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The 2017 National JROTC Championship was held at the CMP Competition Center located in Anniston, Alabama on March 23-25.  Participating teams and 220 individuals in the sporter and precision classes fired two 3x20 three-position air rifle courses of fire that counted for team and individual rankings. Finals for the top eight individuals in each class were held each day.


National JROTC Individual Precision Championship (79 Competitors)

Taylor Gibson set a new Army JROTC National Record with a 3×20 score of 597-48x on Day one, and went on to win first place. Ashley Stacey earned second place, and set a new Air Force Finals National Record with an impressive 104.1  Haley Castillo took third on her Final scores.  (The difference between second and fifth place was less than two points.)

Picture above of Taylor Gibson from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.


National JROTC Precision Team Championship (16 Teams)

The Eldorado High School JROTC Air Rifle Team from New Mexico won the National Precision Team Championship. They topped second place John Marshall by 55 points. In third place was La Cueva High School MCJROTC only three points back.

The Eldorado High School JROTC Air Rifle team picture is from Albuquerque Public Schools.


National JROTC Individual Sporter Championship (141 Competitors)

While Navy JROTC competitors claimed four of the top six Sporter Individual places, it was Levi Carlson with Nation Ford Marine Corps JROTC who claimed first place with a 1223.3 Emma Thompson placed 2nd with 1220.5 and Jaycie Hoenig rounded out the top three with a 1214.1


National JROTC Sporter Team Championship (28 Teams)

The Sporter team competition was also very close, with the difference between 2nd and 5th place only five points. 

The Turlock HS Navy JROTC team from CA placed first with a total of 4376-134. Freeport HS from IL placed second with 4371-148 on the strength of their Standing scores. Gulfport MCJROTC edged out Nation Ford HS from IL for third place on x-count tie breaker with 4370-152


The picture of the Turlock HS Navy JROTC Rifle Team is from the Turlock Journal


Full match results are available on the CMP Competition Tracker

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The 2017 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship was held March 18-19 at Fort Benning, GA—home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.  Student-athletes from 17 schools attended this year's match


The University of Akron won the overall team championship with a score of 4459, receiving a Berger Bullets gift certificate and a Pyramyd air rifle. Additionally, Akron won the air rifle and smallbore team aggregates. The Akron club rifle team, consisting of Gabby Pitre, Brandon Meier, Liz Bark, Luke Massie and Coach April Engle was able to outscore runner up Clemson University by over 50 points. Last year's team champion, the University of Michigan finished in third place with a score of 4377.

Above: The University of Akron club rifle team has won their first NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship. Pictured are (l. to r.) Coach April Engle, Brandon Meier, Luke Massie, Gabby Pitre and Liz Bark. Photo by John Parker.


Rachel Mangan of Clemson University won a second consecutive individual aggregate championship with a score of 1152. (See cover photo by John Parker) In second place was the Illinois Institute of Technology's John Hirsch, with a score of 1146. The 2015 champion Madeleine Godwin of the University of North Georgia rounded out the individual aggregate winners—finishing in third with a score of 1144. All three received a Pyramyd air rifle.


Check out the full article by John Parker at NRA Shooting Sports USA.

Learn more about NRA collegiate competitive shooting programs at this link:

Pictures from John Parker are also available at NRA Shooting Sports USA.

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We know Competitive Shooters for their skill and talent on the range. But, what do they do when they’re not on the range?


Let's find out. Freedom Journal veteran Gabby Franco shares her one-on-one interview with American Olympic Biathlete Lanny Barnes as she shares the other side of shooting sport athletes.

(Photo courtesy/Lanny Barnes)


Lanny Barnes has been interested in art since she was very young. She never took any formal schooling but it has always been one of her passions. Lanny also said that it helped get her through those long months competing in Europe away from home and sitting in a hotel room.


She became a professional artist in 2000 and has done a lot of commissioned pieces for people which has helped fund her Olympic career with her artwork.


Lanny's art work is amazingly beautiful and unique. You can purchase some of her prints at, or email her at


by Gabby Franco - Friday, March 10, 2017

For the complete story head on over to the NRA Blog!


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Women in the United States continue to join in the shooting sports at increasing numbers, proving that firearms culture isn’t just a boy’s club, but a way of life for everyone.

For nearly a decade, the number of females participating in shooting sports has increased in nearly every category, including hunting, target shooting and muzzleloading.

Just this past weekend, two female freshmen from WVU’s rifle team followed in teammate Ginny Thrasher’s footsteps, as Morgan Phillips and Milica Babic won individual in smallbore and air rifle at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships, leading the Mountaineers to a fifth consecutive title.

