After seven months of hard work and concentration, over 300 sporter and precision air rifle juniors will meet on the firing line for one final test to ultimately determine who are the best marksmen in the country. The 2014 CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championships will be held June 23-25 and June 26-28 at the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry.
Junior JROTC, 4-H and club team marksmen involved in the competition began their journey with the CMP Postal Competition in November, where CMP-issued targets were mailed into Headquarters for official scoring. Top shooters in the Postal Competition were invited to compete in the Regional Championships in March and April, with the overall high individuals and teams from that match qualifying for the National Championship.
The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to visit the world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center to witness extreme skill from tremendously talented juniors, as well as to explore the authentic Olympic memorabilia from two-time gold medalist and range namesake, Gary Anderson.
MidwayUSA is the official sponsor of the CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championship – having contributed over $460,000 towards the competition. The organization is a leading U.S. firearms retailer, committed to helping sustain junior shooting programs around the country by offering generous endowments. First place teams in the sporter and precision competitions will receive $10,000 towards their team’s MidwayUSA endowment, while second and third place teams will earn $7,500 and $5,000, respectively.
Junior marksmen participating in the CMP National Championship will also be competing in the USA Shooting National 3P Junior Olympics. The National Junior Olympics will also be held in the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center.
The world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center range consists of 80 firing points – each equipped with state-of-the-art electronic targets. Spectators are able to observe each competitor’s shot via 90-inch hanging monitors. Live target images will also be available online for those wishing to stay in the heat of the action from home.
For more information on the CMP National Three Position Air Rifle Championship, visit http://thecmp.org/3P/NationalChampionship.htm.
For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.