CAJRC is a competitive shooting club.
We train kids, ages 12–18, in the olympic shooting disciplines in air rifle and small-bore rifle.
Our goal is for kids to get into competitions with the ability to shoot their very best.
We provide the facilities for practice and competitions, while parent-coaches donate that magical mix of leadership, safety, organization and training opportunities in which new athletes can thrive.
Of particular note this past Saturday: we were able to fire a .22 bullet through a Lifesaver candy at 50 feet! Not once, but twice! Taylor Gibson achieved this feat in the kneeling position. We glued lifesavers to 10 bullseyes on one target and she was able to perform this feat two times in ten attempts. This was very exciting to watch because we fully expected each Lifesaver candy to explode upon impact. However, when Taylor successfully "threaded" the Lifesaver candy hole somebody shouted: "She did it!" Looking through the telescope confirmed the good news. As you know, in past attempts we have only broken the Lifesaver candy, with spectacular destruction, even though we could see that the bullet was a "center" shot and could not touch the inner diameter of the Lifesaver. We are of the opinion that a "pressure wave" may destroy the Lifesaver as the bullet flies cleanly through the hole.
Congratulations Taylor Gibson
Taylor Gibson of Salem, Ore., captured the precision title with an overall score of 2,476.7, and set the Legion’s national record for a precision final score of 104.7.
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Since 1951, Salem,Oregon
The founding spirit of Colonel Allison lives on today in the vision and discipline of young shooters who pursue the sport of competitive shooting, on a local and national level. The desire for excellence, discipline in practice and a determination to achieve higher and higher scores, often produce sterling qualities in a young person that last a lifetime.
What is CAJRC?
CAJRC is a competitive shooting club. We train kids, ages 12 – 20, in the Olympic shooting disciplines in Air rifle and Small-Bore rifle. Position basics on Prone, Standing and Kneeling are taught along with shooting fundamentals like: Natural Point of Aim, Sight Picture, Alignment, Breath Control, Trigger Control and Follow-Through. Shooters are trained to score their own targets and learn goal-setting techniques. Our goal is for kids to get into competitions with the ability to shoot their best.
How does this magic happen?
HQ Moody, a previous National Coach for the NRA, claims that the purpose of a coach is to: “Provide a safe learning environment for young shooters to pursue their sport”. Four Corner’s Rod and Gun Club generously provide the facilities for practice and competitions, while parent-coaches donate that magical mix of leadership, safety, organization and training opportunities in which new athletes can thrive.
What leadership roles are available?
Match Directors, Line Officers, Scoring Officers, Equipment support help and Line Coaches combine to generate a winning team in a great learning environment. CAJRC has been fortunate to attract and maintain older shooters who continually give back to the sport in offering volunteer training throughout the year.
When does the shooting season start?
The first small bore practice of the year begins the Saturday following Labor Day and runs until Memorial weekend. We practice every Saturday morning when there is not a match at the range. The advanced shooters practice from 7:30am – 9:00am. Beginners have practice from 9:00am until Noon.
Precision Air Rifle:
Advanced shooters, who have proven a commitment to practice, as well as attending competitions, may be invited to participate on the Precision Air Rifle team. Air rifle practice occurs Wednesday evening from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Remember, air rifle participation is by invitation of the senior coaching staff only.
A brief history:
The Colonel Allison Junior Rifle Club was started by Retired Colonel Philip W. Allison. It was chartered under the name of Cherry City Junior Rifle Club in 1951. The name was changed to honor the founder of the club September 9, 1978. Original practices were held in the Oregon State Correctional Institute range until 1973. At that time, the Four Corners Rod & Gun Club graciously opened their doors to allow the Junior club to practice at their facilities. The Four Corners Rod& Gun Club also is gracious enough to provide part of the financial support that keeps the Junior Club functioning and allowing opportunity for new shooters to become familiar with shooting sports.
Taylor Gibson of Salem, Ore., captured the precision title in The American Legion’s 26th annual Junior 3-Position National Air Rifle Championship. (Photo by Clay Lomneth)