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NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM OF ROYAL RANGERS

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.


Safety First!


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:

 
 
  • BB Gun
  • 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.

 
 
  • 3-Position Sporter Air Rifle
    • Sporter Air Rifles are the largest and fastest-growing segment of youth-junior shooting today. Described as “Sporter Air Rifles” because of their size and light weight (no more than 7.5 lbs), they offer today’s Royal Ranger a number of great opportunities for personal and team competition, and recognition.
    • Daisy® models M853, 753, 953, 853CM, M888, or 887 or equivalent may be utilized for this program.
    • Sporter Air Rifles are different from BB Guns because they fire a .177 caliber skirted pellet, and are propelled by the release of compressed air. They also have adjustable slights, adjustable length stocks, adjustable sling attachments, and impressive accuracy. The target distance is set at 10 meters (approximately 33 feet). As with all of the Shooting Programs, there are rules; and for 3 Position Sporter, the NRA Sporter Air Rifle Rules govern all activities.
    • Similar to the BB Gun program, there are also specific shooting positions. In this case, there are three positions for use in Silver-Bordered Merit or Competition: Prone, Kneeling, and Standing.
    •  Just like with the BB Gun program, in addition to individual and Outpost fun and completion, you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, National Championships, and NRA Postal Competitions.
 
 
  • Archery
    • Archery is a completely new “old” sport that when fully explored and realized, will fill you with personal reward and enjoyment for many years. Everyone knows that archery has been around since Bible times, but you may not know why it is re-emerging as a winning sport for all age groups. When you look into the merit program, learn about the three types of bows, and demonstrate proper safety and handling, you will be on your way to more fun than you could have imagined. Groups like the NFAA (National Field Archery Association) are there to help you with International Guidelines for competition, and more. Just as with the other shooting programs mentioned, in addition to individual and Outpost fun and completion, you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, National Championships, and NRA Postal Competitions.
 
 
  • 3-Position Smallbore Light Rifle (.22 Caliber)
    • Small Bore Rifles or “Light Rifles” are categorized as such because the ‘bore’ (the diameter of the inside of the barrel) is fitted for any .22 caliber rimfire cartridge (.22 short, .22 long, or .22 long rifle). In the Royal Rangers Small Bore program, we only use metallic sights, and follow the NRA Small Bore Rifle Rules.
    • In the Small Bore competitions, an NRA, A-17 target is used at a distance of 50 feet, and just as with the Air Rifle program, there are also specific shooting positions. In this case, there are three positions for use in Merit or Competition, with 10 shots per station/position, and a time restriction of no more than 1 minute and 30 seconds per shot: Prone, Kneeling, and Standing.
    • In addition to individual and Outpost fun and completion, you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, National Championships, and NRA Postal Competitions.
 
 
  • Trapshooting (Shotgun)
    • This refers to a shotgun that is (any) 12 gauge or smaller that have been safety inspected. In the NSSP, we follow the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Rules.
    • In the Shotgun (Trap) competitions, standard clay targets are used during a “Round” (25 targets in total) which have been thrown by hand or mechanical devices. In Trap, the shooting positions are fixed, but the shooter has the option of calling for the target (“Pull”) before or after mounting the shotgun in preparation of firing.
    • To “qualify” Rangers must hit 13 or more clays during a “Round”.
    • Along with individual and Outpost fun and completion, you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, National Championships, and NRA Postal Competitions.
 
 
  • Black Powder Rifle
    • Defined as any safety inspected muzzle-loading rifle, utilizing black powder or Pyrodex, and a patched ball round may be used. In the Royal Rangers Black Powder program, competition is limited to the use of metallic sights, and follows the guidelines/rules described in the most current NRA or NMLRA Muzzle Loading Rule Book. The Black Power program is a Silver-Bordered Merit.
    • In the Black Powder rifle competitions, an NRA, B-19 target is used at a distance of 25, 50, and 100 yards in three stages. Record shots made at 25, 50, and 100 yards must be made within 3 minutes at each stage, but the course of fire may be a multi-day event: Prone (with optional cross sticks) at 100 yards, Kneeling at 50 yards, and Standing at 25 yards.
    • As with the other disciplines, you can enter as an individual and/or Outpost for fun and completion, and you may also compete in available Sectional, Divisional, District, National Championships, FCF, and NRA Postal Competitions.

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.