International Style Shooting
This course of fire introduces new shooters to the sport using the benchrest or prone-supported positions before progressing to the standing position. These positions are designed to help shooters reinforce the basic fundamentals during early stages of development. The course of fire progresses from 10 shots, to 20 shots, to an optional 40 or 60 shots. Air rifle shooting can lead to college scholarships, world championships, and even the Olympics.
NRA International Rifle Rules will apply, except where specific exceptions are made.
Any safe .177 caliber spring, pneumatic, or CO2 gas air rifle may be used.
Any sight not containing a lens or system of lenses may be used. Telescopic sights are prohibited.
Except for the Pro-Marksman and Marksman ratings, all shooting is done from the standing position.
Target and Distance
The AR-5 target is used at 10 meters (approximately 33 feet).
Shots Per Bullseye
The number of shots fired per bullseye is optional. Multiple shots may be fired at beginner ratings to conserve targets. (At advanced levels of competition, only one shot is fired at each bullseye).
Each course of fire must be fired as a complete unit (in the same session) inorder to qualify for a rating. The required number of courses does not have to be fired consecutively.
- International Air Pistol Patch
- Skill Rockers
- Parchment Certificates
Courses of Fire
|International Air Rifle Qualification|
|Rating||Position||No. of Shots||Req/Possible Score||Repetitions|
|Basic Practical||This rating is achieved by completing the practical exercise conducted during a NRA Basic Rifle Course.|
|Pro-Marksman||Benchrest or prone-supported may be used||10 shots||70/100||4 times|
|Marksman||Benchrest or prone-supported may be used||20 shots||100/200||4 times|
|Marksman 1st Class||Standing||40 shots||240/400||4 times|
|Sharpshooter||Standing||40 or 60 shots||280/400 or 420/600||6 times or 4 times|
|Expert||Standing||40 or 60 shots||320/400 or 480/600||6 times or 4 times|
|Distinguished Expert||40 or 60 shots, 365/400, 534/600 or better 10 times, or 360/400, 516/600 or better in two NRA sanctioned air rifle competitions. (See Witness Requirements)|