It was a beautiful morning for “ringing the steel” as a good crowd of shooters showed up on the Short Range on the morning of April 29, 2017 for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot. Each participant had with them a .22 rimfire revolver as needed for this shoot.
In the .22 rimfire challenge game the shooter faces off with either a .22 rimfire handgun and/or a .22 rimfire rifle against five or more steel targets placed at various distances and heights. Firearms can be semi-automatics, leaver actions, revolvers, etc. as long as they meet the requirements of the particular shoot. No fancy equipment is needed.
The challenge part of the .22 rimfire challenge shoot comes in as the shooter attempts to place shots, as directed, on each target as quickly and accurately as they can. Each shooter when called to the shooting line loads the set number of rounds and shoots at the steel targets as rapidly and accurately as possible. The goal is to hit the targets as directed by the match director in the least amount of time with no misses. Time penalties are charged for each target missed or for such things as shooting targets in the wrong order. Each shooter goes through the first round of targets five times. After all shooters have gone through the first target stage, they move to the second target stage, if there is one, and shoot those targets as directed, going through those targets five times. At the conclusion of each stage the shooter is allowed to toss out his/her worst time and then record the sum of his/her best four times for score for the stage.
For this shoot, at Stage 1, one by one, each shooter stepped to the 10 yard firing line and as directed loaded and fired six rounds at the steel – in this case four white painted steel targets in the shape of animals and one round white painted steel stop target. Each string of six shots was timed and penalties were assessed for target misses and other things. Each shooter went through the sequence five times for a total of 30 rounds fired.
Then it was off to Stage 2 with targets set at twenty yards. In this stage the targets consisted of two squares, two diamonds, and one round steel stop target. Here each shooter in turn loaded six rounds, shot those six, then manually reloaded another six rounds, and shot those. Again, each shooter went through the targets five times for a total of 60 rounds fired.
After all the score sheets were tallied for this shoot and the times placed into the official record, shooting honors for this event went to:
Stage 1 Stage 2 Overall
1st Place Dan Dolan 1st Place Dan Dolan 1st Place Dan Dolan
2nd Place Tim Brown 2nd Place James Krhemke 2nd Place James Krhemke
3rd Place Dean Backer 3rd Place Tim Brown 3rd Place Tim Brown
My thanks to everyone who came out to this shoot, helped set up and tear down, and had a good time making the steel targets ring. There will be another one, so for those who didn’t come out, watch the calendar for the next one. Bear this in mind; every hit on the steel makes the steel ring – a sound that brings gladness to the ears and a smile to the lips. Come on out and get your smiles on.
Tim Brown…………Match Director