Rifle Team

The type of rifle marksmanship that is taught and practiced in the JROTC program is three-position air rifle shooting that is done with 4.5 mm (.177 cal.) air rifles with the targets placed at a distance of 10 meters.  Three-position air rifle target shooting that is done by JROTC cadets is closely related to the air rifle standing and three-position smallbore rifle events that are in the program of the Summer Olympic Games.

Target shooting is a sport that can be practiced by everyone. Successful target shooters are tall and short, stocky or thin. They must have reasonable flexibility and coordination, but no other special physical attributes are required. Shooters need to be able to see well, but it does not matter if their good vision is achieved by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. Indeed, the most important prerequisite for successful target shooting is an interest in the sport and a motivation to practice and learn. Success in shooting is determined by how hard one works, not by how much ability someone has. 

Target shooting is a sport where women and men compete equally. In shooting neither sex has an advantage. In high school and college rifle competitions where men and women compete together, men and women win awards in direct proportion to their numbers.

Target shooting is a skill sport. All sports test different combinations of speed, strength, endurance and skill. Target sports are tests of skill. The special thing about skill sports is that no one is born with those skills, they are developed through training

Target shooting is a sport of control, discipline and concentration. It is not possible to handle guns safely or to advance in target shooting without having a great deal of self discipline and control. It is not possible to fire consistent, accurate shots without developing great concentration skills. Target shooting does an exceptionally good job of teaching these and many other vital life skills.
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