Welcome to Smallbore shooting

Smallbore Rifle Competition

Besides being a lot of fun, shooting in competition is a great way to learn to shoot better and more accurately.  Making yourself perform at a particular moment in time brings out all of your flaws.  Each match you shoot, will teach you something.  Something you will improve on for the next match.


Rifle -  Your rifle needs to be chambered in .22LR to compete in our matches.  Bolt action or single shot rifles are the easiest to use because we load one round at a time except during rapid fire stages.  Semi-fire rifles are allowed as long as they can be handled with great care.

Note: If you don't own a suitable rifle, The Columbus Rifle Club may provide interested individuals with a firearm for use during a match. Equipment, etc. is available on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to first-time participants and junior shooters (individuals under the age of 18 should always be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Please contact the match director at least 7 (seven) days prior to the event if you are interested in participating in a particular event or match using club supplied equipment and ammunition. 

Rifle Sights - At the matches held at the Clark Memorial Range, both open sights and telescopic sights are allowed.  Generally these two types of sights compete in separate divisions.

Spotting Scope/Stand - Allows you to check your target from a distance. Being able to see where you are hitting is really helpful during a match.  Many times you will be able to see where your shots are hitting by just using your scope on your rifle.

Ammunition - Generally, standard velocity ammunition will shoot more accurately than will high velocity. Sub-sonic ammunition is more accurate at the distances we shoot at in our matches. An ECI (Empty Chamber Indicator) is usually required at smallbore events, matches and competitions. If you need an ECI please contact the match director prior to the event.


Shooting or Range bag is really helpful in transporting all of the "stuff" you will need for a match. A pencil/pen for scoring and water for you to drink on a warmday. Shooting mat, or piece of carpet to lay on during prone shooting portions of a match. Laying on concrete is not much fun. Shooting coat, glove, sling, kneeling roll, are all helpful but not absolutely needed.

Courses of Fire

Smallbore rifle competition are held over distances of 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards.  We normally fire from the covered firing line for safety and organizational purposes.
We hold a variety of different types of match at the CRC range each year.  Below is a list of the matches we have held in the past.

Type of Match Distance (yards) Shots Restrictions
Prone Match 50 & 100 80 None
Mini Palma/F Class 50, 100 & 200 60 None
CMP Sporter 25, 50 & 100 60 Magazine capacity >= 5
3 Position 50 & 100 60 None


A typical target is shown below.  The single bull is for sighters and the four lower bulls are for scoring shots. Each competitor may shoot as many sighting shots as they want at the top bull and five scoring shots at each of the four lower bulls for a total of 20 shots in 22 minutes.

50 yard target (the 100 yard target has 3 bulls)