Rimfire Challenge

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This is a safe, low-pressure, family-friendly Rimfire Challenge event following the RCSA rule book (www.rimfirechallenge.org). All levels of target shooters (new, novice and experienced) are welcome to compete and each will find a challenge appropriate to his or her level of marksmanship. The match starts at 10am April-October and 12pm November-March with a safety briefing at the beginning of the match. Please arrive early to help set up and stay after to help tear down and pickup shells. Please email rimfirechallenge@ncrgc.org if you need a loaner rifle or handgun for your first challenge (you need both to compete). While we can’t accommodate everyone, we don’t want this to be a barrier for your participation and fun. The cost is 10.00 to participate in this event. 

Background Information

The RCSA Rimfire Challenge, formerly known as the NSSF Rimfire Challenge, introduces participants to the fun and excitement of competitive shooting in a safe, low-pressure, family-friendly format. All levels of target shooters—new, novice and experienced—are welcome to compete. Each will find a challenge appropriate to his or her level of marksmanship.


The Rimfire Challenge was developed with safety in mind. Shooters are required to compete using a rifle and handgun from any manufacturer in .22 Long Rifle caliber. The targets are steel plates that are set in a course of fire that is no less than 5 plates and no more than 7 plates. The course of fire is designed to be completed by even the most inexperienced shooter using one 10-round magazine without the need to reload “on the clock.” Steel plates were chosen as the targets because they are easy to buy or build, and because this type of target provides the shooter with immediate visual and audio feedback.


A unique feature of the RCSA Rimfire Challenge is that experienced participants are encouraged to help new and novice shooters move up to the next level of proficiency by sharing their tips and shooting knowledge. Matches emphasize the friendly, supportive aspects of target shooting and competition. This low-key competition should remind participants that the shooting sports are lifetime activities that are fun and affordable for men, women and youth.


The initial investment required to participate in the RCSA Rimfire Challenge is low compared to other shooting sports. Since .22-caliber ammunition is very affordable, a whole family can shoot without breaking the bank.

All RCSA Rimfire Challenge competitions must include stages for both handgun and rifle chambered for .22 Long Rifle only. Competition is open to all safe and responsible individuals who can legally own or handle a firearm in the jurisdiction of the competition.


Please read the RCSA Rimfire Challenge Rules which you can download below in order to get the most enjoyment out of participating in your matches. It’s important to understand the terminology used to describe participation in a match. The glossary of terms that is provided at the end of this document will help.


As always, remember to safely handle firearms at all times and to store firearms safely when you are finished shooting.


We hope you enjoy the RCSA Rimfire Challenge target shooting experience, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family members to matches as spectators or, even better, as participants.

RCSA Rule Book

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