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SECTION I

COURSE OF FIRE

25 record shots at 50 yards or 50 meters in 30 minutes (20 Minutes for Indoor Matches) from a bench at one target, on an open air, indoor range, or altered range.

MATCH DEFINITION

A match contests three classes: Sporter Class, 10.5 Lb. Class, and Unlimited. Class. A competitor can compete only one time in each class.

SANCTIONED MATCH REQUIREMENTS

A club must be sanctioned to hold an officially recognized Rimfire Benchrest match. Sanction fees are set by the Board of Directors. Match dates and starting time for matches must be sent to Rimfire Benchrest thirty (30) days in advance of first match date. Sanctioning by RBA of a club's scheduled matches may be forfeited by that club if matches are not held in accordance with the Official Rules stated in this rule book. MATCH REQUIREMENTS A. 50Yards or 50Meters 1. There must be a minimum of four competitors. 2. A club must have a minimum of four benches. 3. Matches must be scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, or a national holiday approved by the Board of Directors. The commence fire command for the first relay can not be before 8:00am. 4. All competitors on each relay, must be contesting the same class. 5. Classes must be contested in the following order: First: Sporter Class Second: 10.5 Class Third: Unlimited Class B. Indoor A club that has an indoor range consisting of at least four benches may be sanctioned by Rimfire Benchrest Association All official records will be recorded. All indoor matches will have a 20 minute time limit. C. Altered A club that has an outdoor range with at least four indoor or partially closed benches may be sanctioned by Rimfire Bencherest Association All offricial records will be recorded separately. D. Registration Fees A registration fee of $1.50 per per target, plus the signed registration forms with scores must be sent to Rimfire Benchrest within thirty, (30) days after match is held to be recognized as a sanctioned match. It will be the responsibility of Rimfire Benchrest Association to publish the results of the matches to all shooters. This may be done through the Rimfire Benchrest news, a special mailing, or through electronic means. E. Entry Fees Entry fees per class for a match shall not exceed $10.00. The entry fee for a National Championship match will be $65.00 Cash awards are allowed.

EQUIPMENT

The legality of any method, device, or equipment not addressed in these rules will be determined by Rimfire Benchrest Association. A. Rifle .22 Rimfire - Chambered for Short, Long, or Long Rifle. B. Ammunition Ammunition must be a lead projectile in .22 Rimfire short, long, or long rifle caliber and available for purchase at usual retail or mail order outlets. Competitors using hand loaded ammunition and/or ammunition produced with jacketed bullet, or ammunition not available from usual outlets will be disqualified. C. Wind Flags Wind flags can be utilized. Shooters must place wind flags in position before match begins. Wind flags cannot be moved or taken down until match is over. If a flag is in a shooter's line of sight, the Match Director or referee will lay the flag on the ground. This must be done before commence fire. Any type of string line flag system is not allowed. D. Sand Bags Front rest must be topped with some form of sandbag. Rear rest must be a sandbag. Sandbags must be made of leather or cloth. The front and rear rests will not be connected to each other, the bench or the gun. Only sandbags can touch sides and bottom of stock. When rifle is raised straight up, the front and/or rear rest must not raise up with rifle. If the front and/or rear rest raise up with rifle, the front and/or rear rest must be weighed with rifle to determine eligibility. Front and rear rifle rest must be placed directly on top of the bench but not attached to the bench. Sand bag and rest rules do not apply to the Unlimited Class. E. Target The Official Rimfire Benchrest Association TARGET purchased from Rimfire Benchrest Association must be used. Targets are to be taken down by the target crew and given directly to scorer.

CLASSES

A. Sporter Rifle and scope must weigh 7 1/2 lbs. or under. Scopes limited to 6.5 power maximum. Variable scopes must be set at the legal power and taped by a referee. Rifle must be a repeater and must be capable of holding two or more rounds in a clip or magazine. Rifle must be able to feed from the magazine or clip by bolt operation. Rifle must have a working safety. Stock must be made of wood and be readily identifiable as wood if inspected by a referee. Stock must be 2 1/4"; or under at its widest point. Holes can not be drilled or cut in exterior of stock to make the legal weight. Rifle must be designed to be shoulder fired. Rifle barrel cannot be fluted. No vibration tuning devices allowed. No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers allowed. B. 10.5 Lb. Unlimited scope power. Gun and scope must weigh 10 1/2 lbs. or under. Stock must be 3" or under at its widest point. Barrel, action, or sleeve can be bedded. Bedding can be by glue-in or bolt in. Gun must be designed to be shoulder fired. No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers allowed. C. Unlimited Unlimited scope power and weight. Rifle must sit entirely on bench and cannot be attached to the bench. No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers allowed. Any type of front and/or rear rest may be used.

