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Rifle Shooting - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Workbook to help organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Rifle Shooting merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Rifle Shooting - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Workbook to help organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Rifle Shooting Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1.
Do the following:
a.
Explain why BB and pellet air guns must always be treated with the same respect as firearms.
b.
Describe how you would react if a friend visiting your home asked to see your or your family’s firearm(s).
c.
Explain the need for, and use and types of, eye and hearing protection. Demonstrate their proper use.
d.
Give the main points of the laws for owning and using guns in your community and state.
e.
Explain how hunting is related to the wise use of renewable wildlife resources.
f.
Successfully complete a state hunter education course or obtain a copy of the hunting laws for your state, then do the following:
1.
Explain the main points of hunting laws in your state and give any special laws on the use of guns and ammunition.
2.
List the kinds of wildlife that can be legally hunted in your state.
g.
Identify and explain how you can join or be a part of shooting sports activities.
h.
Explain to your counselor the proper hygienic guidelines used in shooting.
i.
Give your counselor a list of sources that you could contact for information on firearms and their uses.
2.
Do ONE of the following options:

Option A—Rifle Shooting (Modern cartridge type)

a.
Identify the three main parts of a rifle, and tell how they function.
b.
Identify and demonstrate the three fundamental rules for safe gun handling.
c.
Identify the two types of cartridges, their parts, and how they function.
d.
Explain to your counselor what a misfire, hangfire, and squib fire are, and explain the procedures to follow in response to each.
e.
Identify and demonstrate the five fundamentals of shooting a rifle safely.
f.
Explain to your counselor the fundamental rules for safe gun handling. Explain each rule for using and storing a gun. Identify and explain each rule for safe shooting.
g.
Explain the range commands and range procedures.
h.
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely shoot a rifle from the benchrest position or supported prone position while using the five fundamentals of rifle shooting.
i.
Identify the basic safety rules for cleaning a rifle, and identify the materials needed.
j.
Demonstrate how to clean a rifle properly and safely.
k.
Discuss what points you would consider in selecting a rifle.
l.
Using a .22 caliber rimfire rifle and shooting from a benchrest or supported prone position at 50 feet, fire five groups (three shots per group) that can be covered by a quarter. Using these targets, explain how to adjust sights to zero a rifle.
m.

Adjust sights to center the group on the target* and fire five groups (five shots per group). According to the target used, each shot in the group must meet the following minimum score: (1) A-32 targets—9; (2) A-17 or TQ-1 targets—7; (3) A-36 targets—5.

* NOTE: It is not always practical to adjust the sights (i.e., when using a borrowed fixed-sight rifle). For requirement 2(l), you may demonstrate your ability to use the shooting fundamentals by shooting five shot groups (five shots per group) in which all shots can be covered by or touch a quarter and then explain how to adjust the sights to zero the rifle used.

Option B—Air Rifle Shooting (BB or pellet)

a.
Identify the three main parts of an air rifle, and tell how they function.
b.
Identify and demonstrate the three fundamental rules for safe gun handling.
c.
Explain the range commands and range procedures.
d.
Identify the two most common types of air rifle ammunition.
e.
Identify and demonstrate the five fundamentals of shooting a rifle safely.
f.
Identify and explain each rule for shooting an air rifle safely.
g.
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely shoot a target from the benchrest position or supported prone position while using the five fundamentals of rifle shooting.
h.
Identify the basic safety rules for cleaning an air rifle, and identify the materials needed.
i.
Demonstrate how to clean an air rifle safely.
j.
Discuss what points you would consider in selecting an air rifle.
k.
Using a BB gun or pellet air rifle and shooting from a benchrest or supported prone position at 15 feet for BB guns or 33 feet for air rifles, fire five groups (three shots per group) that can be covered by a quarter.
l.
Adjust sights to center the group on the target and fire five groups (five shots per group). According to the target used, each shot in the group must meet the following minimum score: (1) BB rifle at 15 feet or 5 meters using TQ-5 targets—8; (2) pellet air rifle at 25 feet using TQ-5 targets—8, at 33 feet or 10 meters using AR-1 targets—6.

Option C—Muzzleloading Rifle Shooting

a.
Give a brief history of the development of muzzleloading rifles.
b.
Identify principal parts of percussion rifles and discuss how they function.
c.
Demonstrate and discuss the safe handling of muzzleloading rifles.
d.
Identify the various grades of black powder and black powder substitutes and explain their proper use.
e.
Discuss proper safety procedures pertaining to black powder use and storage.
f.
Discuss proper components of a load.
g.
Identify proper procedures and accessories used for loading a muzzleloading rifle.
h.
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely shoot a muzzleloading rifle on a range, including range procedures. Explain what a misfire, hangfire, and squib fire are, and explain the procedures to follow in response to each.
i.
Shoot a target with a muzzleloading rifle using the five fundamentals of firing a shot.
j.
Identify the materials needed to clean a muzzleloading rifle safely. Using these materials, demonstrate how to clean a muzzleloading rifle safely.
k.
Identify the causes of a muzzleloading rifle’s failure to fire and explain or demonstrate proper correction procedures.
l.
Discuss what points you would consider in selecting a muzzleloading rifle.
m.
Using a muzzleloading rifle of .45 or .50 caliber and shooting from a benchrest or supported prone position, fire three groups (three shots per group) at 50 feet that can be covered by the base of a standard-size soft drink can.
n.
Center the group on the target and fire three groups (five shots per group). According to the target used, each shot in the group must meet the following minimum score: (1) at 25 yards using NRA A-23 or NMLRA 50-yard targets—7; (2) at 50 yards using NRA A-25 or NMLRA 100-yard targets—7.