About the Junior Shooting Sports Program

The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program is a gun safety  education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements  of safety, education, enjoyment and competition. Shooters use the .177  caliber air rifle. Both males and females can participate, through  Legion sponsorship; disabled youth are encouraged to join, as  competitive shooting is a sport that creates an equal playing field for  all competitors. Contact your local Legion post, Sons of The American  Legion squadron or Auxiliary unit for information about affiliating as a  club or individual.

Air Rifle Competition

The annual  3-Position Junior Air Rifle National Championship is a tournament that  begins with postal matches. State and/or regional champions are  determined and advance to a qualification round (also a postal match) to  determine the athletes who will earn expense-paid trips to compete in  the national championship. The national championship is a  shoulder-to-shoulder match held each July at the USA Shooting range  facilities at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Junior Shooting Sports Chairman

Sammy Padgett

(918) 424-7308


Who Can Participate?

In shooting sports, you don’t have to sit on the sidelines: Anyone under  18 (or high school seniors no older than 20) can participate. Physical  ability and size are no match for mental toughness and discipline in  this co-ed skill sport. 

Why Shooting Sports?

After demonstrating knowledge of safety techniques, you will join the  centuries of Americans who have mastered marksmanship for survival and  sport. But the appeal doesn’t stop at our nation’s borders — the best  marksmen from around the globe vie for Olympic gold. In fact, 2002  American Legion Three-Position National Champion Jamie Corkish won a  gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. As you become a better marksman, you’ll  gain responsibility, confidence and self-reliance. To hit your mark,  you will also have to improve your ability to concentrate. Plus, you’ll  develop a skill you can enjoy and hone throughout your life. 

What Will We Do?

You’ll practice and study with your Legion affiliated club, but get to compete as an individual. 

How Much Does It Cost?

Some American Legion posts lend participants gear, including rifles, or  some equipment. Many charge a registration fee to cover these costs and  the cost of the practice facility. Often students are required to  provide their own pellets and targets. Contact your local post for  detailed information. 

When Can I Start?

If your local Legion post supports a Junior Shooting Sports Program,  contact them directly to check on practice dates and course schedules.  If you have questions, contact

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