We officially kicked off our 2014 shooting season this past weekend with an excellent CMP Garand Clinic led by our certified Master Instructor, Clint Randles. Clint covered everything a new shooter needs to know in order to begin participating in GSM matches: shooting positions, sight adjustment, scoring, and much more.


After the classroom time, we moved out to Paradise Outdoors range, where everyone had the chance to go through the paces of a match. This practice firing was similar to the CMP Course A, which consists of 30 rounds plus 5 sighters, in our case, fired at 100 yards on the SR-1 target. For those not familiar with this CMP match, the stages of fire are as follows:

  • 5 sighter rounds, with a time limit of 5 minutes
  • 10 rounds slow fire from the prone position, with a time limit of 10 minutes
  • 10 rounds rapid fire from the prone postion, with a time limit of 80 seconds
  • 10 rounds slow fire from the standing position, with a time limit of 10 minutes

The live-fire practice was a unusual opportunity for our new shooters, because it paired them up with coaches drawn from our pool of experienced shooters, including Chris Hymen and Bill Waggoner.

Thanks to everyone who made the clinic a great success, including everyone who helped set up, break down, and move gear. Particular thanks to Don McLane, who not only prepared a great lunch, but also served as RSO for the whole range period. Also BIG thanks to Chris Kurek for shlepping the loaner gear around in his truck.

If you are a new shooter and missed the clinic, don't let that stop you from joining us at our next match. We are always glad to help you out with a loaner rifle, gear, and any instruction you may need. Just drop us a line at the DEGS club email!