Precision rimfire matches like NRL22, NRL22X, and PRS Rimfire have exploded in popularity in the recent years. While courses of fire (COFs) vary, and a wide variety of equipment is present at each match, the rimfire matches tend to be less intimidating to new shooters and first
Locate a club near you, show up, shoot, and learn!
Due to the relatively shorter distances required to host a rimfire match, many ranges are able to host this type of match. Its likely that there is a match within a few hours driving from you! If you don’t know of any in your area, most matches are posted to their sanctioning body website (NRL, PRS, etc.), and many clubs have their own social media pages. Getting involved with a club is the start of building your most valuable tool – a support network of extremely knowledgeable and generous fellow competitors. Even if you don’t have your own equipment squared away yet, reach out to the Match Director (MD) and let them know you are interested in getting started. Many clubs have loaner rifles and equipment available for new shooters. Its not unusual for experienced competitors to volunteer their own gear to new shooters. Going into your first match, it is important to set reasonable expectations. Your goals for your first match should be:
Assemble your own gear.
To a new shooter, the sheer number of options in gear can be overwhelming. Fear not, there are only a couple of essentials that you will need to get started: