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Progressive-Position Pistol

Progressive-Position Pistol National Championships Set For Dual Venues

Designed as a development

and recruitment vehicle for aspir- ing youth pistol athletes, the Pro- gressive-Position Pistol Program (PPP) is evolving at the request

spur interest and participation. Registration for the PPP National Championships is underway. The PPP program is intend- ed to introduce young pistol

almost anywhere that air pistols can be discharged safely and le- gally. PPP is a great introduction to the sport as the equipment, and particularly the ammunition, is less expensive as well as cleaner and quieter. Tem- porary ranges can easily be set up in any large area (like a gym) as these guns do not require a perma- nent back-stop or special ventilation system. USA Shooting and the Na-

tol discipline is a primary goal of USA Shooting to help create greater participation within the sport and to ultimately increase the quality and depth of our fu- ture Olympic pistol athletes. Tra- ditionally, one of the problems has been that most air guns are too heavy for smaller, younger participants. The PPP program creates an opportunity for youth to begin at an earlier age. There

of competitors to provide greater inclusion and opportunity. New to the program is a dual venue National Championship in 2013 that will incorporate two of the premier shooting facilities in the country with the Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center and the U.S. Army’s Marksman- ship Unit (USAMU) in Ft. Ben- ning, Ga., being utilized as con- current venues of competition. The PPP National Champion-

ships will take place July 24-25 at these two prime locations. The Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center will serve as the Western venue and Ft. Benning will be the Eastern venue. With Nationals being held previously in Camp Perry, Ohio, participa- tion among pistol competitors in Western states was sparse and event organizers hope that the addition of a Western venue will

Past PPP winners have gone on to success in the Junior Olympics and beyond.

Robert Wells (left photo, left) won this year’s National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships men’s 25m pistol and was named to the National Junior Team.

athletes to competitive pistol target shooting and give them a natural progression into the Junior Olympic pistol competi- tions sponsored by USA Shoot- ing (USAS) and the conventional pistol competitions sponsored by the National Rifl e Association of America (NRA). The program is designed to allow competitors to participate with a minimum out- lay for equipment and expense. Shooting range requirements are designed with enough fl exibility to enable a program to be set up

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tional Rifl e Association both host this event. “USAS is committed to

developing the next generation of champions and the PPP pro- gram is one of the best avenues for success in youth pistol,” said Michael Theimer, 1976 Olympian and the Youth Programs and Ath- lete Development Manager for USA Shooting. “We’re especially excited to introduce this dual venue concept in hopes of spur- ring even greater participation.” Youth involvement in the pis-

Darian Shenk and Lydia Pat- erson (right photo, center and right) placed second and third in women’s air pistol at NJOSC.

is no minimum age limit. How early a youth starts shooting pis- tol depends on the youth’s ability to hold and shoot an air pistol safely as determined by an ex- perienced pistol coach. Also, any person may compete in Progres- sive Position Pistol through age 20.

“Introduction, opportunity

and development are critical success factors to enhancing our

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