Rimfire Benchrest Association Rules:
Revision No. 5, January 05, 2008
Table Of Contents
Course of Fire
Sanctioned Match Requirements
Duties of Officials
State or World Record Target
Rimfire Benchrest Association News
A Guide for Match Directors
State, Regional, Nationals
Requirements for Champion
Shooter of the Year
Club Grand Agg Champion
Class Grand Champions
Club Class Champions
Rimfire Benchrest Association HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame Points
COURSE OF FIRE
A match contests three classes: Sporter Class, 10.5 Lb.
Class, and Unlimited Class targets. A match may also contest three Unlimited
or Sporter Class only targets with individual targets contested and a three
target aggregate winner determined in Champion
Matches may be scheduled in one of these formats: (1.) Three gun match (Sporter, 10.5 Lb. and Unlimited classes) (2.) Unlimited Class only match, and (3.) Combination match (Sporter, 10.5 Lb, Unlimited, Unlimited, Unlimited), (4.) Sporter Class only match.
Combination matches will be sanctioned as two separate matches and the first Unlimited target will count in both the Three Gun match and the Unlimited only match. The Club and match Director can choose the format desired.
A competitor may compete only one time in each match.
A club must be sanctioned to hold an officially
recognized Rimfire Benchrest
match. Sanction fees are set by the Board of
A. 50 Yards or 50 Meters
1 There must be a minimum of four competitors.
2 A club must have a minimum of four benches.
3 The commence fire command for the first relay can not be before .
4 All competitors on each relay must be contesting the same class.
5 Three gun matches must be contested in the following order:
First: Sporter Class Second: 10.5 Class Third: Unlimited Class
A club that has an indoor range consisting of at least four benches may be sanctioned by Rimfire Benchrest Association. All official records will be recorded. All indoor matches will have a 25 minute time limit.
A club that has an outdoor range with at least four indoor or partially closed benches may be sanctioned by Rimfire Benchrest Association. All official records will be recorded separately.
D. Registration Fees
A registration fee of $1.50 per per target, plus the signed registration forms with scores must be sent to Rimfire Benchrest within thirty, (30) days after match is held to be recognized as a sanctioned match. It will be the responsibility of Rimfire Benchrest Association to publish the results of the matches to all shooters. This may be done through the Rimfire Benchrest newsletter, a special mailing, or through electronic means.
E. Entry Fees
Entry fees per class for a match
The legality of any method, device, or equipment not addressed in these rules will be determined by Rimfire Benchrest Association
.22 Rimfire – Chambered for Short, Long, or Long Rifle.
Ammunition must be a lead projectile in .22 Rimfire
Competitors using hand loaded ammunition and/or ammunition produced with jacketed bullet, or ammunition not available from usual outlets will be disqualified.
C. Wind Flags
Wind flags can be utilized. Shooters must place wind flags in position before match begins. Wind flags cannot be moved or taken down until match is over. If a flag is in a shooter's line of sight, the Match Director or referee will lay the flag on the ground. This must be done before commence fire. Any type of string line flag system is not allowed.
D. Sand Bags
Front rest must be topped with some form of sandbag. Rear rest must be a sandbag. Sandbags must be made of leather or cloth. The front and rear rests will not be connected to each other, the bench or the gun. Only sandbags can touch sides and bottom of stock except that a thin plastic film or cloth may be attached to the stock where it touches the bag only for the purpose of reducing friction between the stock and sand bag. When rifle is raised straight up, the front and/or rear rest must not raise up with rifle. If the front and/or rear rest raise up with rifle, the front and/or rear rest must be weighed with rifle to determine eligibility. Front and rear rifle rest must be on top of the bench but not attached to the bench. Sand bag and rest rules do not apply to the Unlimited Class.
The Official Rimfire Benchrest Association TARGET purchased from Rimfire Benchrest Association must be used. Targets are to be taken down by the target crew and given directly to scorer.
Rifle and scope must weigh 7 1/2 lbs. or under. Scopes
limited to 6.5 power maximum. Variable scopes must be set at the legal power
and taped by a referee. Rifle must be a repeater and must be capable of
holding two or more rounds in a clip or magazine. Stock must be 2 1/4" or
under at its widest point. Holes can not be drilled or cut in exterior of
stock to make the legal weight. Rifle must be designed to be shoulder fired.
