The WVJMP, otherwise known as the West Virginia Junior Marksmanship Program, is a non-profit organization founded by local Upshur County residents and coached by two of the finest marksmen the State of West Virginia has to offer. Mr. Mike Moore, former Marine, served with the USMC Rifle Team and was a primary marksmanship instructor while serving overseas. Mr. Moore, together with Mr. Richard Whiting, Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Junior Director for the State of West Virginia and a distinguished marksman, work together with one primary goal… to promote WVJMP within the State of West Virginia. The enthusiasm of these two men and their love of the shooting sport is unmatched as they mentor and train young men and women in an effort to bring out the best in each and every one of them; thereby producing quality junior shooters that our community, state and country can be proud of. Coaches Eric Hutson, Dennis Sheppard, and Darren Hutson joined the coaching staff in 2017. They are endeavoring to not only learn from our veteran coaches, but also in obtaining training and practical experience in high power shooting.
Juniors who participate in the WVJMP range in age from 13 to 20. They learn firearms safety, basic shooting skills and are trained with air rifles and 22 Match Rifles. Once they become comfortable with the shooting sport they advance to an AR-15 and this allows the junior to compete in different stages of Competition. While our Juniors are the main focus of WVJMP, membership is not totally restricted to this age group. Young people who fall between the ages of 6 and 13 can also be a part of the Program. They receive the same guidance and instruction as the older group, learn and compete with the others, but are trained solely on the Air Rifles and 22 Match Rifles and do not advance to the AR-15s until of age. As members of the WVJMP discover the enjoyment of competitive shooting, they also learn the important values of leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, self-esteem and most importantly, respect; not only for themselves, but each other.
Equipment is provided for both groups,
however, as the shooter progresses many find it beneficial to purchase their own equipment. Since standard rifles are not used, it is recommended that rifles are purchased through the program.
This greatly reduces the cost and assures the shooter is in compliance with rules.
High-powered training begins in early spring, continuing through summer with one main goal… to represent the state of West Virginia at the National Level. The National Rifle Matches are a week-long event held during the last week of July and the first week of August at Camp Perry, Ohio. Juniors attend under the supervision of our coaches and parent volunteers who choose to participate. Juniors compete in individual matches and also pair up to compete in team matches. They compete against the “best of the best” of the various branches of Armed Services, along with individual competitive shooters and other Junior teams from all over the United States.
The WVJMP is affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Rifle Association (NRA) and the WV State Rifle and Pistol Association (WVSRPA). WVJMP is a highly respected organization that receives top recognition and support from the National and State level, as well as from prestigious well- known businesses such as Bushmaster and Sierra. Juniors who compete and participate in WVJMP activities are in the public eye as they appear at local, state and national events and whether individually or as a team, are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner.
WVJMP does several fund raising activities throughout the year to help defray costs associated with training and preparation for the Nationals. Standard gear for each Junior costs approximately $1,980.00. This includes an AR, coat, scope, mat, shooting stool, data books, etc. For the younger kids we have competition air rifles, pellets and necessary equipment to use. Through fundraising and donations the equipment, match fees, and supplies are possible.
Want to try it out? It's easy! Simply follow us on Facebook and watch our schedule on the website. Come to a practice and see what our program is about! You do not need to bring any equipment and there are no membership fees.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have concerning our Program. We who are involved with the WVJMP take the shooting sport seriously, and will be happy to help you in any way we can. Also, if you would like to make a donation to the team, you may do so by cash, check, or money order made payable to the WVJMP.
Thank You from ALL of us!!