By Kerrin Brinkman | June 3 2011 07:50

Here's a letter that Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Coordinator Sheri Judd received from Mark Montgomery of Ohio about his experience with the program:

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You might get thousands of letters like this one, but on the off-chance that you don't get to hear about the fun that some of us are having out here on the fruited plains, I thought a letter was in order.

Your Marksmanship program is fun. Truly, fun. The kind of fun that occupies your mind when you are going to bed, and interrupts your breakfast with thoughts of what might get done next.

Some of it is easy, like the Handgun Action Pistol requirements, which we pounded out in one day. And some of it is ridiculously hard, like the International Air Rifle, which I have been working on for five months and if I ever get Expert, I am going to have it tatooed on my forehead.

But that's probably the way your program was designed. If it was, then well done. If it was an accident, then God must smile on the good-hearted.

Frank Alcorn and I have decided to try to level up as far as we can in every category for which we qualify. We have designed record keeping and scoring sheets that now comprise a very cool three ring binder. We have patch, medal and pin award sections hung on our walls. We make weekly plans to get together for our next rocker run.

We also invite our friends and family members to take part and expect enthusiasm to be our best recruiting tool.

So, just in case it has been a while since you had a thumbs up from the peanut gallery, here's to a job well done.

Mark Montgomery

Thanks for the kind words, Mark, and keep working towards Expert in International Air Rifle! Learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program online, or send an email to

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