For additional information please call the
Rifle Dept. at (703) 267-1475
Many individuals become interested in smallbore rifle
competition; however, unless they start off with the proper
information, they find it difficult to begin. The cost of equipment
is generally a stumbling block. Many feel that unless they have the
best of everything they cannon compete. This is not true. Most
start with a minimum investment of a .22 caliber rifle (new or
used), spotting scope with stand, sling, glove and shooting coat,
and most important, eye and ear protection.
Section 3 of the NRA Smallbore Rifle Rule Book defines authorized
equipment and ammunition. This section is not meant to restrict
equipment but to define limitations.
Rifle - (light rifle or match rifle) Whichever rifle you select,
be sure it will be suited for the rules of the particular type of
shooting you wish to do. A reliable gun dealer is most helpful in
selecting a proper rifle. Remember, a used rifle for a beginner is
not a bad idea if the dealer can certify the condition of the
Rifle Sights - After checking the rules, the purchase of good
quality sights for whatever type of shooting is a sound
Spotting Scope/Stand - It is the most important piece of
equipment after the rifle and rifle sights. Allows you to check
your target from a distance. Spotting scopes are precision optical
instruments (often you get what you pay for). Scope stands should
be suited for the job you will want them to do.
Gun Case - Used to protect your rifle as you travel to and from
the range. Necessary in some areas to comply with local laws.
Ammunition - Generally, standard velocity ammunition will shoot
more accurately than will high velocity. If you wish to become more
competitive, tournament quality ammunition best suited to your
particular gun will give the best results.
There are many accessories available and no attempt will be made to
mention them all. Some of the most common and useful ones will be
Shooting Box or Kit - Some means is necessary to transport your
accessories to and from the range. This can be as elaborate as a
leather case or as simple as a large box or cloth. The choice will
depend on the type and amount of shooting you do.
Specialty Equipment - Shooting mat, shooting coat, glove, sling,
kneeling roll, shooting pants, shooting boots - are too varied to
mention. The purchase of such equipment depends on personal
preference. However, some of these pieces of equipment can be
essential depending on the type of competition in which you wish to
Courses of Fire
Smallbore rifle competition is held over distances of 50 feet, 50
yards/meters, and/or 100 yards. Match competition can be as quick
as 30 shots (10 shots prone, standing, kneeling) in a league or as
long as 40 shots at the National Championships. Competition is
conducted in as many as four positions - prone, sitting, kneeling,
and standing - to as few as one - prone only or standing only.
Section 7 of the Smallbore Rifle Rule Book discusses all courses of
fire recognized by NRA, while section 17 covers all courses of fire
recognized for national records. Smallbore rifle competitions may
be fired outdoors or indoors.
A group of matches added together for a total aggregate score is
called a tournament. They can be held locally, state-wide,
regionally or nationally.