January’s highlight was photographing my first competitive shooting event. It was the U.S. Army’s Junior Air Rifle National Championship hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
Junior athletes from across the United States came to vie for the title of national champion in either the Precision or Sporter classes. If you are not familiar with the sport, let me explain. In the simplest of terms, both classes have the same goal – to hit the most targets with the most accuracy. The main difference between the classes is the type of weapon used.
In the Precision Class, the athletes use more elaborate air rifles and wear leather/suede jackets and pants that assist them in their stance.
In the Sporter Class, the athletes use more basic rifles while wearing casual clothing and shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling and laying in the prone.
The Soldiers from the Marksmanship Unit were there to run the competition and offer advice to the junior athletes on safety, technique and conditioning. It truly was amazing to watch this group of young adults. The accuracy of their shots literally came down to minuscule differences. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them didn’t represent our country in an upcoming Olympics!
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite shots from the event, and my submission to Cardinal Guzman’s monthly challenge, The Changing Seasons.
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