I know you're not local but most of these matches at most

by Hobie ⌂ @, Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Sunday, September 09, 2018, 08:49 (36 days ago) @ Bri A

clubs are open to the public. Look at IR50/50 and this is an excellent article. which has a number of links at the end of the article.

We have our own rules. We don't use weight classes but instead have 3 classes: sporter/"squirrel"/semi-auto, limited and unlimited. The limited and unlimited classes are mostly different in that guns can't have barrel tuners and two-piece rests must be used in the limited class. ANY .22LR gun can be used in the unlimited but it might not be competitive. Our competitors have improved to the point that most shoots are won by scores in the 490-500 (500 is best possible) and winners chosen by number of Xs. Those shooters are often shooting the best possible ammo and out of $2-3K rifle/scope off $500-600 rests. HOWEVER, shooters with lower level ammo and less expensive guns shooting off very basic rests have won. I am usually the only person competing in the semi-auto class, with a borrowed rifle and we might change the rules to bring in more shooters.

Our matches are becoming more popular. We usually have 1 each month, April through September. The club started with attendance by 7-12 shooters and we now generally have 25-27 shooters, some shooting in multiple classes. We have a lunch available and pay out 50% of the entry fees ($10 each class) as prizes. We also open at 10:00 for practice until the beginning of the match at 1:00 which seems to be part of the draw.

There are a couple of local shooters who have matches at their homes/farms but some of those seem to be, according to some attendees, to be centered around the food! I think there is probably something for everyone from the national organization such as the IR50/50 which allows for national recognition (we have one national champion at our club) to the equivalent of a pick-up game which is mostly about fellowship.

Try it, you might like it.

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Sincerely,

Hobie


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