor the venue states’ guidelines and adjust our procedures based on those guidelines and common sense. As always, the safety of our customers and employees is our priority.
–By Ashley Brugnone, 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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