Wheel Burners hold a Rimfire match on the 1st Saturday of every month. We usually set up 5 to 8 stages. Targets are usually steel that either ring or fall when hit, but targets may also consist of paper or other target types. Some stages will be shot with either pistol or rifle but many will be shot with both. Some stages are shot once, others are shot several times (strings) and may include a throw out string so a bad time can be recovered from. Stages are started with the firearm in the shooters hands so holsters are not necessary. Reloads during the course of fire are not usually a part of the design, so carrying ammo on your person is not necessary.
What kind of gun and other stuff do I need?
At a Rimfire Steel Match, the minimum equipment is a .22 caliber rimfire handgun, either semi-auto or revolver plus a .22 caliber rifle. All participants and spectators must wear eye and ear protection when shooting is in progress. Other useful stuff is a minimum of five magazines or speed loaders and a box or bag for carrying your gear. If you would like to shoot but don't quite have all the gear, we can arrange to lend equipment for the match.
How much ammunition do I need?
Although the minimum round count can be 200 rounds for an 8 stage match, we recommend shooters bring at least 250 rounds since it is possible to miss!
How do I shoot steel?
Stages will be completely reviewed before starting so all shooters understand the requirements. The starting position for handguns (both autopistols and revolvers) and rifles is "low ready" aiming at the ground at a 45 degree angle. Often there will be a marker on the ground to point at. At the start signal, bring the gun up and hit the targets as fast as you can. There's usually a Stop plate that must be shot last, but the rest of the targets are "as you see them." Stages, or strings, require less than 10 rounds and since most handguns and rifles hold 10 rounds making up a couple of misses won't run you dry.
How are Rimfire stages and targets scored?
The time to shoot the stage will be recorded for each shooter. To that time will be added an additional time for misses, normally 3 seconds, though missing the stop plate is usually 30 seconds. If the stage has multiple strings they will be added together resulting in a total stage time for each shooter. It's just like golf - lower is better. Open and Limited are scored separately. If neither your handgun or rifle have an optical type sight (red dot, laser, scope, etc.) or muzzle compensator you're in Limited division, otherwise you're in Open. The minimum total time for all the stages earns first place in the Open or Limited division, and the remaining Open or Limited shooters have their score calculated as a percentage of the best score. To see how that works, look at this month's Rimfire scores.