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Marksmanship & Safety Program

Marksmanship education and training is a key component of our mission. When we provide opportunities for experienced shooters and instructors to receive advanced training in marksmanship, they can then pass on that knowledge to beginning and aspiring competitors. 052 - BMC (Basic Marksmanship Course) Target, one bull per target 250 per pack $4.95 S&H per pack $11.00.

The information below will assist you in all your needs for the JROTC Marksmanship program, the Safety Program and general safety information.

About the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program and Unit The U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Unit represents the forefront of small arms skill in the Reserve and are the only formally proven and acknowledged experts on the proper use and training of small arms across the force. The CMP is located at Camp Perry Training Site, Building 3, Port Clinton, OH 43452 USA US Postal Service: PO Box 576 Port Clinton, OH 43452 USA.

Safety and Marksmanship Training Documents

Online Safety and Marksmanship Course for JROTC Instructors (.pdf)

JMIC Safety Exam Answer No Key (.pdf)

JMIC Safety Exam Answer With Key (.pdf)

The link below takes you to a summary of recent rule changes published in the Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) online newsletter. Since JROTC marksmanship competitions are conducted in accordance with the National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules (the 'blue book') our coaches and shooters need to be aware of the recent update. Also, when conducting inspections and visits, keep a sharp eye out for folks using an outdated version of the rule book. IMPORTANT -- No Cadet will install, remove, or fill the CO2 air rifle cylinders.

During attempts to match CO2 canisters to particular weapons there may be material failures in the CO2 canisters. The installation instruction outlined in the Daisy Avanti operators manual are proper installation procedures and it emphasizes to users; do not over tighten the cylinders. Follow these procedures to the letter, during the removal process the CO2 canister brass threading and check valve fitting may back off the CO2 canister and remain in the weapon.

Recommend units initially seat canisters to the proper weapon prior to filling them with CO2. Use liquid correction fluid to create a torque seal line on each canister so you can visibly inspect canisters during removal to create a visible safety check procedure to insure fittings are remaining properly sealed.

  • JMIC Introduction PowerPoint presentation (.ppt)
  • Introduction To JROTC Marksmanship PowerPoint part 2 (.ppt)
  • How To Run Matches (.ppt)
JROTC Range Inspection Checklist (.pdf)

This checklist will be used as part of the command interest portion of the inspection. There are no inspection points associated with this area of inspection. The checklist will be added to CCR 145-8-3.

Storage/Security for ROTC and JROTC Units
  1. For authorization of storage racks, refer to CTA 50-909. PBO/MPC/MPS forwards requisitions to the supplying agency for the appropriate storage racks. Dummy drill rifles (i.e., M1903, M1, M16, etc.) and air rifles are pilferable items; therefore, use storage requirements as appropriate for pilferable items. JROTC units ensure the storage of dummy rifles and air rifles behind locked doors (including closet or separate room; individual student locker does not qualify) with other government property.
  2. Security. Rifle caliber .22 and higher will be stored IAW AR 190-11. Dummy rifles and air rifles will be secured under the 'double lock' system.
Safety Information Involving Weapons on School Campuses.

JROTC SAFETY ALERT - Weapons on School Campuses (.pdf)

I have long had a tendency to tie marksmanship to morality. The essence of good marksmanship is self-control, and self-control is the essence of good citizenship. It is too easy to say that a good shot is automatically a good man, but it would be equally incorrect to ignore the connection.

/// Marksmanship Archive

The Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Training Course

January 19, 2021 4 Comments

I’ve got a bit of experience between training and competition, though not as much as I’d like. Still, I’ve learned a few things along the way and today we’re talking about some of the key lessons I wish I could go back and make sure I knew back at the beginning.


Here’s Your Postal Match Winners for Q42020

December 9, 2020 No Comments

The results are in, and it was a squeaker! The Q4 postal match for 2020 ended last week. If you recall, it was a pistol-focused course of fire consisting of 25 shots between 3 yards and 25 yards. There was no timer, no positions, nor anything else. The event was a pure pistol marksmanship challenge against a small target.

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Ammo Shortage? No Problem. Here’s a Solution

November 24, 2020 6 Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the great ammo shortage of 2020 has been putting a significant damper on your range time. I have a healthy stash set aside, for sure, but the general turmoil I’m seeing out there makes me reluctant to start using it until there’s a ready replacement. So what do we do?


Q4 2020 Postal Match: Bringing the Bull

October 1, 2020 1 Comment

For the fourth quarter of 2020’s match, we’re taking a note from the bullseye pistol game with a few tweaks. As much as I like …


Mike Green of Green Ops Tactical Talks About Adult Skills

September 18, 2020 8 Comments

Mike Green is a 15 year veteran of Special Operations who began a training company in Northern Virginia as a bit of a side gig. His school has since grown into quite the training operation spanning multiple states and categories of students. One of the things that stood out to me about Green Ops is their motto, “Why Should Your Training Be Less Special?”


The Marksman’s Trinity: Balance for New and Old Gun Owners

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September 10, 2020 No Comments

The theme of the month is all about balance, so here’s another one to think about. I thought about the elements that should go into decision making regarding everything we do, and I categorized everything into these three: safety, capability, and security.

As gun owners and firearms enthusiasts, we should always be mindful of keeping these things in balance.


Ammo Companies HATE this Substitute for 22LR Dry Fire

July 28, 2020 7 Comments

Sure, the headline was a little clickbaity, but I thought it was funny. Regular dry practice with your rifles and pistols is an important component to keeping up your skills. Done right, it dramatically cuts back on the amount of range time and ammo you need to spend while also greasing the groove of your fundamentals.

The trouble is that you’re not really supposed to dry fire a rimfire rifle, right?


Answering the Question: Why Good Marksmanship is Important

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July 17, 2020 3 Comments

I don’t know why this question has been on my mind lately, but I’ve felt compelled to try and put words to my answer. Why is good marksmanship important? What do we get from learning and practicing it?


I think there’s an assumption within the gun world that everyone already knows that marksmanship is important. But I don’t think most people actually care.


A Marksman’s Guide to the Squatting Position

July 14, 2020 4 Comments

The squatting position, otherwise known as “Rice Paddy Prone,” isn’t as common as it once was. It is a moderate stability position that supports both elbows, making it more stable than kneeling yet keeping a high level of mobility.


Q32020 Postal Match Series: Five Position Rifle

July 1, 2020 3 Comments

These are the rules for the Q3 2020 Postal Match. We’re taking on a five-position course of fire at 25 yards on an official NRA target. Let’s get to it.


The Everyday Marksman Postal Match Series Challenge

June 30, 2020 No Comments

With this challenge, we introduce the new Everyday Marksman Postal Match series. What are postal matches, well I’m glad you asked. Think of them as friendly competitions you can do from home.



Now Hear This: Are 22LR Trainers Overhyped?

June 23, 2020 12 Comments

By this point, it’s no secret that I’m way down the path to building a 22LR rifle for training and competition. I’ve previously written about using 22LR as a short-range substitute for centerfire rifles at long range because of its inferior ballistics.

With that in mind, I want to share a podcast episode from Wolf Precision on this very topic, and why my thinking might be wrong.


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