Photo by Chet Strange/The American Legion

30 marksmen head to Colorado for Legion's air rifle championship

Thirty high school air rifle competitors will stand shoulder-to-shoulder this week for The American Legion's 28th annual Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championship July 26-28. The top 15 shooters in the precision and sporter categories will compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. See a list of the competitors here.

The air rifle marksmen will shoot a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. The top eight shooters in both categories will be finalized July 27 and advance to the championship round July 28, which starts at 9 a.m. Mountain time. Round-by-round live scoring will be available here. To use this link, select "CMP mobile range" from the drop-down menu, then scroll down to the second set of range numbers starting with 42 to follow the competitors. Photos and stories of the top 16 finalists and the winners will be available at www.legion.org/shooting.

One competitor will win the championship title in each category, along with a $5,000 college scholarship provided by The American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion. A $1,000 scholarship, provided by the American Legion Auxiliary, will be awarded to the second-place finisher in each category.

The precision and sporter champions will attend the 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, Aug. 24-28, and be honored alongside other American Legion youth program champions.