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1220 Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana

The American Legion Post 147

Open to Youth Through age 18

Athletes will become member of the Junior Shooting Club meeting weekly each thursday and every other Sunday at the American Legion Post 147 basement.  Meetings will last approximately 2 hours and family members are invited to attend.  The program is designed to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of responsible firearm ownership.  It will also feature the development of basic marksmanship through the use of .177 caliber air rifles.  Potential students will have the opportunity to fire the Crossman Challenger .177 Rifle.


Level 1 National Rifle Association Coach

Daniel Lawson        812-661-2440



Please note this is an ongoing program that runs from August to May each year

About the Junior Shooting Sports Program

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. (Purchase from Emblem Sales here)

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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