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The Civilian Marksmanship Program is dedicated to the respect for and safe handling of firearms, instilling patriotism and discipline in our youth participants.  The CMP provides its constituents with the highest level of instruction in the proper control of firearms by highly-skilled coaches and veteran range safety officers in the classroom, at our ranges and wherever the CMP banner is displayed. 

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Tuesday & Thursday Night Open Public Shooting
CMP Marksmanship Centers,
Port Clinton, OH
Anniston, AL

Shooters, including aspiring new shooters are invited to take advantage of a new opportunity to do practice shooting.  Both ranges consist of 80-point, 10-meter air gun range and are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting.  Instruction and equipment are also available.  Visit
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CMP Mourns the Loss of its Friend and Legal Counsel, Mike Saporito

ANNISTON, AL – The Civilian Marksmanship Program is mourning the passing of a friend and legal counsel, Michael Saporito, 76, of Winter Springs, Florida. Mr. Saporito passed away on September 3, 2014 after a brief illness.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our attorney and colleague. Mike knew the firearms safety business, understood and believed in the mission of the corporation, and was an exceedingly proficient lawyer. He was a true friend, supporter, and mentor to the CMP. His knowledge of the law, tempered by his unique wit and humor, cannot be replaced. We will indeed miss him," said Judy Legerski, Chairman, CMP Board of Directors.  


Mike Saporito served at CMP’s legal council for seven years. During that time, he developed a strong friendship as well as a business relationship with the staff. CMP’s Chairman Judy Legerski professed everyone’s sentiments of the loss by saying, “…he will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Saporito served as legal counsel for the Civilian Marksmanship Program for the past seven years. He assisted the non-profit organization through a period of strong growth over the last several years.  Prior to serving as the CMP’s chief legal counsel, Mr. Saporito was a veteran of the firearms industry, serving as Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel of RSR Group for 21 years until his retirement in 2001. Mike earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1967.


Mike dedicated his life to firearm rights and the firearm industry. Aside from being an advocate, he was also an avid competitive shooter – firing in many CMP events.

His dedication to firearm rights was evident through his countless awards and prestigious roles, including serving as a Founding Member and Chair of the American Shooting Sports Council, Inc., from 1992-1997. In December 1992, he was awarded the Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award, while becoming Gun Rights Defender of the Year in September 1996. In 1994, he appeared on an episode of ABC’s Good Morning America during a segment on the Firearms Industry.

Many of his great achievements included the St. Gabriel Possenti Medal for Leadership (1991), Industry Minuteman Award for Employer (1991), George Washington Patriot Award (awarded twice), the Prestigious Cicero Award by the American Firearms Industry, the 1994 Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Man of the Year Award for Leading the Industry Pro Gun Rights Movement and a Lifetime Achievement Award Citizen’s Committee For the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.


Saporito was always willing to lend a helpful hand to customers and competitors in any way he could. He is shown here helping customers at the rifle sales table during Eastern CMP Games.

Additionally, Mike was recognized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for leadership in assisting the Bureau to achieve its goal of a safer America. He authored a column and website to motivate firearm dealers and the general public to protect their civil rights. Mike also co-authored a feature article for the 40th anniversary edition of Guns and Ammo magazine.

In his personal life, Mr. Saporito was an avid hunter, fisherman, private pilot and competitive marksman. Mike enjoyed participating the John C. Garand and Springfield Rifle Matches. He made trips to Camp Perry for the National Matches and to the Eastern CMP Games. He also had two children with his wife of over 48 years, Carol.  

Funeral Services were held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (256) 835-8455 or mailed to Civilian Marksmanship Program, Attn: Donations/Finance, 1401 Commerce Blvd, Anniston, AL 36207.


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PROGRAMS:  For marksmanship training, competitions, National Matches, safety information and youth marksmanship.


Camp Perry Program Center
Phone: (419) 635-2141      Fax: (419) 635-2802

Mail & Shipping:
Civilian Marksmanship Program
P.O. Box 576 (mail)
Camp Perry Training Site, Bldg #3 (shipping)
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
SALES:  For government surplus rifles and ammunition, CMP products and CMP memorabilia. 


Anniston Distribution Center
Phone: (256) 835-8455     Fax:  (256) 835-3527

Mail & Shipping:
Civilian Marksmanship Program
1401 Commerce Blvd
Anniston, Alabama 36207
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