No vibration tuning devices allowed. No electronic or mechanically assisted
triggers allowed. Effective
B. 10.5 Lb.
Unlimited scope power. Gun and scope must weigh 10 1/2 lbs. or under. Stock must be 3" or under at its widest point. Barrel, action, or sleeve can be bedded. Bedding can be by glue-in or bolt in. No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers allowed.
Unlimited scope power and weight. Firearm must sit entirely on bench and cannot be attached to the bench.
A. Scoring Plug
The Myers 3X scoring plug, Toxvard SuperPlug, or a .22 Caliber Rig scoring plug must be used at all matches and are the official Rimfire Benchrest scoring devices. The scoring plug is to be inserted so the glass is flat against the paper.
B. Scoring Protest
After targets are scored, targets must be hung for competitor review. Targets are not to be handled by competitors until match results are declared official by Match Director. After last relay's targets are hung up, Match Director must give competitors a minimum of ten minutes to file any scoring protests with the referees. If a competitor removes his target before the match results have been declared official by the Match Director, the competitor will be disqualified. A Match Director may impose a $2.00 scoring protest fee per bullet hole. A $2.00 protest fee is required at State, Regional, and National Championships.
C. Scoring Procedure
Each target block is worth ten points. The inner most
ring counts ten points, the next ring out counts 9 points, and each
succeeding ring counts one point less. If a bullet hole touches a line or X,
The Referees will check the targets starting with the
#1 target block. First target block with higher points
1. Two Gun agg ties
Referees will check score of Sporter class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under "TIES".
2. Three Gun Agg Ties
Referees will check score of Sporter class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under "TIES'. If Unlimited only matches are contested, ties will be broken by comparing the first target, then the second target, then the third to resolve.
3. Four Gun Agg Ties
Referees will check score of Sporter class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists check targets beginning with 10.5 at 50 yards as stated under "TIES".
4. Six Gun Agg Ties
Referees will check score of Sporter class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10. 5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of Unlimited class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 yards as stated under "TIES'.
5. Two Gun Class Aggs. Ties.
Referees will check the score of the 50 yard target to
determine the winner. Highest score wins. If a tie still exists, check the
targets starting with the #1 target block. First target block with higher
If a shooter fires on another shooter's target and admits mistake to Referee, shooter who fires on another target will be given that shot minus one point. Shooters must notify Match Director at once if a crossfire occurs. Match Director will make note of the cross fire so that the shooter whose target was shot will not be penalized. If a shooter fires on another person's target and will not admit mistake, he may be disqualified.
DUTIES OF OFFICIALS
A. Match Director
Person in charge of Match. Responsible for monitoring and timing each relay. The Match Director may assign the monitoring and timing duties to another person. Must have match sanctioned by requesting dates for matches in advance. Must send in results of each match with $1.50 fee per target and registration forms provided with scores within 30 days of match date. Must sign and send in all possible World or State Record targets with match results within 30 days of match date or target will be disqualified.
Three referees will be appointed by Match Director. Referee can not be scorer. Referees will decide problems in crossfire, protests in scoring, eligibility of guns and rests, and any other protests that may arise. Referees at anytime before commence fire and after cease fire may inspect and weigh gun, or inspect rest or scope to determine if shooter is in compliance with rules. Referees must weigh at least the first three winning guns in each class. Referees may weigh any other rifles. Referees will decide outcome of any protests lodged by competitors before, during, and after match. Referees must tape all variable scopes in Sporter Class before commence fire. An alternate referee should be named in case one of the three referees has filed a protest or is involved in a protest. Match Director cannot be a referee
Appointed by Match Director to score targets. Scorer must have an approved scoring plug provided by the club. Match Director can also be scorer. All officials can compete in matches. Scorer cannot be referee.
WORLD or STATE RECORD TARGET
Only official Rimfire Benchrest Association targets
sent from sanctioned matches will be considered. It is the
Any shooter may protest his target, someone else’s target, questionable guns or rests or other problems that may arise. Referees will decide all protest and their decision is final. The only protest a club can charge a fee for is a scoring protest
Match to start at predetermined time. Registration for each class will close at the beginning of the first relay of Each Class. Registration forms are to be filled out and signed by each competitor.
