Competitive pistol shooting teaches patience, determination, organizational skills, mental and physical control, safety awareness, goal setting, problem solving, and good sportsmanship.
IJPS was founded August 2004, over a decade ago, as a Junior Athletic Association. We stay true to our mission to identify, educate, train, and develop Junior Precision Pistol Athletes to be major competitors in National Rifle Association “Precision Pistol” competition.
IJPS requires membership in the National Rifle Association & the Illinois State Rifle Association. Several of our juniors are NRA Life members. We are proud to support these two outstanding organizations that do so much for all the shooting sports. ISRA has an outstanding, NSSF 4-Star rated, outdoor range complex in Bonfield, IL. Congratulations to Executive Director, Richard Pearson, and the association’s leadership team.
As of 16 August 2016, we are proud to have “92” Distinguished Expert Basic Pistol and “23” Double Distinguished Experts • Basic Pistol + Precision Pistol recipients.
Annually, IJPS sponsors the Junior Precision Pistol Competition Development Camp during the second or third week of June. An NRA “Approved 2700,” .22 caliber match, is fired at this event, over the three days of the camp. Our 2016 camp was hosted by RKA Gun Gallery & Range, Plano, IL. Our camp photo is at the top of this page.
IJPS trains & competes 12 months a year. We train at multiple locations: Maggy’s Par Range, a private, 7-position indoor and 5-position outdoor range, with electrical turning targets, built exclusively for Junior Precision Pistol Athlete Development; the 12-position indoor range at the Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club, Streator, IL, and our primary training location, RKA Gun Gallery & Indoor Range, Plano, IL, a state-of-the-art facility, which received the coveted NSSF 5-Star rating on 16 October 2015. Currently (Jul ’16), only 73 ranges in the United States carry this rating.
We welcome Team Candidates, ages 10-20, interested in becoming a Precision Pistol Athlete. We expect the candidate to be familiar with the operation of a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Our Team shoots Ruger 22/45’s and Ruger Mark II’s & III’s (5.5 inch barrels) which have been modified for competition. Any accurate .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol capable of 1.25 inch, 10 shot groups at 50 yards may be used. Our full training schedule can be found on this website and is updated several times a week. Active participation is a requirement to be a Team Member.
Team members can always schedule one-on-one time with a member of our Coaching Staff. Parents of competitive, NRA classified, team members are welcome to shoot with their young adult(s) on a “range space available basis.” Parents shoot the same course of fire for the DE recognition. Juniors always shoot first.
Please contact us with any questions, comments, &/or concerns:
Last updated: 17 August 2016