New Shooting Discipline – NRL22
Bryon Fessler, NRL22 Match Director
Over the past decade, precision rifle matches have gained a lot of attention and the goal of the National Rifle League (NRL) 22 is to make tactical rifle shooting more available to the community. All it takes is a few of the 100-yard lanes at the Rifle Range and a 22 rifle to compete. The monthly course of fire, NRL22 Standard Target Package and standard barricades are all intended to be turnkey solutions to simple, fun and affordable precision rifle matches. Stages often utilize simple obstacles such as ladders, cinder blocks, 55-gallon drums, tank traps, tires, pallets, fence posts, etc. The goal of the stages is to keep things as simple as possible while still challenging shooters. Oh, and there will be plenty of prone and unsupported shooting stages as well. Shooting, learning and having fun are the basis of competitive shooting and fellow competitors is what makes these matches so enjoyable. New shooters can ask questions and learn from competitors that have been around for a while and if advice or gear is needed, we readily make it available. While at the matches, please assist with setting up, keeping score, cleaning up and tearing down. This helps to keep things moving fluidly and it is greatly appreciated.
There are 4 classes in total and they are Open, Base, Ladies and Young Guns (8-16). All classes must utilize rifles chambered in .22 Long Rifle. The Open class is unlimited in the rifle and optic they use. Ladies and Young Guns may also utilize any rifle and optic. Young guns must be able to manipulate the rifle safely on their own, but voice coaching is absolutely encouraged. The last class is the Base class which is for the budget minded shooter (rifles with MSRP of $350 or less and optics with MSRP of $700 or less).
The monthly shoots will take place from June to February. The 5 courses of fire will always consist of 2 prone stages, 1 positional, 1 barricade and a 5th that can be any of those things. 4 of the stages will be with steel at 10 points per hit. 1 stage will be on paper and scoring from 10 down to a possible 1 based on accuracy to help break ties. You are not required to join the NRL22 but if you do you will be eligible for monthly prizes that sponsors donate to the program.
We will be holding “clinics” between now and June so be sure to look out for those in future newsletters and on the Club’s calendar. We will also be standing up a new webpage with additional information. Merry Christmas NCRGC Members and I look forward to seeing you out at the Range.