Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a skill development program. Instructors and coaches use the qualification program as a guideline to train new shooters in their clubs. Qualification shooting is a year-round shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. Progression is self-paced and scores are challenging but attainable.

The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman and Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, and Expert) up to the nationally recognized skill level - Distinguished Expert, the pinnacle of the program. By the time a shooter completes the Distinguished Expert rating, she has attained a proficiency level paralleling that of a competitively classified Sharpshooter.

Information booklets containing all the rules concerning this qualification program are available for a fee at