October 9th, 2008

Junior Air Rifle Competitors Featured in Fox Video

In conjunction with USA Shooting, earlier this year the CMP hosted the National Junior 3-Position Air Rifle Championship in Anniston, Alabama. Hundreds of young shooters from all over the country (even Hawaii), attended the event at the CMP’s brand new, state-of-the-art indoor shooting facility. Competitors fire Olympic-grade .177 Air Rifles in prone, kneeling, and standing positions. Though targets are placed just 10 meters (33 feet) away, shooting a high score is far from easy — the X-Ring on the target is less than 1mm in diameter.

Fox News produced an excellent video about the Air Rifle Junior Olympics. Fox showed the young shooters in action, and interviewed adult coaches and teen-age participants who spoke highly of the program. Many young shooters explained how competitive shooting helped them learn how to focus and shut out distractions. Female shooter Morgan Kelly of Georgia explains: “it requires a lot of discipline, a lot of focus, a lot of work.” Remarkably, many parents report that their kids’ grade point averages go up after the youngsters get involved in competitive shooting. It’s a great story, worth watching. Visit the CMP Website to watch the Fox Video and another, longer video about the CMP Junior Olympics program.

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