This is a discussion on NRA High Power Shooting Classifications within the Rifle Competition forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Conventional - (Service, Match Rifle and Long Range)
High Master...........................97.00 or above
Master..................................94.00 - 96.99
Expert..................................89.00 - 93.99
Sharpshooter........................84.00 - 88.99
800pt Match (i.e. 88rd Regional Course)
High Master = 776 and over
Master = 752 to 775
Expert = 712 to 751
Sharpshooter = 672 to 711
Marksman = 671 and under
500pt Match (i.e. 50rd IEC and National Matches)
High Master = 485 and over
Master = 470 to 484
Expert = 445 to 469
Sharpshooter = 420 to 444
Marksman = 419 and under
Posted by 30Caliber, June 2nd, 2005, 10:10 AM
In your first match, you will shoot as an "unclassified Master." You should receive a temporary classification card at the end of that match which will be used for classification until you get an actual card in the mail from the NRA.
The NRA uses the scores that make up the most recent 120 pts to determine your classification--basically 2 or 3 matches. I don't think they ever downgrade classifications, but if you do not report a score for 3 years, you will lose your classification altogether.
Example: I currently hold an Expert card. In my last NRA approved match, I shot a 738. If I shoot a 766 at my next match, I should expect a Master card in the mail since my 120pt average will be 752.
CMP matches do not count towards classification. Only NRA registered or approved matches do. Many smaller local matches use NRA rules, but are not registered or approved, so the scores are not mailed in (sometimes the club will have informal classifications of their own if you do not have an NRA classification).
Your classification determines who you are shooting against for awards (usually petty cash, sometimes donated equipment). Many matches award only bragging rights.
Often in addition to high Sharpshooter, Marksman, Expert, etc, they will break the match down by stages. At the approved match that I often shoot at, they give awards for the top 3 in each classification for high slowfire aggregate, high rapidfire aggregate and high overall aggregate score and a separate award for the match winner.
One last thing. A "sandbagger" is someone that tears up their scorecard at the end of the event to prevent from being advanced in classification.
First 120 rounds shot in NRA sanctioned matches and submitted to the NRA determines your first classification. Thereafter, the latest 240 rounds shot in sanctioned NRA matches, if averaging at a higher classification than you are currently in, earns you that card. Example, your current classification is expert. You get some good coaching and in the next three 80 round matches you shoot an average of 97%. In the mail in a few weeks expect a HM card. NRA Highmasters keep their classification for life.
Example, your current classification is expert. You get some good coaching and in the next three 80 round matches you shoot an average of 97%. In the mail in a few weeks expect a HM card. NRA Highmasters keep their classification for life.
Or lets say you get lucky and are on a roll and shoot above your class you can write NRA and have them bump you back down too the classification you were in.
I would not want too be classed with HM or Master class, and only be a Expert shooter. That's no fun.................