By Kerrin Brinkman | October 1 2010 05:16

The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a self-paced recreational shooting program that provides participants with a fun and informal way to test shooting abilities while earning ratings in a variety of shooting disciplines. From Pro-Marksman to Distinguished Expert, shooters can advance through the ranks of marksmanship by completing courses of fire at any range and on their own time.

NRAblog recently interviewed Bob Morrison, President and CEO of Taurus Manufacturing International Inc., a company known for their pistols and revolvers, including the very popular Judge series of revolvers. Bob recently earned ratings in Shotgun qualification and shared his experience with NRAblog.

NRAblog: Why did you decide to participate in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program?

Bob Morrison: I was taking some NRA Certified Instructor courses when I learned of the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Courses. They intrigued me and I decided to attempt to get the Distinguished Rating in Skeet and Sporting Clays – then Trap.

What disciplines have you completed and what rating did you earn?

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program patchesDistinguished Expert in both Skeet and Sporting Clays.

Are you looking to earn ratings in other disciplines?

Trap, Handgun and Rifle.

In your opinion, what are the benefits to the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program?

Recognition by the NRA for becoming an accomplished shot in a given discipline.

Would you recommend the program to others?

This is a program that builds on itself and renders a real sense of accomplishment to anyone who completes it all the way to the Distinguished award. I would recommend it highly to anyone who is involved in the shooting sports.

The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Throughout the process, shooters can earn rockers, patches, medals, and certificates as they move through the ranks. Learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program at or email or call 703-267-1505 for more information.

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