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National Rimfire Sporter Match

August 1, 2015


CMP Rimfire Sporter Match Procedures & Range Commands
Guide to CMP Rimfire Shooting
Upcoming Club Rimfire Sporter Matches

The CMP National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match offers shooters a recreation-oriented competition where they use smallbore sporter rifles (plinking and small game rifles) commonly owned by almost all gun enthusiasts. This is a unique match where all you need is a rifle and ammo. You fire with standard sporter-type rimfire rifles that can weigh no more than 7 ½ pounds, with sights and sling. Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic; shooters with manually operated actions are given extra time in rapid-fire to compensate for the difference.

There are three classes of competition. There will be the standard “O Class“ for open-sighted rifles and “T-Class” for telescope sighted rifles. In 2010, Rimfire Sporter rules were modified so that competitors can also fire new “Tactical Rimfire” rifles in a new third Rimfire Sporter rifle class.

Firing is done at 50 and 25 yards on a target with a 1.78” ten-ring and an 18” outer one-ring. Even new shooters can get hits on this target, but it’s still tough enough that no one yet has fired a perfect 600x600 score. The Rimfire Sporter course of fire is challenging, new shooters can successfully complete it while experienced shooters find it uniquely challenging. Shooters begin at 50 yards with a sighting or practice series and then shoot ten shots for record slow-fire in the prone position, followed by two five-shot rapid-fire series. This is followed by ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the sitting or kneeling position. Targets are then placed at the 25-yard line where shooters conclude with ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the standing position.

The CMP will offer a Free Rimfire Sporter Clinic on Friday, 31 July 2015, from 4:00-6:00 PM (no equipment is needed for the clinic). Clinic instruction covers Rimfire Sporter rules, safety instructions and competition procedures. The clinic also offers instruction and demonstrations on how to shoot the Rimfire Sporter course of fire. Clinic instruction will cover the firing positions, use of the sling as well as slow and rapid-fire techniques. Shooters who have not previously attended a CMP Rimfire Sporter Match are strongly encouraged to attend the clinic.


While CMP policy prohibits endorsement of any company product or service, we would like to recognize the following companies that will award their own separate products to the top shooters of the 2014 National Rimfire Sporter Match.

Once confirmation is received, sponsors logos will be listed.


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