By Kerrin Brinkman | October 16 2011 10:40

We love hearing from our readers and members about their success stories with NRA's shooting programs. Here's a letter received from Kelly Hagman about how he and his fellow club members in Kansas are enjoying climbing the ranks to Distinguished Expert in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program:

Joseph Compton, Kelly Hagman, and Kelly Newboles with their marksmanship awards

Dear NRA Qualification Program Coordinator,

Enclosed are three DE Recognition Reports for Joseph Compton, Kelly Newboles, and myself.

Also enclosed is one photo of the three of us receiving our Expert awards for Handgun. Left to right are Joseph Compton, Kelly Hagman, and Kelly Newboles. Just after this picture was taken, Kelly Newboles shot and qualified for his Distinguished Expert. He really did a superlative job.

As a youth, I was a member of the Defender’s Junior Rifle Club in Hugoton, Kansas. Under my instructor’s watchful eye, (Clayton “Pete” Taylor) I enjoyed many competitions across Kansas, Colorado, and Texas. I was qualified all the way to Expert in Smallbore Rifle at 50ft. Your award medals were impressive and I have cherished them ever since.

This year, as President of our club, I began to read up on the Marksmanship Qualification Program and decided to get after it again. I have personally challenged my brothers, and several of my friends to get involved. I also have directly challenged our club membership at large to look into this fine program and find something that interests them and get started!

As you can see, with these first three Distinguished Expert Qualifiers, I have lit a fire at our range. I know of several other members that are now working towards qualification. Two families are also involved that includes six youth, as well.

Thank you for your fine program. Your award medals are still impressive. There’s just something about the weight of a beautiful medal in your hand that is hard to describe. When others see and hold one, it really makes them want to get one, too!

Truly yours,

Kelly Hagman
President - Eaton Employee’s Gun Club
Hutchinson, Kansas

To learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, view the available disciplines and courses of fire online or contact the Program Coordinator at marksmanship@nrahq.org to learn how to get your club or range involved!

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