A couple weeks ago I wrote about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. I don't know whether or not my excitement was evident in that post, but I can assure you I did everything in my power to conceal it. Let me start this post by saying that this program is not only an awesome opportunity to achieve NRA qualifications, it's also incredibly fun.
The first requirement is met by completing "the practical exercise conducted during the NRA Basic Pistol Course." Having met the basic requirements, we moved on to shooting towards the Pro-Marksman rating. The Pro-Marksman rating is achieved by shooting 10 standard 9-inch paper plates with 5 shots on each plate. The shot grouping must fall inside 1/2" from the edge of the plate. Shots are fired two-handed. In addition, the course of fire is supported meaning that the shooter may be shooting from a bench rest. The targets are shot from a distance of 15 feet. I can proudly report that all three of us have met the requirements for certification as Handgun Pro-Marksman.
Having met the requirements for Pro-Marksman, we moved on to the third course of fire, shooting for Marksman certification. Marksman is the same course of fire only instead of shooting from a bench rest, the shooting is done from a standing position. The other change is that twice as many shots are placed. 10 plates with 10-shots are to be acquired with the groups falling inside a 1 1/2" ring inside the outer edge. It's important to note that not all 10 plates must be shot successively or on the same day. Another course of fire complete and two more qualifications. Marksman down, we can proceed to Marksman 1st Class.
Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.