Colorado Winchester/NRA Marksmanship
Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training are proud sponsors the
Colorado Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification
Colorado Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program
is an informal, year round recreational
shooting activity that provides incentive
awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. It’s a
combination of set drills, challenges, and national standards where participants are challenged to succeed at every
level. Performance is based on established,
, where every shooter is competing on a
to reach standards and receive recognition for their achievements.
Each discipline begins by
accepting the challenge. Participants are presented with a large discipline patch which
they display at the beginning of their challenge. As achievements are reached, the shooter receives an additional
skill rocker, medal, and certificate award that acknowledges their achievements along the way.
The courses are designed to take the shooter from the
basic skill level (Pro-Marksmanship, Marksmanship) to
intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) to the
nationally recognized skill level of
Distinguished Expert. When the shooter has reached the Distinguished Expert level they have achieved a level of
proficiency equaling that of a competitive Sharpshooter.
Families who participate in this program find it to be extremely rewarding while building relationships and bonds with
their children. Additional information:
Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training is the official sponsor and administrators for this event. By
participating in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, you will have to provide proof
of completing one of the following SAFETY Courses:
Basic Practical Rating
The Basic Practical rating is recommended by the NRA for all participants in this program. The rating is achieved by
completing formal NRA class instruction in the related discipline the shooter is participating.
Basic Firearm Courses
New shooters should attempt to attend a formal NRA basic course after signing up for the qualification program.
Basic firearms training is essential in the students’ development of safe firearms handling-they are fun, interesting,
and provide a solid foundation for the student to build upon, which can be applied immediately to the qualification
Distinguished Expert Rating
Completion is encouraged through the highest rating, shooters have the opportunity for qualifying as a Distinguished
Expert rating by participating in formal competition using a lower score requirement or outside the formal competition
using a higher score requirement.
Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training Certified NRA Instructors must witness shooters who fire in a formal
competition and use the tournament results bulletins from the required number of matches as validation.
Level 1 Safety and Firearms Training Certified NRA Instructors shall, as the Program Administrators, contact the
NRA to provide formal recognition for members who achieve the Distinguished Expert status. All participants must
⦁ Fired the required scores
1 Acquired the awards for all lower ratings
2 Have a current NRA membership ID
The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program includes the following levels of achievement and
NRA Qualification courses are open to everyone - men, women, youth, and adult participants.
Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training instructors and staff administer the program though our organization which keeps decisions neutral and fair for all participants.
As program administrators for this event, we distribute all awards learned at the time of achievement.
Discipline-specific standards are listed with each course. If an exception must be made, it will be made based on official NRA rules.
Target designations are listed under each discipline. Targets with “TQ” designations are training and qualification targets. TQ targets are generally larger bullseye with scoring areas larger than competition targets. Alpha series targets have the letter as their official designation and are used for nearly every official competition. They are used with most other formal shooting activities - postal matches, leagues, and competitive events.
Ratings in the qualification program must follow the official program path from start to finish. Beginning ratings are generally easy to attain but as the program increases with difficulty, previous ratings encourage and support past achievements. Please note, the NRA does not track earned ratings.
Scores fired for a competition level must be applied to the level the shooter is attempting to reach-there are no requirements for shooters to achieve all levels in one shooting event.
Level 1 Safety and Firearms Training, as the program administrator, will keep a record of awards achieved by the shooter.