Dates Announced for CMP’s 2020 Advanced Maintenance Rifle Class Schedule

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Advanced Maintenance Clinics will return in 2020 for those firearm enthusiasts interested in assembling his or her own vintage rifle with the help of hands-on, knowledgeable instructors.

The Advanced Maintenance Class (AMC) is a three-day course led by the qualified CMP Custom Shop staff members at the office in Anniston, Ala. Designed for those who wish to take their passion for the timeless M1 Garand to the next level, the AMC offers students a unique opportunity to receive unparalleled training from our Custom Shop staff. Topics such as head space, barrel installation, component purpose/function, general rifle assembly, rifle/component maintenance and various accuracy techniques will be covered.

A classroom session, including instructional videos and a detailed visual presentation, will be accompanied by enlightening discussion and lecture from the Custom Shop Staff. In conjunction with the classroom sessions, students will also receive active instruction and individualized assistance. Participants will be exposed to all information required to safely assemble and successfully fire his or her own complete rifle, under the direct supervision of our expert gunsmiths.  

Additionally, students will receive an exclusive visit to the CMP Store on the second day and Talladega Marksmanship Park on the third day, for a chance to view the grounds and fire their personally crafted rifles from class.

Each student signed up for the class will have an option of purchasing and constructing either a Field Grade Special or a CMP Special rifles. Class fees vary, based on rifle purchase.

Along with construction, students in the class learn about rifle maintenance and techniques.

Four “Buddy Class” dates are also reserved for applicants wishing to attend with a designated partner of their choosing. Classes are limited to only 20 students, and all sessions are often promptly wait-listed, so don’t hesitate to sign up!

Registration is currently open and will continue until February 2020, with a lottery held Feb. 1 to choose participants. Individuals may register through the CMP’s Competition Tracker page at Independent registrations will be accepted indefinitely as long as space allows.

The 2020 dates are:

  • Feb 25 – Feb 27
  • Feb 28 – Mar 1 (Buddy Class)
  • Mar 31 – Apr 2
  • Apr 3 – Apr 5
  • Apr 17 – Apr19
  • Apr 20 – Apr 22 (Buddy Class)
  • May 12 – May 14
  • May 15 – May 17
  • Jun 9 – Jun 11
  • Jun 12 – Jun 14 (Buddy Class)
  • Aug 18 – Aug 20
  • Aug 21 – Aug 23
  • Oct 13 – Oct 15 (GCA Event)
  • Oct 16 – Oct 18 (Apple Seed Event)
  • Dec 8 – Dec 10
  • Dec 11 – Dec 13 (Buddy Class)

Registration Lottery:

Due to popularity, a Registration Lottery will be used to randomly select participants for the classes. Registration for the lottery is currently open on the CMP website ( and will remain open until February 1, 2020. Registering for multiple classes is permitted, but no applicant will be selected for more than one slot. FORMER AMC PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER FOR 2020.

Registrants will become part of an electronic lottery used to randomly assign the 20 available seats for each class date. An additional 20 participants will be assigned to a stand-by list for each date. These stand by lists have been established due to a historically high cancellation rate and will be utilized to fill classes as cancellations occur. 

On the third day of class, students get the chance to fire their newly constructed rifles.

A confirmation email will be sent to each accepted participant, which will include a hidden link to the CMP eStore that will be used to complete the registration process. The class must be purchased on the eStore through the sent link by March 13, 2020. Failure to meet this deadline will result in forfeiture of your slot to the next applicant on a wait list.

NO EMAIL will be sent to students who are not selected for either a class or waitlist. 

The Fine Print:

Total cost for the 2020 AMC will be $1,868.50 or $2,068.50, depending upon rifle selection (Field Grade or CMP Special). The $1018.50 course tuition fee will be billed immediately after purchasing the course from the eStore (with $150 of your class tuition fee considered as a nonrefundable “registration fee”). Late cancellations, made within 30 days of the class start date, will be subject to forfeiture of an additional $300. Deadline for class payment will be March 13, 2020.

Students will build and purchase either a CMP Special Rifle or a CMP Field Grade Special during the three-day course. The receiver will be of USGI manufacture and may vary dependent upon availability. The cost of the rifle is $850 for a Field Grade Special, or $1,050 for a CMP Special. Sales tax will be applicable to all rifle purchases. This portion of the fee will be billed on Day 2 of class. Only participants presenting proof of flight arrangements will be permitted to ship rifles. All driving participants must take all purchases with them.

Chris Hord, Custom Shop Supervisor, leads the AMC classroom session.


For any questions regarding the 2020 AMC or online registration questions, please contact Brent Morrow in the Custom Shop.

Brent Morrow

Custom Shop

(256)835-8455 x513

More info on the Advanced Maintenance Class page can be found on the CMP website at

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