April 1, 2021
NSSF Awards Five-Star Rating to CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
Newtown, Conn. — NSSF,® the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that it has awarded a Five-Star rating to CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. This is the first outdoor range to be awarded a Five-Star Rating under NSSF’s revised star rating system for outdoor ranges.
Known as “The Home of Marksmanship” and owned and operated by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, this expansive facility sprawls across 500 acres in Talladega, Alabama. The facility is open to the public and requires no membership, making this range a tremendous draw for both the immediate community and thousands of yearly visitors from outside the state.
CMP Talladega has, literally, something for every shooting sports enthusiast, from airguns to long-range rifle, 3-Gun to clay-target sports. A 600-yard rifle range has target banks available at 200, 300 and 600 yards, with 54 covered shooting points that accommodate both casual target practice and formal matches attended by hundreds of competitors. A separate 100-yard range serves for multiple rifle shooting activities, while pistol shooters enjoy dedicated 25- and 50-yard handgun ranges and any of the facility’s 15 action-shooting bays. All static-target ranges feature the all-weather, electronically scored Kongsberg Target System. Shotgunners have their choice of a trap, skeet, five-stand field and a 15-station sporting clays course.
Truly a range that is meant for continuous all-day use by families and friends, CMP Talladega’s centerpiece is its 13,000-square-foot clubhouse. An immaculate reception and check-in area there is flanked by numerous multimedia classrooms, lounge areas, and the range’s highly regarded pro shop where visitors can purchase the highly sought after M1 Garand, ammunition and gear for use on the range or in one of the many instructional classes and clinics offered. Close-circuit TVs are available throughout so that visitors can watch the action while taking a break from any of the dozens of formal matches and tournaments that take place at CMP Talladega every month.
“We couldn’t be happier to recognize the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park as our first Five-Star rated outdoor range under the new rating criteria,” Snow continued. “From the array of target shooting venues and activities, its use of technology and a staff that, to a one, makes every person who walks through the front doors feel like a member of the family, this range is a genuine destination—and everything about it sets the bar for what a range of this scale can be.”
“I first want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone that visits the park, said Mark Johnson, COO for the Civilian Marksmanship Program. We here at CMP Talladega look forward to showcasing a range like no other where we are known throughout the country as The Home of Marksmanship”.
Range owners and operators interested in achieving an NSSF star rating must first apply to the program and complete the comprehensive self-assessment. That assessment includes an in-depth critique of four primary areas: appearance, management, shooting sports development and amenities. Completed applications, along with photos and supporting documents, are then submitted to NSSF, and if the facility appears to qualify for the top Five-Star rating, that range will then receive an onsite visit from NSSF staff. For more information on NSSF’s Star-Rating program for outdoor ranges, including a sample application, click here.
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.
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