The Rimfire Action Matches are held on the fourth Sunday of every month, from 9:15am until approximately 1pm, on the Action Pistol Range.
Action Shooting sports are competitions that test both speed and accuracy in engaging multiple targets, often involving movement of the shooter and/or the targets. Although we use a competitive match format, our events are friendly, with a much more laid-back atmosphere that you would find at most matches.
In addition to eye and ear protection, to shoot the match you will need:
- Rifle: 10-shot capacity, repeating, any action type; and
- Either an autoloader with at least two magazines of at least 10-round capacity; or
- One 10-shot or two (less than 10-shot) single- or double-action revolvers.
- Ammunition: at least 150 rounds of .22LR, .22 Long, or .22 Short. No magnum rounds or other rimfire cartridges allowed!
Rifles and pistols may have any type of sights—open iron, electronic dot, laser, or magnified optical.
No other equipment (holsters, magazine pouches, etc.) is required, so this is an ideal opportunity for somebody looking to give Action Shooting a try!
The match fee is $7 for AAF&G members and junior shooters, and $9 for other guests. Setup begins about 9:15am, registration at 9:30am, safety briefing at 9:45am, and shooting starts at 10am.
Each match has a Rimfire Challenge Stage and a 2-Gun Stage, with a maximum round count of 120 (but you should bring extra ammo in case of malfunctions or re-shoots). The match score is a combination of the individual stage scores.
Rimfire Challenge (6 Strings, 60 Rounds)
The competitor will shoot 3 strings using just pistol and 3 strings using just rifle. The score for each string is the time to complete it, plus time added for any penalties (known as “Time-Plus Scoring”). The worst pistol string and the worst rifle string will be discarded in calculating the final Rimfire Challenge score.
For each string, the competitor will load 10 rounds and engage 6 or 7 steel targets—white targets may be engaged in any order, but the red “stop plate” must be shot last. No reloads are allowed. The firing line for the rifle will be farther back that the firing line for the pistol, but otherwise the arrays and procedure are identical for all six strings.
2-Gun (3 Strings, 60 Rounds)
The competitor will shoot 3 strings, each using both rifle and pistol (in that order). Each string is scored Time-Plus, and the worst string will be discarded in calculating the final 2-Gun score.
For each string, the competitor will make ready by loading 10 rounds in the rifle and 10 rounds in the pistol, and staging both guns on the provided table at the firing line. The competitor will engage the identified rifle target array in the order specified, bench the rifle on the table, pick up the pistol, and finally engage the identified pistol target array in the order specified. The target arrays will be the same for all 3 strings, but the engagement order will vary.
In addition to our Matches, we hold Rimfire Action Shooting Clinics from time to time, for those who would like some instruction prior to shooting in one of the matches. These clinics are limited to 20 people. Information will be posted on the Calendar, in the SCORE, and on flyers around the club.