Please view the NRL22 Official Match Rules by clicking on the following link below:
- Shooters should treat Match Directors and Range Officers with respect at all times. From time to time, disagreements arise between shooters and match officials. This is fine, so long as mutual respect and calm communication occurs. The Match Directors ruling is always final.
- All participants in NRL 22 matches are looked upon as Safety Officers. Any participant that witnesses an unsafe act is to call for a cease fire and stop the unsafe act. The participant should then inform the closest Range Officer of the act.
- It is the shooters responsibility to know the NRL 22’s Rules and Regulations prior to a competition.
- Shooters should actively participate in any stage briefing to move the shoot along smoothly.
- Shooters shall understand that at the beginning of the stage, when asked by the Range Officer “Shooter do you understand the course of fire?” If they give an affirmative answer, that will be their last opportunity to get clarification. Because of this, arguments that they did not understand anything about the stage or its targets are invalid.
- Shooters should be good squad mates by helping police brass, helping Range Officers when directed, and providing coaching to other shooters after their stage is complete. Help setting up and taking down the match is also a big help to the club.
- Sponsors are very important to the NRL 22. It is encouraged that the shooter writes emails thanking the sponsors that supported the competition.
- To bring their targets for sight in period if he or she chooses to participate. Also to share targets with other shooters.
- Shooters may only participate in one class per month.
- Rifles must be chambered in .22 Long Rifle. This cartridge is the most common and available rimfire cartridge. At these ranges it also most closly mimics centerfire cartridges at Precision Rifle. 17 HMR, 22 Magnum and like rimfires cartridges are not allowed.
- Any .22 Long Rifle chambered rifle may be used, however, rifles with removable magazines are strongly encouraged. Rifles with fixed tubular magazines are discouraged as they are difficult to make safe. Range Officers should pay extra attention to shooters with fixed magazines.
- Any scope, iron sights, or electronic sights may be used. However, magnified rifle scopes with externally adjustable turrets and reticles designed to assist in holdover and measurement are highly recommended.
- The Base class is intended to be budget oriented. Any rifle with an MSRP of $350.00 or less qualifies for Base class. Scopes used in the base class must have an MSRP of $700 or less. Aftermarket cheek risers, or modifications to the factory stock for getting proper cheek weld is acceptable. Scope base, rings, levels, suppressors and bipods are also allowable. Factory barrels that have been threaded for a suppressor are allowable. Aftermarket barrels, triggers, including trigger spring kits and any other parts that modify the factory barreled action are not allowed. No modification of any kind may be made to the factory trigger or action. Bolt buffers, auto bolt releases, extended magazine releases and conversion kits for tube fed rifles to become magazine fed are all upgraded safety measures and are allowed. At sign in, Match Directors shall inspect all rifles entered in the base class. Any rifle that the Match Director deems as not following the spirit of the Base class shall be moved into Open class. Please keep perspective that every local Match Director will run all of their shooters the same. At Regional Championship matches, the Match Director may choose to have a gunsmith present at sign in to inspect rifles. There will be a gunsmith present at the NRL 22 National Championship for Base class rifle inspections. A list of the popular rifle models that fit into the Base class is included in the addendum at the end of this document.
- Young Guns will be any shooter between ages 8-18. Age requirement is allowable as soon as a child turns 8, and no older than 18 at the time of the first match of the season. A parent or guardian must be present with the shooter, who will take responsibility for the actions of the Young Gun. Young Guns must be able to operate their firearm safely by themselves with no hands on assistance from the parent or guardian. However, verbal coaching is absolutely acceptable and encouraged. Young Guns may abide by Base or Open class rules.
- Ladies class is for the woman shooter. Ladies may abide by Base or Open class rules.
- Open class shooters have no restrictions on equipment.
- Shooters must pick one class to shoot at the beginning of a local monthly shoot.
Local Match Scoring
- Local Match points for the 2017/2018 season will be acquired by the shooter by competing in any of the six 2017/2018 season sanctioned NRL 22 Local monthly competitions.
- Each class’s winner will be awarded 100 points. Match points will be based off of the percentage of the winning shooter for each class. (For example, if the winning shooter scores 480 points, and the second place shooter scores 460 points you would divide 460 by 480 and multiply by 100 to end up with 95.83 points) Points will be rounded to the hundredth.
- Environmental conditions, slight difference in Course of Fire interpretation, and local match sizes are inevitably going to be different. For all of these reasons, the winner of any class in any local shoot is equivalent any other winner. Example: The open winner of the Las Vegas local match scores 485/500 points with no wind and 30 shooters. The open winner of the Albuquerque local match scores 230/500 points with sustained 30 MPH winds and 12 participants. NRL 22 sees both of these scores as the same 100 points and both winners along with any other local match winners are eligible for a chance at any prizes designated for the Open class winner.
General Rifle Safety
- Always point your rifle in a safe direction. Never point a rifle at anything you don’t intend to kill or destroy.
- Always keep your rifle unloaded until ready to use. Treat all rifles as though they are loaded even if you believe otherwise.
- Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
- Know your target and what is beyond.
- Always wear proper eye and ear protection and ensure others have the same before firing.
- Never use alcohol or drugs while shooting.
- Individual Range safety rules always supersede NRL 22 rules.
Rifle Safety While at a NRL 22 Match
- Due to the many different types of 22 rifles, chamber flags are essential equipment to quickly ensure rifles are in a safe condition. NRL 22 will take many steps to ensure that chamber flags are easily obtainable and available.
- NRL 22 competitions are always cold ranges. All rifles are to be unloaded, with magazines out, or empty and actions open. Rifles shall only be loaded or magazines inserted when directed by the Range Officers. Chamber flags shall be utilized and kept in the action until directed to be removed by the Range Officer.
