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Precision Rimfire Rifle Match

(an adjunct to our PR200 Matches)

At the Blue & Gray Rifle & Pistol Club

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SATURDAY April 17, 2021

MATCH RULES AND FORMAT
(preliminary - subject to changes)

 

1. WHO CAN SHOOT:  The match is open to all rimfire caliber rifles (typically 22 short, 22 long, 22 long rifle, 22 WMR, 17 HMR, 17 HM2 and 17 WSM). You may use open sights or scope, and you may also use a separate spotting scope if you wish. Muzzle devices are acceptable, including suppressors.

There will be four separate classes for scoring:

[1] .22 iron sights

"Open/Iron Sights" in Class 1 include any type 22 rifle with non-scope, non-magnified sights, including v-notch, peep sights, buckhorn, bloop tube, and others.

[2] .22 scoped SPORTER rifle

"Sporter Rifles" in Class 2 include factory sport rifles used for target, hunting and other recreational shooting. Modifications to a factory rifle, such as improved trigger, bedding of stock/action, etc, are ok. Note: Class 2 ("Sporter") is intended to be similar to NRL22's "Base Class" but with extra leeway: The MSRP of the rifle plus scope (without adding the value of other accessories) must be $1500 or less.

[3] .22 scoped MATCH rifle

"Match Rifles" in Class 3 include premium level rifles built for superior/match accuracy (such as Anschutz, Vudoo, Volquartsen, etc) or combination of rifle and high-end scope with a value that takes it out of the Sporter Class and into this more "open" Match class.

[4] non-22 Rimfire (such as .17 HMR),

Contact the Match Director if you have any questions regarding the classification for your rifle. If not predetermined, classification will be made by the Match Director at registration or before scoring.

2. RIFLE RESTS. You may use front and/or rear rifle rests during the match. The front and rear rests cannot be attached/connected to each other in any way (no "Lead Sled" types).

ANY form of front rest may be used, including bench-type, but if you use an adjustable bench-type front rest, it must be 3 legged and placed directly on the ground rather than in conjunction with another support platform such as a board or block (or built-in platform). Any form of separate rear rest is acceptable for this match.

Slings may be used in place of or in combination with any acceptable rests.

3. The COURSE OF FIRE is fixed and the total time to engage all stages will be limited. These matches are generally designed so that you can complete them with ONE 50-round box of your chosen rimfire ammo, including all scored shots and allowance for sighters and/or foulers. For this month's match, the total time alloted is 30 MINUTES TO SHOOT 40 SCORED ROUNDS as described below in #6.

4. MISCELLANEOUS

No “sighter shots” or “warm-up shots” are allowed during the match or before the match on match day unless specifically allowed in Rules/Format #6. Otherwise, all shots are for score, with the number of shots at each stage and target strictly limited as stated below in #6.

You may use magazine feed or single shot feed. Removable magazines must be kept out of the rifle until/unless otherwise stated by the match director. Integral magazines must be left empty until otherwise stated by the match director.

ALL RIFLES WILL HAVE CHAMBER OPEN WITH CHAMBER EMPTY INDICATOR IN THE RIFLE UNTIL THE MATCH DIRECTOR GIVES THE COMMAND TO DO OTHERWISE. LIKEWISE, BOLTS WILL REMAIN PULLED BACK, ALL MAGAZINES OUT OF THE RIFLE, ALL SEMI AUTO CHAMBERS OPEN AND ALL ROUNDS OF AMMO OUT OF ALL FIREARMS - ALL CHAMBERS EMPTY UNTIL THE MATCH DIRECTOR GIVES THE COMMAND TO DO OTHERWISE. (If you do not have an Empty Chamber Flag, they will be available at the range for purchase at $2 each.)

