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Durham Pistol & Rifle Club
3973 S. Jim Minor Road Haw River, NC 27258

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Precision Rimfire Match Rules

Safety First

The match will be run with a cold range.

  • Bring all firearms cased and unloaded.
  • Firearms will only be uncased on the firing line when it is time to prepare for your first string.
  • Shooters will move rifles between stages/benches at the direction of the match direction.
  • When you are done with your last string, they will be cased on the firing line as the following shooters are transitioning to their next strings.
  • No firearms will be uncased or handled behind the shooting line.
  • Bolts will be open, chambers empty and visible (or chamber flag inserted), and magazines out when outside the designated shooting period for each stage.
  • No firearms will be handled on the firing line (do not even touch the benches!) while shooters are downrange resetting targets.


  • All firearms will be chambered in 22LR, 22 Long, or 22 Short.
  • Any action type may be used.
  • Only firearms that meet these requirements may be used in Sporter division:
    • Barrel length of 24″ or less
    • Barrel diameter at muzzle of 0.65″ or less (0.75″ or less for octagonal barrels)
    • Total unloaded weight of firearm, magazine, and sights of 8.5 lbs or less
    • No set triggers
    • No barrel weights or tuners
    • Optics magnification of 14x or less (higher powered scopes may be set to 14x or less to meet this requirement)
  • Other firearms may be used in any of the other divisions, as can Sporter firearms.

Other Equipment

  • Ammunition should be standard velocity (1100fps or less). For regular matches, bring at least 50 or 75 rounds per division (20 for record and 5 sighters per stage). For challenge matches, bring at least 75 rounds.
  • Magazine(s) to hold 20 rounds for record, and an additional magazine for sighter shots.
  • Bipod or front sand/bean bag.
  • Rear bags may be used at 100 and 150 yards, but not at 50 yards. Rear bags must be of the simple bean bag or sand sock type. No rear monopods. Challenge matches may use rear bags at all ranges unless briefed otherwise for the string.
  • Tactical division  shooters (only) may use shooting sticks, packs, and other equipment typically utilized in a DMM or PRS style match.
  • This is a precision rimfire match, but not a benchrest match. No F-class type bipods, mechanical front rests, or heavy filled (shot or zirconium sand) or rabbit ear rear bags are allowed. No specialized shooting jackets.
  • Suppressors are welcome and do not count toward barrel length in Sporter division.


  • Competitors will reset and paint their targets after shooting.
  • You may enter the regular match twice, in different divisions, and once for the challenge match.

Regular Match Line Commands

These commands will be given via a public address system and will be pre-recorded for consistency.

0:00 Shooters to the firing line. Your preparation period begins, NOW!

0:45 Load and make ready

0:55 Fire sighter shots, fire sighter shots

1:55 Cease fire. Reload. Cease fire. Reload.

2:05 Fire for record. Fire for record

5:05 Two minutes, two minutes remaining

6:05 One minute, one minute remaining

6:35 Thirty seconds

6:55 Ten seconds

7:05 Cease fire, cease fire, cease fire!

7:20 Unload and show clear, make the line safe. Unload and show clear, make the line safe.

7:30 Verify scorecards, verify scorecards

After line is verified safe and scores are complete, competitors will be cleared to go downrange and reset their targets.

Regular Match Squad/Relay numbers and start times

  1. 10:00 am
  2. 10:20 am
  3. 10:40 am
  4. 11:00 am
  5. 11:20 am
  6. 11:40 am
  7. 12:00 am
  8. 12:20 am
  9. 12:40 am
  10. 1:00 pm
  11. 1:20 pm
  12. 1:40 pm

Challenge Match Line commands

After the stage brief is completed for each stage:

  • Prepare 1 magazine with (n) rounds
  • Preparation period of (n) seconds begins now (generally 60 seconds)
  • Load with (n) rounds and make ready
  • Ready on the left, ready on the right, Fire!
  • Cease fire!
  • Unload and clear, make your rifle safe

For serial stages (one shooter at a time) there will be 2 bench and one tactical positions set up, separate from the individual positions, and prep for the next shooter can start as soon as a completed shooter vacates a position, to overlap the time and speed things up.

Challenge Match Squad/Relay numbers and start times

  1. 10 AM
  2. 11:30 AM
  3. 1 PM
  4. 2:30 PM

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