SCORING

A. Scoring Plug The Toxvard SuperPlug or a Rig scoring plug are the official Rimfire Benchrest scoring devices and must be used by all clubs. The scoring plug is to be inserted so the glass is flat against the paper. B. Scoring Protest After targets are scored, targets must be hung for competitor review. Targets are not to be handled by competitors until match results are declared official by Match Director. After last relay's targets are hung up, Match Director must give competitors a minimum of ten minutes to file any scoring protests with the referees. If a competitor removes his target before the match results have been declared official by the Match Director, the competitor will be disqualified. A Match Director may impose a $2.00 scoring protest fee per bullet hole. A $2.00 protest fee is required at State, Regional, and National Championships. C. Scoring Procedure Each target block is worth ten points. The inner most ring counts ten points, the next ring out counts 9 points, and each succeeding ring counts one point less. If a bullet hole touches a line or X, shooter receives the highest point (Best edge scoring). The score (or points lost) is to be written in the block provided in the lower right hand corner of the target square. If a plug must be used, the letter (P) must be written in the block provided in upper right hand corner of the target square. If a shot is in the target box but misses the largest ring, the score is four (minus 6). If a target is not shot, the score is zero (minus 10). If more than one shot appears in target square, shooter receives lowest score minus one (1) points. Perfect score: 250 and 25X's. If the first shot on paper unintentionally hits a record target, shooter must notify Match Director before second shot is fired. Match Director must check target before second shot is fired and make note on target and shooter will not be charged for that shot. Any shot touching target square's inside or outside border lines will be counted in that block. A plug is to be used if visible determination cannot be made by scorer. Any bullet hole that is between blocks shall be plugged. The block that contains the majority of the bullet hole will count for that block. D. Ties The Referees will check the targets starting with the #1 target block. First target block with higher points shot wins. If tie still exists after checking target blocks I through 25, go to #1 target block and check X's. The first one who gets an X and the other one does not match it wins. If tie still exists, go to #1 target block and the first X completely plugged out wins if not matched by other competitor. 1. Two Gun agg ties Referees will check score of Sporter class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under "TIES". 2. Three Gun Agg Ties Referees will check score of Sporter class to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class as stated under "TIES". 3. Four Gun Agg Ties Referees will check score of Sporter class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists check targets beginning with 10.5 at 50 yards as stated under "TIES". 4. Six Gun Agg Ties Referees will check score of Sporter class at 50 yards to determine winner. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10. 5 class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of Unlimited class at 50 yards. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check targets beginning with Sporter class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists, check score of 10.5 class at 50 meters. Highest score wins. If tie still exists check targets be- ginning with Sporter class at 50 yards as stated under "TIES". E. Crossfire If a shooter fires on another shooter's target and admits mistake to Referee, shooter who fires on another target will be given that shot minus one point. Shooters must notify Match Director at once if a crossfire occurs. Match Director will make note of the cross fire so that the shooter whose target was shot will not be penalized. If a shooter fires on another person's target and will not admit mistake, he may be disqualified.

DUTIES OF OFFICIALS

A. Match Director Person in charge of Match. Responsible for monitoring and timing each relay. The Match Director may assign the monitoring and timing duties to another person. Must have match sanctioned by requesting dates for matches in advance. Must send in results of each match with $1.50 fee per target and registration forms provided with scores within 30 days of match date. Must sign and send in all possible World Record targets with match results within 30 days of match date or target will be disqualified. B. Referees Three referees will be appointed by Match Director. Referee can not be scorer. Referees will decide problems in crossfire, protests in scoring, eligibility of guns and rests, and any other protests that may arise. Referees at anytime before commence fire and after cease fire may inspect and weigh gun, or inspect rest or scope to determine if shooter is in compliance with rules. Referees must weigh at least the first three winning guns in each class. Referees may weigh any other rifles. Referees will decide outcome of any protests lodged by competitors before, during, and after match. Referees must tape all variable scopes in Sporter Class before commence fire. An alternate referee should be named in case one of the three referees has filed a protest or is involved in a protest. Match Director cannot be a referee. C. Scorer Appointed by Match Director to score targets. Scorer must have a Toxvard SuperPlug or Rig scoring plug provided by club. Match Director can also be scorer. All officials can compete in matches. Scorer cannot be referee.

