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Are you a Royal Ranger looking for another way to have safe fun and compete in an exciting and fast growing international sport? Are you a Royal Ranger leader who wants to take your boys to the next level? Then keep reading and you will be introduced to the National Shooting Sports Program (NSSP) of Royal Rangers.
So what is the National Shooting Sports Program all about?
The NSSP is a Special Program of the National Office, and was created to offer yet another avenue for Rangers around the country to participate, compete, earn merits, and become active in a sport that is both safe and rewarding. This program enables men to mentor boys in their Outpost, develop life-long skills, and lay the foundation for effective outreach to family, friends, and the community. Individually, or within an Outpost Team structure, Royal Rangers can learn and enjoy BB Gun, Air Rifle, Archery, Small Bore/.22, Shotgun/Trap, and Black Powder as they progress through the NSSP.
Before we get into the details of the NSSP, let’s talk about our commitment to safety. As with all Royal Rangers activities, if they are conducted improperly, without proper supervision, or if participants disregard the rules of safety, the possibility of serious injury or death increases. So the National Office of Royal Rangers has designed the entire NSSP around a core standard: Safety First!
Royal Rangers are always to be “READY”. In this case, to be "ready" you have to know the basics of safety. Safety is the first - and the last - rule in the shooting sports. As you progress through the requirements for the NSSP, and its Merits and Competitions, you will be required to learn and obey every safety standard and adhere to the rules and regulations adopted by the National Office. We cannot say too much about safety. It is that important! Commit yourselves today to learning about and experiencing the challenge of the shooting sports like all Royal Rangers who excel – with Safety First!
Let’s take a look at each of the following six program disciplines:
- Using a Daisy® Outdoor Products BB Gun - Avanti Model 499, or equivalent, you can have all sorts of fun in your Outpost.
- In addition to individual and Outpost fun and competition, or earning Blue or Green-Bordered Merits, you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, and National Championships, and NRA Postal Competitions.
- The BB Gun fires a steel “BB” via a spring mechanism, and is accurate up to and beyond their intended competition range of 5 meters (approximately 16.5 feet).
- In the BB Gun program, there are four official shooting positions: Prone, Sitting, Kneeling, and Standing.
Each of these six program disciplines have been categorized into individual and team activities, and merits that give Rangers within the age categories an opportunity to get on target and excel.
Speaking of excelling...
Did you know that four of the six program subjects, are shooting disciplines that could take you to the Olympics? That’s right, Air Rifle, Small Bore, Shotgun, and Archery are all Olympic Sports that are governed by USA Shooting. Your recreation and merit efforts today could lead you to National Competitions and on the road to the Olympics some day. Wow! Can you imagine going to the Olympics and representing the United States of America - and Royal Rangers - in a shooting sport?
What is USA Shooting?
USA Shooting is the National Governing Body that was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee to implement and manage the development programs, and sanctions events at the local, state, regional, and national levels. They prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the United States, and govern the conduct of International Shooting Competitions in the United States. You can learn more at www.usashooting.com.
What Merits can I earn through the NSSP?
There are quite a few merits available to rangers who are interested in getting involved in the Shooting Sports. Merits in BLUE, GREEN, and SILVER include Safety, Shooting, Hunter Education, and Marksmanship; and cover BB Gun, Air Rifle, Small Bore, Shotgun, Black Powder, and Archery. Find more information about the Merit program and how to get started at this link.
How do I get started with the NSSP?
Rangers, after you talk with your parents, the next step is to talk with your Royal Rangers Leader about starting an NSSP Outpost Team. If he is not familiar with the details of the Merits, Teams, Competitions, or the Postal Program, have him visit theNSSP.org website. He can also contact your District Director for all the information your Royal Rangers Leader will need to get you started and keep you growing in the exciting and rewarding group of sporting ventures we call the National Shooting Sports Program. Also, make sure you check out all of the information available on the NSSP's Safety & How To webpage.