Unless otherwise specified, one penalty point (and any score achieved with the penalty round fired, always presumed to be the "best" shot on the target regardless of where the actual "extra" shot hits) will be deducted for each and every round fired in excess of the mandatory number of rounds to be fired at each stage or target, and/or 5 penalty points for any shot engaging another competitor's target (presumed to be the "worst" shot on the target towards that competitor's scoring if actual crossfire problem shot can not be determined... that competitor can only benefit from the stray shot). It is each shooter's responsibility to identify any crossfires on their target, point them out to adjacent shooters AND the match director at the end of the relay so that they can be marked accordingly on the target sheet for proper score adjustments.

An ACCIDENTAL OR EARLY/LATE DISCHARGE in an unsafe direction will result in disqualification for the day. SAFETY FIRST!! An accidental or early/late discharge in a safe downrange direction results in a 10-point penalty (or a 15-point penalty if you've done it at our matches previously).

5.  All competitors will shoot from a PRONE POSITION; shooting mats are suggested and encouraged.

EXCEPTIONS may be made if you have physical limitations that keep you from being able to shoot prone (or to get back up once you're down there). This has to be a true physical limitation, not just a personal preference! Let the match director know when you pre-register and we'll arrange for you to shoot from one of the 50-yd concrete benches. In such a case, bench-type adjustable rests may NOT be used -- you will be restricted to soft rests or hard rests built into or firmly attached to your rifle (such as bipods or monopods) only. Up to 2 physically-limited shooters can normally be accomodated per match.

6. COURSE OF FIRE AND SCORING:

The shooter will engage only the targets on the numbered target stand assigned. The course of fire will consist of all shooters engaging targets at nominal 50-yard distance for this match (some of our matches may be at 100 yards) and as stated below:

Any number of shots may optionally be used as non-scored “sighter” shots, using the small target paster dot in the upper left-hand corner of the target sheet. These must be accomplished AFTER timing starts; no additional time is set aside for "sighters". If a “sighter” inadvertently engages a scored target, it will be counted or penalized, as appropriate. "Fouler" shots intentionally put directly into the berm may be used after timing starts and are not counted as sighters.

The first 30 scored shots will consist of five shots at each of six “color-splash” or “shot spotter” targets attached to one target backer/stand for each shooter, 30 shots total in this segment. The shooter may engage the six primary bullseye targets on his/her numbered target stand assigned in any order but completing all five shots at a single bullseye target before moving to another. Presented will be one 6-inch target (click here for sample), followed by one 5-inch target (click here for sample), followed by one 4-inch target (click here for sample), followed by one 3-inch red and black bullseye target (click here for sample), followed by two 3-inch black and green bullseye targets (click here for sample).

Note: Determination of ring hit and resultant score will be at the sole discretion of the Match Director. Unless stated otherwise, if a bullet hole (not the color splash) breaks the dividing line between scoring rings, the higher score area is considered hit. Target scoring gauges will be used when scoring shots with questionable placement relative to a target ring. In any case, the Match Director will use consistent methodology when scoring all similar targets of all competitors. The center red sighting dot on this month's 5-inch target does NOT count as separate scoring ring, nor does the white center sighting dot of the blue 4-inch target. The heavy black circle of the 6-inch target is the outer edge of its center scoring ring. The entire 1-inch black area of the red 3-inch target is its center scoring ring.

Points will be scored as follows (number of rings may vary by target size and type):


- X (center) Ring of second 6" target = 10 points, going down one point less each ring (50 points max possible on this target)


The other bullseye targets in this segment have a 25 point maximum on each one, with scoring of the center ring 5 points each hit, going down 1 point per ring as they extend outwards.

       

typical target backing sheet
for this match

 

Our TOP SHOT Twist this month is worth a maximum of 100 points. In the lower right of your target sheet will be two sets of five 2-inch circles with center dots of declining size.

After you have finished with your bullseye targets, your next FIVE shots are for the circles with red center dots, one shot each. Hitting an outer circle is worth 5 points. Hitting an inner circle is worth 10 points. Take one shot at each. If you have two shots in any 2" circle, no points are awarded for that circle. If you shoot extra shots at this 5-circle series, each extra shot is penalized as per Rules #4.

