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Going retail
When CMP exhausted its supply of U.S.
surplus M2 Ball ammunition for the surplus
Garands, Springfields and M1917 rifles,
they imported Greek surplus M2 Ball to sell;
those sales continue today but, again, as
with the firearms, the end is almost here.
In search of open-ended revenue streams,
CMP started up custom gunsmithing services
for surplus rifles, conducts "build your own
Garand" classes and retails commercial
ammunition and commercial match grade
ammunition, including uncommon calibers
like 6XC and lower pressure .30-06 suitable
for the Garand's gas system, from several
manufacturers. CMP also offers new
commercial .22 cal. match rifles and air rifles,
competition equipment from Creedmoor
Sports, and has retail stores in Port Clinton,
OH, and Anniston, AL, as well as online sales.
Most recently, CMP began marketing
acoustic electronic scoring targets from
Norwegian maker Kongsberg Target
Systems. At about $2,500 per firing point,
the electronic target system is the big-ticket
revenue stream CMP needs. In addition
to hardware sales, ongoing income from
electronic targets will come from technical
support and selling replacement parts.
"We have sold a few small orders and we
now have a few big prospects that we feel
good about in 2018," Johnson said. "We have
had no surprises concerning sales thus far;
it simply takes time to prove the product's
worth and reliability."
Competitors can expect the popularity of
e-targets to increase and to see them appear
at more ranges as more technology oriented
shooters come into the shooting sports and
old-timers begin to trust computer scoring.

CMP has derived income from sales of milsurp rifles
and ammo for two decades, but they're almost gone.

"The process is working very similar to that
of electronic targets in air rifle [competition],"
Johnson said. "Technology acceptance is
driving the sale of e-targets."
Whether CMP's need for income is
changing the game over to electronic targets,
or whether CMP is bringing U.S. competitors
into the 21st century to keep up with
European shooters who have used e-targets
for years, is perhaps a matter of perspective.
Regardless, CMP is counting on retail sales
even if loaned M1 Garands come home to
land in CMP racks, and even if the M1911A1
pistols finally get through all the red tape.
And the M9s? It's taken 30 years to see a
potential release of the surplus M1911A1s,
and the last major release of U.S. surplus
arms to citizens before that were M1 Carbines
released through DCM and NRA in the 1960s.
There's little reason to expect the M9s won't
spend an equal amount of time in storage.
"The CMP thinks it's smart to wait quietly
to see if we receive the 1911s," Johnson said.
"Our enabling legislation would have to
change again [to receive surplus M9 pistols]
and I do not see that happening for years to
come, if ever. The M9s are simply not on the
table for CMP." *

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