Postal Match

The American Legion Annual 3-Position Junior Air Rifle National Championship is a tournament that begins with postal match.

What is a Postal Match?

A Postal Match is a match in which competitor's fire on their home ranges using targets which have been marked for identification. The fired targets are then sent to the American Legion for scoring and ranking for awards.

The American Legion presents its 28th Junior 3-Position Air Rifle Tournament, which provides competitors an opportunity to test their marksmanship ability in competition with other junior competitors throughout the nation.

The Individual Tournament has three phases of competition:

  1. First Round - State Championships
  2. Second Round - Qualifications
  3. National Championships

The Team Tournament has two phases of competition:

  1. First Round - State Championships
  2. Second Round - National Championships

The First Round team tournament is a "paper" match and will be comprised of the top four athletes' individual tournament scores. A club with at least four individuals enters one team; at least eight individuals enters two teams; and so on.

The First Round and Second Round of the Individual Tournament are postal matches whereas the National Championship of the Individual Tournament is a shoulder-to-shoulder competition.

The First Round and the Second Round phases of the Team Tournament are postal matches.

The Individual and Team Tournaments will be conducted in accordance with this Official Match Program (OMP) and the 2016-2018 National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rule Book 11TH Edition.


The First Round of competition for the 2018-2019 American Legion Three Position Air Rifle National Championships Postal Match officially opens November 1 and postal match completion target set sales and registration closes January 15, 2019.