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America's Rifle Challenge Qualification

This qualification program will introduce you to the action shooting sports using modern, general purpose semi-automatic rifles. You can develop some of the skills necessary to participate in action shooting events such as the NRA America's Rifle Match and 3-gun Matches. You will learn how to safely fire your rifle at multiple targets while moving from various shooting positions. The requirements in the ratings increase in stages to help new shooters develop the strength and endurance necessary to complete a full course of fire.


Smallbore: 17HMR or 22LR

High Power: .223/5.56, .308, 7.26x39 or 300 Black out


Field grade flip-up or fixed sights, Non-magnified, magnified, electronic or optical sights.

Other Equipment

A sling, three magazines with at least 10 round capacity each.


Standing, kneeling and prone. All strings begin from the standing low ready.

Targets and Distance

81/2" diameter with a 6" center printed or drawn.

15, 25 and 30 yards


All shots are hit or miss. Hits must be touching the edge of the 6" circle.


When time restrictions are specified, shooters should have another individual act as timekeeper, or play a recorded sequence with start/stop signals.


America's Rifle Challenge patch
Appropriate Rating badge
Completion Certificate

From a young shooter's first BB gun to sophissticated air rifles, shotguns, pistols, and rifles. The Winchester/ NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program offers family fun and enjoyment sure to last a lifetime.

* Qualification courses of fire are open to everyone - men and women, adults, and youth.

* ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

* ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

*ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Persons with physical disabilities are welcome to participate in the Marksmanship Qualification Program. You may use a nontraditional, adaptive shooting position unique to you.

Shooters acquire the large discipline patch at the onset of the profram 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.


*First Discipline: $ 35/month.

*Two Disciplines: $ 60/month.

*Unlimited Disciplines: $ 90/month.



Firearms, ammunition
holster, benchrest, stands, and targets
are available for use or rent

*Witness Requirements
*Rules interpretation
*Record Keeping

*Qualification: $35
*Awards Presented by Program Administrator on site upon completion of each qualification

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