The NRA America's Rifle Challenge (ARC) presented by Daniel Defense is a new recreational training event designed to develop practical shooting skills using modern sporting rifles like the AR-15. NRA-ARC is designed for shooters of all skill levels and is able to be conducted on almost any centre-fire range in the country. In other words, practically everyone can - and should - attend an event.
NRA-ARC is a moderately physical program that requires shooters to be able to gain safe shooting positions of standing, kneeling/sitting and prone. Participants are encouraged to bring their own firearms and gear to be comfortable and gain safe firearm handling skills with equipment they're familiar using. NRA-ARC isn't just limited to AR-15s either. Any semi-automatic detachable magazine-fed rifle can be used.
The course of fire features stages with targets as close as seven yards away and as far as 100 yards. Some stages also incorporate magazine changes and the use of barricades to help develop the type of athletic and tactical experience needed in real world scenarios.
A NRA America's Rifle Challenge Guidebook available online is an excellent starting point for clubs and ranges to develop ARC events that reach new shooters and keep existing members satisfied. Ranges can even modify the event to fit their capabilities. There isn't a rigid course of fire that will prevent certain ranges from joining in on the action. And what about instructional information for the shooters? That can be found in training material produced by NRA Training Department.
While this program was created to give ranges some freedom to tailor their events to their needs, it is essential that the standards, program objectives, and agenda formats contained in the guidebook be followed as closely as possible to ensure NRA-ARC events are mostly the same throughout the country.
For questions regarding hosting an ARC event, please contact the NRA Training Department at NRA-ARC@nrahq.org or call (703) 267-1500; option 5.