Legion's 27th annual air rifle championship begins Friday

The American Legion's 27th annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championships gets underway with participants arriving July 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The top 15 shooters in both the precision and sporter category will compete at the Olympic Training Center.

The competitors will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, shooting a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. The top eight shooters in both categories will be finalized July 21 and advance to the championship round July 22, which starts at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.

One competitor will win the championship title in each respective category, along with a $5,000 college 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.

See a list of the top 30 air rifle competitors here.

Round-by-round live scoring will be available here. To use this link, select "mobile range" from the drop-down menu then select the targets to view.

The precision and sporter champion will attend The American Legion National Convention in Reno, Nev., from Aug. 18-22 and be honored alongside other Legion youth program champions.