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CMP Podcasts are an in-depth, personal look into the events, programs and inspiring individuals that make up the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Visit our website at to learn more!
13 Episodes
In this episode, we talk with Brian Williams who discusses his journey from decorated competitor at CMP events to CMP's Highpower Manager. He also gives us some tips on how to compete with that tricky M1 Garand!
SFC Amanda Elsenboss

SFC Amanda Elsenboss


In this podcast, we talk with SFC Amanda Elsenboss – a member of the Army National Guard's All Guard team. She talks all about her impressive career, from her history-making performances as a junior to becoming the first female to ever win the century-old National President's Rifle Match. She also gives us a look into long range rifle and how to get started in the exciting discipline.
In this episode, we visit with CMP's current Chair and CEO, Gerald O'Keefe, who assumed the role in September 2022. We learn about his past, his extraordinary military career and his plans for the CMP within sales, competitions, training, safety and much more!
In this podcast, we talk with CMP pistol coordinator Jim Henderson, who gives us a look into CMP's new Bianchi Cup action pistol event. The match is already established in the action pistol world, having been around since 1979, but, in 2023, the CMP takes over to enhance the event for experienced competitors as well as to expand its outreach to new ones. It's uncharted territory for the CMP and an exciting update to the competition lineup!
In this episode, we talk to Ryan Hinson, CMP summer camp coordinator, who fills us in on all the history and current format of the popular Junior Rifle Camps. These are held each year, led by current collegiate athletes, and feature both air rifle and smallbore camps and clinics. Such a worthwhile opportunity for juniors and coaches alike!
In this episode, we talk to SFC Alexander Deal, current member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. He sat down with us at the 2021 National Matches to talk about his time as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Learn all about how to become a Tomb Guard and what it's like to walk the honored role through SFC Deal's words.
We talk with Scott Reynolds, executive director of the MidwayUSA Foundation, who tells us exactly how the organization works to benefit youth programs. Mr. Reynolds also gives us a look into new upcoming events partnered with the CMP.
In this episode, we talk to Spc. Sagen Maddalena of the Army Marksmanship Unit who is representing the United States as part of the Olympic Smallbore team in Tokyo! She takes us on her journey, from her formative years as a junior all the way to the 2021 Olympic Trials. Listen in!
CMP's Pistol Program

CMP's Pistol Program


We talk with Jim Henderson, retired member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and current CMP Pistol Program coordinator, who tells us about new and upcoming competitive and educational events in the works.
CMP Marksmanship 101

CMP Marksmanship 101


If you've ever wanted to know how to get involved with the fundamentals of marksmanship, this episode is for you. We chat with Steve Cooper, CMP's training and education manager, who tells us all about the Marksmanship 101 courses offered around the country for rifle and pistol.
This episode features Greg Raines, business development manager at CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. He talks with us about all of the exciting programs and features offered at the 500-acre public facility, including the high-tech ranges, monthly competitive and training events, the CMP store and youth opportunities.
In this episode, we talk to Brad Donoho, CMP smallbore manager, who tells us the history of CMP smallbore rifle and all of the innovations made to the developing program.
CMP Sales Department

CMP Sales Department


In this episode, we talk with Melissa Hille, CMP North Retail Store Manager. Melissa tells us all about the CMP Sales Department, including store locations, online sales, how we come to acquire the items we sell, what you need to buy from us and much more!