"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry." ~ The Recoil Recitals

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to hone your firearm skills; then the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program (MPQ) is for you.  The MPQ is informal and designed to be both fun and challenging, you can earn awards and recognition in multiple disciplines ranging from BB guns to muzzleloader.  You do not have to be an NRA member (but why wouldn't you be) to participate in the program. 

The MPQ sets forth the standards, you meet or exceed those standards.  Progression through the program is self-paced, the needed scores for each course of fire are challenging, yet attainable. Your performance will be measured against par scores laid out in the programs guidelines. Once you meet or exceed the score you will be entitled to the awards for that level. The MPQ is operated on the honor system, up until the Distinguished Expert level.  Distinguished Expert is the apex of each discipline and is nationally recognized.

The courses of fire in each discipline are designed to take you from beginner level to Distinguished Expert.  There are five skill rating levels for each discipline not counting the Distinguished Expert level. 
The levels break down as so: 
Beginning Skills: Pro-Marksman and Marksman
Intermediate Skills: Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, and Expert
Once you have completed all the required courses of fire for each skill level; have acquired all of the lower level awards, you can do the Distinguished Expert course of fire. The Distinguished Expert course of fire must be scored by an active NRA member, and you must be an NRA member to be recognized.

I would recommend that all concealed carry license holders complete the Defensive Pistol I (at a minimum) and II qualification courses of fire. If you would like to know more about the MPQ or get started earning your awards here is the link to the qualification book and information you will need.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

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