WVU's Morgan Phillips (Photo courtesy/WVU)

Heading into this year’s NCAA Rifle championships, the top-ranked team in the country was the rifle team of Texas Christian University – comprised of all women. The ladies of the Horned Frogs’ squad finished second to WVU.


The rise of women in the shooting sports has inspired countless younger females to learn, train and excel in new ways, finding powerful new role models winning in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Competitive shooting events like 3-Gun, IDPA, USPSA, steel matches and other disciplines are showcasing female stars that routinely bring home titles with their incredible skills. Competitors like Gabby Franco, Jessie Duff, Julie Golob, Maggie Reese, Janna Reeves and Lena Miculek have proven their mettle in competition and become the faces of the companies that sponsor them.


by Jason J. Brown - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For the complete story head on over to the NRA Blog!


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team won its fifth straight NCAA title Saturday March 11th, shooting a championship-record 4723 aggregate score at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships.  The championships were held inside Ohio State’s French Field House.


March 11, 1017 - West Virginia Athletics - Check out lots of pics on Twitter at WVURifle

See the full story at


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Olympic champion Ginny Thrasher is one of 18 amateur athletes selected as a semifinalist for the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) James E. Sullivan Award. 

A 19-year-old NCAA national champion, Thrasher represented the U.S. in Rio and earned the country's first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 10m air rifle. Thrasher defeated her veteran opponent in the finals by a full point, a wide margin in perhaps the Games' most precise sport.


Ginny Thrasher nominated for 2016 James E Sullivan awardThe shooting sports community can now vote to help advance Ginny to one of six AAU Sullivan Award Finalists.  You can vote daily now through Monday 3/13/17 at the James E Sullivan Award site!


Remember - you can vote once per day!!

West Virginia University / USA Shooting / Team USA


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As a 20-year-old competitive shooter, McKenna Dahl’s biggest goal was to go to the Paralympic Games and represent the USA. The Arlington, WA, native didn’t disappoint—winning a bronze medal (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil—becoming the first woman ever to medal in Paralympic shooting for the U.S team.


Check out the complete story at: Shooting Sports USA

by John Parker - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dahl’s bronze medal win marks the first U.S. Paralympic Games medal in shooting since Dan Jordan won silver in men’s 3-position rifle in 2004. Some history: Roger Withrow—the only U.S. Paralympic Games gold medal winner in shooting—won the Air Rifle Prone event in 1984.


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Article by Shooting Sports USA Staff - Monday, February 27, 2017

The Mountaineers have won an eighth straight GARC Championship title

The Mountaineers have won an eighth straight GARC Championship title. Here WVU is pictured with runner-up Nebraska and third place Kentucky. Photo from Akron University.

With a significant lead built in day one at the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships at the University of Akron’s Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House, the No. 2-ranked West Virginia University (WVU) rifle team shot a winning 2384 air rifle score, securing its eighth straight GARC Championship title with a 4725 aggregate score. There were nine teams participating—Akron, Army, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi, Navy, Nebraska, NC State and WVU.

For the full article please see check it out at Shooting Sports USA


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Honoring A Legend: USA Shooting Launches Lones Wigger Endowment & Legacy Project COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (February 16, 2017)

The word “legend” is an overused descriptor in the American lexicon, particularly when describing our sports heroes and all-time greats. In the case of three-time Olympic medalist, 24-time World Champion, 33-time world-record holder, and 91-time National Champion Lones Wigger, it is truly the only word fitting enough. There’s no hyperbole when using legend to describe perhaps the best marksman the shooting sports has ever seen. 


USA Shooting has chosen 2017 as the year they’ll honor Lones Wigger’s enduring legacy to the sport with the official launch of the Lones Wigger Endowment and Legacy Project. That initial effort began last week with announcement of the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr Olympic Endowment, in partnership with the MidwayUSA Foundation. Money put toward that endowment will be used to support youth and Junior Olympic initiatives in the future. Every dollar raised in 2017 is being matched 2-to-1 by the generosity of the MidwayUSA Foundation, which means that for every $1,000 donated in the name of Lones Wigger, $3,000 will go towards benefiting youth shooting programs in the future.

Help honor the legend of Lones Wigger with your generous donation today!

His records and accomplishments are as numerous as they are lofty, a career résumé never to be matched. A four-time Olympian with three Olympic medals and a total of 111 international medals, Wigger was named one of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Olympians in 1996, as well as earning induction into the USOC’s Hall of Fame in 2008.


