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The Ruger Rimfire Challenge is a shooting sport dedicated to the .22 Long Rifle and is a door opener for families and individuals who want to get started in competition without the need of high end competition guns. Shooting Gallery reports from the 2009 New Mexico State Championship.

Watch this episode on Outdoor Channel.

Outdoor Channel: 11-24-10 at 11:00AM | 11-24-10 at 11:00PM | 11-25-10 at 3:30AM

Originally aired: Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

13 Responses to On Shooting Gallery – Ruger Rimfire Challenge

  1. Russell Carmean

    February 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I fully support shooting in all types. I taught my wife and (now adult) daughter to shoot, rifles and handguns and shotgun. My wife and I previously competed in three gun matches. I will teach my grandson to shoot, Lord willing. I was glad to see the Ruger Rim fire Challenge on Shooting Gallery. BUT, I was very disappointed to see the proliferation of optics on firearms that were intended to make the competition more affordable to increase participation in our sport. Three hundred dollar pistols (conservatively) two hundred and fifty dollar rifles, with three to four hundred dollar optics, range fees, ammunition, safety equipment, fuel, transportation and lodging. Fifteen hundred dollars to two thousand dollars for an economic start in shooting??? Please tell me this is not the answer. I am an NRA certified LE weapon Instructor and veteran. I feel the shooting I did with BB guns and pellet rifles and 22’s literally contributed to my wartime success, all done with iron sights.

  2. Bobby Coffman

    February 26, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Howdy. I just got through watching the Ruger Rimfire Challenge and I loved it! I enjoy shooting my .22 guns. Are there going to be any more Challenges? If so, when and where will they be?

  3. Larry Long

    February 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I am glad that you are promoting .22 caliber shooting that regular people can enjoy. A lot of regular working people can’t afford most competion shooting. I was disappointed to see the high dollar optics on a lot of the guns so I hope you have them in a class by themselves. Poor people like myself can’t compete with open sights against the high dollar optics. I hope this sport catches on in my area.

  4. Tony G.

    February 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Best episode ever, for it shows regular people participating in a sport we all love.
    I’m getting tired of seeing the pro-shooters in every shooting match.

  5. Mike Wherry

    February 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    How and who does our shooting club contact to try and get a competition at our local club?

  6. John

    March 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    WOW! A rimfire series of competition that could possibly get everyone involved: youngsters and oldsters (like myself).

    What I hate to see is “Race” guns mixed in with “stock” guns. If you want new shooters to participate, there are going to need to be rules separating the “race guns” from the “stock guns”. Stock guns could have a trigger job, possibly an aftermarket barrel but NO OPTICS = IRON SIGHTS ONLY!

    One of the reasons that I quit shooting IPSC was the horrendous cost of the equipment. I thought the intent of the Rimfire Challenge was to draw new shooters into the shooting sport(s). That is not to say that there shouldn’t be “racers” and “race guns”, but put them into class by themselves
    otherwise there won’t be as many new competitors.

  7. Kevin P

    March 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I am looking and shooting this real soon. I am glad there are two classes, Open and Limited. To those above worried about optics, the limited class is open sights. Looks like this might be really fun.

  8. Gary G

    April 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This is what shooting needed. A format where anyone can afford the equipment and ammunition to practice and compete.
    The Ruger Rimfire Challenge will allow young familes to get out and shoot together without doing damage to the family budget.

    Great guns, low cost, great fun…..the Ruger Rimfire Challenge is a winner!

  9. Christian Rohr

    May 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Hello, enjoy your short clips of shooting events. How do I watch the whole program on the Internet? How about you start your own TV Channel? We have the outdoor channel and the sportsman channel. These channels have hunting and fishing shows up the wazu; but hardly any shooting shows. Why not start you own TV channel that has shooting competitions, run& guns more shows on the BLACK RIFLE. Everything guns. I am tired of all the hunting shows and all of the fishing shows. Aren’t there enough sponsors out there that will support a TV channel just for guns? I will stop now. Thanks

  10. chuck edwards

    May 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    love the rim fire challenge when and where in the Calif., area will it be? thank you chuk

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  12. Bob Gauer

    August 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Hey, I enjoy shooting. Targets, tin cans, whatever…. My wife, who is definitely NOT a shooter, sat with me and watched the “Ruger Rimfire Challenge” episode on host Micheal Bane’s Shooting gallery. She took special note of the strong element of family participation and started asking me questions about this sort of shooting . She’s known that I have .22 rimfire guns all along, but seeing this show and all the kids shooting .22 rimfire pistols and rifles and obviously having such great fun stirred her interest in going shooting with me, especially at such an event. (Was there one near us here in California?)
    She like the show so much she even told me I should post a comment on-line about the show’s appeal.
    Michael Bane, I thought your interviews of the young shooters were especially fun to watch. I think non-shooters are often afraid of guns ’cause they think they can’t shoot unless they’re like Dirty Harry or whoever… it becomes obvious that these rimfires are not recoiling like .44 magnums when you watch the young kids (and the old ‘kids’, too) shooting, having a great time and doing a pretty good job of it too! What fun! Thanks, Michael, and everybody else involved, for that show!

  13. Keith

    April 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I shoot these types of matches. They are great fun. I shoot both the Limited (iron sights) and OPEN (optics). As long as there are different divisions to shoot in there shouldn’t be and issue. Throwing iron sight folks (especially newer shooters) in with Optics folks is not an even playing field. No doubt I run my OPEN guns faster than one with irons. I want the opportunity to compete against seasoned shooters with ANY sights they choose. I also take no pleasure in (badly) beating a new shooter.

    It is intimidating enough for a new person to step in to the box while surrounded by other shooters. This should be a fun Match for ALL.

    All this said……thanks for putting all of this together!


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