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  1. NSSP and Royal Rangers have developed a shooting program to offer both Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries across the nation an opportunity to participate in NSSP Top Shot Competition.


  1. Each Royal Ranger district should have a Royal Ranger National Shooting Sports Coordinator. These coordinators are familiar with setting up NSSP Top Shot Competitions. They have a wealth of resources and specialized certifications which can help your outpost practice for and compete in NSSP Top Shot Competitions.  Your district Royal Ranger National Shooting Sports Program Coordinator is the subject matter expert who can help on anything shooting sports related.


  1. All competitors may only enter this match once per calendar year.

  2. All competitors must be one of the following:

    • Royal Ranger Outpost member in either Adventure Rangers or Expedition Rangers.

    • Girls Ministry member in either Friends or Girls Only.

    • Man or woman assigned a leadership position in either Royal Rangers or Girls Ministry.

    • A member of Royal Rangers Alumni.


  1. It is recommended that the following merits be completed prior to participation in Top Shot Competition.

    • For Adventure Rangers/Friends: Complete Silver Smallbore Safety and Smallbore Shooting merits.

    • For Expedition Rangers/Girls Only: Complete Silver Smallbore Safety and Smallbore Shooting merits.

    • For adult leaders,  Read the NRA Smallbore Rules book chapters which are identified in the following sections on this web page.

  2. Only adults who are certified as NRA Range Safety Officer are allowed to supervise the firing line.



NRA Range Safety Officer Certification and merit requirements for both Smallbore Safety and Smallbore Shooting are NRA courses which need to be taught by NRA qualified Instructors. Either seek out your district NSSP Coordinator for assistance or find an instructor at Be aware that instructors on the NRA Instructors page are very expensive. Your district NSSP Coordinator may be able to provide the classes at a minimal cost.


  1. Current NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book will govern this competition. Chapter 22: Light Rifle Rules defines the classification of this competition.

  2. NRA Rule Books may be downloaded online at


  1. Read NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter 3: Equipment and Ammunition

  2. Sections 3.3 and 22 defines the Light Rifle requirements.

  3. Although there are a lot of site selections allowable for Light Rifles. NSSP preference is Diopter style rear peep sight with front hooded site with interchangeable inserts. Iron Sights are acceptable. No scopes or red dots allowed.

  4. Slings are permitted only for prone and kneeling positions.

  5. Shooting mats allowed.

  6. Shooting rolls allowed.

  7. Spotting scopes allowed.


  1. Read NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter 4:Targets for specifics on allowable targets.

  2. Use the A-32 target (50 Foot Light Rifle Target) Smallbore Rifle Top Shot Competition. Target specifics: A-32 have 5 scoring bulls and 1 practice bull (which is centered on upper row)

  3. Shooter’s name, position and event date will be printed in the upper right-hand corner of each target.

  4. NRA official targets are required. For a list of licensed target manufacturers’ visit:


  1. NRA Smallbore Rules book Chapter 6:Range Standards will be followed.

  2. NRA Safety Protocols will be followed for all live fire periods.

  3. Eye and hearing protection is required for all shooters, firing line supervisors, and all nearby spectators.

  4. Shooting distance from the firing line to target will be 50 feet.

  5. Firing line will be supervised by an appropriate number of certified NRA Range Safety Officers.


  1. Shooting positions are to be in accordance with NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter 5:Positions.

  2. For competitors with temporary or permanent disabilities, read NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter 13:Physically Disabled Competitors.

  3. Time limits. See NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter:22 Time Limits for more details.

  4. A-32 Targets have 5 bulls, 2 shots are fired at each of the 5 scoring bulls.

  5. Target acquisition is the responsibility of the shooter.

  6. Ten (10) shots will be fired from 50 feet in each of the below three positions.:

    • 10 shot prone                   With a time limit of 45 minutes

    • 10 shots Kneeling            With a time limit of 45 minutes

    • 10 shots Standing            With a time limit of 45 minutes


  1. All targets will be scored in accordance with NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules book Chapter 14:Scoring . See the following special notes

  2. Each target must be scored by two individuals and in accordance with NRA Rules. If targets are scored electronically, verification by two individuals is not required.

  3. Sponsors keep all targets until the challenge period has ended and all results are final.


  1. Top Shot Competitions will begin on January 1st and will end on December 31st of each calendar year.


  1. The team match is the combined scores of four participating individuals.

  2. The team category will be determined by the group the individual is shooting in, i.e. Adventure Rangers /Friends, Expedition Rangers/Girls Only Men, and Woman.


  1. Results will be emailed out to NSSP Advisors and posted on the NSSP Website.


  1. Individuals,1st – 5th place winners will receive a medal and a certificate.  

  2. Teams, 1st – 3rd  place, each team member will receive individual medal and certificate. 

  3. Competitors and teams will compete based on the following groups:

    • Royal Ranger Groups

      • Adventure Rangers​

      • Expedition Rangers​

    • Girl’s Ministry Groups

      • Friends​

      • Girls Only​

    • Adult Leaders

      • Men

      • Women


  1. Individual competitor fee is $10.00 each.

  2. Teams will be comprised of four individual competitors. An additional $10 will be paid by each team member. Therefore, the team fee for each 4 competitor team is $80.00.

  3. Each competitor may only be a member of one Smallbore Rifle team per calendar year.

  4. Multiple 4 competitor teams per outpost/church are allowed. Rule #2 still applies.

  5. Payment of fees is made by one of the below options.

    • Mail a single check (Total fees for all your Outpost/church competitors and teams) payable to:  
      P.O. Box 7724
      Riverside, CA. 92513-7724

    • Zelle the fee total amount to (949) 599-4148 Darell Freeman. Be sure to note the following information in the “Add a Memo” box:
      NSSP Top Shot fees
      Your outpost number.
      Your church name.
      Your state abbreviation


Fee payments are to be sent on the same date the Top Shot Competition fillable forms are submitted as described in the ADMINISTRATION section.


  1. Download the RR /NSSP Smallbore Top Shot Competition fillable form at:
    Smallbore Fillable Form.

  2. Fillable forms are to be completed by one of the following leaders:

    • Any NSSP representative (Preferred).

    • Outpost Senior Commander (Alternate).

  3. To help minimize confusion please save the fillable form(s) with the following file name format: YEARSmallboreStateOutpost###Group.pdf.

    • Example: 2024SmallboreAZOutpost130AR.pdf.

    • Group abbreviations are listed below:

      • Royal Ranger Groups

        • AR​

        • ER​

      • Girl’s Ministry Groups

        • GMF

        • GMGO

      • Adult Leaders

        • Men

        • Women

  4. ​Ensure all requested information is entered on Top Shot Competition fillable forms.

  5. All scores must be returned by January 15th of the following year.

  6. Submit completed score reporting fillable forms to Peter Triana by one of the below options.

    • Preferred method: US Mail to:
      Peter Triana
      9283 Daisy Ave.
      Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    • Alternate method: Email completed PDF forms to

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