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  • What is CMA?
    CMA is a dynamic shooting sport based on safe, simple and effective shooting skills. It emphasizes personal abilities and mental and physical fitness. CMA includes handgun and 2-gun (rifle plus handgun) education, certifications and competitions. The sport has been founded and is based in Switzerland. There are CMA organizations emerging in many countries across Europe, Asia and Africa, building an international sport community.
  • How is CMA different from other shooting sports?
    CMA is both similar and very different when compared to other dynamic shooting sports. Here are some relevant points describing what CMA is and what it isn't. CMA IS: enforcing the four universal firearms safety rules without exceptions based on a safe, solid and effective firearms education concept for handguns and for rifles fostering comprehensive shooting skills paired with mental and physical fitness offering objective certification levels that can be useful outside of the sport as well emphasizing personal skills over specialized, often expensive, equipment allowing for a lot of possibilities in stage design, providing the shooter with a wide variety of entertaining challenges made for shooters by shooters! CMA IS NOT: a forum for endless discussions about unclear and contradicting rules claiming to be 'practical', 'tactical' or 'defensive' in any way following fashion trends in firearms design or available accessories
  • Why has CMA been founded?
    CMA has been founded on June 10, 2023 by a group of shooting professionals and enthusiasts to fill a gap in dynamic shooting sports. CMA provides a well founded basis for education, training and competition. those three components remain linked together. The sport emphasizes on personal skills and on physical and mental fitness. It allows for a large degree of freedom in designing really challenging and entertaining stages and competitions. Match Directors and stage designers have a large variety of tools and options to create attractive events. The shooting rules are kept simple and intuitive. The required shooting skills and techniques are relevant but there are no claims of the sport being 'practical, 'tactical, or 'self-defense' oriented.
  • How is CMA organized?
    At the moment, CMA is owned by the SwissAAA corporation, based in Switzerland. It is planned to transfer the sport into a separate sports association in the mid-term future.
  • Where can I find the rules of CMA?
    The current rules are published here:
  • Are there translations of the rules?
    All documents are written in English language. The rules are now available in German and Slovakian as well. More translations will follow in the future.
  • What can I do if I have a suggestion about how to improve CMA?
    Please contact CMA! We don't think that everything we do is perfect and we know that there are some gaps that need to be filled. Please explain your suggestion in sufficient detail and provide some reasons why you think what you propose is a good idea. Ideally, you would already have some practical experience with CMA like having done the skills tests and some matches. If possible, add a couple of real world examples related to your suggestion. We will collect all suggestions and then go through the list and take decisions on the topics with the founder team. This will happen at least once a year.
  • What types of competitions are there in CMA?
    CMA has two types of competitions: 1) Handgun matches The handguns used have to fit into one of these divisions: Duty, Duty Optic, Sport or Sport Optic. 2) Two-Gun matches The rifles used have to fit into one of these divisions: Large Rifle, PCC or Small Rifle. In addition, the shooter will use a handgun that fits into any of the handgun divisions. In order to exploit the different potentials of handguns and rifles, the stages designed for the two match-types have to be different. For example, while it's some challenge to hit fast and confidently from 10m using the weak hand with a handgun, doing so with a rifle from the weak shoulder should not be too much of a difficulty, even for a beginner. Or, while hitting from 100m with a rifle is a common skill, doing it with a handgun is not easy at all. Consequently, handgun and Two-Gun matches have to be distinct to make them really interesting. It will not be possible - and it would not make much sense either - to participate in a handgun match using a PCC or to participate in a two-gun match using just a handgun.
  • Who can organize CMA Matches?
    CMA affiliated clubs and institutions can organize CMA matches. The have to be lead by a certified Match Director and certified Safety Officers.
  • How can I participate in CMA competitions?
    You need to be a certified CMA competitor. This means you need to be a CMA member and having passed the CMA Intro course including a successful skills test. The skills test needs to be repeated at least once every 12 months for the shooter to remain certified. Handgun matches require a handgun certification and 2-gun matches require both a rifle and a handgun certification. Match Directors can control eligibility of participants on the CMA website.
  • Where do I find CMA matches?
    Macthes and other events, such as for example shooting classes, can be published on the CMA website. the can be viewed here: Additionally, many events are published on practiscore and on social media as well.
  • What certifications does CMA offer?
    It is planned to have certifications for the following levels: Competitor Safety Officer Match Director Trainer Instructor The education and certification packages are currently being defined and are planned to be ready by 2024. For competitors, there are two certifications: handgun and rifle (2-gun). The handgun certification is a prerequisite for the rifle certification.
  • How do I get certified?
    The initial certification is assessed by a certified CMA instructor. After the basic firearms education with the pistol, a shooter is required to attend the CMA Intro Handgun course. The practical certification test is the Handgun Skills Test. After having successfully completed the handgun certification, a shooter can proceed to the rifle and 2-gun certification. Again, after the basic firearms education with the rifle, there will be the CMA Intro Rifle class including the Rifle Skills test. A certification has to be renewed by successfully performing the relevant skills test at least once every 12 months. The renewal for existing shooters can be assessed by any certified Safety Officer.
  • What importance do the skills tests have for certifications?
    The handgun and rifle skills tests serve as the practical tests to obtain the certifications as a competitor. A shooter must first pass the handgun skills test and may then proceed to the rifle skills test. The practical tests have to be repeated at least once every 12 months in order for the certification to remain valid. You can check your current class and your skills test history in your dashboard.
  • Why should I become a member?
    There are many reasons why this is a good idea. For example: You become a valued member of the CMA community that is growing worldwide. You can take part in CMA events. Your membership helps to maintain momentum and make dynamic shooting sports better! Together we are strong! CMA is made for shooters by shooters! Come and join up!
  • How do I become a member?
