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Sign Up Now for The American Legion Junior 3P Air Rifle Tournament

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is reminding everyone that registration is now open for the American Legion Junior 3P air rifle tournament. Shooting at the American Legion can be a great way to develop youth shooting skills, as our story on Andre Gross demonstrates.

The 2020-2021 tournament will be the American Legion’s is currently 31st Junior Three-Position Air Rifle Tournament. This provides competitors the opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation in both Sporter and Precision categories.

This event, open to junior (18 and younger) individuals and club teams affiliated with an American Legion Post, is conducted in two postal phases. The first round is forfor State Championships. Then there’s a second round for qualification to the National Championship in July.

The course of fire includes 60 shots for record at 10 meters (20 shots at prone, standing and kneeling positions).

Competitors registered for the match will receive official targets to be fired upon at their local ranges and returned for scoring. Distribution and scoring is administered by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

Dates to note for the 2020-2021 American Legion Junior 3P Air Rifle Tournament:

• Sept. 1, 2020: Registration opens for first round of Postal Match
• Dec. 15, 2020: Registration closes for first round of Postal Match
• Feb. 1, 2021: Targets due to CMP for scoring
• Feb. 15, 2021 – Second round Postals begin
• April 1, 2021 – Second round Postals end
• July 21-24, 2021 – American Legion National Championship

Match entry is $15 per target set (six targets), which must be purchased no later than Dec. 15, 2020. The top 15 individual competitors overall from each category (sporter and precision) will be invited to participate in the National Championship.

To learn more, visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/youth/american-legion or the American Legion site at https://www.legion.org/shooting. Also, questions may be directed to William Megnin from the American Legion at wmegnin@legion.org, (317) 630-1210 or Lue Sherman from the CMP at LSherman@thecmp.org, (419) 635-2141 ext. 707.


The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.