Progressive Position Pistol Shooting
This air pistol qualification course is designed to introduce shooters to the challenge of air pistol shooting by starting with the basic supported and standing supported positions then progressing to the international style position. The required number of shots in the course also increases in stages to help new shooters develop the strength and endurance necessary to complete a full course of fire.
Progressive Position Pistol Rules will apply, except where specific exceptions are made. You may find the rule book in the Airgun Documents section of this website or at www.usashooting.com/youthPistol.php.
Any safe .177 caliber spring, pneumatic, or CO2 gas pistol or revolver may be used.
Only open sights are permitted.
For the Pro-Marksman rating, shooters may use either the benchrest or the Basic Supported position while seated.
With the Marksman and Marksman 1st Class ratings, shooters must use the standing supported position. Shooters must be standing but may also use a rest or T-stand.
Sharpshooter and higher ratings must use one-handed standing position without support.
Basic supported position: The shooter must be seated and may use supporting materials such as boxes, duffel bags, bean bags, or sand bags, on the table or bench. The shooter's arm must be fully extended, with the sights at eye level. The non-firing hand may provide support for the firing hand or the butt of the pistol. The shooter may not rest his or her elbow on the supporting material.
Standing supported position: Shooter must shoot from a standing position, with the pistol held in one hand. Artificial support is allowed such as a T-stand or a kneeling roll; the shooter's arm must be fully extended, with sights at eye level. The shooter's non-firing hand may not be used to provide support for the firing hand.
Target and Distance
The official B-40 target is used at 10 meters (approximately 33 feet).
Sample targets may be downloaded and printed from the Airgun Downloads section of this website.
Shots Per Bullseye
Five or 10 shots per bullseye can be used for beginner ratings. The number of shots fired per bullseye is optional and should be altered if scoring becomes difficult. (At elite levels of competition, only one shot is fired at each bullseye).
The required number of shots must be fired in the same session to qualify as a completed course of fire. The number of times the course must be repeated does not have to be fired in succession or on the same day.
- Air Pistol Patch
- Skill Rockers
- Parchment Certificates
|Rating||Position||No. of Shots||Req. Score/Possible Score||Repetitions|
|Basic Practical||This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during a NRA Basic Pistol Course.|
|Pro-Marksman||Basic Supported||10 shots||40/100||4 times|
|Marksman||Standing Supported||20 shots||100/200||4 times|
|Marksman 1st Class||Standing Supported||30 shots||180/300||4 times|
|Sharpshooter||International Style - Standing, one handed||40 shots||280/400||6 times|
|Expert||International Style - Standing, one handed||40 or 60 shots||316/400 or 474/600||6 times or 4 times|
40 or 60 shots, 348/400, 522/600 or better 10 times, or 335/400, 503/600 or better in two NRA sanctioned air pistol competitions.
(Witness Requirements - All firing for the Distinguished Expert rating must be witnessed by an NRA member (with current ID number), or an NRA instructor or coach (with current ID number).
Exception: shooters who fire scores in formal competition use the tournament results bulletin from the required number of matches as validation.)