- Ground rifles in a proper rifle rack, or where ever the Range Officer designates as a safe location and direction.
- Rifles with removable magazines are strongly encouraged. Rifles with fixed tubular magazines are discouraged as they are more difficult to make safe. Range Officers should pay extra attention to shooters with fixed magazines.
- When moving to another shooting location, always ensure the rifle is pointed in a safe direction.
Rifle Safety During Your Stage
- Always wait for the Range Officer’s command of “load and make ready” until you insert or load the magazine and remove the chamber flag.
- Stages always begin with magazine in and bolt to the rear or with an empty chamber (if unable to put the bolt to the rear) unless specifically directed by the match booklet and the Range Officer.
- Any movement or barricade transition must be done with the action open and an empty chamber. The only exception to this rule will be with the use of semi automatic rifles but only at the approval of the Match Director. If the MD allows this, the shooter must engage the safety, and yell “safe” loud enough for the RO to hear with ear protection.
- During movement, the 180 rule must always be adhered to. The 180 rule refers to only pointing the rifle with in 90 degrees of straight forward. There may be stages when a Range Officer reduces the 180 rule even more. Always follow directions and be aware of where you are pointing your rifle.
Safety Violations and Penalties
- Violation of the cold range rule: Any shooter who has violated the cold range rule shall be issued a warning. A second violation will result in a stage zero. Next violation will result in a match DQ and removal from competition. This includes a live round in the chamber, magazine inserted, a closed action, or chamber flag not being used.
- Muzzling and/or violating the 180 rule: Muzzling is pointing or sweeping another persons body with the muzzle of a rifle. The shooter shall be issued a warning for the first violation. With a second violation, the shooter shall receive a zero on that stage. A third shall result in match DQ and removal from competition.
- Unsafe transitioning: Transitioning on a barricade, or movement with out having the action open will result in the Range Officer having the shooter correct the situation, then move back to the previous position firing position before resuming the course of fire. A second violation will result in a zero for the stage. A third will result in the shooter getting a match DQ and removal from competition. If the match allows for Semi Automatic rifles to move with a closed bolt with the safety engaged, the same rule applies if the shooter does not either engage the safety and/or yell “safe”.
- Negligent Discharge (ND). A Negligent Discharge is defined as any round unintentionally discharged from a firearm during a transition, movement, and/or weapons manipulation; or a round intentionally discharged during a cease fire period. The competitor shall receive a match DQ and removal from competition.
- Accidental Discharge/Mechanical Failure (AD). An Accidental Discharge is defined as any round unintentionally discharged from a firearm due to a mechanical failure. The participant will be removed from the event until he or she can repair the rifle to safe working order. All stages and points will be forfeited during this down time.
- False Starts: Firing before the start signal will result in a zero for the stage.
- If a Match Director judges a shooter to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during competition, the shooter will receive a match DQ and be removed from competition. The shooter will not be allowed to drive from the competition while still intoxicated.
- The NRL 22 schedule is designed to not overlap with the NRL schedule. Typically, the NRL National Championship match is late in the year to early the next year. So the NRL 22 Regional and National NRL Championship will be in the Spring.
- The local montlhy matches to qualify for the 2017/2018 Regional Championship will take place from September 2017 until Feburary 2018.
- The Regional Championship matches will take place March 2018.
- There will be a local match for fun and practice in April 2018.
- The Championship Competition will take place in May 2018.
- The 2018 / 2019 season will start in June of 2018.
Regional Championship Qualifications
- Shooters may shoot as many local monthly matches as they like but only the shooters two best shoots count for Regional Championship qualification.
- Shooters may only shoot local monthly matches within their region for points.
- Local monthly match points will be tallied by the NRL 22 and displayed on the NRL 22 web site.
- The Regional Representative will determine how many shooters qualify from each local monthly match by class and average size of the local match for the Regional Championship taking into account the available number of shooters allotted by the Regional Championship host.
National Championship Match Qualification
- The NRL 22 will be responsible for conducting a National Championship match at the end of the season.
- The NRL 22 will determine how many shooters qualify from each Regional Championship by class and average participation according to how many shooters can be hosted.
- The National Champion in each class and the rest of the rankings will be determined solely by the National Championship matches points.
- Good Sportsmanship is one of the founding principals of NRL 22 and is highly regarded by the NRL as a whole. Good sportsmanship helps grow the sport, creates positive role models, and is impressive to the sponsors. It is not something that can be quantified, but is easy to recognize by all participants.
- NRL 22 will have a special trophy presented to a shooter at the National Championship match whom the NRL Board of Directors votes as deserving.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct is taken very seriously by NRL 22.
- Examples of bad sportsmanship include treating participants or range staff with disrespect, unwarranted complaining, throwing tantrums, or being unpleasant.
- NRL 22 defines cheating as: acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage in competition. Examples of cheating are:
- Sabotaging another shooters equipment.
- Using illegal modifications in the Base class.
- Altering or destruction of score sheets.
- Any other act as deemed unfair/cheating by a Range Officer or Match Director.
Penalties for Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Cheating
- Any shooter whom is deemed as acting in an unsportsmanlike fashion will be subject to any penalty that the Match Director deems appropriate including warnings, stage zero’s and/or match DQ and being removed from competition.
- The only penalty appropriate for cheating shall be the Match Director issuing a match DQ and being removed from competition.
Reports to the Regional Representatives
- Upon completion of the regular local match season, the match directors are encouraged to select one shooter from their local match whom they nominate as that clubs standout sportsman. The Regional Representative will that that information into consideration when selecting the Sportsmanship award at their Regional Championship.
- If at any time, a match director finds one of their shooters to be unsportsman like or cheating, they should inform the Regional Representative of that information. The local match director will always be supported in their dealings with that shooter.