All donation amounts will be accepted for the Lones Wigger Endowment & Legacy Project and a special Lones Wigger pin is being created to provide to donors at all levels. Additionally, six primary donation levels have been established with donors contributing at those designated levels set to receive authentic donor premiums showcasing Lones Wigger's career accomplishments. Donor premiums can be used to further the conversation with others about Wigger's legendary career and further supporting the project. Donor premiums are currently being created and will be unveiled in a pending announcement.


For the full story, head over to USA Shooting:

USA Shooting Partners with MidwayUSA Foundation to Begin Lones Wigger Endowment for Junior Olympics & Youth Shooting


Donor Levels

  • World Record $10,000
  • World Champion $5,000
  • National Champion $2,500
  • Gold Medal $1,000
  • Silver Medal $500
  • Bronze Medal $250


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CMP 2016 Q3 ChipThis satellite match offers all junior and adult air rifle and air pistol shooters a program designed to encourage participation in the sport and test marksmanship skills nationally with their peers. The program consists of Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Para-Air Rifle/Air Pistol events.



Quarterly matches can be shot on Orion paper targets or electronic targets. Orion targets must be requested from the CMP and will be mailed to participants.  All Orion targets must be returned for scoring at CMP (Return address: 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston, AL 36207).  Scorecard files/Graphic scorecards from electronic targets may also be mailed or be faxed/emailed to CMP.  Electronic scorecards must show individual shots in decimal and centers, except for pistol.  A graphic scorecard will do this.



Individual matches:

[Rifle] 3x20 Sporter Junior; 3x20 Sporter Adult (19&older); 3x20 Precision Junior; 3x20 Precision Adult (19&older); 60 Standing; 60 SH1 Prone; 60 SH1 Standing; 60 SH2 Prone; 60 SH2 Standing


Competitors may fire in either sporter or precision, but not both

[Air Pistol] 60 Open; 60 SH1 Standing; PPP 40 Basic Supported (max age 13); PPP 40 Standing Supported (max age 15); PPP 40 International Standing (age 15-20)


$5 per competitor if using electronic targets

$8 per competitor if using Orion (We will mail a set of Orion targets)

Note: You cannot use your own Orion targets.  We will supply the targets with competitor names and numbers.


The current National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules and USA Shooting Air Rifle and Pistol rules apply.


Every competitor who competes in the CMP “Aces” Postal will receive a specially designed participation poker chip.  There will be a different color each quarter, so collect all four!

Category awards will be a specially designed wood plaque mailed to winners based on the number of participants in each category. Each category must have at least 10 competitors to receive an award for 2nd place, and 20 for 3rd place. Junior Sporter and Precision 3x20 will also include an overall award.


Please see chart on next page for important dates and deadlines. We will not mail targets for a future quarter until that quarter has started.


Please notify the CMP South Competitions staff at or call 256-835-8455 ext. 600 or 445 to report any errors or omissions prior to the end of the challenge period.  Challenge periods will be announced in the results bulletin at the end of each quarter.

The chips from all four quarterly matches


All 3x20 courses of fire are 20 shots prone, 20 shots standing, and 20 shots kneeling in integer format while all other rifle courses of fire are 60 shots in decimal format.

All PPP courses of fire are 40 shots with the rest of the pistol events in 60 shots, both in integer format.


Overviews of the Paralympic categories are as follows:

Only SH1 and SH2 classes are represented in the Paralympic Games, based on IPC Shooting Classification Rules and Regulations.

  • SH1 – Shooters able to support a firearm without a stand
      • SH1 class includes athletes with lower limb impairments and either no upper limb impairments, or an upper limb impairment that does not prevent the athlete from supporting the weight of the rifle or pistol themselves (i.e. in the non-shooting arm for pistol shooters). Many, but not all, athletes compete in a sitting position either from a wheelchair or chair/stool
  • SH2 – Shooters requiring a firearm support to shoot
      • SH2 class includes athletes who also have more severe upper limb impairments, which prevents the athlete from supporting the weight of the rifle themselves. SH2 athletes compete only in rifle events, and use a spring mounted stand to support the weight of the rifle. Some athletes also require a support assistant to load the rifle for them.

Sub-classifications A, B and C define wheelchair backrest height depending on back and pelvic strength per athlete.


The following positions are adapted for Paralympic shooters:

  • Standing (standing or seated, shooting table support not allowed)
  • Kneeling (Seated, single elbow support on shooting table plus use of a sling)
  • Prone (Seated or prone, both elbows supported atop a shooting table plus use of a sling)


For any and all issues or questions please email the CMP South staff at or call 256‐835‐8455 ext. 600 or 445.



1st Quarter Registration
2nd Quarter Registration
3rd Quarter Registration
4th Quarter Registration

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