A. Drawing for Benches
Drawing for benches is required at all sanctioned
B. Empty Benches
No one will occupy any unused bench at a match for any reason.
Scales must be available to all
There will be no loud talk or noise on or around the firing line during a match. Match Director or referees may disqualify any person who disregards this rule. No person other than a shooter, match director, or referee will be allowed on the firing line while shooting is taking place. An exception may be granted by the Match Director to allow another shooter to help a new shooter in his first match. Shooters should not leave the benches after completing their target until the shooter on either side has completed all record shots.
Rifles must be equipped with trigger guards. All rifles must have bolts removed at all times except when shooting (Rifles without removable bolts must have actions open with a safety flag inserted). Rifles are NEVER to be on the bench until the Match Director calls the relay to the line after determining that the range is secure. When anyone is down range, NO RIFLES will be allowed on benches.
An alternative procedure at the Sanctioning clubs option is to allow rifles to remain on the bench when someone is down range with bolts removed (or safety flags inserted for rifles without removable bolts) and competitors behind and away the benches until the Match Director calls shooters to the line.
Loss of sanctioning may result if these procedures are not followed.
Rimfire Benchrest News
Scheduled Dates and places matches will be held,
results of matches, and other information are publi
The Match Director for each sanctioned club will receive Rimfire Benchrest NEWS for the current sanctioned year.
1. Match Director must post Rimfire Benchrest rules at all sanctioned matches. Match must start at predetermined time.
2. Match Director must appoint three referees before
match begins. An alternate referee
3. Drawing for benches is required. Registration for a class must close at the beginning of the first relay of the each Class.
4. A match contests three targets. Competitors must
place any wind flags in position before the match begins. Wind
flags cannot be moved or taken down by competitors until after the last
relay of the match has been contested.
However, in Champion
5. After the targets are hung and the Match Director determines that the range is safe, the Match Director then calls the first relay of the Sporter Class to the line. Competitors in that relay will approach the line and place their rifles in their rests. For each Sporter Class relay, variable scopes must be checked and taped at 6.5 power by referees. When the match is ready to begin, the Match Director will then ask "is the firing line ready?" If ready, Match Director will then give the following commands - (1)" Ready on the right?” (2) “Ready on the Left", (3) "The line is ready", (4) “Replace bolts" followed by approximately a five second delay, then (5) "Commence fire". The time for the match will begin with the "commence fire" command.
Under no circumstances will a shooter load a round into a rifle before the "commence fire" command is called.
If for any reason firing must be stopped, Match
Director will call out 'Cease fire, unload rifles, Remove bolts, and step
back from bench". When problem is corrected, Match Director will add two (2)
minutes to the remaining time and give the command to resume fire. When time
has expired, Match Director will call out "Cease fire, remove bolts,
and remove rifles from bench". If someone fires after cease fire is
6. If possible, scorer
7. A competitor can protest the scoring on his target
or the scoring on another competitor's target. A $2 protest fee per bullet
hole is required at all Champion
8. Only referees can remove and rescore protested targets. Targets must not be removed or handled by competitors until match results are declared official. If a competitor removes his target before results are declared official, he may be disqualified.
9. After targets from the last relay of the Unlimited Class are hung up, a minimum of ten minutes must be allowed for scoring protests. Match Director will then declare the protest period over.
10. Referees must weigh all winning Sporter and 10 ½ lb. rifles. After winning rifles are weighed, Match Director will declare match results official. If a winning competitor leaves the match early, it is the competitor’s responsibility to have his rifles weighed and certified as legal by a referee before leaving. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
11. If a competitor has
STATE, REGIONALS and NATIONAL Championships
Sanctioning of State and Regional Championships, and the Nationals will be determined by Rimfire Benchrest Association’s board of directors.
A 3 gun aggregate (Sporter, 10.5 and Unlimited classes)
and a 2 gun aggregate (Sporter and 10½ Lb. class) will be contested at State
and Regional Champion
In addition, at the Nationals only, 2-gun Class aggregates will be contested in order to determine an overall Sporter, 10.5 Lb., and Unlimited Champion.
