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I hold multiple NRA Instructor credentials, as well as SabreRed Pepper Spray. I have my own training company in Northern Virginia, www.FemaleandArmed.com and am focusing primarily on teaching women, especially those who are new to shooting.

I am also the author of 4 books, available on Amazon, and at many major outlets. I am a contributing writer for Combat Handgun Magazine and Women and Guns Magazine.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winchester Marksmanship Program


Have you looked at this?  Information is available on the NRA site under Programs.  This is a great program, even for an experienced shooter.  It uses the honor system, except for the final level, where you meet minimum standards to achieve each level.  They get progressively harder as you progress. 

I’m working the Pistol Qualification program now.  I just finished the third level, where I had to shoot two handed grip with strong and weak hand.  I had shot one handed before, but never two handed leading with my weak hand.  It was a challenge.  I think that was the idea. 

I’ve heard people say that no one does this program anymore.  I would like to see that change.  This is a great way to measure your progress against defines standards.  It encourages work on fundamentals and shooting skills.  It addresses a variety of firearms, not just pistols, but rifle and shotgun as well.

I’m still an advocate for formal training, but we can’t go to the range with an instructor every week.  This program adds a touch of discipline to my practice sessions, and gives me a goal to work to meet.  This isn’t the only way I practice, but it is one aspect of my practice. 

Let me know if you have worked through this program or considered it.  I’m very interested in what others think.

Safe Shooting!

5 comments:

  1. I completed the Distinguished Expert Pistol several years ago and we just ran the testing at our last defensive pistol match a couple of weeks ago, where 19 shooters earned their DE. I don't think it's that people don't want to do it, or have lost interest, I think they just don't know about it.

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  2. That's awesome! Congratulations!! I have one more to go before I can try for the DE. I'm encouraged! We do give out the brochure in all our classes, but I'd never come across anyone who had done it.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Safe Shooting!

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  3. http://www.nrahq.org/education/training/marksmanship/index.asp

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  4. I've made it through Expert and will be working on DE next month. I'm on the board of our range and run several women's leagues and have been asked to lead this program as well. Looks like we will be doing it in our spring handgun league. It's a great program that I think many people just don't know about - or understand how it works.

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