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Junior Air Rifle Program

Practice Times, Location, and Contact Information

When:      Friday evenings, 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM

Where:     Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club Indoor Range

Contact:  Marshall Hampton, Coach at (803) 367-3431

The CRPC Junior Air Rifle Program may be the best kept secret at CRPC. The team and coaches work diligently every Friday night year-round to deliver safety and marksmanship instruction programs to junior shooters and develop a passion for competitive shooting among our athletes. Our coaches are all certified by NRA/USA Shooting. The program is offered as a public outreach and is available to both CRPC members and non-members alike. The program teaches basic firearm safety and marksmanship skills through the vehicle of shooting sporter class three position air rifle. The program is open to junior athletes ages 10 through 18.

New athletes begin their journey with an orientation and safety briefing and then begin supervised shooting of targets from the prone position with aid of a shooting rest. As their skills develop, they transition to unsupported shooting in prone position using a sling. Once they can sustain qualifying scores in the prone position they transition to progressively harder positions of kneeling and standing. Once shooters develop sufficient skills in all three positions, they have opportunities to compete at local, regional, and national levels through club and postal matches.

Once athletes are competitive at a national level, the shooters compete in nationally sanctioned EIC matches (Excellence in Competition) where they earn EIC “leg” points toward their Distinguished Rifleman Badge which recognizes their commitment to excellence in developing marksmanship skills that are in the top percentiles of their peer group nationally.

Shooting sports teaches…. self-confidence, self-control, integrity, bearing, sportsmanship, the value of hard work towards a goal, persistence, focus, problem solving skills, dealing with pressure, responsibility, accountability, how to turn goals into accomplishments…all of which are essential life skills.
If you have a son, daughter, neighbor, niece, nephew, or grandchild that is interested in developing firearm safety and marksmanship skills, then we have a program for you! Whether shooting tin cans in the back yard or drilling tens in shoulder-to-shoulder competition, the CRPC junior program has something to offer everyone.
As competitive shooters, we realize just how precious range practice time is. We appreciate CRPC's commitment to our program in allowing us to have weekly access to its Indoor Range. We remain committed to being good custodians of this precious shared resource.

Over the past twelve years having access to these critical resources and the diligent efforts of the athletes and coaches have paid significant dividends as measured by the accomplishments of our athletes as listed below:
  • Our team has placed as high club team in the Gary Anderson Invitational in 2011 (GAI is a national level sporter air rifle event
  • We have consistently won the Blue Ridge Postal Competition as top club team in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This is a National level match with over 1,800 competitors annually
  • We qualified as the high club team for Sporter Air Rifle at the CMP Regional Championships in 2015
  • We have qualified a team for the CMP National Championships every year for the last 6 years traveling as a team to Camp Perry, Ohio and Anniston, Alabama to compete
  • Our athletes (Leigh Yarborough and Brian Hampton) have set or reset over twelve national records in sporter air rifle competition in both CMP and JROTC categories
  • As individuals, our athletes have won the USA Shooting Junior Olympic National Championships for sporter air rifle in 2014, 2015, and 2018. (This match has typically over 8,000 competitors entered nationally every year.
  • As individuals, our athletes have won the Bronze medal for the CMP National Championships in 2014 and 2015
  • As individuals, our athletes have won the Marine Corps JROTC Nationals and the Interservice JROTC Nationals in 2015. (Our program produced the top JROTC Air rifle shooter in the country across all service branches.
  • As individuals, our athletes have won the USA Shooting South Carolina State Championships for Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle and Small bore in 2014, 2015 and 2016, earning the right to compete, and attending the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Nationals at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • One athlete represented CRPC and the United States in International competition shooting on the US National Junior Team at the IPSC World Shotgun Championships in Agna, Italy in September 2015. This event was attended by more than 600 shooters from 68 countries. Our shooter finished 4th overall in the junior category
  • One team member participated with another junior and an adult in the 2015 Armalite 3 Man 3 Gun competition in Topton, Pennsylvania. Their team won the competition overall, competing against professional teams with pro shooters like Jessie Tischauser, Greg Jordan, Tommy Thacker, and Jerry Miculek
  • Our Athletes have secured over $9,000 in individual scholarships for college through CMP shooting programs and others. We have placed 2 of our shooters on the North Carolina State University rifle team and 2 on the VMI rifle team. These shooters have earned scholarships to defray the cost of their education. Our athletes leave us and pursue other life goals at institutions like NC State, VMI, Appalachian State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNCC, Furman, USC, and the US Naval Academy
  • Simon Krauthamer and Makayla Rider qualified for the 2017 CMP Nationals Simon placed 8th overall
  • Makayla Rider did not compete in the CMP nationals although she qualified. She chose instead to shoot in the 4 H Air rifle and small-bore nationals in Omaha, Nebraska. After a grueling week-long competition, she came home with the gold medal
  • Simon Krauthamer won the 2018 CMP Sporter Air Rifle National Championship held in at the Camp Perry training center in Port Clinton Ohio, with a breath-taking come from behind win on the final shot of the match final
  • Stephanie Milvain shot on our sporter team for several seasons and moved up to the precision class. She has distinguished herself with her commitment to the sport competing multiple years at Winter Air Gun, and earning herself a slot on the United States Naval Academy Rifle Team shooting NCAA precision air rifle and small bore.

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