Im trying to understand the target practice requirements for the Rifle Merit Badge. For the .22 cal rifle it says:
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.
- Does only one of the 5 groups need to meet the criteria that each of its 5 shots have the minimum score?
- Do you need to use iron sights, or is a scope permitted?
- When shooting from bench, can the rifle be supported with sandbags?
For the scoring, they look for an ability to hold good groups. The requirement is for five of the target faces to have the five shots within the minimum scoring ring. So, if one of the groups has a "flyer" outside the minimum level ring. It must be shot again, until you have five groups completed.
Absolutely yes, on scopes, lazer sights, aperture sights, open sights, etc. There are no written rules that exclude any time of sights. (for Boy Scout merit badge (Venture does have some restrictions)
Same with sand bags, rests, etc. There are no written rules excluding these.
Hope you have fun shooting. More importantly, as you progress with the sport: look to challenge yourself by changing shooting positions and trying different sighting systems.