The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has recently acquired a surplus supply of .30 Carbine, .30-06 M2 ball and .22 Long Rifle ammunition that will soon become available to CMP customers. The cartridges are currently in the cataloging and assessment stage by staff members.
“The CMP plans to make the ammunition available to our loyal constituents sometime this spring, after the surplus ammo goes through all CMP in-processing procedures,” said Mark Johnson, CMP chief operating officer and director of civilian marksmanship. “Purchase limits and restrictions will be set to ensure that the mission of CMP is well served.”
The CMP intends on maintaining a surplus-ammo inventory large enough to support CMP matches for the next several years and to provide discounted surplus ammo to competitors attending CMP events. All sales will include set limits to remain in compliance with guidelines specified in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of the Army and the CMP.
Further surplus sales details will be announced in the near future. Commercial ammunition sales are currently available on the CMP E-Store to qualified individuals, however, and enthusiasts can register for an account or browse the CMP E-Store here.
The announcement is a welcome one, even for gun owners who don’t shoot competitions, Any reduction in ammunition demand at the retail level, where manufacturers are only now beginning to refill inventory, will help ease a cartridge shortage that reached a peak in 2021. That painful period is only now showing signs of coming to an end, although some cartridges remain in short supply.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that was established in 1903. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States.