MINI-PALMA .22 rifle 100 Yd MATCH DESCRIPTION

PLEASE NOTE!! We have made a number of changes in this description to (HOPEFULLY) improve the match, so PLEASE READ IT even though you may have read it before 11 JUN 2021!!

Match Director: Don Johnson, (cell) 775-224-6854, (email) doninreno@gmail.com—If you have ANY questions, DO NOT HESITATE to call me and ASK!

As of now (17 MAY 2021) we are going to do away with the RSVP system we pretty much had to use due to range restrictions and the COVID 19 rules the county wanted us to comply with. The maximum number of shooters that we can put on line in an event/match (using 2 relays of 12 shooters) is 24 due to the number of targets we can put downrange and we will be using a “first come, first served” method of assigning shooter slots, which will be accomplished on the scheduled Mini-Palma days AT THE RANGE as shooters arrive to sign up.….so, if you want to be sure of having a space, PLEASE ARRIVE in a timely manner, as anyone arriving late MAY NOT have a slot available to them. Now, that all being said, I don’t KNOW that we will have 24 shooters at any of our matches, but I am thinking (maybe HOPING) that we will, due to there being quite a lot of folks interested in this.

The course of fire will be challenging enough to promote growth, and enable graduation into other disciplines and/or classifications.

All unranked or new shooters begin their first match as “unclassified” shooters. Upon completing their first match, shooters will be placed in a class based upon their newly established scores for future matches as follows, but will NOT earn any sort of award in the their first match.

MINI-PALMA is basically a PRONE MATCH, but in order to accommodate shooters that, due to physical handicaps or limitations cannot assume the PRONE position, those shooters may fire off of the PROVIDED benches in the OPEN BENCH class, but those shooters WILL NEED TO PROVIDE/BRING THEIR OWN CHAIR! Other than those with such limitations ALL SHOOTERS WILL FIRE FROM THE PRONE POSITION, in between benches.

Basic Equipment

Eye and ear protection are mandatory when either shooting OR when anywhere on the range (not including range parking area).

Open bolt indicators must be used when your rifle is made safe and are available from the Match Director for $1.00 if you need one.

Any style rifle chambered for rimfire calibers .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle W/any SAFE trigger pull weight is allowed. We recommend having two magazines (or maybe three, depending upon each magazine’s capacity) if your rifle is magazine fed, but you CAN get by with one. If there is any question about trigger pull weight/safety, the Match Director will make determination/allow/disallow a rifle as appropriate.

Binoculars or spotting scope, and chair if desired. Please DO BRING a spotting optic! Due to the small size of .22 caliber holes in the targets, a bare minimum magnification for the spotting optic will likely be 12 power, but around 15 to 20 is better.

Each shooter must bring/provide their own shooting or ground pads/pads if firing from the PRONE position, which will be on a CONCRETE surface.

45 rounds of ammunition required per match for record fire, plus optional rounds for sighters (unlimited sighter allowed on each of three stages). SIGHTER SHOTS WILL ONLY BE FIRED AT THE DESIGNATED SIGHTER TARGETS!

Entry Fee:

FREE to all PVGC junior members, $10 adult members, $15 adult non-members, $5 junior non-members. A Junior is considered to be a person aged 12 years or less.

SCHEDULING

For schedules: refer to the PVGC calendar for match calendar. Range Safety Briefing prior to any shots being fired is REQUIRED FOR ALL persons on the firing line at ANY TIME. ALL  PARTICIPANTS MUST BE PRESENT FOR SAFETY BRIEFING AND the MATCH BRIEFING prior to the match and they WILL NOT BE REPEATED. We will do our best to begin the match promptly at 9:00 AM upon completion of sign in, placing/servicing of targets and match conduct briefing. PLEASE ARRIVE IN A TIMELY MANNER, as time will not be spent covering safety or match conduct multiple times.

Awards:

Awards given will be OVERALL MATCH WINNER, and then 2 places in each class where there are at least 3 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd if there are more than 5 shooters in the class. MATCH WINNER recipient will NOT be awarded a 1st place ribbon—that person will receive ONLY the MATCH WINNER award and the “traveling trophy”. We will award a “High Junior” ribbon after each match.

SHOOTER CLASSES

SLING CLASS will be ONE SHOOTER CLASSIFICATION,

OPEN CLASS: PLEASE NOTE, AS classifications have been revised somewhat:!: After considering input from various participants and seeing how other organizations similar to PVGC define classifications, it has been decided to divide OPEN into TWO CLASSES: (1) OPEN BENCH and (2) OPEN PRONE. OPEN PRONE and OPEN BENCH will have identical rules with the exception that BENCH will be shot off of a bench and PRONE will be shot from the PRONE position.

