NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program

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All events are held at our private range in Canal Winchester, OH from 12:30-1:30. Reserve your spot!

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This $100 fee includes the range time, re-shoot sessions, and all awards and certificates.

(Distinguished Expert award package is included for current NRA members, otherwise an additional $25 fee is required)

NRA Pistol Marksmanship Qualification Program

Hosted by Armed2Defend

Looking for training after the concealed carry class? This is the perfect program. The program starts at a very beginner level but it progresses from there. As you complete each level’s requirements you earn awards and unlock the next level. 

NRA Pistol Marksmanship Qualification Program Goals:

The goal of the Winchester / NRA Pistol Marksmanship Qualification program is to develop the skills needed to participate in NRA Action Pistol competition, as well as the basic skills required for personal protection. An NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection or FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation course will provide an excellent foundation of knowledge to build upon. The NRA Basic Pistol Qualification Course provides the perfect self-paced shooting activity to help develop your skills and reward your achievements. This Winchester / NRA Pistol Marksmanship Qualification Program is a civilian marksmanship qualification program.

Marksman Levels:

(must be completed in order)

  • Pro-Marksman
  • Marksman
  • Marksman First Class
  • Sharpshooter
  • Expert
  • Distinguished Expert – National Recognition by the NRA

General Program Details:

Please review this pdf before starting the program with Armed2Defend: Armed2Defend’s Marksmanship’s Program Details

Click here for the NRA’s information page

Please contact us with any questions. Email: or by calling/texting 614-503-5214

How to Participate in the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program


Dates and Times:

All qualifications are held at Armed2Defend’s shooting range in Canal Winchester. The address will be emailed after you register for a date. Please click the button below to register for a session.


Order a Gift Certificate to Save!

You can use it for yourself or give as a gift.

Its only $100 – Save at least $20

This $100 fee includes the range time, re-shoot sessions, and all awards and certificates.

(Distinguished Expert award package is included for current NRA members, otherwise an additional $25 fee is required)

How to Complete:

The marksman qualification is hosted on Armed2Defend’s instructional shooting range. Please review the details for the Marksmanship program hosted by Armed2Defend. Please note that this range is on private property and is only opened during listed times.

Program Fee:

The program fee is $20 per level attempted. If the level isn’t completed in one day then its only $5 each date that you come back to work on that level. If you would like to complete more than one level in one day, each additional level is only $15 within the same day.

At the completion of each level, you will be awarded a certificate and the skill rocker for that level. On completing the Pro-Marksman level, you will also be awarded the Pistol Qualification Patch. There is an additional $20 fee for non-NRA members for the Distinguished Expert Award package (free for NRA members).

NRA Marksmanship Completion Awards:

At the completion of the Pro-Marksman level, you will be awarded the Pistol Qualification Patch, Pro-Marksman Rocker Patch, and the Pro-Marksman Award Certificate. At the completion of each level from Marksman to Expert, you will receive the appropriate level’s Rocker Patch and Award Certificate.

The Distinguished Expert level’s award is handled through the NRA for NRA members. Upon completion, the NRA will mail the Distinguish Expert Rocker Patch, Medal, and Certificate. For non-NRA members, there is an additional $20 award fee to receive the Distinguished Expert Award package (free for NRA members).


Armed2Defend will supply the targets, shooting space, instruction and awards. Ammunition and firearms are to be supplied by the participant. Ammunition will be available for sale at the range (22 lr caliber ammunition is temporarily not available for sale at the range).

Marksmanship Program Targets:

For Levels Pro-Marksman and Marksman
Right Handed
Left Handed

For Levels Marksman First Class, Expert, and Distinguished Expert
AP-2: Precision Target Printable
Official AP-2 targets are used for the Distinguished Expert Level, click here for official target.

For the AP2 Target, hits get scored by what ring they are in. Hits that break a line count towards the higher value score.

Marksmanship Qualification Records:

Armed2Defend will maintain your qualification records.

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