Postal and Regional 3PAR CMP Matches

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About the 2020-2021 CMP National Air Rifle Postal, State, Regional and National Championships

All junior three-position air rifle clubs, including American Legion, 4-H and junior rifle clubs and JROTC units are invited to participate in this national postal sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

With the uncertainty of the condition of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is looking ahead to the 2020-2021 three-position air rifle competition season. 

In an attempt to place a supplemental plan for allowing junior athletes to compete in air gun events in the coming months, the CMP has created an altered series of matches where participants fire completely from their home or local ranges.

The CMP “virtual” matches will stand as substitutes for the CMP Regional Three-Position Air Rifle Championships. Instead of traveling to a location in the north, south or west to compete on CMP’s Mobile Electronic Target Range as in the past, qualifying athletes will stay in their hometowns.  

The competition series of the annual CMP Three-Position Championships traditionally begins with a postal match, where competitors fire at their home ranges on official CMP targets and mail them back for scoring once athletes have completed the match. 

The new “virtual championships” will be modeled after the postal matches, with some modifications to verify rules and safety measures are followed. As an added measure to ensure the well-being of all competing in CMP events, we emphasize respecting local guidance on COVID-19 while within the range.

Questions may be directed to CMP Competitions, (419) 635-2141 ext. 731 or [email protected].

CMP National Air Rifle Postal Information

Important Dates

1 Oct 2020 – 12 Feb 2021Postal Competition 
1 Oct 2020 – 1 Feb 2021State CMP Championships 
22 Feb 2021 – 20 April 2021Virtual Championships
24 – 26 June 2021CMP National Championship – SporterCamp Perry, OH & Anniston, AL
17 – 19 July 2021CMP National Championship – Precision Camp Perry, OH & Anniston, AL

About CMP-Sponsored Three Position Air Rifle Championships

The CMP sponsors Three Position Air Rifle Championships that include a postal, State Championships, Regional Championships and a National Championship.  These matches are designed to give all junior shooters around the country an opportunity to compete in a national level match, as well as to create shoulder-to-shoulder matches for juniors to attend. The series of matches has three different phases:

Phase 1: Dual Qualification – Postal and/or State Championship

CMP National Postal Championship

CMP sponsors a nationwide three position air rifle postal (mail-in or correspondence) competition for all junior programs including all JROTC, 4H, Boy Scouts, and junior clubs. The top shooters in these matches will qualify for the CMP Regional Championships. This is a 3×10 match and the cost of this postal will be $5.00 per competitor. Click here to register.

CMP State Championships

Juniors in the CMP Postal Competition fire record shots on CMP Targets at their home ranges then mail them in for official scoring.

CMP State Championship matches are shoulder-to-shoulder matches held on the state level. These matches are hosted either by the CMP State Director or State Director appointed match director. Each state’s team winners in Sporter and Precision, as well as the top individual, will qualify to participate in one of the CMP Regional Championships.

Athletes are encouraged to compete in both the postal and state matches.

Phase 2: Regional Championships

The CMP Regional Championships* will occur in three different locations around the country. Athletes qualify for this match through the CMP State Championship matches or through the CMP Postal match. This match will consist of a practice, check-in and equipment control day followed by two days of 3×20 matches. A final will be held on the last day for the top 8 individuals in sporter and precision.

Note: The CMP Regional Championships were replaced with the CMP Virtual Championship in 2021.

Phase 3: National Championship

The CMP National Championship is the final event in the CMP three-position air rifle championships. Qualification for this match comes form the CMP Regional Championships as well as the State 3PAR Junior Olympic matches. This match will consist of one 3×20 with finals for the top eight shooters in sporter and precision.