In November of 2016, more than 1,300 youth entered round one of The American Legion’s Junior Shooting Sports individual postal match competition for a chance to qualify for the Legion’s 27th annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championships. The top 30 marksmen have been named and will be traveling to Colorado in July to compete. See the names of competitors here.
The championships will be held July 18-23 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
During the competition, the participants in both the precision and sporter category will shoot a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions – prone, standing and kneeling. One competitor in each respective category will win the championship and a $5,000 scholarship provided by the Legion and Sons of The American Legion. A $1,000 scholarship, provided by the Auxiliary, will be awarded to the second-place finisher in each category.
The precision and sporter champion also will also receive an expense paid trip to The American Legion’s national convention in Reno, Nev. The champions will be honored Aug. 18-22 alongside other Legion youth program champions.