Memo from CMP on M1 Garands

Quick safety reminder from the Civilian Marksmanship Program on modern rounds in older M1 Garands.

The CMP advises to not use .30/06 ammunition in M1 Garands, 1903s, and 1903A3s that is loaded beyond 50,000 CUP and has a bullet weight more than 172-174gr. These rifles are at least 70 years old and were not designed for max loads and super heavy bullets. Always wear hearing and eye protection when firing an M1 Garand, 1903 and/or 1903A3 rifle.

This warning is an update/addition to the Ammunition section in the Read This First manual enclosed with each rifle shipment (M1 Garand manual-page 6 and M1903 manual-page 10).

Civilian Marksmanship Program

Indoor Shooting Range Closure May 1st

The indoor range will be closing effective May 1st to undergo renovations. The restrooms will still be available to members with active keycards. We expect the renovations to last approximately 4-6 weeks. Outdoor ranges will still be available to all members as usual.

2021 MCSA Dues

Dear MCSA Members,

I hope everyone is doing well, and has had an opportunity to utilize the range during the past year.  For those of you that have not renewed yet, dues must be renewed before our February meeting, or risk having to pay a $15 reactivation fee.

Dues are staying the same as recent years, $30 for regular (aka “Senior”) memberships, $15 for Spouse memberships, and $5 for Junior (18 and under) memberships.

If you have a white key card for our club building, please include $10 to renew your key card access to the club building.

If you have been a member for more than five years, and wish to buy a lifetime membership, you can do so for $300 for Senior members, and $75 for Spouse members.

Please include a self addressed stamped envelope, to help defray costs of mailing the membership card back to you, and help me to keep our database up to date.  

You can make checks payable to MCSA, and send them to:

Brian Jesteadt
409 Isle Road
Butler PA 16001

If you have any questions, you can use the Contact Us page on the website to send me a message. Thanks for being a member!


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place for PA, we will not be holding our monthly MCSA meeting in December. Stay tuned to our website or Facebook page to see if the meetings will resume in January. The club is going to remain open to members for general use, provided they agree to follow state guidelines for safety.