NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program (MQP)
Test your accuracy skills with a handgun and earn nationally recognized marksmanship ratings along the way!
The Club is excited to announce the availability of a marksmanship qualification program for members! Whether you do It for the bragging rights or you simply want to prove It to yourself, the Marksmanship Qualification Program (MQP) is one of the best ways to objectively measure your proficiency against a national marksmanship standard.
History: The NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program (MQP) Is a skill development program first started in 1903. The Program offers shooters a self-paced training platform to develop their shooting skills. It is essentially a shooting drill with achievable standards and increasing levels of difficulty.
Marksmanship Levels: All qualification courses of fire have five (5) achievable ratings which present increasing levels of difficulty and which must be earned in sequence. The levels, from easiest to hardest, are ‘Pro-Marksman’, ‘Marksman’, ‘Sharpshooter’, ‘Expert’, & ‘Distinguished Expert’. The Program will kick off with the Pistol qualification courses of fire. Additional qualifications – from BB gun to muzzleloader to rifle and shotgun - may be added later based on levels of interest.
Eligibility: The MQP is available to all eligible Club members, and NRA membership is not required to receive the qualification completion awards. The one caveat is that, for recognition at the ‘Distinguished Expert’ level, a NRA Instructor, Coach, or Member must witness the entire course of fire. Again, there is no requirement that the participant be a member of the NRA. However, if the person qualifying at ‘Distinguished Expert’ IS a NRA member, they will receive national recognition for their achievement provided that the participant and witness both submit their NRA member numbers along with a ‘Distinguished Expert Recognition Report Form’.
Participation: Different from a traditional shooting discipline, progression with this program is self-paced and is largely based on the honor system. We provide the venue, score sheet, targets, and consultation on the courses of fire as you advance through the qualification ratings. And as you achieve each rating, we’ll also have the discipline patch, award certificates, qualification rockers, and qualification medals available upon presentation of achievement for a given marksmanship level.
You don’t have to have anything special or particularly expensive to complete the Pistol Qualification courses of fire. Any semi-automatic pistol or revolver with any sights are permitted. Additionally, all calibers of pistol ammunition are permitted including .22LR.
Subject to availability or prior coordination, the Marksmanship Qualification Program liaison will be available to facilitate your participation immediately following range clean-up events as well as during or after most Defensive Pistol discipline events. For more information or to coordinate participation, please email Ben Price at AtLarge1@ncrgc.org. Ben is a NRA-certified Instructor and can serve as witness for the ‘Distinguished Expert’ qualification course of fire.
Cost: The cost to engage in each Pistol Qualification course of fire is $5. This fee covers the necessary paper targets (including one extra) and will range from six (6) to twelve (12) targets. Participants will receive the large discipline patch at the onset of the program and, as each rating is successfully completed, they are eligible to obtain all of the corresponding awards for that rating. Award certificates are available for an additional fee of $5. Award packets, including the certificate, rocker patch, and medal, are $10.