FTR CLASS is a PRONE class only and will be divided into 3 classes using divisions below similar to what the NRA uses for Highpower Rifle FTR classes: In the future, as we gain more shooter score data, we MAY institute another shooter classification that will also be inspired by NRA classifications and, if that occurs, may also affect all” class break” scores.

High Master = .98 and above = 441 and up

Master =  .965  to .9799 =  434 to 440

Expert =  Below .9649 = 0 to 433

Rifle Classes (Adult/Junior)

  • SLING Class: Unsupported: Any iron, open or peep sighting system which provides a method of aiming or aligning two separate but visible sights, including tube sights and non-magnifying color filters and  non-magnifying “red dot” sights. Artificial of any kind of support is prohibited with only a sling, shooting jacket and gloves allowed.
  • OPEN Class: Any sighting system which includes a lens or system of lenses and an aiming reference or reticle at the focal plane of a lens or system of lenses, which may be either optically magnified or unmagnified. Artificial support of any kind (including “mechanical” rests) is allowed for front and rear of the rifle, but the two may NOT BE CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER. Bipods are allowed!
  • F-TR Class: Any sighting system which includes a lens or system of lenses and an aiming reference or reticle at the focal plane of a lens or system of lenses, which may be either optically magnified or unmagnified. Front of the rifle may be supported by a “bipod” or backpack, but any kind of “MECHANICAL REST” may NOT be used  (A FRONT REST MAY NOT BE A “MECHANICAL” REST). One rest that may be used as it is identified as a BIPOD in NRA classes it the SEB “JOYPOD”. A rest or “bag” is allowed for the rear of the rifle, but the two MAY NOT BE CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER.

Course of Fire Details

Please arrive with your rifle previously zeroed for 100 yards as the only “practice period” will be the sighters included in the course of fire time limits) There will be a 3 minute preparation period before the first stage ONLY and will only be used when there are SLING CLASS RIFLES ON THE LINE. 

Each of three stages of fire will be shot at TWO of the six bulls on the targets as described in the MATCH BRIEFING. ALL TARGETS are at 100 YARDS.

Stages will be timed as follows:

1st stage is 15 minutes for unlimited sighters and then 15 shots for record;

2nd stage is 12 minutes total for unlimited sighters shots and then 15 shots for record.

3rd stage is 12 minutes total for unlimited sighters shots and then 15 shots for record. 

NOTE: Shots at your sighter target may be fired at any time, even if it is mid string of your 15 for record. The shooter MUST be sure that he fires 15 shots at his record target—NO MORE, NO FEWER! If there are more, the shooter will get scored on the 15 lowest scoring hits and if there fewer than 15, the shooter will be docked 10 points for each shot less than the required 15.

.SCORING

  • Scoring will be done by each shooter in conjunction with the neighboring target’s shooter and marked upon the target along with the target number, shooter name and classification and RIFLE CLASSIFICATION. but will then be further checked by the scorekeeper to ensure there are no errors in order to ensure that all scoring is “standard and fair” The possible max numerical score is 450 and the max possible “X” count is 45.
  • Scoring will be marked as a score for each stage followed by the number of “X” ring hits thusly as an example for each stage and then totaled up for the match—“145-8X” near each set of 3 bullseyes (one score for each stage). Also, the shooter must record his/her SHOOTER and TARGET NUMBER ALONG WITH THE RIFLE CLASS AND SHOOTER”S CLASSIFICATION near the top of the target somewhere to enable the “scorekeeper to record it for the correct shooter! Any argument by the shooter after a score correctness determination by the SCOREKEEPER is reached will be deemed to be unsportsmanlike conduct and will result in the shooter being disqualified from the match. This is NOT TO SAY that one can not ask about the score in the spirit of learning how scoring SHOULD BE DONE! Remember, if the round in question obviously “cuts” (NOT a “tear line”, but the hole in the target actually made by the passing of the bullet) the next higher scoring circle even though the main body of the hole is mostly in the lower circle, it counts as the higher score (including the “X” ring, which does count as a “10” when totaling scores!).

JUNIOR SHOOTERS

We enjoy having JUNIOR SHOOTERS present and participating, but for the safety of all personnel on the range, parents or legal guardians are responsible for and required to be in control of their Junior shooters AT ALL TIMES. 

CALIBER AND CARTRIDGES

ALLOWED CARTRIDGES:

      .22 RF caliber Short, Long and Long Rifle

PROHIBITED CARTRIDGES:

(1) Any ammunition that damages target holders or creates a hazard

(2) Steel core or armor piercing

(3) Tracer ammunition

      (4) 22  MAGNUM (22WMR)

If you have any question as to the suitability of any particular ammunition type/make/bullet style for this match, please ask the Match Director.