Youth 3-P Marksmanship Programs:
The type of rifle marksmanship that is taught and practiced in the JROTC youth marksmanship program is Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting.
► Common aspects of this type of marksmanship include:
• Use of 4.5 mm (.177 cal.) air rifles
• Targets placed at a distance of 10 meters
• Most common air rifle used is the Crosman Challenger PCP air rifle (Model CH2009S) ←Buy Now!
• These air rifles operate on either CO2 or compressed air
► Air rifle competition standards are similar to those used during Olympic shooting events.
► Positions used are standing, prone, and kneeling
– Easiest shooting position to learn and the most challenging to master
– The position is challenging because it has a smaller base of support and the body is higher
– Not as stable as the lower prone and kneeling positions
– Slings may not be used in standing to stabilize the rifle
– Most shooters find that it takes more practice to develop the ability to hold the rifle still in standing
– Body position and head alignment are essential to achieving a stable standing position
– Prone position has the lowest center of gravity
– The steadiest of the three target positions
– Prone has extra stability through the use of a sling in this position
– A highly trained rifle shooter is capable of holding a rifle steady in the prone position
– Body position is essential to achieving a stable prone position
– The shooter kneels to sit on the right foot that is supported by a kneeling roll.
– The rifle is supported by the use of a sling and left arm that rests on the left leg
– The kneeling position is similar to prone in that the sling is also used in this position
– It is similar to standing because the body’s center of gravity is higher
– Precise balance is essential to achieving a stable kneeling position
• Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting
• The most common event for JROTC and high school rifle teams is the 3×10 event
• A 3×10 means shooters fire ten record shots in each of the three positions (prone, standing and kneeling)
• Most popular and fastest growing form of shooting sports competition
• Two different Three-Position Air Rifle events are available
– Precision Air Rifle – modeled after Olympic-style shooting using specialized target rifles and equipment.
– Sporter Air Rifle – designed for new competitors or those who desire to compete with minimal equipment and expense
► The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) actively promotes Three-Position Air Rifle shooting as a premier youth marksmanship competition by providing training curriculum materials and competition activities.
• Download your copy of the current CMP Rulebook (here) → 2018-2020 12th Edition of the National Standard Three Position Air Rifle Rules.