About Master Marksman Award


The GCA Master Marksman program began in 2023 to acknowledge those who consistently score well in the John C. Garand Match with As-Issued M1 Rifles at designated Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competitions. Like the CMP’s established Distinguished Badge Program, the new award will work on an Achievement Award point system. The creation of the GCA Master Marksman Program is an extension of the joint partnership between the Garand Collectors Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program. 

Since one of the tenets of the GCA Mission is “to encourage competitive and recreational safe shooting of the rifle”, the GCA Master Marksman Program is a great way to motivate GCA members to participate in CMP matches as a part of GCA’s continuing efforts to maximize its long-term relationship with CMP for the benefit of the GCA Membership.

Points will be awarded based on cut scores and presented as gold (10pts), silver (8pts), and bronze (6 pts) levels. Competitors must reach a total of 40 points overall, with one gold and one additional gold or silver required. All other points may be bronze or greater. You can find out more about the exact dates of the matches by visiting www.thecmp.org. Click on the Competition Tracker tab to find out details of each of the CMP sponsored matches.

To participate, a competitor must be a current member of the GCA. Individuals may even join the day of the match through the GCA website in order to be considered a valid member. Only As-Issued M1 Garands maybe used. Competition Rules for the John C. Garand Match (Course A: 30 rounds) will be followed as defined in the CMP Games Rifle and Pistol Competition Rulebook. Those who fire in re-entry events will be able to use their highest score only for points.

Outside of the Master Marksman Program, the GCA will continue to donate generous funds to the winners of the John C. Garand Matches as well as the semi-auto category of the Vintage Team Sniper Matches at major CMP competitions, regardless of GCA membership.  

Competitors may track their scores for the Master Marksman program through the CMP’s Competition Tracker. One must register on the CMP site ( ct.thecmp.org ) and be logged in. Select “My Account” then the Competitions/EIC tab to look for registered points. 

Questions on the new program? Contact CMP’s Christina Roguski at 419-635-2141 ext. 714 or [email protected].

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.