    You can become a CMA member by registering to the website. There are 2 steps to to complete: 1) Register on the website. You will be assigned a CMA membership number. That number stays with you and doesn't change. After you registered, you should see it at the top of the homepage and in your dashboard. Otherwise click on the respective button to get it. 2) Select an available membership plan, for example 1-year. The membership will have to be renewed according to the duration. You need an active membership to get certified and to participate in CMA events. You can check your membership at the top of the homepage and in your dashboard. Please note: membership and certification are not the same! To become a certified competitor you will need to attend the necessary education and pass the practical test.
  • What does a membership cost?
    At the moment, the membership is free. During 2024, we will define a membership fee to support the effort of developing the sport.
  • Do I need to join a local club?
    Every shooter can be a CMA member directly. However, we recommend to additionally join a club in order to better enjoy the sport.
  • Why should our club join CMA?
    Clubs will have the right to organize competitions and use the CMA brand to advertise for them.
  • How can our club become affiliated with CMA?
    A CMA Safety Officer can register his/her club with CMA. Other members can see the club profile on the CMA website. In the future, a club membership concept will be defined.
  • How can I find a club?
    Clubs can be registered on the website and can then be found here:
  • How can we collaborate with CMA?
    CMA is looking for partnerships with relevant institutions and companies. In particular manufacturers of firearms and equipment, providers of firearm education, providers of shooting facilities and all related products and services. Please take contact to discuss mutual opportunities!
  • What are the benefits of collaborating with CMA?
    CMA is made for shooters by shooters. We are building a brand for quality, sportsmanship, fairness, integrity and camaraderie. If you share those values and are attracting like-minded customers, the CMA collaboration serves as a quality label. As a partner, you can use the CMA education and certification concepts to assure a high level of quality. By sponsoring CMA activities, events and matches you can attract a wide range of shooters to use your products and services and gain mind- and market-share.
  • What kind of firearms can be used in CMA?
    CMA has handgun-only or 2-gun (rifle and handgun combined) competitions. Handguns are grouped into 4 and rifles into 3 divisions, depending on their characteristics and specifications. The divisions provide a level playing field for the competitors. We encourage the use of standard, mass production firearms that are suitable for duty usage by military and police forces.
  • What kind of pistol holsters can I use in CMA?
    A pistol holster used in CMA must - be a strong side OWB (Outside the Waist Band) belt holster - protect the firearm from moving with a minimum of level 1 (passive) retention - cover the trigger and prevent it from being activated - the entire front strap of the pistol must be above the belt - have a closed front: maximal distance between breech face of fully holstered pistol and beginning of closed front is 40mm - be positioned at the 9h or 3h position on the belt - hold the firearm vertically or with a maximum rearward cant of 20º - hold the firearm maximum 20mm away from the body Clothing must be worn in a way that it cannot interfere with the safe holstering or drawing of a firearm.
  • What kind of magazine pouches can I use in CMA?
    Loading devices may be carried in pockets or in loading device pouches. Magazine pouches must: - cover minimum 50mm of the magazine on all sides - hold the magazine vertical or with maximum cant of 10º - hold the magazine with with long edge towards the body (no ‘bullet out’ position) - hold the magazine maximum 20mm away from the body - be positioned at the opposite side of the holster at roughly the 3h or 9h position on the belt
  • Can I use a drop pouch for magazine changes?
    For handgun competitions, the answer is no. For 2-Gun competitions, you can use a drop pouch on your belt.
  • Can I wear knee and elbow protectors?
    Yes. It's completely up to the shooter to wear suitable protectors. Depending on the floor, protectors are recommended for kneeling and prone positions. You can put them on for one stage and leave them off for another one.
  • Can I use my competition belt in CMA?
    CMA allows one belt that needs to go through all but 2 belt loops of the trousers. This can be a normal, sturdy belt and there's no need for a specialized kind of competition belt system.
  • Can I use a chest rig for 2-gun?
    No. We do not want obvious tactical gear to be used in CMA competitions. You will need your rifle spare mag in a belt mag pouch. An exception can be made for police or military personnel competing in their full duty uniform.
  • Do I need a concealment garment in CMA?
    No! CMA has no desire to be 'defensive', 'tactical' or 'practical' in any way. The shooting skills we promote are, in fact, very practical but we do not pretend that our stages have any relevance in a self defense or tactical context.
  • Why is some gun xyz and/or some tuning part xyz and/or some accessory xyz not allowed?
    There are countless firearms readily available that will fit into a division of CMA. Normal enhancements and parts such as for example aftermarket sights or magazines are no problem. However, there are some gaps between equipment that is allowed in the sport and what is available on the market. There are several reasons for that, most notably: 1) Safety 2) Focus on skills 3) Number of divisions 4) Stable and predictable rules 1) Safety: Some tuning parts such as for example triggers, trigger parts, springs, strikers, firing pins, hammers or some combination of such parts, may actually degrade the safety characteristics of a firearm. Installation of such parts may increase the risk of accidental and negligent discharges, it may compromise drop safety or it may cause the gun to fire multiple shots with one trigger pull. Safety is the top priority in CMA, and there there is no reason to take unnecessary risks around firearm safety when doing sport shooting. 2) Focus on skills: Education, practice, skills development, progress and competing in challenging matches is intended to be the focus of CMA sportsmen. Specialized firearms, clever modifications or tuning parts and accessories should only be of minor importance. 3) Number of divisions: Reasonably priced, unchanged, mass-production and fit for duty equipment has to be competitive in the sport. Specialized firearms, tuning parts and accessories that, supposedly or real, enhance the performance would lead to an inflation of the number of divisions and sub-divisions or to a never-ending equipment race. 4) Stable and predictable rules: We aim to keep the equipment rules stable and predictable over reasonable periods of time.
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