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National Three-Position Air Rifle Council

The Council is the national governing body for junior 3-Position Air Rifle competition in the USA.  3-Position Air Rifle is one of the most popular youth shooting programs.  The Council brings together national youth-serving organizations that are actively involved in promoting junior three-position air rifle shooting to provide a national standard rulebook, coordinate competition schedules and promote youth participation in the shooting sports.

This National Council website provides coaches, instructors, parents and youth with the rules, instructions and information they need to conduct youth 3-Position Air Rifle programs.  All of these resources can be downloaded through this website.  Contact information and shooting program websites for Council members are found through the following links:

National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules.  The primary function of the National Council is to produce a common, “national standard” rulebook to govern all 3-Position Air Rifle competitions conducted by Council members and their affiliated organizations.  National Council Rules now govern annually over 500 sanctioned and non-sanctioned youth air rifle competitions and seven major national junior championships organized by Council members.


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Recent Rules Changes.  The most recent National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules were released in September 2014. Coaches and parents who lead youth air rifle programs are strongly encouraged to download and study the “Summary of Changes in the 10th Edition of the 2014-2016 Rules” so they will be familiar with these changes.


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National Council Annual Report.  The Council’s Annual Report provides a detailed summary of three-position air rifle shooting in the USA.  The most recent report provides statistical and program summaries for all Council and national youth air rifle programs from the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013.  Everyone interested in youth air rifle shooting is encouraged to download the Council’s Annual Report.  It gives a comprehensive picture of how youth air rifle shooting is growing and changing youth shooting sports in the USA.


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Range Officer Instructions:  How to Conduct Competition Firing.  The 2012-2014 3-position rules made some changes in how Range Officers are to conduct firing.  Any Range Officer who is new to conducting firing for 3-position air rifle matches is strongly urged to download and study the article on “How to Conduct Competition Firing” before they conduct 3-position air rifle matches.



Range Officer Instructions:  How to Conduct Finals.  All Range Officers and Coaches are encouraged to obtain a copy of the article, “How to Conduct Finals.”  In addition to describing the history and advantages of finals, the article provides detailed instructions on how Range Officers must conduct finals according to the National Standard Rules.



Three-Position Rules Hotline.  The Council offers a “Rules Hotline” service for athletes, coaches or match sponsors that have questions about how to apply or interpret the National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules.  The Rules Hotline is administered by the CMP.  Anyone with rules questions is encouraged to call the Hotline at 419-635-2141, ext. 1102 or send questions via email to



All coaches, instructors and parents involved in junior 3-position air rifle activities are encouraged to periodically check this website to be sure they have access to the latest information on this popular youth program.  If you have questions, please contact the Council Hotline at 419-635-2141, ext. 1102 or via email to


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