Where the target is the only authority.
Welcome to our new website. With the first ever World Air Rifle Benchrest Championship completed in July 2008 and the 2011 World Championships held in South Carolina now behind us, we continue with this website in the hopes of promoting this sport throughout the United States.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Registration is now open for the 2014 United States Air Rifle Benchrest National Championship in Phoenix, Arizona at the Rio Salado Sportsmans Club on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2014.
Those shooters wishing to qualify for the 2015 World Championships in Brisbane, Australia must shoot at a sanctioned regional event during 2014. Regional events and dates will be announced here.
What is Benchrest?
The internet is awash with internet forums. These are places where people can go to share information and opinions on a variety of topics. These forums are often hosted by someone who is considered a subject matter expert. Whether these people are knowledgeable in their field is not relevant, others perceive it as such and that becomes the reality to those visiting.
On one such forum, a shooter was interested in air rifle benchrest and what might be a good choice of equipment. This is a very common question. After some discussion, the host wrote this, “That said, for benchrest, the guys playing the game are only after 750′s … they don’t care about ease of loading, fill pressure, adjustability, or much of anything else. They want X’s and Tens.”
We can only hope that this shooter saw this comment as a joke, smiled and remained interested.
Benchrest is a very specialized game with rules governing many aspects, all of which are intended to ensure fair and sportsmanlike competition. Some see the word “fair” and scoff after seeing the prices of high end equipment. Talk about “sticker shock”. Nevertheless, it is true, to be truly competitive in our game requires this level of equipment, not to mention, lots of practice. There are rifle classes for those just beginning, on a budget or only looking to have fun.
To answer the forum host quoted above, ease of loading, fill pressure, adjustments and other features are nice to have but the ability to shoots 10s and Xs is what benchrest is all about. The target still is the only authority.
For 2013, a $25.00 per year, per club fee will be collected for sanctioning purposes.
Funds will cover both organizational costs and discretionary items.
A three (3) member panel of volunteers will approve of discretionary items.
As an organization, we will support all air rifle benchrest competitions in association with our partners around the country. Our site will be updated with news, scores and other information for those who participate in, or want to participate in, air rifle benchrest competitions. Please use our website to learn and understand more about this growing shooting sport. Your input for changes and improvements to this site are always welcome.
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