Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program encourages incremental improvement of your aim

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

Fairfax, Virginia - Just about everyone would like to be a better shot. Next time you're at the shooting range, why not add some defined goals to your target shooting fun? Take a look at the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and discover how easy it is to create a training regimen - at your own pace - to improve your aim.

The Marksmanship Qualification Program adds structure and achievable goals to your range visits, helping you develop and improve your marksmanship skills. Qualification shooting is completely informal and is available throughout the entire year. The program sets milestones for progress and provides prizes along the way.

As you reach the different rating levels, you'll receive a medal, certificate and patch to recognize your shooting prowess. Everyone starts out with a large discipline patch and the rating patches are smaller so that they can be arranged around the larger one.

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Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program encourages improvement at your own pace

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

Fairfax, Virginia - Who isn't interested in improving their accuracy? If you're growing tired of trips to the range without defined goals, join in on the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Marksmanship Qualification Program adds structure and achievable goals to your range visits, helping you develop and improve your marksmanship skills. Qualification shooting is completely informal and is available throughout the entire year. The program sets milestones for progress and provides prizes along the way.

As you reach the different rating levels, you'll receive a medal, certificate and patch to recognize your shooting prowess. Everyone starts out with a large discipline patch and the rating patches are smaller so that they can be arranged around the larger one.

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Paradise Club receives Henry Rifle for Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program accomplishments

George Collins and Mark Myrdahl with the Henry Rifle presented to the Paradise Gun club by the NRA

The NRA recently recognized the achievements of one Paradise Rod & Gun Club in California with a little more than a certificate and a thanks. When we asked for their thoughts of our recognition, this is what they sent:

The Paradise Rod & Gun Club in Paradise, California, is a private membership club affiliated with the National Rifle Association. With more than 500 members and families members have access to our rifle, handgun, trap and archery ranges.

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Almost 500 shooters reached the highest level of NRA marksmanship program (Distinguished Expert) in 2012

Paul Bartoszewicz poses with his Distinguished Expert shirt

Fairfax, Virginia - The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program saw a 23% increase in Distinguished Experts this past year.

The program, designed to be an informal, year-round recreational shooting activity, provides family fun and enjoyment no matter what you shoot. Qualification shooting encourages the development and improvement of your marksmanship skill through incremental challenges and even provides prizes along the way.

"I think we're seeing more participants because of the shooting sports' increased popularity," said Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen, recent recipient of the Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award. "There's so much exposure now with gun-themed TV shows that it's no wonder folks are trying it out for themselves."

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Black powder league sees jump in scores with Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

Black Powder rifle used during the NRA Creedmore Championships

Old Bridge, New Jersey - Lance Brunner has run the Black Powder League at the Old Bridge Rifle and Pistol Club in Old Bridge, New Jersey for over 20 years. The group began with a handful of shooters attending its monthly meets and grew to around a dozen in a few years time. In 2008, in an effort to improve their skills, the league took up the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

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Distinguished Experts in rifle, pistol and shotgun from California, West Virginia and Kentucky

NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Olsen sent us the following on this year's Isaacs Challenge Program winners — an acknowledgement of those who excel in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Isaacs Challenge is made possible by the generous donation of the Isaacs family to the NRA Foundation. The Isaacs Challenge Program is designed to encourage individuals to expand their shooting experience and clubs to expand their shooting programs by providing an incentive to shoot several different shooting events in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

There are individual and NRA club awards with the Isaacs Challenge Program. In the individual award category there is an award rifle for the individual who achieves the most Distinguished Expert (DE) ratings in a calendar year and also the Isaacs Challenge Certificate for each individual who achieves three or more Distinguished Expert ratings in a calendar year.

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Qualify to be a NRA Sharpshooter from the comfort of your home range

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program awards are given as accuracy improves with each program milestone

Are you a new shooter who's been following our coverage of the different NRA championships this summer and think it looks like a lot of fun? Have you only been out to the range a few times and are a little nervous about going out there with seasoned shooters? You might be interested in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

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Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification

We've been covering a number of competitive shooting matches as the weather has been getting warmer and there are many more to come before summer ends.

Competitive shooting is a great way to test your aim against others, but what if it's tough to find a match in your area? What if you've just picked up shooting and aren't quite ready to step to the line with other shooters? What if you don't have the time to travel, or put a good chuck of time towards a match?

Instead of just going to the shooting range and putting a few rounds downrange, you can participate in an individual activity that encourages the development and improvement of your marksmanship skills and even provides prizes along the way - the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

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Each year, tens of thousands of people participate in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program to improve their shooting skills and learn new disciplines. At one club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is making a difference and helping people reach their shooting goals.

Shooters participate in the Winchester/NRA Pistol qualification at the Cheyenne Rifle & Pistol Club

Eric Dent and Elvin Wrede and I are members of the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club. We are NRA Instructors too. For a number of years, we have been members of the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club and participated both as instructors and line coaches in the Club's NRA Basic Pistol classes. During that time, many students have mentioned how there isn't a place to shoot in Cheyenne unless you are a member of a private gun club. This is true. Our club is private along with the only other gun club in the area. The membership application period for Cheyenne Rifle is unusually long due to the fact we limit the number of members based on the Club's original charter.

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