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NRA Light Rifle Qualification checklist

Gun Tips by Donald K. Burleson

November 2010


Note:  This NRA qualification is ONLY for .22 rifles.  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.  (The .223 can be easily modified to a new bolt and magazine to shoot .22 bullets).

The AR rifles can be used in the service rifle competitions, 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.

Maximum range .22 caliber long rifle bullet

A .22 caliber rifle can be used accurately at up to 200 yards with a telescopic sight, but there is quite a bit of drop and lots of Kentucky windage issues. The maximum accuracy for a .22 caliber bullet with traditional iron sights is 100 yards.  Further out, and it is like lobbing a connonball.

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NRA Light Rifle Qualification Details

Prone or Benchrest · Standing · 3-Position

http://www.nrahq.org/education/training/marksmanship/graphics/light_rifle.jpgMany shooters do not own a special target rifle, but thoroughly enjoy shooting an over-the-counter, .22 caliber field and sporting rifle. If you are one of these shooters, NRA light rifle shooting is for you. Using your favorite field and sporting rifle, you can develop your marksmanship skills, progress through a series of ratings, and earn distinctive Light Rifle rating awards.

  • Rules:  Except where specific exceptions are made, the provisional light rifle rules contained in the NRA Smallbore Rifle rule book apply.
  • Light Rifle:  Any safe .22 caliber rimfire rifle weighing 8½ pounds or less (including sights & sling) may be used. Schuetzen-type butt plates and palm rests may not be used.
     
  • Sights:  Any sights -- metallic, optical, or electronic -- may be used.
  • Target and Distance Options

    A-32 target, 50 feet, two shots per bullseye.
    A-23/5 or A-31X experimental target, 50 yards, five shots per bullseye.
  • Course of Fire Options:  Shooters may qualify for light rifle ratings using any one of the three courses of fire available: prone or bench rest, all standing, or 3-position -- prone, kneeling and standing. Body and/or gun support may be used at the Pro-Marksman rating level in all courses, and throughout the prone/bench rest course.
  • Awards:  Light Rifle Patch. Blue/burgundy certificates. Medals, medal bars and skill rockers used in all courses. See qualification awards.

The following qualification is done at 50 yards or 100 yards, using different targets.  The 50 yard target is 18 inches in diameter and the 100 yard target is 20 inches in diameter.

Light Rifle Prone or Bench rest Course of Fire
20 Shots

Rating

No. of Courses

Score

Basic Practical

This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during an NRA Basic Rifle Course at 50 yards with an 18 inch target or 100 yards with a 20 inch target.

Pro-Marksman

2

100/200

Marksman

2

125/200

Marksman 1st Class

3

150/200

Sharpshooter

4

165/200

Expert

6

180/200

Distinguished Expert

191/200 or better 10 times, or 188/200 or better in 2 NRA sanctioned light rifle competitions. (See witness requirements)

 

Light Rifle Standing Course of Fire
10 Shots

Rating

No. of Courses

Score

Basic Practical

This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during an NRA Basic Rifle Course at 50 yards with an 18 inch target or 100 yards with a 20 inch target.

Pro-Marksman

4

40/100

Marksman

6

50/100

Marksman 1st Class

8

60/100

Sharpshooter

12

70/100

Expert

14

80/100

Distinguished Expert

91/100 or better 10 times, or 88/100 or better in 2 NRA sanctioned light rifle competitions. (See witness requirements)

 

Light Rifle 3-Position Course of Fire
10 Shots Each Position

Rating

No. of Courses

Score

Basic Practical

This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during an NRA Basic Rifle Course at 50 yards with an 18 inch target or 100 yards with a 20 inch target.

Pro-Marksman

2

135/300

Marksman

2

150/300

Marksman 1st Class

2

180/300

Sharpshooter

3

225/300

Expert

4

255/300

Distinguished Expert

275/300 or better 5 times, or 265/300 or better in 2 NRA sanctioned light rifle competitions. (See witness requirements)

 

 

NRA small bore rifle event Checklist:

 

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

 

 

 

 

Name

Date

Level

Requirements

Score

 

 

Pro-Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman

 

 

 

 

Marksman 1st Class

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter

 

 

 

 

Expert

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Expert

 

 

 

 

 

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