The five match dates that have been scheduled by a club
for the Shooter of the Year competition
can be the same dates scheduled
by that club for a State and Regional Champion
REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
A written request to hold a Champion
SHOOTER OF THE YEAR
CLUB GRAND AGG CHAMPION
This competition will be for matches held Outdoors, Indoors, or Altered at 50 yards or 50 meters. Yards and meters matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the Year competition. Indoor, Altered, and outdoor matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the year competition. There must be a minimum of six clubs at the end of the year that has contested the SOTY for the National SOTY title to be recognized.
A total of five matches must be scheduled by a sanctioned club. Matches must be held between January 1 and December 31 of the current year. Dates must be sent in advance to Rimfire Benchrest Association for approval. If a club wants to hold more than five matches in one year, then five dates must be specified in advance for the matches that will count towards this competition.
FIVE matches must be scheduled and the best four matches will be used in determining Shooter of the Year results.
Perfect score is 3000--300x's. Four matches,
The highest total score of the best four for all three classes for the five matches will constitute the winner. The winner at each sanctioned local club will be awarded the title "Club Grand Champion”.
An exception to the January 1 to December 31 dates above is allowed when a club holds winter indoor matches where the schedule crosses year end and only four SOTY matches are scheduled with all four counting towards SOTY.
The four matches must be
Each competitor that has been named "Club Grand
Champion" will automatically be eligible to be named "Shooter of the Year".
The "Shooter -of the Year" will be determined by the total of the scores
that have been
CLASS GRAND CHAMPIONS
CLUB CLASS CHAMPIONS
This competition will be for matches held indoors or
outdoors at 50 yards or 50 meters. Indoor and outdoor matches cannot be
mixed for Shooter of the year competition. There must be a minimum of SIX
clubs at the end of the year that has contested the Class Champion
A total of FIVE matches must be scheduled by a sanctioned club and the best four matches will be used in determining Club Championship results.
Matches must be held between January 1 and December 31 of the current year. Matches can be the same five matches designated for Shooter of the Year. Dates must be sent in advance to Rimfire Benchrest for approval. If a club wants to hold more than five matches in one year, then five dates must be specified in advance for the matches that will count towards this competition.
Perfect score is 1000--100x's.
The highest total score for each class for the best FOUR MATCHES will constitute the three winners. The winners at each sanctioned local club will be awarded the title “Club Class Champion".
Match results, along with registration fees, must be sent in within 30 days after each shoot is held. “Shooter of The Year” scores will be recorded and maintained on the RBA SOTY data base from the match results submitted by the Match Directors and the RBA schedule designating the SOTY matches. Match results, along with registration fees, must be sent in within 30 days after each match is held.
The four matches must be
Each competitor that has been named "Club Class Champion" will automatically be eligible to be named "National Class Grand Champion". The “National Class Grand Champions" will be determined by the total of the scores that have been shot at the four sanctioned matches. Highest total score will be the winner.
In case of a tie, the highest score shot will determine the winner. If a tie still exists, the next highest score will be used and so on.
The STANDINGS is a ranking system that determines the
top Rimfire Benchrest competitors across the
Rimfire Benchrest Hall of Fame
Hall Of Fame Points will only be awarded for
There will be three levels of Hall of Fame Points.
Bronze Level - 40 Points
Silver Level - 80 Points
Gold Level - 120 Points
Points will be awarded for a first place finish for the following:
Sporter Class 2 Points
10.5 Class 2 Points
Unlimited Class 2 Points
2-Gun Agg 3 Points
3-Gun Agg 4 Points
4-Gun Agg 5 Points
6-Gun Agg 7 Points
2-Gun Class Agg 3 Points
3-Target Unlimited/Sporter Agg 4 Points
6-Target Unlimited/Sporter Agg. 7 Points
10 Gun Combo Agg 8 Points
State and Regional Championships
Sporter Class 1 Point
10.5 1 Point
Unlimited 1 Point
2-Gun 2 Points
3-Gun 3 Points
4-Gub 4 Points
6-Gun 5 Points
3-Target Unlimited/Sporter Agg. 3 Points
6-Target Unlimited/Sporter Agg. 5 Points
Sporter Class 1 Point
10.5 1 Point
Unlimited 1 Point
Club SOTY 2 Points
Club Unlimited SOTY 2 Points
National Grand Agg 2 Points
National Unlimited Grand Agg. 2 Points
World Record target 4 Points
State Record target 2 Points
STANDINGS Champion 4 Points
Match Director 1 Point