Cranford Takes the Main Event at the Monthly March Sporting Clays Match at Talladega

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

The game was held March 4 and 5 at Talladega’s 15-station Sporting Clays Loop, facilitated by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). A total of 57 shooters participated in the event, eight of whom became new members of the NSCA.

“We had a wonderful, beautiful weekend for our March NSCA monthly release,” said William Chapman, CMP Talladega Archery/Shotgun Supervisor. “Participants commented on how well the goals were set during the shoot. We had a lot of positive feedback.”

The runner-up to Cranford was Bob Carleton, 61, of Pell City, AL, with a score of 89, while Bruce Park, 54, of Huntsville, AL, placed third with 84.

Talladega’s next monthly NSCA Shoot will take place on April 15 and 16. Other upcoming monthly NSCA Shoots at Talladega in 2023 include: June 3-4, July 8-9, August 5-6, September 9-10, October 14-15, and November 18-19. Talladega’s monthly NSCA-registered sporting shotgun shoots are open to new or experienced competitors, with 100 targets to score. Registration fee is $55.

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

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

About the CMP Talladega Shooting Range:

Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearms supporters and visitors seeking opportunities to practice, compete, and mindfully learn. 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 throughout the year. CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills on the range of more than 100 steel targets, up to 625 yards, and provides even more shooting fun in the park.

The public is welcome daily to try out their firearms or just take a tour of the grounds. Out of the line of fire, the Clubhouse features a fully stocked Pro Shop featuring an exclusive collection of CMP rifles, ammunition, marksmanship and 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 firearms safety and marksmanship training and the promotion of marksmanship competition for United States citizens. To learn more about the CMP and its programs, log on to