By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
ANNISTON, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites bystanders and curious guests to explore the expanding world of air rifle competition, April 4-6, 2019, as hundreds of coaches, competitors and spectators arrive in the Anniston area for the 2019 CMP Three-Position Regional Air Rifle Championships, held at the world-class South CMP Competition Center.
The event is designed for school-aged junior athletes from 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC air rifle programs. During the match, athletes use precision air rifles (mirrored from Olympic-style competitions) as well as classically-designed sporter air rifles to fire upon CMP’s electronic targets at three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Those firing in the Regional Championships are composed of the top scoring teams and individuals who first competed in the CMP Air Rifle Postal Championships in late 2018 and early 2019.
To reward the hard work of dedicated junior athletes and coaches, the CMP administers thousands of dollars in monetary funds towards teams who qualify for the Regional events, with additional funds presented to qualifiers reaching the CMP National Championship. A scholarship check for $1,000 is also available for the Top 3 highest-scoring senior athletes in both the sporter and precision classes at the National competition as a symbol of CMP’s continued support of junior marksmanship for the current generation and into the future.
Regional events will also be held at Camp Perry, Ohio, and Sandy, Utah, before Nationals are fired back in Ohio in June. For more information on the CMP Regionals Competition, visit http://thecmp.org/air/three-position-national-postal-competition/three-position-regional-championships/.
About the South Competition Center:
Along with its 80-point electronic air gun range, the South Competition Center includes the CMP South Store that is stocked to fulfill equipment and memorabilia needs. Marksmanship Nights, held year-round at the range for the public, allow visitors of virtually any age and experience levels to try their hands at air rifle or air pistol shooting. For more on the South Competition Center, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-centers/.