If you are looking for a way to improve your shooting skills with tracked progress, look no further than the NRA’s Marksmanship Qualification Program, which is proud to offer a revamped book that includes new courses of fire for youth and adults.
Whether you want to become more adept with a handgun, an air pistol, a rimfire rifle, air rifle, smallbore, high-power rifle, tactical rifle or shotgun—just about any class of firearm you want, really—this guidebook details all the steps to get there. The goal is to advance one step at a time, from “Pro-Marksman” through a four-tiered advancement plan to “Distinguished Expert.”
The Marksmanship Qualification Program has long been a flagship in the NRA’s training development catalog, according to Claudia Olsen, the NRA youth programs coordinator who reworked the booklet. Started in 1903, the shooting improvement plan is designed for parents, club leaders, coaches or instructors to administrate. Members of a club can make their advancement through the ranks official by following the NRA’s competition rule books. They can earn patches and awards along the way. For those who aren’t involved with an organized club, the self-paced training course is still suitable as a development tool.
The book presents the standards for each level in simple charts that list the rating, the shooting position, the type of target to use, the distance and the course of fire. The goals are intended to be challenging, but attainable.
Since it covers all classes of guns, the whole family can get something out of the program. Children can learn firearm safety and basic marksmanship with air guns; mothers can improve defensive-handgun skills; and all gun enthusiasts can go through tactical drills.
The Marksmanship Qualification Program’s latest booklet is available in pdf format at the aforementioned website.