WORLD RECORD TARGET

Only official Rimfire Benchrest Association targets sent from sanctioned matches will be considered. It is the shooter's responsibility to see that target is signed by the Match Director and three (3) Referees at the end of the match. Match Director must mail target and results of match to the Rimfire Benchrest Association within THIRTY days of match date. PROTESTS Any shooter may protest his target, someone else’s target, questionable guns or rests or other problems that may arise. Referees will decide all protest and their decision is final. The only protest a club can charge a fee for is a scoring protest.

REGISTRATION

Match to start at predetermined time. Registration for each class will close at the beginning of the first relay of Each Class. Registration forms are to be filled out and signed by each competitor.

BENCHES

A. Drawing for benches is required at all sanctioned matches. Shooters sharing rifles or equipment may use the same bench if more than one relay is held for each class. If pre-registration is utilized, the Match Director may assign benches in advance. If benches are assigned in advance, bench rotation is required and each competitor will shoot each class from a different bench. B. Empty Benches No one will occupy any unused bench at a match for any reason.

SCALES

Scales must be available to all shooters to determine class. Each club should have a 7.5 lb. Weight, and a 10.5 lb. weight to check scales.

SPORTSMANSHIP

There will be no loud talk or noise on or around the firing line during a match. Match Director or referees may disqualify any person who disregards this rule. No person other than a shooter, match director, or referee will be allowed on the firing line while shooting is taking place. An exception may be granted by the Match Director to allow another shooter to help a new shooter in his first match. Shooters should not leave the benches after completing their target until the shooter on either side has completed all record shots.

SAFETY

Rifles must be equipped with trigger guards. All rifles must have bolts removed at all times except when shooting (Rifles without removable bolts must have actions open with a safety flag inserted). Rifles are NEVER to be on the bench until the Match Director calls the relay to the line after determining that the range is secure. When anyone is down range, NO RIFLES will be allowed on benches. Loss of sanctioning may result if this procedure is not followed.

RIMFIRE BENCHREST NEWS

Scheduled Dates and places matches will be held, results of matches, and other information are published in Rimfire Benchrest NEWS. The Match Director for each sanctioned club will receive Rimfire Benchrest NEWS for the current sanctioned year.

