Cranford Takes Main Event at Talladega’s March Monthly Sporting Clays Match

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Chuck Cranford, 56, of Albertville, AL, was the High Overall competitor in the Main Event category of the most recent NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) match held at the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Cranford reached a total score of 97 out of 100 for the win.

The match was held March 4-5 on Talladega’s own 15-station Sporting Clays Loop, facilitated by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). A total of 57 shooters participated in the event, with eight becoming new members to NSCA.

“We had a wonderful and beautiful weekend for our March Monthly NSCA Shoot,” said William Chapman, CMP Talladega Archery/Shotgun supervisor. “Participants commented on how well the targets were set during the shoot. We had lots of positive feedback.”

Runner Up behind Cranford was Bob Carleton, 61, of Pell City, AL, with a score of 89, as Bruce Park, 54, of Huntsville, AL, took third with 84.

The next Talladega Monthly NSCA Shoot will be held April 15-16. Other upcoming monthly NSCA Shoots at Talladega in 2023 include: June 3-4, July 8-9, Aug. 5-6, Sept. 9-10, Oct. 14-15 and Nov. 18-19. Talladega’s Monthly NSCA Registered Target Sporting Shotgun Shoots are open to new or experienced competitors, featuring 100 targets for score. Cost to register is $55.

A Shooters for Hooters event will take place on Saturday, May 13 (cost is: $35 each shooter for loop and $5 each shooter for long bird). All proceeds benefit Never Surrender to help to accomplish the mission of education & early detection of breast cancer and support for those affected by breast cancer.

Talladega’s Shotgun Fields are also open to the public for daily use, offering skeet/trap/wobble, 5 Stand and Sporting Clays options. More info on Talladega’s Shotgun events may be found on the CMP website at Questions on the NSCA Shotgun matches may be directed to Chapman at 256-474-4408 ext. 421 or

About the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, and provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

The public is welcome daily to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Learn more at

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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