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From a young shooter's first BB gun to sophisticated air rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, pistols, and rifles, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program offers family fun and enjoyment that can last a lifetime.
Qualification shooting is an informal, year-round recreational shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. It's a drill. We set the standards; you meet the challenge! Progression is self-paced and scores are challenging but attainable. Performance is measured against established par scores and any shooter who meets or exceeds those scores is entitled to the corresponding recognition awards for that rating. It's an honor system!
Shooters acquire the large discipline patch at the onset of the program and as each rating is earned, they are entitled to all of the corresponding awards for the rating. Each rating level has a skill rocker, medal, and certificate award that recognizes and highlights the achievement.
The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman, Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) up to a nationally recognized skill level -- Distinguished Expert -- the pinnacle of the program. By the time a shooter completes the Distinguished Expert rating, he or she has attained a proficiency level paralleling that of a competitively classified Sharpshooter.
Qualification shooting can be conducted anywhere -- on public ranges, at your favorite club range, even on your own home range. BB and pellet gun shooters will find air gun qualification courses especially suited for informal home air gun ranges and family learning environments. Parents can shoot side by side with their children or start a neighborhood air gun shooting sports program for their children and their friends.
The following information applies to the overall qualification program -- all disciplines, all courses of fire.
Need funding to help start your NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program?
NRA Foundation dinner/auction fundraisers are being conducted across the United States by Friends of NRA. 100% of the monies raised in each state (over expenses) go to the NRA Foundation. In turn, 50% of those monies are earmarked by The NRA Foundation for disbursement back into the state where it was raised for education, training, safety, and development programs.
Each state establishes a fund community usually made up of one appointee from each dinner/auction. This committee, lead by the state NRA Field Representative, reviews grant applications and recommends awards.
Grant applications should be submitted directly to the state NRA Field Representative. Since each state has its own committee date(s) and its own grant submission deadline date(s), it is a good idea to get in touch with your NRA Field Representative as soon as possible.
To request a grant application, call the NRA Grants Department at (800) 554-9498.