The NEXT set of five circles have red outer circles and BLACK center dots. This is a KNOW YOUR LIMITS (KYL) series. Starting with the largest on the left, you can shoot at one circle dot, or more -- it is up to you. In this KYL series, the outer circles do not matter, and a hit to the inner dot is worth 10 points. However, a MISS of an inner black dot means you get ZERO points for the last KYL series dot that you did hit. For example: If you hit the first three larger black dots but don't think you can hit the fourth one, STOP and you'll get 30 points (10 pts each) for the three that you hit. If you shoot at the fourth dot and miss it, then the 10 points for the last hit KYL dot (#3) are lost and you get just 20 points total for the first two hit in your KYL series. No more than one shot at each, stop any time, and use your experience with the red dot series and know your limits!

NOTE: These are *not* color-splash... expect hits in the black to be difficult to see.



Total scored rounds needed per competitor is 40 (if you do the full KYL segment) but you may want to bring extra rounds in case you want to use sighters or foulers. Maximum match score possible = 275 points. In the case of a tie in overall match score, the top-score shooter with the smallest 5-shot group from their regular bullseye targets will be considered the winner.

7. UP TO EIGHT shooters will simultaneously shoot the entire match course of fire from the prone position line. UPON COMPETITOR COMPLETION OF SHOOTING THE COURSE OF FIRE, after the match director calls the range “COLD/SAFE” and gives the command, ALL COMPETITORS IN THAT GROUP ARE REQUIRED TO GO TO THE BERM, COLLECT THEIR OWN TARGETS AND SET UP TARGETS FOR THE NEXT GROUP OF COMPETITORS. 

Each shooter is required to write his or her name (and scoring class or slot/group number, if shooting multiple slots) on their target sheet.

8. HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE MATCH:

Competitors will register for the match by email to the match director Mike Charness, mcharness@comcast.net after match announcement, and no later than 4pm on the Thursday prior to the match. Earliest registrations get priority as far as scheduled shoot times (usually first groups of the day unless you request otherwise). Limited walk-on registration may be accomodated on a space available basis, either as fill-in for no-shows or late cancellations, or if there is room in the last scheduled group of the day. If you have questions, Mike can also be reached by phone at 256.509.8115.


Each competitor can shoot as many as two slots. If you shoot the same rifle more than once, only your FIRST slot will be considered for prize eligibility (see Rules section #15 about prizes). To maintain full eligibility for prizes for multiple slots, each slot must be with a different rifle


When you pre-register, inform the match director of the rifle(s) you plan to shoot and in which class(es) you believe it/they belong. If your plans change before match day, that's ok... just inform the match director as soon as possible to aid in match planning.


All competitors will each pay to the match director a match fee of $10.00 for their first shooting slot no later than at the time the shooter signs in prior to shooting the match, to cover the cost of targets and supplies. FOR THIS MATCH ONLY, if you shot in this month's PR200 match, your first Rimfire Match slot is just $5. If you wish to shoot an additional slot (either the same rifle or a different one), add $5 for a second shooting slot to cover the cost of targets. Payment is due no later than at the time the shooter signs in prior to shooting the match.

Prepayment is optional... but it is preferred so we don't have to deal with it on match day. If you do wait and pay on match day, please try to bring the exact amount due as the Match Director can't guarantee the ability to make change depending on how others have paid. Pre-payment can be made via mail or PayPal, and should be received no later than the Thursday before match day. If you prepay but then have to cancel before the Thursday before match day when the schedule goes out and target sheets are made up, you're entitled to a refund or credit towards a future match. Even if you do not prepay but cancel after the schedule goes out or just "don't show", there will be a $5 materials fee per slot for the target sheet(s) that were made up for you -- even if the match was otherwise free -- unless we have a late sign-up that uses your slot(s). Pre-payment is NOT optional if you've been a no-show more than once.

