The NRL 22 will provide a local monthly course of fire based off the NRL 22 Standard Target Package and Standard Barricade List. The NRL 22 Standard Target Package will be available for local match directors to purchase on the NRL 22’s web page for an affordable price. The list of standard barricades will be very simple, affordable, and mostly common items. Monthly courses of fire, target package, and a standard barricades list are all intended to be turn key solutions to simple, fun, and affordable Precision Rifle matches.
I like this idea. I like it a lot. First off, anyone who’s gone squirrel hunting will tell you that there is a real-world value to precisely shooting things with a .22 rifle from weird and awkward positions.
Secondly, the pistol caliber carbine division has exploded in USPSA because they offer the excitement and challenge of a 3 gun match, without the need to set up steel targets at 300 yards.
And if it’s hard to find a range that can handle 300 yard shots, imagine how hard it is to find a range where you can shoot out to 1000 yards.
Thirdly, a properly setup .22 rifle can give you 90% of the thrills of precision rifle shooting, but at far shorter ranges, and (more importantly) for far less money than a tricked-out custom rifle with thousands and thousands of dollars of optics on top of it.
Fourthly, precision rifle matches, by their very nature, required specialized gear, and any sport that requires specialized gear to win is going to need specialized gear as part of their on-ramp*.
And yes, at this very moment, I am shopping around on the Internet for a CZ 452 left-hand model that can mimic what my Savage 16 does.
Why do you ask?
* This is why the .22 practical sports are actually a pretty good on-ramp for people who already own a .22 pistol. What the .22 pistol sports are not, however, is a good on-ramp for new gun owners, who balk at the idea of having to buy yet another gun just to go play on a range.