SECTION II

MATCH PROCEDURES

1. Match Director must post Rimfire Benchrest rules at all sanctioned matches. Match must start at predetermined time,. 2. Match Director must appoint three referees before match begins. An alternate referee should be named in case one of the three referees has filed a protest or is involved in a protest. In order to rule on any protests filed by competitors and weigh winning rifles, referees must be present until match is declared official by Match Director. 3. Drawing for benches is required. Registration for a class must close at the beginning of the first relay of the each Class. 4. A match contests three classes. Competitors must place any wind flags in position before the match begins. Wind flags cannot be moved or taken down by competitors until after the last relay of the match has been contested, Any wind flags that are in a shooter's line of sight will be laid on the ground by the Match Director or referee. The protest by a competitor that a wind flag is in his/her line of sight must be made to the Match Director before the commence fire command. 5. After the targets are hung and the Match Director determines that the range is safe, the Match Director then calls the first relay of the Sporter Class to the line. Competitors in that relay will approach the line and place their rifles in their rests. For each Sporter Class relay, variable scopes must be checked and taped at 6.5 power by referees. Match Director will then ask "Is the firing line ready?". If ready, Match Director will then give the command "Replace bolts, commence fire". If for any reason firing must be stopped, Match Director will call out "Cease fire, unload rifles, Remove bolts, remove rifles and step back from bench". When problem is corrected, Match Director will add two (2) minutes to the remaining time and give the command to resume fire. When time has expired, Match Director will call out "Cease fire, remove bolts, and remove rifles from bench". If someone fires after cease fire is called, that shooter may be disqualified. Match Director should call out 15 minute, 5 minute, 1 minute, and 30 second warnings. After Match Director determines the range is safe, target crew is to remove targets and hand targets to scorer. 6. If possible, scorer should start scoring targets as soon as the first relay is over. After targets are scored, Match Director must hang up all targets in full view of competitors. 7. A competitor can protest the scoring on his target or the scoring on another competitor's target. A $2 protest fee per bullet hole is required at all Championship matches. The protest fee is optional at regular matches. The protest fee is to be returned to the competitor if the referees rule in the protester's favor. 8. Only referees can remove and rescore protested targets. Targets must not be removed or handled by competitors until match results are declared official. If a competitor removes his target before results are declared official, he may be disqualified 9. After targets from the last relay of the Unlimited Class are hung up, a minimum of ten minutes must be allowed for scoring protests. Match Director will then declare the protest period over. 10. Referees must, weigh all winning Sporter and 10 lb. rifles. After winning rifles are weighed, Match Director will declare match results official. If a winning competitor leaves the match early, it is the competitor’s responsibility to have his rifles weighed and certified as legal by a referee before leaving. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. 11. If a competitor has shot a possible World Record target, it is the competitor's responsibility to see that the target or targets are signed by the Match Director and the three referees at the end of the match. Match Director must mail target, along with results of match, to the Rimfire Benchrest Association within 30 days of match date. If this procedure is not followed, target will not recognized as a world record.

