National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match

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About the National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match

The CMP National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match offers shooters a recreation-oriented competition where they use smallbore sporter rifles (plinking and small game rifles) commonly owned by almost all gun enthusiasts. This is a unique match where all you need is a rifle and ammo. You fire with standard sporter-type rimfire rifles that can weigh no more than 7 ½ pounds, with sights and sling.

  • 23 July 2021 – PM Check-In
  • 24 July 2021- Check-In and CMP/AMU Rimfire Sporter Small Arms Firing School
  • 25 July 2021 – CMP Rimfire Sporter Match

Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic; shooters with manually operated actions are given extra time in rapid-fire to compensate for the difference. There will be the standard “O Class” for open-sighted rifles, “T-Class” for telescope sighted rifles, and “TU Class” for tactical unlimited rifles. Firing is done at 50 and 25 yards on a target with a 1.78″ ten-ring and an 18″ outer one-ring. The target is simple enough for a beginner to hit, yet challenging enough that only one competitor in the history of the match has ever fired a perfect 600×600 score.

The Rimfire Sporter course of fire is challenging; new shooters can successfully complete it while experienced shooters find it uniquely challenging. Shooters begin at 50 yards with a sighting or practice series and then shoot ten shots for record slow-fire in the prone position, followed by two five-shot rapid-fire series. This is followed by ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the sitting or kneeling position. Targets are then placed at the 25-yard line where shooters conclude with ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the standing position.

Ammunition will not be issued. Competitors must supply their own good quality, safe ammunition for this match. Competitors will need a total of 60 rounds to fire the Rimfire Sporter Match plus any sighters or range alibis.

Sam stands in front of his flawless Rimfire targets.

If you have questions regarding the Rimfire Sporter Match, please contact Vera Snyder at [email protected] or call (419) 635-2141, ext. 782.

Register for the National Rimfire Sporter Match

  • Registration (Opens March 1st)



While CMP policy prohibits endorsement of any company product or service, we would like to recognize the following companies that will award their own separate products to the top shooters of the 2021 National Rimfire Sporter Match.

If you would like to become an award match sponsor, please contact Christina Roguski at (419) 635-2141, ext. 714 or email [email protected].

Once confirmation is received, sponsor logos will be listed.