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The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) annual 3P Regional air rifle events were recently fired throughout the month of April, with over 450 talented junior athletes vying to qualify for the National Championship in June. Each Regional match is a 3x20 (three-position) air rifle competition, where sporter and precision class athletes from 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC rifle programs fire 20 shots at three positions: prone, standing and kneeling.


Three separate matches were held at CMP venues around the country, including the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, the CMP’s south air gun range at the South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., as well as through the use of its Mobile Range in Sandy, Utah. Qualifiers for the National competition are chosen from the overall scores from the combined regions.



Precision competitor Taylor Gibson from Oregon won the 2018 JROTC National Three-Position event and also led overall at CMP Regionals.


Sporter:

1. Zion Benton, Illinois

2. Freeport High School, Illinois

3. Nation Ford High School MCJROTC, South Carolina


Precision:

1. DuBois Junior Rifle Team, Pennsylvania

2. Ole Mill Rangers, Georgia

3. MCGC (Magic City Gun Club) Kats, Alabama


Enjoy the full story by Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer at theCMP.org



A complete schedule for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) fresh lineup of smallbore rifle events at the 2018 National Matches is now accessible through the CMP website. In addition to an event schedule, the 2018 CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition Rules is also available for viewing online. 


Smallbore competitions have been slotted into the Camp Perry National Match schedule July 16-22 and include:

a 3x40 two-day event;

a 3P Team Match;

a two-day Prone event;

an elimination Prone event;

a Prone Team Match;

and an AMU Clinic.


All smallbore matches will be fired on Rodriguez Range at Camp Perry under a covered firing line. A partnership with Shooters Technology will make scoring easier than ever, with the use of an app that allows instant scoring for quick and efficient results. Finals will be conducted on CMP Targets at Petrarca Range, also on the grounds of Camp Perry, which will utilize the accuracy of CMP’s own electronic target system.


To learn more about CMP’s Smallbore events, register for entry and to take a look at the 2018 Rulebook, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/cmp-national-matches/smallbore-matches/.


Sign up now for the inaugural year of a new tradition of Smallbore at the National Matches!


Seventeen year old Taylor Gibson of Oregon’s North Salem Vikings Army JROTC, returned to the JROTC 3-P Air Rifle National Championship at Camp Perry in March with an abundance of aspirations in her mind—ready to defend the precision title she earned last year and repeat her record-setting performance.


In 2017, Gibson fired a new Army JROTC National Record 3x20 score of 597-48X. This year, she came only one center shot away from tying that score on the last day of qualifying competition. With only the finals left to fire in her 2018 showing, she set her sights on a new goal—an overall score of 700 for the day.


After starting out a little shaky in the final with two nine shots, she picked herself up and fired seven straight pellets through the black—ending just shy of her goal with a score of 699.9.  “I was really striving to get that 700,” she said. “It was still really exciting and still super fun—but I was so close! Next year, I’ll do it.”


Her overall two-day aggregate score of 1293.1 was enough to surpass her peers by more than 10 points—giving her the championship title for the second year in a row. 



Taylor Gibson (left) and Emma Thompson also both won the American Legion National Championship in 2016.


Winning the 2018 sporter individual competition was 17 year old Emma Thompson of Freeport High School Navy JROTC from Illinois. A senior, Thompson was primed to win the event after suffering a bad cold at last year’s JROTC Nationals and landing just short of victory in the second place spot.


This year, Thompson secured a comfortable lead early in the competition and maintained her confidence throughout—claiming the championship title by a margin of more than 20 points above her competitors.


“I just tried to make it fun, make it strong—I came back prepared,” said Thompson. “I finished pretty well, in my average, and that’s all I can ask for my senior year. So, I think it went really well.”


Check out the Full Story by Ashley Brugnone -  at SSUSA.org





The Akron Zips have repeated as the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Team Champions. With a combined score of 4494, Akron swept both air rifle and smallbore rifle with the highest team scores posted. Led by Coach April Engle, this is their second team championship.  The team championship runner-up, the University of Michigan, finished the championship with an aggregate score of 4358. In third place was Grand Valley State University, putting up a 4321 mark.


Akron won the Air Rifle Team Championship with a score of 2294. Team members were Caleb Moxley, Liz Bark, Christiana Holden, Lauren Kadooka and Quinn Combs. Moxley was the high team score with 580.  For the Smallbore Rifle Team Championship, Akron posted a score of 2200. Team members were Quinn Combs, Caleb Moxley, Liz Bark, Joe Hendricks and Colton Peters. The top smallbore score for Akron was 559 by Combs.


Megan Hilbish of Emporia State University won the individual championship aggregate with a score of 1138. Additionally, two Akron shooters, Caleb Moxley and Liz Bark, finished second and third, respectively, in the individual aggregate.
The air rifle individual aggregate went to Caleb Moxley, scoring 580. Akron teammate Liz Bark finished second, only one point behind. Megan Hilbish finished third with 575.


For the smallbore individual aggregate, Megan Hilbish and her score of 563 secured her the crown. In second place was Akron’s Quinn Combs with 559. Third place went to Josette Peters of Kankakee Community College with a score of 554.


This article was written by: John Parker, SSUSA.org

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