# Shooting Sports (Ranger Award elective)

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## Shooting Sports (Ranger Award elective) requirements | |||

**Requirement 1**. Safety, firearm/bow parts and discipline- a. Recite, explain, and demonstrate the three primary shooting safety rules.
- b. Recite and explain the range commands.
- c. Identify the parts of a pistol, rifle, or bow (whichever one you select) and explain the function of those parts.
- d. If you chose air pistol, air rifle, muzzle-loading rifle, pistol, or small-bore rifle for your shooting discipline, explain how "minute of angle" is used to "zero" the airgun or firearm.
- e. If you chose muzzle-loading rifle as your shooting discipline, recite the proper steps for loading a muzzle-loading rifle and the proper sequence of firing the shot. Explain each step.
- f. If you chose archery as your shooting discipline, recite and explain the nine steps to the 10 ring.
- g. If you chose shotgun as your shooting discipline, explain how you sight a shotgun differently than you would a rifle.
**Requirement 2**. Complete a basic training course and the course of fire for one of the following shooting disciplines: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), or (g).*(Restrictions: Telescopic sights, electronic sights, and laser sights are prohibited in all disciplines except archery.)*
**For this elective, shooting must be under the supervision of a certified instructor/coach and with equipment approved by that instructor.**
- a. Air pistol
**Air Pistol**(Sporter Course): Shoot five shots each at eight TQ7 targets at a distance of 25 feet for a total of 40 shots. You must score 240 out of a possible 400. (You may use any .177 air pistol with a maximum retail value of $75 and may use a one-hand grip, two-hand grip, or a combination of both.)
- a. Air pistol
- OR
**Air Pistol**(International Course): Shoot five shots each at eight bull's-eye B-40 targets at a distance of 33 feet for a total of 40 shots. You must score 220 points of a possible 400. You may use any .177 air pistol. All targets must be fired in the standing position only using only one hand to support the pistol.
- b. Air rifle
**Air Rifle**(Sporter Course): Shoot two shots at each bull (10 shots per target) from a distance of 33 feet using six AR5/5 targets. Of the 60 shots total, shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You must score 225 of a possible 600. (You may use any .177 air rifle with a maximum retail value of $130.)
- b. Air rifle
- OR
**Air Rifle**(Precision Course): Shoot two shots at each bull (10 shots per target) from a distance of 33 feet. Of the 60 shots total, shoot 20 shots in each position - prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You must score 420 of a possible 600. (You may use any .177 air rifle.)
- c. Archery
**Archery**(Magnifying sights are OK to use in this discipline -- choose one or more of the following four options)- Recurve Bow
- Indoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 18 meters on a 60-centimeter five color target. You must score 150 of a possible 300.
- OR
- Outdoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 40 meters on a 122-centimeter five color target. You must score 200 of a possible 300.
- c. Archery
- OR
- Compound Bow
- Indoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 18 meters on a 40-centimeter five color target. You must score 150 of a possible 300.
- OR
- Outdoor: Shoot 30 arrows at 40 meters on a 122-centimeter five color target. You must score 210 of a possible 300.
- Compound Bow
- d. Muzzle-loading rifle
**Muzzle-Loading Rifle:**Shoot one shot at each bull's-eye on 10 targets (M02400-NMLRA) for a total of 50 shots from the standing (off-hand) position at a distance of 25 yards. You must score 250 of a possible 500.
- d. Muzzle-loading rifle
- Then, shoot five shots at one target (M02406-NMLRA) from the standing (off-hand) position at a distance of 50 yards. You must score 25 of a possible 50.
- Then, shoot five shots at one target (M02406-NMLRA) from the sitting position, resting the rifle on "crossed sticks" at a distance of 50 yards. You must score 25 of a possible 50.
*(Total shots for muzzle loading is 60 shots.)*- (NMLRA = National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association)
- e. Pistol
**Pistol:**Shoot: 10 shots at each of six targets (B-2) from the standing (off-hand) position in a maximum time of 10 minutes per target from a distance of 50 feet. You must score 360 of a possible 600. (You may use any.22-caliber pistol or revolver and can use either the one- or two-hand grip or both.)
- e. Pistol
*(Total shots for pistol is 60 shots.)*
- f. Shotgun
**Shotgun:**Break 25 clay birds of a possible 50 on a skeet course and 25 clay birds of a possible 50 on a trap course.
- f. Shotgun
- OR
- Break 50 clay birds of a possible 100 on a skeet course.
- OR
- Break 50 clay birds of a possible 100 on a trap course.
- g. Small bore rifle
**Small Bore Rifle**Sporter Course: Using six A17 targets, shoot one shot at each record bull from a distance of 50 feet for a total of 60 shots. Of the 60 shots, you must shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (off-hand), and kneeling. You "must score 225 of a possible 600. (you may use any .22 rifle with a maximum retail value of $235.)
- g. Small bore rifle
- OR
- Precision Course: Using six A17 targets, shoot one shot at each record bull from a distance of 50 feet for a total of 60 shots. Of the 60 shots, shoot 20 shots in each position-prone, standing (offhand), and kneeling. You must score 420 of a possible 600. (You may use any.22 rifle.)
**Requirement 3**. Make a tabletop display or presentation for your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or another youth group about what you have learned about shooting sports. Include information about shooting sports in the summer and winter Olympics.
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## Notes

- Earn the Venturing Shooting Sports Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by the shooting industry by completing five of the seven disciplines in this elective.

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## See also

Venturing portal |

1. Backpacking | 4. Ecology | 7. Fishing | 10. Mountaineering | 13. Plants and Wildlife | 16. Shooting Sports
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2. Cave Exploration | 5. Equestrian | 8. Hunting | 11. Outdoor Living History | 14. Project COPE | 17. Watercraft | |||||

3. Cycling/Mountain Biking | 6. First Aid | 9. Lifesaver | 12. Physical Fitness | 15. Scuba Certification | 18. Winter Sports |

## External links

- Venturing Bronze Award on the BSA scouting.org site.
- Venturing Quest Award on the BSA scouting.org site.

Program-level awards: Venturing Award • Discovery Award • Pathfinder Award • Summit Award

Expert-level awards: Quest Award • TRUST Award • Ranger Award

Boy Scouting ranks: Advancement for Venturers • Star Rank • Life Rank • Eagle Scout Rank Award