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NRA High Powered Rifle Qualification checklist

Gun Tips by Donald K. Burleson

November 2010

The NRA offers these qualifications for high-powered rifles:

Here are the target conversion rules for the 200, 300 and 600 yard qualifications:

On a 100-yard range:   Use SR-1 target to simulate 200 yards, SR-21 target to simulate 300 yards, and MR-31 target to simulate 600 yards.

On a 200-yard range:   Use SR target at 200 yards, SR-42 target to simulate 300 yards, and MR-52 target to simulate 600 yards.

On a 300-yard range:   Use SR target at 200 yards, SR-3 target at 300 yards, and MR-63 target to simulate 600 yards.

On a 600-yard range:   Use SR target at 200 yards, SR-3 target at 300 yards, and MR-1 target at 600 yards.

Note:  The .223 small bore assault rifle (AR-15) is considered a high powered rifle.

Target Competitions for AR15 rifles American rifle competitions use NRA rules and assault rifles (AR15, M4, M16) are considered high-powered rifles, despite their small caliber.  (FYI, The .223 AR can be easily modified to insert a .22 a new bolt and magazine to shoot .22 bullets).

The AR rifles can be used in the service rifle competitions, sporting and match rifle competitions, using the standard iron sights at 100 yards, 200 yards and 300 yards.

Also see range and Trajectory of .223 AR-15 rifle bullets.


NRA qualification: High Powered Rifle - Aggregate 50 yards

A high powered rile is a center fire rifle, including a service rifle, match rifles, US Palma rifles (not very practical), or match/tactical rifles.

Sight Rules:  Only iron sights and red dot sights are allowed (no telescopic sights).

Distance qualifications.  This shows the targets for the 50 yard qualification.  (See the target table above for targets for the targets to use for the 200, 300 and 600 yard qualifications)

This course of fire is at 50 yards on a SR-1 target (6.25 inch), and there are four stages to each course of fire:

  • Stage 1: Standing - 10 shots slow fire (10 minutes)

  • Stage 2: Standing to sitting on ground or kneeling - 10 shots, (60 seconds)

  • Stage 3: Standing to prone - 10 shots (70 seconds)

  • Stage 4: Prone - 20 shots (10 minutes)

Here are the ratings within the NRA high powered rifle qualification:

  • Pro Marksman Rating - Course of fire 2 times, 40% of bullets on target to pass.

  • Marksman Rating - Course of fire 2 times, 50% of bullets on target to pass.

  • Marksman 1st Class Rating - Course of fire 3 times, 66% of bullets on target to pass.

  • Sharpshooter Rating - Course of fire 3 times, 75% of bullets on target to pass.

  • Expert Rating - Course of fire 3 times, 80% of bullets on target to pass.

  • Distinguished Expert Rating - Course of fire 10 times, 88% of bullets on target to pass.

 

High Powered Rifle  - Aggregate

Rating

No. of Courses

Score

Basic Practical

This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during an NRA Basic Rifle Course.

Pro-Marksman

2

40% of bullets on target

Marksman

2

50% of bullets on target

Marksman 1st Class

3

66% of bullets on target

Sharpshooter

3

75% of bullets on target

Expert

10

80% of bullets on target

Distinguished Expert 10 88% of bullets on target

 


NRA Qualification: High powered rifle, Sporting

Gun Rules:  A sporting rifle is a center fire rifle of any caliber.

Sight Rules:  Only iron sights and red dot sights are allowed (no telescopic sights).

The course of fire is at always at 50 yards on a A-23 target (six inch target) , and there are two stages to each course of fire:

  • Stage 1: Rest position (sitting at a table or sitting on ground) - 10 shots

  • Stage 2: Standing position - 10 shots

Here are the ratings within the NRA high powered rifle qualification:

  • Pro Marksman Rating - Course of fire 2 times, score of 80 to pass.

  • Marksman Rating - Course of fire 3 times, score of 100 to pass.

  • Marksman 1st Class Rating - Course of fire 3 times, score of 120 to pass.

  • Sharpshooter Rating - Course of fire 4 times, score of 140 to pass.

  • Expert Rating - Course of fire 6 times, score of 160 to pass.

  • Distinguished Expert Rating - Course of fire 10 times, score of 170 to pass..

 

High Powered Rifle  - Aggregate

Rating

No. of Courses

Score

Basic Practical

This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during an NRA Basic Rifle Course.

Pro-Marksman

2

Score of 80 points

Marksman

3

Score of 100 points

Marksman 1st Class

3

Score of 120 points

Sharpshooter

4

Score of 140 points

Expert

6

Score of 160 points

Distinguished Expert 10 Score of 170 points

 


NRA High Powered rifle Qualification Checklist:

 
High powered rifle, Aggregate

Name>

Date

Level

Requirements

Score

 

 

Pro-Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman 1st Class

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter

 

 

 

 

Expert

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Expert

 

 

 

High powered rifle, sporting 

Name>

Date

Level

Requirements

Score

 

 

Pro-Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman 1st Class

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter

 

 

 

 

Expert

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Expert

 

 

 

 

Name

Date

Level

Requirements

Score

 

 

Pro-Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman 1st Class

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter

 

 

 

 

Expert

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Expert

 

 

 

 

Name

Date

Level

Requirements

Score

 

 

Pro-Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman 1st Class

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter

 

 

 

 

Expert

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Expert

 

 

 

 

 

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