Black Powder

Black Powder Rifle Postal Match

NRA and the Royal Rangers have developed a shooting program to offer Royal Rangers across the country an opportunity to participate in several nationwide postal matches.


It is recommended that Firearm Safety and Marksmanship merits be completed prior to participation in the postal programs.


Eye protection and hearing protection is required during this event by the Royal Rangers.


An individual may enter this match only once per calendar year. All competitors must be a Boy or Man who is part of a Royal Ranger Outpost.


Competition will begin on January 1st of each calendar year and will end on December 31st. All scores must be returned to NRA and postmarked by January 15th. Firing may be done any time after score reporting forms are received from the Competitive Shooting Division.


Individuals $5.00 each. Teams $15.00 each.
All team members must enter as individuals.
(Example: 5 individuals at $25.00 and one $15.00 team fee for a total of $40.00 for one 5 member team).


See each match for award schedule. Minimum of two competitors in a category for an award to be given.


Complete the entry form attached and return to the Competitive Shooting Division. You will receive score reporting forms to record the match scores. Return completed score reporting forms to:
The NSSP Coordinator Darell Freeman at [email protected] 
A return email will supply you with mailing information for your entry fee.

NSSP Blackpowder Postal Match Score Form (fillable)


Shooter’s name and position being shot will be printed in the upper right hand corner of each target.
Target acquisition is the responsibility of the competitor. NRA official targets are required. For a list of licensed target manufacturers’ visit:
Sponsors keep all targets until the challenge period has ended and all results are final.


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.


Results will be posted on the NSSP Website


Individuals – 1st Place winner in each category receives a plaque. Second through fifth place will receive awards based on participation. Additional awards will be provided for each additional ten competitors in a category.
Team – National Trophy plaques will be provided for first place to each firing team member. One place award will be provided for each five teams.


Shooters will enter in only one of the following categories:

Sub-Junior: 11-13 years old: (in calendar year of birthday)
Junior: 14-15 years old: (in calendar year of birthday)
Senior: 16-18* years old: (in calendar year of birthday)
Adult: Must be member of church that has a chartered Outpost.
* To compete as an 18 year old junior, the competitor must be an Expedition Ranger and still in high school.


The team match is an unfired match generated by the fired scores of four (4) participating individuals.
The team category will be determined by the age of the oldest team member.


Current NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle Rules will govern this competition.
Rule Books may be obtained online at:


See NRA Muzzle Loading Rifle, Pistol, & Shotgun Rule Book, section 3.2(a) & (b) with the following exception: Wiping out of barrels between shots is permitted. Muzzle Loading Black Powder rifles with either smoothbore or rifled barrels will be permitted. Patched round balls are the only approved projectile. Shotguns, in-line rifles or pistols are not permitted. “Sabot” bullets are not permitted.


B-19 target. Official NRA targets must be used.


20 Shots total at 25 yards at a B-19 target:
10 shots Standing (offhand, unsupported), score best seven shots.
10 shots Bench Rest (crossed sticks authorized alternative), score best seven shots.


Only Black Powder or other approved Black Powder Substitutes are allowed.

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