SMALLBORE RIFLE

Up to 100 Meters

Smallbore target rifles are chambered for the .22 Long Rifle calibre cartridge and fall into a number of categories including: Sporting Rifle, Practical Rifle, Match Rifle, F-Class Rifle, and Benchrest Rifle. The rifles are fired from four positions Prone, Standing, Kneeling and Sitting. Sporting and Match rifles are fitted with adjustable, aperture (peep) metallic target sights and the Match rifles are fitted with slings. Practical class rifles can be any .22 rifle which is not, and never has been, a target rifle, any action and any type of sights (including optical) can be used - many current high quality field / hunting / varmint / plinking .22's are in this category. Telescopic sights, bipods, and rear bags are permitted with F-Class rifles. All F-Class shooting takes place in the prone position.  Detailed F-Class equipment rules are outlined below.

Sporting Rifles must have trigger weight not less than 1.0 kg (2.2 lbs.) and the total weight of the rifle, complete with sights and accessories cannot be more than 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs.) As well, movement of butt plate, upward or downward from the neutral position is limited to +/- 30 mm (1") and palm rests and slings are not to be used. Match Rifles have much lighter trigger pull requirements and the butt plate may be adjusted upward or downward from the neutral position. Sling use is permitted. The weight of these rifles, with sights, cannot exceed 8 kg (17.6 lbs.).

 

In addition to standard competitions using rifles in Match (ISSF), Sporting, Practical, and F-Class, NSRA has introduced .22LR 100m Benchrest which features scoped target type or varmint rifles shooting at very small targets, 30m “Simplified Metallic Silhouette” using various rifle types and steel targets of various sizes and shapes all shot from the standing position, and “Pin Shoots” which involve reactive targets shot ‘against the clock’ from 50m in standing position.

NSRA promotes one major Smallbore Rifle indoor match and conducts several outdoor competitions each year. In early spring the Provincial Indoor Championships are held at one of our affiliated clubs. The main NSRA smallbore activities are held at the outdoor Bull Meadow Range; shooting takes place at 30 m, 50 m and 100 m. Several outdoor competitions and practice sessions are held during the season from mid-April to mid-November.

Practices are mainly intended as preparation for competitions, but members who wish to use field / hunting type .22 rifles are welcome. 

Rifle shooting instruction for new members is available on request.

Our members also participate in other matches held throughout the province by local clubs on a year-round basis.

This style of shooting can lead a competitor to national and international competitions, including the Olympic Games.

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