If you have ever dreamed of firing a real M16 rifle or M9 pistol in a safe and relaxed environment, sign up now for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Rifle and Pistol Small Arms Firing Schools (SAFS)—taking place in July during the 2016 National Rifle and Pistol Matches at historic Camp Perry.
The schools are designed for new shooters, so no past firearm experience or gun ownership is required to participate in SAFS. Students will learn basic instruction and firing practices, competition skills and live range firing. Intermediate shooters are also welcome to participate in this enjoyable and exciting opportunity.
“It’s a really good way to introduce new people into the sport,” said SFC Brandon Green, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and decorated competitor of the National Matches. “It’s great to get people out here to experience things they normally wouldn’t get to experience.”
“It’s very hands-on, with one-on-one coaching from a professional. The rifles we use are sound equipment, and it’s a very safe environment,” he added. “Out at Camp Perry, it’s such a good place for people to experience marksmanship. You can’t ask for a better place to do it—this place has so much history.”
The SAFS courses have been a staple at the National Matches since 1918, with the involvement of over 1000 pistol and rifle participants continuing each year. The school is taught by members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and conducted by military team members and CMP Master Instructors. The CMP sponsors the school and handles registration.
Those searching for a more in-depth look at rifle shooting may sign up for the Advanced Rifle Course, which provides additional class instruction and the chance to fire in a special M16 EIC Match.
“Experienced shooters that come back year after year, they pick up something new each time. We bring in different instructors who put their own spin on the material, and that’s what people pick up on and keeps them coming back,” SFC Green said. “Everyone needs to get out here. It’s a great time, and it’s a great experience.”
Whether an expert shooter or picking up a firearm for the first time, come enjoy a day of fellowship and fun in one of America’s oldest pastimes—fortified by the security and knowledge of some of the best marksmen in the country!