CMP Gets Big New Competition Center Thanks to Potterfields By: Editor

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September 2nd, 2022

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The Civilian Marksmanship Program will have a huge new training and shooting facility thanks to Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the founders of MidwayUSA. The CMP announced that it received a massive gift from the Potterfields — a 76,800-square-foot facility along with more than five acres of land in Columbia, Missouri. Conversion/renovation of the facility to a competition center is expected to begin in early 2023.

The 76,800-square-foot MidwayUSA warehouse will be transformed into a Competition Center focused on indoor smallbore rifle and air rifle. The facility will be equipped with 100 air rifle targets and 50 smallbore targets. Programs will include coach training, monthly matches, summer camps, outreach camps, and more. Notably, on-site cameras and monitors will provide live-action viewing for up to 1,000 spectators. The Center will be open to the public year-round for shooting and training.

“On behalf of CMP, I want to thank the Potterfield family for this generous gift,” said Judy Legerski, outgoing Chairman of the CMP Board of Directors. “The timing couldn’t be better. August is National Shooting Sports month, and we look forward to developing this Competition Center to continue our support of youth shooting sports. For generations, this Competition Center will have tremendous impact on youth, families and the community. We look forward to partnering with the Potterfields in creating a site that meet the needs of both beginning marksmen and competitive shooters[.]”

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When conversion of the donated warehouse is complete, the new CMP Missouri competition center will have 100 rifle target stations, with a firing hall similar to the 80-position CMP South Competition Center.

“We are fortunate and pleased to donate this building to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, an organization who shares our vision for youth shooting sports,” said Larry Potterfield, MidwayUSA Founder and Executive Chair of Board of Directors. “We’re confident the CMP will utilize the facility to develop new and existing competitive shooters and continue to add value to our local community.”

About the Civilian Marksmanship Program
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to responsible use of firearms and air guns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and competitions. The CMP’s key mission is promoting marksmanship training and competition for citizens of the United States. For more information, visit TheCMP.org.

About Larry and Brenda Potterfield and MidwayUSA
Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA. They instilled family values like honesty, integrity, and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each new employee.

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