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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290



Jr. Shooting Sports

Points of Contact

Marty Sprick  Chairman/Coordinator   760-525-2827
Don Cavender  Jr. Shooters Coach  202-446-3748
Tommy Gimble  Range Officer  703-357-4997
Tommy Gimble  Armorer  703-357-4997

The American Legion sponsors a program of marksmanship competition and gun safety education for any gender, through the age of 18.  Shooters practice on Tuesdays or Thursdays, calendar dependent, at the Post and compete throughout Virginia on weekends. 

The 2016-2017 shooting season has concluded. If you are interested in participating in the 2017-2018 season, please contact Mr. Sprick.

During this year, the schedule information was:

Practices - Uniformly from 1730-2100 (Set-up around 1745, shooting by 1800, 2100 drop dead time – usually done by 1930 and tear it down). 


Old Dominion Junior Rifle League Matches - (Saturdays 0700-1500, Hall is generally set up immediately following Friday Night Bingo)


As part of the program, The American Legion of Virginia conducts a Junior Three Positions Air Rifle Tournament, which provides shooters an opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior shooters throughout the state.

What is The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program?

It’s a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards, and Air Rifle Competition. During the past decade of this program’s continued fast growth, thousands of male and female junior shooters have participated, with a perfect safety record of no reported gun-related injuries. Participants in The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program, is open to young men and women through the age of 18.

Basic Marksmanship Course

The Basic Marksmanship Course is a comprehensive instruction package for the beginning shooter that has little or no marksmanship experience. The course insures understanding by the student and easy use by the instructor. Gun safety and marksmanship fundamentals are taught through a balanced mix of short lecture or discussion followed by hands-on activity.  

Qualification Awards

If an effective job is done presenting the Basic Marksmanship Course, most graduates will want to keep improving their marksmanship skills. The National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program provide MARKSMANSHIP QUALIFICATION COURSES for AIR RIFLE. These courses offer personal skill developments ladder where individual shooters work to achieve established performance standards. Marksmanship Qualification Courses offer family fun and enjoyment that can last a lifetime. Junior shooters may enroll in these programs upon graduation from the Basic Marksmanship Course.

Competitive Shooting

Is not a sport, which gives an advantage to individuals of great size or strength. Physical fitness and stamina are important, but it is mental toughness and self-discipline, which determine success.

Competitive shooting is also one of the few sports where men and women can compete as equals. It is truly a sport which is OPEN TO ANYONE willing to practice and to test his or her shooting skills on the firing line.


Post 290 began in marksmanship classes on September 19, 2009.  Junior Shooters meets on Thursday eventings and attends a series of classes on Saturday afternoons.

The American Legion sponsors a program of marksmanship and gun safety education; students can be of any gender and through the age of 18.  Post 290 will conduct rifle marksmanship training on indoor/outdoor range facilities.  Students interested in safety/marksmanship training may contact Post 290 at (540) 659-4461.  Please leave full name and phone number and we will contact those calls received at the Post as to the time and date of training.

Coaches/Range Officers

The Post Junior Shooter’s Sports Program is in need of adults to serve as coaches and range officers. If you are interested, in marksmanship and gun safety education, please contact the POST (540) 659-4461.  Coaches can complete a certification course if not already certified to instruct the basics of gun safety and marksmanship. Our goal is to use the shooting sports as a vehicle to help young people develop leadership, discipline, concentration, sportsmanship, and responsibility.


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