Pistol shooters can find a variety of opportunities to shoot in local, regional and national competitions. Many local clubs have regular weekly or monthly matches. If you’re seeking a pistol competition and you’re not currently a member of a CMP-affiliated club, you can find a local club by browsing the club affiliation link.
If you’re new to service pistol and have an interest in competitive shooting, a great place to start is the Pistol Small Arms Firing School sponsored by CMP and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. The school is conducted at Camp Perry each summer. Click on this link to learn more.
Earn EIC Points & “Go Distinguished”
You can also find a list of upcoming Excellence In Competition (EIC) service pistol matches on Competition Tracker. EIC matches enable shooters to earn points toward earning the coveted Distinguished Pistol badge. The prestigious Distinguished badge program began more than 120 years ago when the U.S. Army first awarded the Distinguished Marksman Badge. In 1891, the program expanded to offer a Distinguished Rifleman Badge and a new Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge.
EIC Matches are important for shooters who wish to obtain their Distinguished Rifleman or Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. In each EIC match the top 10% of eligible non-distinguished shooters are awarded EIC (“leg”) points. Points are awarded on the basis of 6, 8 or 10 points per competition depending upon the individual’s placement among the non-distinguished competitors in a match and the number of eligible non-distinguished competitors in the match. To be eligible for EIC credit points, a match must have at least 6 non-distinguished competitors and conform to the current edition of CMP Competitions Rules and Regulations.
When a civilian competitor earns his or her first EIC “leg” points, whether it is 6, 8 or 10 points, they will be awarded a bronze EIC badge. When the competitor achieves 20 points, a silver EIC badge is awarded. A civilian will become Distinguished when he or she has earned 30 credit points. At least one of the “legs” must be an 8 or 10 point leg. The CMP is proud to recognize all the shooters who have “gone Distinguished” from the program’s inception in 1884 until today. For a list of shooters who have earned their Distinguished Badge, visit the Distinguished List on Competition Tracker.
Become America’s Top Pistol Shooter
By participating in club matches and higher level events, the sky is the limit. Some shooters never quite achieve Distinguished or national champion status, but many do. Whether you’re a civilian or military shooter, the opportunity to reach the championship level is available to all shooters. After results from sanctioned EIC Pistol matches are received at CMP, scores are inputted into our Competitions Tracker system. This gives us the ability to post the top 100 EIC Pistol Match scores.
Non-EIC Matches and State Championships
New in 2011, the CMP is sanctioning non-EIC matches and State Championships. CMP affiliated clubs sanctioned more than 1,000 matches last year for 13,000 competitors. CMP affiliated clubs are encouraged to download the CMP State Championship instructions and application (which needs to have approval from the State Association Club).