National Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match
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.
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.
NEW IN 2021: CMP/AMU Rimfire Sporter Small Arms Firing School will be held July 24th. Participants will have classroom instruction as well as on the range training. This class will be taught by the Army Marksmanship Unit.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no BBQ or Awards Ceremony. All award plaques and medals will be mailed.
- CMP Rimfire Sporter Match Procedures and Range Commands
- CMP Guide to Rimfire Sporter Shooting
- Find Upcoming Club Rimfire Sporter Matches
- View Last Year’s National Rimfire Sporter Match Results
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.
Once confirmation is received, sponsor logos will be listed.