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American Legion Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports                                                                                                                                           

The 2018-2019 Registration Period is Open:


The First Round of competition for the 2018-2019 American Legion Three Position Air Rifle National Championships Postal Match officially opens November 1 and postal match completion target set sales and registration closes January 15, 2019. Please visit for 2018-19 postal match information and to download manuals and firing instructions

If your youth shooting team is in need of assistance, below is grant information from the NRA to assist youth shooting sports teams with equipment, range development, etc.

Note that December 1 is the submission deadline for South Carolina for the 2018-2019 grant selection block.




Please visit our website for all information on our grant program and application process.  Make sure to check the state deadline for your state.


If you need assistance with building the range, please visit:


Please go to   Click on the three black horizontal lines next to  "Menu".  On the pulldown menu go to "Grants", then click on "Apply for a Grant"  follow the instructions to choose your state, then answer the questions on the short quiz.  Next you will come to the login screen.  If you are a new applicant, click below the email field: "Click here to create an account".  If you are an existing applicant, log in with your information.


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.

Junior Shooting Sports is a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards and Air Rifle Competition into a well-rounded activity.

Basic Marksmanship Course

The Basic Marksmanship Course, given to Shooting Sports participants, offers comprehensive instruction for beginning shooters with little or no marksmanship experience. Designed for an instructor’s easy use, the course teaches gun safety and marksmanship fundamentals, using short lectures or discussions, followed by hands-on activities. The package includes:

Instructor's guide
Detailed information for teaching the course.

Student handbook
Now in its third edition, a comprehensive reference text for beginners that thoroughly covers the fundamentals of position shooting.

Learning tools
Six quizzes and a final exam.

Qualification Awards

Graduates who want to keep improving their skills can enroll in air-rifle qualification courses provided by the National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Programs. These courses offer personal skill-development ladders for shooters to achieve established performance standards.

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 August at the USA Shooting range facilities at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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