NRA Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Awards and Double Distinguished Award

NRA Distinguished Prone MedallionOne of the highest honors, and more difficult awards, that a smallbore rifle shooter can earn is the Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Award. Not to be confused with the NRA Qualification Program's "Distinguished Expert," a program for starting shooters, or the Civilian Marksmanship's Service Rifle and Pistol "Distinguished," the NRA Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Award is only available to smallbore rifle shooters who shoot "qualifying events" and place in the top 10% of the competition.

The NRA Executive Committee inaugurated the Distinguished Rifleman Award program in 1965.

There are two NRA Distinguished Rifleman Awards available: Prone and Position. To earn either of the NRA Distinguished Rifleman Awards, a shooter must participate in the NRA Indoor Championship, the NRA Regional Championship, plus either the National Metric Championships or the National Conventional Championships. The competitor must place in the top 10% of the competition in these events to earn a "Step" or, as it is sometimes called, a "leg." Unlike Service Rifle and Pistol Distinguished, smallbore rifle shooters must compete against the already designated Distinguished Smallbore Riflemen who are in the competition. A shooter may win as many as two steps per year in any of the qualifying events.

In 2009, at the National Championships, the Competitive Shooting Division announced the Double Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Award recognizing those shooters who have earned both the Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Prone award and the Distinguished Smallbore Rifleman Position award.

The special lapel pin may be acquired from Dian Bullock at the NRA Headquarters ( Dian maintains the Program records and after validation, will send you your pin.

Since 1965, 295 competitors have earned the "Prone" and 440 have earned the "Position" NRA Distinguished Rifleman Awards. Only 124 have become "Double Distinguished" or have earned both awards. Look in the back of your NRA Smallbore Rifle Rule Book for more information.

In 2013 and 2014, the following shooters earned the NRA Distinguished Award and Double Distinguished Award:


  • Maj Daniel T. Pempel
  • MacKenzie Martin
  • Deanna Binnie
  • Amy Bock
  • Alex Gestl
  • Luke Johnson
  • Danny Jonas
  • Joseph Todaro
  • Amy Fister
  • Mark Matheny


  • Katie Bridges
  • Remington Lyman
  • Amanda McMullin
  • Jason Parker
  • Michael Seery
  • Carlton Hardin
  • Howard Pitts
  • Benjamin W. Swanson

Double Distinguished

  • Remington Lyman
  • Lisette Grunwell-Lacey