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What is it?
Minirifle is the term for dynamic shooting with .22rf rifles where the time taken to shoot the targets also affects the overall score as well as the points accrued by the position of the shots on the scoring faces.
The NRA has supported and provided the governance umbrella for this area of shooting for many years and supports it by providing a greater range of competitions at Bisley as well as running a national league to support the sport across the country and encourage grass roots participation. The NRA minirifle League is the largest of its type in the UK and entry to its matches is open to all, not just NRA members.
These events are always different from venue to venue and the competitors are faced with a different shooting challenge at each match; the winner is the person that can shoot all the targets in the shortest time.
Given the diverse nature of the discipline you will find examples of all types of .22RF rifles , sighting systems and ancillary equipment in use. Various different sighting systems are also used and the majority of competitors will use a red-dot type sight
These fast growing events require not only marksmanship, but thought, movement, and complete familiarity with the rifle and its zero. Each competitor shoots each stage against the clock under the close supervision of a range officer who wields an electronic timer which picks up the sound of the shots. The shooter with the quickest time usually wins that stage, provided that they have hit all the targets. No two matches are ever the same – Paper targets are always used and the highest 2 hits per target are normally scored, you may also be faced with reactive targets that fall when hit. Moving targets are also used where the club has the facilities and you can be faced with anywhere from 1 to 30 targets at ranges from 5 to 100 metres!
Contact the League Director James Harris at for more information.
How to get involved
With clubs hosting matches from the south coast to the far North of England on a regular basis you are sure to find somewhere to suit you. If you have trouble finding a club please contact the league director for more information. If you are a member of a home office approved club you are able to borrow either club firearms of those of other club members if you have not yet purchased our on or wish to try this type of shooting without commiting to en expensive purchase
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