To understand what a remarkable score Emma Thompson posted at last month’s American Legion National Championship, take a look at what the best score posted at the JROTC national championship. Cassanra Rodriguez shot a 569 on Day One of the JROTC Nationals and a 562 on Day Two. She was the best JROTC Sporter Class shooter at the event.

Sixteen-year-old Emma Thompson of Freeport, Illinois shot a remarkable 575, setting a new Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) national record and new American Legion nation record for Sporter Class. And she did it with a Crosman Challenger.

Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 22-23, Thompson was required to shoot from three positions including Standing, Kneeling and Prone. Her shooting earned her a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the American Legion’s national convention in August where their performance will be recognized.

Thompson’s rifle, the Crosman Challenger, was the dominant gun on the line for Sporter Class. In fact, it was the only gun on the line and was favored by every team. Built in the USA and featuring a Lothar Walther barrel, a patented linear bolt and adjustable stock, the Challenger can be easily filled to 2,000 PSI with a hand pump. Thompson and many of the shooters used Crosman’s new made-in-the-USA Diopter Sight System that will be available this fall.

Lead photo Emma Thompson by Tony Gross.