Fort Smith, Arkansas

CMP National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match

March 4, 2011
Here is some thing a little different that the club is thinking about.

The CMP National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match offers shooters a recreation-oriented competition where they use smallbore sporter rifles (plinking and small game rifles) commonly owned by almost all gun enthusiasts. This is a unique match where all you need is a rifle and ammo. You fire with standard sporter-type rimfire rifles that can weigh no more than 7 ½ pounds, with sights and sling.

Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic; shooters with manually operated actions are given extra time in rapid-fire to compensate for the difference.

There are three classes of competition. There is the standard “O Class“ for open-sighted rifles and “T-Class” for telescope sighted rifles. In addition, in 2010, Rimfire Sporter rules have been modified so that competitors can also fire new “Tactical Rimfire” rifles in a new third Rimfire Sporter rifle class. Firing is done at 50 and 25 yards on a target with a 1.78” ten-ring and an 18” outer one-ring. Even new shooters can get hits on this target, but it’s still tough enough that no one yet has fired a perfect 600×600 score.

The Rimfire Sporter course of fire is challenging, new shooters can successfully complete it while experienced shooters find it uniquely challenging. Shooters begin at 50 yards with a sighting or practice series and then shoot ten shots for record slow-fire in the prone position, followed by two five-shot rapid-fire series. This is followed by ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the sitting or kneeling position. Targets are then placed at the 25-yard line where shooters conclude with ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the standing position.

It will be a great addition to our clubs activities.
For more information contact: Bill Hobbs whobbs95b@yahoo.com