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A 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. The organization implements and manages development programs and sanctions events at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Prepare American athletes to win Olympic and Paralympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S., and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country.
USA Shooting is headquartered at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Located on the OTC campus, the Olympic Shooting Center was built in 1985 and is used for elite and resident athlete training, competitions, national championships, coaching seminars, camps, committee meetings and local clubs. Approximately 25 resident and day-use athletes train at the OTC during the year.
USA Shooting has a full-time staff to help members get the best out of their association with USA Shooting. Click here for a contact listing of USA Shooting staff or call (719) 866-4670.
Collectively, it is the general public that provides the biggest level of financial support to America’s shooting team. Whether it is in the form of a small cash donation, an endowment, a fundraiser or a major gift, learn what you can personally do to further the development of your current and future USA Teams.
Before 1979, a year-round U.S. Shooting Team did not exist. Athletes trained independently and met once a year to try out for major events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships. Once the match was over the team disbanded until the following year.
Spurred by the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the National Governing Body for shooting at the time established National Teams and National Development Teams, a national coaching staff, year-round training programs, and a main training site for Olympic shooting sports.
Membership in USA Shooting is easy. Visit the membership section of our web site to learn about the benefits as an individual or a club.
Yes, international memberships are available.
Your membership is not tax deductible, but any donations you choose to make are 100% tax-deductible! Become a donor today and support America’s shooting athletes.
USA Shooting encourages you to submit your membership dues online. A handling fee will be applied for memberships purchased by phone, mail or in person.
For online membership payments, PayPal is available allowing you to use any credit card or to pay by check. Memberships that are mailed can use check, money order or credit card. Cash payments will NOT be accepted by mail. Memberships processed by phone require a credit card, while memberships made in person can use any form of payment.
To participate in sanctioned USA Shooting matches, you must have an individual membership in USA Shooting.
There is minimum no age requirement to become a member of USA Shooting.
The USA Shooting Competitions Division hosts national events in various locations throughout the United States, as well as sanctioning matches for member clubs.
To learn about registering for matches, visit our match information section.
While you can look up shooting clubs in your local phone book, there are also various USA Shooting member clubs across the nation. To find a club listing nearby, please visit Clubs and shooting section of our website.
For rifle shooters, the most popular brands of rifles come from Anschutz, Feinwekbau, Walther, Steyer and Hammerli.
For starter air pistols the TAU, Baikal and Daisy brands are popular. For the more advanced shooters Steyr, Morini and Anschutz are popular air pistols.
For sport pistols, Feinwerkbau, Morini and Hammerli are used.
For young athletes interested in shooting sports, there are a variety of options to choose from.
High Schools: Some states have organized high school shooting leagues, but the programs vary by state. Typically, athletes can take part in varsity high school shooting teams on campus or through the JROTC program.
Community Organizations: Community based organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion and 4-H clubs have shooting programs for youth. A great resource in finding an organization near you is the National Rifle Association (NRA) web site.
USA Shooting Affiliated Members: USA Shooting has a strong family of affiliated shooting clubs nationwide. If your local club would be interested in becoming a member organization, visit the club membership section of our web site for details.
For a listing of USA Shooting member organizations, visits the USA Shooting club listing by clicking here. For more information contact USA Shooting.