The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses 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. Links on this page will lead you to more detailed information about the CMP and its programs.

Statutory Mission

The federal law enacted in 1996 (Title 36 U. S. Code, 40701-40733) that created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS, the formal legal name of the CMP) mandates these key “functions for the corporation:

  1. To instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship;
  2. To promote practice and safety in the use of firearms;
  3. To conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges, and other insignia to competitors.

The law specifically states: In carrying out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the corporation shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and that reach as many youth participants as possible.

Purpose

To establish a program that will honor individuals for Excellence in Competitive Shooting. The program is modeled after the CMP’s Excellence in Competition program and similarly imposes minimum standards on all CRPA sanctioned State Championships.

Participation

Every competitor that participates in a California Rifle & Pistol Association sanctioned State Championship is eligible to earn CRPA Distinguished Certificates and the CRPA Distinguished Plaque Award that are intended to honor and recognize individuals for Excellence in Competitive Shooting.

Common Program Elements

All CRPA State Championships shall include the following minimum criteria:

  1. CRPA Distinguished Certificates shall be awarded based upon aggregate scores in CRPA sanctioned State Championships only.
  2. CRPA Distinguished Certificates shall be awarded according to the following schedule:

a. CRPA Distinguished Certificates shall be awarded to the top ten percent (10%) of the competitors who have not yet attained the title of CRPA Distinguished in that discipline. Therefore, competitors who have earned the title of CRPA Distinguished in a particular discipline are not eligible for additional certificates in that discipline.

b. A minimum of ten (10) non CRPA Distinguished competitors are required to participate in a CRPA sanctioned State Championship in order to award one (1) CRPA Distinguished Certificate; fifteen to twenty-four (15-24) for a second certificate; twenty-five to thirty-four (25-34) for a third certificate; etc.

c. Three (3) CRPA Distinguished Certificates earned in one discipline are required to earn the title of CRPA Distinguished in that discipline.

d. There is no limit to the number of CRPA Distinguished Certificates a competitor may earn per year prior to earning the title of CRPA Distinguished in a particular discipline; however, no more than two (2) certificates per year per discipline will apply toward earning the title of CRPA Distinguished in that discipline.