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New GSM Master Instructors Certified
Next Course Set for September

By Gary Anderson, DCM

Photos Courtesy of LCDR Dan Hoey

A total of 25 CMP GSM Rifle Clinic Master Instructors were trained in June through the GSM Rifle Clinic Master Instructor Program.
The new CMP Garand-Springfield-Military (GSM) Rifle Clinic Master Instructor Program was launched in April when the first GSM Master Instructor Training Workshop took place at Camp Perry, Ohio. The second GSM Master Instructor course was just concluded at Camp Perry on 9-10 June. 29 Master Instructors were certified in April. 25 additional Master Instructors were certified in the course just completed.

Shown here are two of the 83 slides that comprise the CMP GSM Clinic training material.
The CMP’s GSM Clinic Program is designed to upgrade and expand the availability of instructional clinics and matches for shooting who are interested in improving their skills or competing with these historic military rifles. The revised CMP program offers new training material in the form of Power Point slides and student texts for instructors to use in teaching clinic students who usually are new or inexperienced shooters. CMP Master Instructor workshops train and certify experienced instructors and shooters to teach this curriculum in CMP-sanctioned clinics.

The CMP sanction clinics that are conducted by CMP-affiliated clubs for a $20.00 sanctioning fee, with no additional fees for competitors. Sanctioned clinics and sanctioned GSM matches are eligible to purchase discounted .30-06 ammunition ($0.12/rd.) and receive certificates to award to participants. Match sponsors receive scorecards and can purchase CMP Achievement Pins to award to competitors who fire Achievement Award cut scores in their matches.

The GSM workshop includes classroom work where Instructors go through the entire curriculum.
The new curriculum is available for use by certified GSM Master Instructors as a set of Power Point slides on a CD. Copies of the slides together with detailed printed notes about the instructional points in the slides are available for distribution to students in clinics taught by Master Instructors.

The workshops that train Master Instructors to teach GSM Clinics include two full days of classroom and practical work. During these workshops, Master Instructor candidates work through the entire GSM clinic curriculum to be sure they are intimately familiar with it. They also have opportunities to practice the firing positions and firing techniques taught in the clinic to be sure they are comfortable teaching these clinic sessions to new shooters. The workshop schedule also makes time for two receptions and group meals where attendees get to know each other and share experiences. The first two Camp Perry workshops featured receptions at CMP Director Gary Anderson’s home where attendees could view his collection of Olympic and shooting sports memorabilia.

Gary Anderson, DCM, and Robert Sherer demonstrate the sitting position during the GSM Clinic.
The 25 new Master Instructors who completed their training at Camp Perry on 9-10 June are now certified to teach GSM clinics at shooting clubs in their areas. To recognize CMP-sanctioned clinics that are taught by GSM Master Instructors, the CMP website sanctioned clinic list (go to, click on “Upcoming Events, then on “Clinics”) for those clinics will include the designation, “Taught by a CMP Master Instructor.”

There has been a big response to this new Master Instructor program. Two additional GSM Master Instructor Courses are scheduled in 2006. The next course will be at Camp Perry on 9-10 September. The fourth course will be at Camp Pendleton, California on 3-4 November, in conjunction with the Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches. The official program and application form for upcoming Master Instructor courses is posted at A maximum of 30 persons will be accepted in each course. Both courses are nearly full, but some additional spaces are still open.

In addition, if your club is interested in hosting a sanctioned clinic or GSM match, you can find instructions and an application form to apply for CMP sanctioning at

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