A good crowd of shooters eager to challenge the steel showed up on the Short Range on the morning of December 31, 2016 for the scheduled .22 Rimfire Challenge Shoot. Each participant had with them a .22 rimfire handgun and a .22 rimfire rifle as needed for this shoot. One by one, each shooter stepped to the firing line and fired 10 shots at the steel – in this case, steel in the shape of a prairie dog, a rabbit, a crow, a squirrel, and a rat – with their handgun in the order prescribed by the match director. Very challenging targets to say the least. Each string of 10 shots was timed and penalties were assessed for target misses and other things. When all the shooters had completed the 50 round handgun shooting some switched to their rifles and proceeded to shoot at the rifle targets as directed. Overall, each shooter fired a total of 50 rounds at the pistol targets and 50 at the rifle targets.
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, lever 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 10 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 for a total of 50 rounds fired. After all shooters have gone through the first target stage, they move to the second target stage and shoot those targets as directed, going through those targets five times for another 50 rounds fired. 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.
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:
1st Place Daryl Fitzpatrick
2nd Place Neil Dozler
3rd Place Dean Backer
My sincere 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