Briggs and Smith win rifle matches

Bench-rest shooters on the firing line competed October 6 in rimfire rifle matches at the Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club range in White Stone.

The Rappahannock Pistol & Rifle Club held two rimfire rifle matches October 6. One match was restricted to .22 long rifle caliber. The other was open to any type of rimfire rifle.

 Both matches employed the bench-rest shooting position. According to match official Charlie Austin, shooters use a sturdy table platform on which they support their rifles with sand bags or another stabilizing means. Precise shooting at very small targets is the objective.

Each match consisted of 20 shots with a time limit of 20 minutes. Target distance was 50 yards and the total score possible was 200.

Steve Briggs won the .22LR match with a score of 199. Tom Smith finished second with 195, and Joe Urban, third, 194.

In the unrestricted rimfire match, both Smith and Mark Tures shot the maximum of 200. The tie was broken by counting the number of X shots for each. The X area is a ring within the 10 point ring and roughly half its size.

The match win went to Smith on his X shot count of 19, and Tures placed second with 15 X shots. Jeff Manuszak was third.


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