By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites the public to explore the exciting and fast-growing world of air rifle competition Feb. 7-9, 2019, as hundreds of coaches, competitors and spectators take part in the 2019 JROTC Regional Air Rifle Championships, held at the Rawhide Event Center.
The three-position event showcases high school Junior ROTC athletes from around the country who use precision air rifles (mirrored from Olympic-style competitions) as well as classically-designed sporter air rifles to fire pellets upon state-of-the-art electronic targets at prone, standing and kneeling positions. Regional events will also be held on CMP’s indoor air gun ranges in Anniston, Ala., and Camp Perry, Ohio, before Nationals are fired back in Alabama in March.
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 National Championship. The funds serve as symbols of the organization’s continued support of junior marksmanship for the current generation and into the future.
The targets appearing in Arizona will be constructed from CMP’s electronic Mobile Range, which resembles CMP’s stationary air gun ranges in Anniston and Camp Perry that both include the same electronic target technology.
The targets are used in CMP’s air gun ranges, powered by OpticScore technology, which are scored optically by internal LED lights. Monitors at each firing point instantly display scores, and button functions with an LED lighted screen allow ease of use for individuals of all ages and experience levels.
Aiming at spreading the realm of air rifle competition to athletes and curious onlookers around the nation, the Mobile Range is so versatile that it can be set up in virtually any location. Projectors placed around the Mobile Range space display each competitor’s target, making any match spectator-friendly. CMP staff members are also on hand to answer questions for those wanting to learn more about the safe, fun and growing sport.
For more information on the JROTC Service Championships, visit http://thecmp.org/air/jrotc-air-rifle-national-championship/.
Rawhide Event Center info, including directions, can be found here: http://rawhide.com/.