Sporter and Precision Air Rifle Shooting
These air rifle qualification courses are designed to introduce shooters to the challenges of 3-position air rifle shooting by starting with the basic sporter air rifles, progressing into the precision air rifles and then to the international-style air rifle course of fire. The required numbers of shots in the courses also increase in stages to help new shooters develop the strength and endurance necessary to complete a full course of fire.
NRA Sporter or Precision Position Air Rifle Rules apply, except where specific exceptions are made.
Must meet specifications in paragraph 3.2 of the NRA Sporter Position Air Rifle Rules or paragraph 3.1 of the NRA Precision Position Air Rifle Rules.
Metallic only. Telescopic sights are not allowed. See Rule 3.7.1 for Sporter and Rule 3.7 for Precision.
Three shooting positions are used:
Prone, standing and kneeling.
Target and Distance
The official NRA AR-5/10 air rifle targets must be used. The air rifle courses are fired at 10 meters(approximately 33 feet).
Practice 10 meter targets may be downloaded and printed at this Air Gun Targets page on this site.
Shots Per Bullseye
The targets contain 10 record bullseyes. One record shot is fired on each bullseye. Unlimited shots are permitted on the sighting shot(s) bullseyes.
Ratings must be earned in sequence.
While developing position skills (Bars 1-9), shooters should not concentrate on the development of just one position; they should begin to earn qualifying targets in all positions concurrently. Position bars may be obtained as they are earned without regard to numerical sequence. The number of targets (or courses) required for a particular rating need not be fired consecutively or in the same session.
- Air Rifle Patch
- Skill Rockers
- Parchment Certificates
Courses of Fire
|Rating||Position||Shots Per Bullseye||Sporter Minimum Score/Possible Score||Precision Minimum Score/Possible Score||Repetitions|
|Pro-Marksman||Benchrest or supported prone may be used. (Both rifle and body supports are allowed.)||5 per target||15/50||20/50||10 times|
|Marksman||Prone||5 per target||20/50||25/50||10 times|
|Marksman 1st Class||Standing||5 per target||10/50||11/50||10 times|
|Sharpshooter||Kneeling||5 per target||12/50||15/50||10 times|
|Prone||1 per bull/10 bulls||50/100||60/100||3 times|
|Prone||1 per bull/10 bulls||60/100||70/100||3 times|
|Prone||1 per bull/10 bulls||70/100||80/100||3 times|
|Standing||1 per bull/10 bulls||25/100||30/100||3 times|
|Standing||1 per bull/10 bulls||30/100||40/100||3 times|
|Standing||1 per bull/10 bulls||40/100||50/100||3 times|
|Kneeling||1 per bull/10 bulls||30/100||40/100||3 times|
|Kneeling||1 per bull/10 bulls||40/100||50/100||3 times|
|Kneeling||1 per bull/10 bulls||50/100||60/100||3 times|
30-shot aggregate (3X10 - 10 shots each position)
60-shot aggregate (3X20 - 20 shots in each position)
220/300 or 450/600
230/300 or 470/600
240/300 or 490/600
60 shot aggregate - sporter scores 500/600 or better 10 times; precision scores 520/600 or better 10 times; or 60-shot aggregate scores as listed 4 tmes at an NRA postal or 2 sanctioned matches.
(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.)