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We receive many questions on how to get started in competition. The links below will answer most questions, but if you have other questions, please call us at 1-877-672-6282 or email [email protected].

How do I register a tournament?

Where can I find the National Record Reporting Forms?

NRA National Record Reporting Forms are now online. Use the fill-in form and the checklist.

What is the NRA Club Champion Challenge?

NRA Competitive Shooting is proud to offer a new recreational shooting event for clubs, businesses, and civic organizations! Our goal is to create an event that anyone can shoot, beginner to expert. These events are meant to be fun, and will encourage your club members to try a variety of disciplines and courses of fire. Learn more with this informative online guide.

Open and Junior Rifle Sectionals: Where do I download forms?

Due to the increased costs of printing and inventory management, printed copies of the sectional fee reporting forms, score cards, and programs will not be provided. Click here to download fee reporting forms, programs, and score cards.

What are the NRA national trophy donation guidelines?

Click here to download information about donating a trophy for NRA National Competition. This includes a brochure and an application to be used by those wishing to donate a trophy.

Where can I find NRA rule books?

Where do I find tournament and league sponsors' forms?

Tournament and League sponsors can click here to submit their applications online.

Tournament and League sponsors may now download, in PDF format, applications, fee reporting forms, and NRA Award Coupons Order Forms for NRA sanctioned tournaments and leagues. To simplify the process, applications are listed separately for Pistol, Rifle, High Power Rifle, Black Powder Target Rifle, Silhouette, and Leagues. NRA National Record Reporting Forms are also available to be used for Registered Tournaments only.

Application Approved  Registered 
Pistol - Conventional, Action Pistol, & International Style Download Download
NRA Distinguished Revolver Application   Download
NRA National Defense Application Download   
Distinguished Revolver Report Form   Download 
Rifle - Smallbore and Air Rifle, including BB Gun, International Style, Air Rifle, and Position Air Rifle Download  Download 
High Power Rifle - Across the Course, Long Range, Mid-Range Prone, Fullbore Prone, Sporting Rifle, & 300 Meter  Download  Download 
Black Powder Target Rifle - Mid Range Position & Prone, Long Range, NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle & Pistol, International Style Muzzle Loading  Download  Download 
Silhouette Rifle & Pistol  Download  Download 
Sanctioned Leagues    
Pistol Download   
Smallbore/Air Rifle  Download   
High Power Rifle  Download   
Silhouette  Download   
NRA Special Tournament - Special Tournaments are those which would be difficult or impossible to sanction under normal NRA Sanctioning Rules and regulations.  Download   
Fee Report - NRA Tournaments (Registered & Approved) - Not to be used for Sectional, Regional or Silhouette tournaments  Download   
Fee Report - NRA Silhouette Tournaments - To be used for Silhouette Registered, State Championships and Regional tournaments  Download   
Fee Report - NRA Sanctioned Leagues - Includes all shooting programs  Download   
NRA National Record Report Form - For Registered tournaments only (Not Silhouette)    Download 
NRA National Record Report Form - For Registered Silhouette tournaments only    Download 
NRA Award Coupons Order Form - For use by tournament sponsors only  Download   
Sample Match Program - For use by tournament sponsors only  Download   

Where do I find sponsor score reporting cards?

Score Reporting Cards are now available in PDF format for sponsors to download.

NRA Conventional Tournaments (Except High Power Rifle)  Download 
NRA International Tournaments  Download 
NRA High Power Rifle Tournaments only  Download 
NRA Intl Fullbore Prone Tournaments only  Download 
NRA Black Powder Target Rifle and Muzzle Loading  Download 
NRA Action Shooting  Download 
Silhouette Jury Report  Download 

Where can I check my shooter classification?

Competitors in NRA Sanctioned Tournaments may now check their current classification online. Enter your NRA ID number where indicated, click the "GO" button, and a list of the shooting programs you are currently active in will be shown with your current classification and effective date.

What is the difference between an Approved or Registered Tournament?

The General Regulations, referred to below, are not the same for all NRA shooting disciplines. You should read the "Appendix" in each rule book for the General Regulations for that discipline. NRA ID number is required for classification purposes in all NRA Sanctioned Tournaments. Should a competitor not have an NRA ID number, they will be assigned a special number that allows their scores to be entered into the computer for classification.

  Approved Registered Rule
Scores used for classification Yes Yes 19.4
Scores used for National Records No Yes 17.5
NRA registration fee per competitor (remitted after the tournament is fired). This is explained in sponsor's packet Yes Yes Gen'l Reg. A7, B7
Competitors must be NRA members No No 1.6(f)
Minimum number of shots required No Yes Gen'l Reg. A5, B5
NRA classification or category system must be used Optional Yes Gen'l Reg. A4, B4
Fixed award schedule No Yes Gen'l Reg. A6, B6
Tournament officials competing Only Supervisor cannot compete See Sec 11 in appropriate rule book. 11 & Gen'l Reg A8, B8
Official Referee assigned by NRA No, Sponsor selects Supervisor Yes, with the exception that a 3-member jury will be assigned by the Tournament Sponsor for tournaments below the State Championship level. 11.2.1
Sponsor required to furnish each competitor with Official Bulletin No Yes Gen'l Reg. B12
Program prepared and distributed by Sponsor Yes Yes 21 & Gen'l Reg. A2, B2

* For High Power Rifle Tournaments - Only the Match Director, Chief Statistical Officer and Official Referee may not compete.

How can I apply for a competition waiver?

In accordance with Rule 13, competitors with physical disabilities, who are unable to achieve the required shooting positions or use special adaptive equipment, are required to apply for a medical waiver. Click here to see the NRA's Adaptive Shooting Positions.

The medical waiver application is fairly simple and consists of two forms. The first form is a Competitor Application that should be filled out by the shooter. The second form is a Medical Form that must be completed by the physician. Each applicant must submit the completed forms along with pictures and other relevant information.

Once received, the applications are reviewed by the NRA Protest Committee. After approving the application, the competitor will receive a card authorizing them to use the adapted position or equipment and must present that card to the Match Director prior to the start of the competition.

Rule 19.9 states that all classifications, except Master, shall become obsolete if the competitor does not fire in NRA sanctioned competition at least once during 3 successive calendar years (5 years for Masters). Files are purged annually. Most of the email we receive requires us to reply asking for a mailing address and, in most cases, a phone number. This information must be included in your request so the information can be sent in a timely manner.

NRA Information Booklets and Guides

  • NRA Tournament Operation Guide
    Information regarding tournament planning, range operations, statistics, awards, and much more to help you run an efficient competitive shooting event.
  • NRA Junior Progressive Pistol Program
  • NRA League Handbook
    How to start an NRA competitive shooting league. Gives details on scheduling, awards, etc. A must-read for those just starting a league.
  • NRA Collegiate Shooting Guide
    Recommended reading for those competitive rifle and pistol shooters wishing to start a marksmanship program in their school or college/university. Lists contacts for schools currently running a shooting program.

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