NOTE: If you have an equipment failure during the match and are unable to finish the target set, let the Match Director know immediately following "RANGE IS CLEAR" command and if you paid a match fee of more than $5 for the set, the overage will be refunded to you on the spot and you can take your incomplete target sheet home. The $5 "retained" is merely to cover the supplies used for your target sheet.

Any accumulated surplus will be periodically turned over to the Blue & Gray Rifle & Pistol Club.

9. SCHEDULING:

The match director will schedule in advance the time of day that each shooter will commence the course of fire and shoot the match, and distribute the schedule to all participants the Thursday night prior to match day via group email.   These will be at fixed 45 MINUTE INTERVALS STARTING AT 11:00am (immediately following our PR200 match that day).

 

Competitor "shoot times" will be scheduled on a first come first served basis by the Match Director (preference is given to those whose registrations were received first -- which generally means an earlier shoot time on match day unless you state otherwise).

In order to ensure match safety and due to range limitations we can expect to run no more than one group of shooters every 45 minutes through the match. Therefore, there will be a limit to the number of competitors that can shoot the match.

In the case of high probability of rain, notice will be sent by email the night before the match and the match will be postponed or rescheduled. For those that pre-paid and can not attend the rescheduled date/time, they have a choice of a full refund or to have it held as a credit until their next PR200 match.

10. SAFETY ON THE SHOOTING LINE: SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION AT ALL TIMES DURING THE MATCH.

IN ORDER TO PROMOTE SAFE SHOOTING AND AVOID CONGESTION AT THE SHOOTING LINE OF FIRE.   SPECTATORS AND/OR SHOOTERS WHO ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY AFTER THEIR DESIGNATED “SHOOT TIME” WILL BE REQUIRED TO STAND BEHIND SHOOTER AREAS AND/OR CONCRETE PADS. Exceptions may be made for "coaches" of novice or junior shooters only with the specific approval of the Match Director.

11. COMPETITOR ARRIVAL & ARRIVAL TIME:

All shooters are required to arrive no less than 20 minutes prior to their appointed "match shoot time". Upon arrival, each shooter must immediately sign in, filling out full name, whether or not he or she is a member of BGRPC, caliber(s) to be shot, contact info, etc.

All shooters must be ready to bring to their assigned/designated prone shooting area all equipment, including their rifle, no less than 10 minutes before their assigned "shoot time". If everyone in the current shooting group is ready, we may start shooting a few minutes earlier than the published time.

12. Failure of any shooter to be ready to commence fire in accordance with the range officer or match director's direction at the designated "shoot time" will result in disqualification of the shooter and forfeiture of the competitor's opportunity to participate in the match that day unless a later slot becomes avilable.

13. At each “shoot time”, all competitors in the group will shoot the match simultaneously.

14. Match results are normally tabulated and announced the afternoon of match day by email, published on the www.PrecisionRimfire.net website, and be made available for the club newsletter.

15. PRIZES/AWARDS: If we have at least 12 slots filled, this will be a "prize" match. Eligible winners of this month's match will receive a Champion Folding Target Stand (see more at Optics Planet or Midway USA). (If you won a target stand in our previous PPR match, you may choose to take another one for this month's prize, or alternatively have your next two PRR match slots be FREE.} If we have 12 to 15 shooting slots filled, a prize will be awarded to within the largest Class. If we have 16 or more shooting slots competing, a prize will be awarded in all qualified Classes. No shooter is eligible to receive more than one prize per match, even if they choose to compete with multiple rifles, and the prize will pass to the next highest eligible shooter in that second Class (a "spread the joy" approach). For a shooting Class to be considered for a prize, it must have at least three participants (not just three slots) for score. If two Classes have the same number of slots taken, preference is given to the one with the higher number of participants, and if that is the same, then the one with the higher scoring shooter. Prizes will be available for pickup (southeast Huntsville) or can be brought to the next match.



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