How to Buy a Firearm From The CMP? Part 2: Ordering Your Weapon

In the previous previous installment, we looked at how to assemble our eligibility package for the Civilian Marksmanship Program. In this installment, we will look at how to actually order a rifle from the Program. Ordering is not a particularly difficult process, so this post will not be very long. To order from the CMP, you can navigate the website to the ordering page located at this link. You will be presented with this text:

Ordering Information



Rifles and receivers may only be ordered through mail order. The CMP does not accept telephone, fax, or online orders for firearms. Ammunition, parts and other surplus items may be ordered by phone, fax, or online if CMP has proof of customer eligibility on file. If you have questions on what is required to order from the CMP, please visit our Eligibility Requirements web page.


There is more to the page, but for rifle orders we will be focused solely on mail-order, as the CMP does not accept orders for rifles of any other kind. Even in this Internet Age, it is mail-order or bust with the CMP. That’s OK, though, as your primary method of payment will be the Postal Money Order; this is a secure form of payment, purchasable from your local Post Office, which is commonly used for gun sales via GunBroker and other gun commerce websites. In addition to a Money Order, you will need a CMP Order Form. This comes in a convenient file that you can fill electronically from your computer, available here or at the CMP’s website, and gives the CMP all the information they need to run a NICS check on a purchaser. The form must be notarized, but if you do not have a notary on hand, know that most banks offer free notary services to their account holders. I was able to simply walk into my bank and request notarization of the CMP Order Form, and walk out not ten minutes later.

Once that is complete, and you have copies of your proof of citizenship, date of birth (both satisfied by a birth certificate or passport), CMP club affiliation, and proof of marksmanship course, head to the Post Office and purchase a Money Order. Just bundle copies of your eligibility documentation with the filled out CMP order form and the Money Order for the requisite amount, mail it, and you’ve completed your order for the CMP! Note that other forms of payment are accepted by the CMP, but in my opinion the Money Order is the most hassle-free. You can pay by credit card or personal check, but since – in my case – I need to drop the packet off at the Post Office anyway, I almost always use a Postal Money Order for any firearms purchase.

The CMP says that rifle orders take 2-4 weeks to complete. In my case, it took 19 days from sending in the order form to receiving the email that told me my rifle was in the mail headed my way. The CMP says it ships rifles via FedEx overnight, so maybe I can expect my rifle next week!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Griz

    Or just go to the physical store with all your proper documents.

    • Yup, if you live near Anniston, Alabama or Port Clinton, Ohio, or if you want to drive out that way you can stop by with your documentation and hand-pick the gun you want in person.

      • Griz

        Port Clinton is about 1.5 hours from here, but I am not currently a member of a qualifying club. If they had any firearms other than .22lr in stock, I would try a little harder to get in.

  • 蜻蜓主

    I wonder when they will get the presentation grade M60s back in??

  • Erik Alvarez

    I’m guessing you send some type of FFL info in your packet??

    • No sir, the CMP is able by law to ship weapons directly to your door.

  • Broz

    AS I unbderstand the new rules for purchasing a1911/A1, you WILL need an FFL for purchase. This is where the 03 C&R license comes in handy!!!

  • Gregory

    Who here thinks the Obama administration will allow us to purchase the pistols? I do not believe it for one second. Also, why are we paying for the the guns a second time? The tax payers already payed for the guns.

    • The taxpayers paid for the defense of the nation. The nation was defended very thoroughly. Sounds like a fair enough bargain to me; I don’t need to get a free pistol out of it, too.

    • Don Ward

      For the same reason why you don’t get to rip off a chunk of the original Declaration of Independence and take it home as a souvenir or park your mobile home on the edge of the Grand Canyon or the same reason you don’t get to clear-cut a thousand acres of old growth Douglas firs on National Forest land and sell them to China. These things are held in public trust. It’s not that hard of a concept.

      • Rock or Something

        Actually, prior to the Federal acquisition of parts of the Grand Canyon (the parts currently managed by the National Park Service) loggers, miners and other private individuals built homes, businesses, and camps right on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Heck they even mined for copper on the side of the Grand Canyon, until it ran dry.

        • Don Ward

          The point being? Just because something is paid for by taxpayers doesn’t mean you get to appropriate that government property for free.

    • joe

      Right, WE already paid for the guns. As in, all of us. So said gun belongs to all of us. You want to appropriate it for your private use. You’re buying out my share and Nathaniel’s share and Steve’s share and Alex’s share and…..

    • John Wilson

      Please spend more time thinking about your comments before making them.

  • Daniel M. Ramos

    I checked out the rifle page to try to find out what their M1 carbine prices are. Am I missing something? I only see auction prices. Is there a standard price list or not?

  • Dirty_Old_Madman

    What is the price for the M1 and the M1911. I have a Florida concealed weapon licence and am over 60 but when I tried to get the information of a club it comes up blank. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • lordmorgul

    Given all the news we’re hearing in California about people stealing packages off people’s porches… with delivery drivers speeding away as fast as possible due to the large volume they have to deal with… this is an ESPECIALLY bad time to buy your rifle through the mail. Better to wait a few weeks I would say.

    • Josey

      You have to be there to meet the delivery driver. Someone has to sign for it. They won’t just leave it on your doorstep.

      • lordmorgul

        Unfortunately that is only partly true, many delivery drivers have been caught signing for packages they left themselves during holiday season… Yes it needs a signature, but they only care to a limited degree who signed… I’ve had packages signed for at the wrong address and left there!