2019 North Dakota junior smallbore rifle 4-position state championship

BISMARCK, N.D. - Young shooters took aim Saturday in the North Dakota Junior smallbore rifle championship.

Competitors ranged in age from 10 to 20, including one shooter who participated in India a few weeks ago.

Tom Thompson with the Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association says it's difficult to find shooting ranges that can have special ventilation for the smallbore rifles but says every few years he sees an increase in shooters.

"A lot of towns and communities used to have small indoor ranges like this and a lot of those are shut down over the years and stuff so it's been tough," said Tom Thompson, Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association.

Only around 25 to 40 shooters participant with smallbore rifles but Thompson says High school rifle shooting has exploded in popularity in North Dakota. ​