Gary Anderson Retires As Civilian Marksmanship Program Director

Gary Anderson Retires As Civilian Marksmanship Program Director

While DCM, Anderson was dedicated to growing youth participation in the shooting sports. He is shown here awarding a certificate to a CMP-USMC Junior Highpower Clinic participant.
While DCM, Anderson was dedicated to growing youth participation in the shooting sports. He is shown here awarding a certificate to a CMP-USMC Junior Highpower Clinic participant.
Civilian Marksmanship Program
Civilian Marksmanship Program

CAMP PERRY, OHIO – -( Gary Anderson, who served the CMP as the Director of Civilian Marksman­ship for the past ten years, officially retired from that position on the 31st of December, 2009. Anderson, who celebrated his 70th birthday in October, announced his decision to retire at the last meeting of the CMP Board of Directors in October. He also has already shared this announcement with several CMP constituent groups.

Anderson’s retirement means he will no longer be actively involved in day-to-day CMP program operations and event management. He will, however, continue his association with the CMP in a part-time consulting capac­ity where he will work on several projects that include training curriculum development, master instructor training, rulebook editing and technical writing. He will now have the title DCM Emeritus.

The CMP has no immediate plans to appoint a new Director of Civilian Marksmanship. Leadership of CMP programs will now come under the CMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Orest Michaels. Michaels, who has been responsible for CMP sales operations since 1998, will continue to work from his offices at CMP South in Anniston, Alabama.

During his tenure at CMP, Anderson guided the development of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC marksmanship programs, the expansion of CMP Games rifle events, the doubling of participation in the CMP National Matches events, the crea­tion of the CMP Master Instructor training program and its instructional clinics and the implementation of a series of innovations to improve the conduct of CMP competitions and training events. His leadership in the National Three-Position Air Rifle Council contributed to the growth of junior three-position air rifle shooting. He played key roles in the construction of the CMP Compe­tition Centers at Camp Perry and Anniston and in making the CMP a national leader in using modern technology and the Internet to manage competitions and publicize shooting results to an expanded public.

Anderson said, “My work as the DCM has been richly fulfilling and I am grateful to the CMP and its Board of Directors for the opportunities they gave me to realize so many of my dreams and expectations for the shoot­ing sports. I enjoyed the challenges the members of the CMP programs staff and I faced and take pride in what we have accomplished together, but the time for change has come. I still have many other things I would like to accomplish both inside and outside of the shooting sports. Most impor­tantly, I have a wonderful wife and family who have sacrificed too much al­ready and deserve more of my time.”

Anderson added that he now expects to have more time to devote to the Interna­tional Shooting Sports Federation, the world governing body of Olympic shoot­ing where he is a Vice President and to USA Shooting, the U. S. Olympic shoot­ing governing body where he was re­cently elected President.

The CMP Board is planning a formal trib­ute to Gary Anderson that will take place at Anniston, Alabama on 28 March, after the 2010 National JROTC Air Rifle Championship.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills. Links on this page will lead you to more detailed information about the CMP and its programs. Visit:

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    1. Any way here we go.

      In one of my post I said that we have the conscious and subconscious mental entities and this is where we do most of our thinking. Because of the conscious and subconscious being the analyzer of the brain we naturally do most of our thinking there without realizing it does not have a thing to do with the unconscious motor functions. This is the cause of many of your problems.

      To achieve the unknown trigger pull sequences you must formulate a checklist for the unconscious mental functioning. As each step is stepped by your acknowledgement of its passing and if it was correct or not. Based upon this stepping analysis the unconscious which is the motor control element then causes the trigger to be pulled automatically without you consciously have knowledge of its passing.

      The same thing happens with the sighting phase in that the eye takes a snapshot of the external world then the conscious analyzes the image and if acceptable trans mitts it to the visual cortex where the unconscious formulates the necessary instructions that incorporates the accepted goal and instructions to the neuromuscular groups for implementation. What you fail to understand ties that sighting real occurs before you start the shooting phase and validating the PBE and natural point of aim.

      It is the natural point of aim that forms the basis for unconscious mental alignment after the eyes go blank. The eidetic image is the image that is substituted for the live image from the eyes and becomes the image used for the unconscious to issue muscle change instructions. As the eidetic image is all important here we must have a PBE as the image and no-other.

      With kinesthetic feed back we instinctively know what and where the bullet will hit the target. So if you perform analysis of the last bad shot then this becomes the eidetic image used by the unconscious mental entity for sighting and of course is a random image for the sighting function. For this reason the PBE must always be the last image viewed on the visual imaging cortex before trigger pull time. Never count or analyze the last shot. Clear it from the mind and start the next one shot match to the goal of the PBE.

      The winning athlete is always the athlete that eliminates all the personal errors of technique. The goal is always the PBE as all others is only objectives and not goals.

      See I can help when allowed to.

      Chet Skinner, Coach, ISBN: 0970365314 all rights reserved.

      PS: This is true but you have to understand it which means you need a good education in neurophysiology. Any shooter can adapt this and make it go to a point. As you are stuck in the NRA method of error management you will not succeed normally. The main reason to many of the NRA procedures are counter to the cognitive functioning.

      As for dress code your right of course but my old shooters did wear jeans as no leather available. I only purchased ISSF(ISU) jackets and that is all. The above was taken from one of my 2006 posting on the target talk board. I posted it as an instructional message and of course the ignorant ones did every thing they could to defeat it.

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