SECTION III

CHAMPIONSHIPS

STATE, REGIONALS and NATIONAL Championships Sanctioning of State and Regional Championships, and the Nationals will be determined by Rimfire Benchrest Association’s board of directors. A 3 gun aggregate (Sporter, 10.5 and Unlimited classes) and a 2 gun aggregate (Sporter and 10 Lb. class) will be contested at State and Regional Championships, and the Nationals. The Nationals will be contested at 50 yards and 50 meters. At the Nationals, Regional Championships where both 50 yards and 50 meters are contested, and 2 day State Championships where both 50 yards and 50 meters are contested, a 4-Gun Aggregate and a 6-Gun Aggregate may be contested. The five match dates that have been scheduled by a club for the Shooter of the Year competition cannot be the same dates scheduled by that club for a State and Regional Championship, or the Nationals. Hall of Fame points will only be awarded for State and Regional Championships that have a minimum of 5 shooters competing in each of all three classes. REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES A written request to hold a Championship match must submitted and be approved by the Rimfire Benchrest Board of Directors. A photograph of the bench area may be required by the Board of Directors. At State, Regional , and National Championships, a trophy or plaque must be awarded to each first place winner for the contested tides. Cash awards are also allowed. SHOOTER OF THE YEAR CLUB GRAND AGG CHAMPION This competition will be for matches held Outdoors, Indoors, or Altered at 50 yards or 50 meters. Yards and meters matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the Year competition. Indoor, Altered, and outdoor matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the year competition. There must be a minimum of six clubs at the end of the year that have contested the SOTY for the National SOTY title to be recognized. A total of five matches must be scheduled by a sanctioned club. Matches must be held between January I and December 1 of the current year. Dates must be sent in advance to Rimfire Benchrest Association for approval. If a club wants to hold more than five matches in one year, then five dates must be specified in advance for the matches that will count towards this competition. FIVE matches must be scheduled and the best four matches will be used in determining Shooter of the Year results. Perfect score is 3000--300x's. Four matches, shooting all three classes, at each match. The highest total score of the best four for all three classes for the Five matches will constitute the winner. The winner at each sanctioned local club will be awarded the title "Club Grand Champion". Match Directors are to keep a record of total scores for each competitor. Match results, along with registration fees, must be sent in within 30 days after each match is held. The Shooter of the Year scores must be sent in WITH THE RESULTS OF THE FIFTH MATCH on the score sheet provided by Rimfire Benchrest Association. The results may be confirmed by checking the total scores with the score sheets that have been previously mailed in. The four matches must be shot by an individual competitor at the same club. A score shot at one club will not be recognized and cannot be part of a total score shot at another club. A competitor can shoot at more than one club, but scores will be totaled separately for each club. Each competitor that has been named "Club Grand Champion" will automatically be eligible to be named "Shooter of the Year". The "Shooter of the Year" will be determined by the total of the scores that have been shot at the four sanctioned matches. Highest total score will be the winner. In case of a tie, the results of the first match, beginning with the Sporter Class, will be checked. Highest score shot in Sporter Class at first match will win. If a tie still exists, the results of the 10.5, and then the results of the Unlimited will be checked. If tie still exists, the results of the second match, beginning with the Sporter Class, will be checked and so on. CLASS GRAND CHAMPIONS CLUB CLASS CHAMPIONS This competition will be for matches held indoors or outdoors at 50 yards or 50 meters. Yards and meters matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the Year competition. Indoor and outdoor matches cannot be mixed for Shooter of the year competition.. There must be a minimum of SIX clubs at the end of the year that have contested the Class Championships for the National titles to be recognized. A total of FIVE matches must be scheduled by a sanctioned club and the best four matches will be used in determining Club Championship results. Matches must be held between January I and December 31 of the current year. Matches can be the same five matches designated for Shooter of the Year. Dates must be sent in advance to Rimfire Benchrest for approval. If a club wants to hold more than five matches in one year, then five dates must be specified in advance for the matches that will count towards this competition. Perfect score is 1000--100x's. The highest total score for each class for the best FOUR MATCHES will constitute the three winners. The winners at each sanctioned local club will be awarded the title "Club Class Champion". Match Directors are to keep a record of total scores for each competitor. Match results, along with registration fees, must be sent in within 30 days after each shoot is held. The Shooter of the Year scores must be sent in "WITH THE RESULTS OF THE FIFTH MATCH" on the score sheet provided by Rimfire Benchrest. The results may be confirmed by checking the total scores with the score sheets that have been previously mailed in. Match results, along with registration fees, must be sent in within 30 days after each shoot is held. The Shooter of the Year scores must be sent in WITH THE RESULTS OF THE FIFTH MATCH. The results will be confirmed by checking the total scores with the score sheets that have been previously mailed in. The four matches must be shot by an individual competitor at the same club. A score shot at one club will not be recognized and cannot be part of a total score shot at another club. A competitor can shoot at more than one club, but scores will be totaled separately- for each club. Each competitor that has been named "Club Class Champion" will automatically be eligible to be named ";National Class Grand Champion";. The three "National Class Grand Champions" will be determined by the total of the scores that have been shot at the four sanctioned matches. Highest total score will be the winner. In case of a tie, the highest score shot will determine the winner. If a tie still exists, the next highest score will be used and so on. STANDINGS The STANDINGS is a ranking system that determines the top Rimfire Benchrest competitors across the United States. STANDINGS is contested on a yearly basis from January 1 through December 31. During the season, Standings is published monthly in Rimfire Benchrest News. Competitors are awarded Standings Points every time they compete at a sanctioned match within the year. A shooter must be an individual member of Rimfire Benchrest Association to compete in the STANDINGS.

SECTION IV

Rimfire Benchrest Hall of Fame

Hall Of Fame Points will only be awarded for State/Regional Championships that have a minimum of five shooters competing in each of all three classes. There must be a minimum of six clubs at the end of the year that have contested the SOTY for points to be awarded for the National titles. Hall of Fame points will be compiled at the end of each year. A listing of the names of competitors who have been awarded Hall of Fame points, and the total points awarded, will be published yearly in the Rimfire Benchrest News. Hall of Fame points are a permanent recognition of a competitor's accomplishments. Points will be awarded for a first place finish for the following: National Championships Sporter Class 2 Points 10.5 Class 2 Points Unlimited Class 2 Points 2-Gun Agg 3 points 3-Gun Agg 4 points 4-Gun Agg 5 points 6-Gun Agg 7 points State and Regional Championships Sporter Class 1 Point 10.5 1 Point Unlimited 1 Point 2-Gun 2 Points 3-Gun 3 Points 4-Gub 4 Points 6-Gun 5 Points Club Championships Sporter Class 1 Point 10.5 1 Point Unlimited 1 Point Grand Agg 2 points World Record target 4 points STANDINGS Champ 4 points

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