NRA Light Rifle

The equipment requirements for Light Rifle competition are very simple, with most of the complex gear being prohibited.

The Rifle: The rifle may be of any type as long as it is in safe operating condition, having a trigger pull of 2 pounds or greater, weighing no more than s 8 lbs complete with sights, standard safety features and accessories. Telescopic sights are permitted within the 8 lb weight limit. Rifles used are not regulated according to action type: bolt-action, slide-action lever-action and self loading rifles all equally useful. Any 22 rimfire ammunition, such as .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle may be used. Slings, palm rests, Schuetzen-style buttplates, and electronic or adjustable fore-end bedding devices are also prohibited. While the rifle stock cannot be adjustable, a height adjustable butt plate is allowed if locked into the center of its adjustable range. All rifles must be single loaded, removable magazines are allowed, but can only be loaded with one round at a time.


These rules allow for all common 22 rimfire rifles to be used. While the most common rifles seen at the matches are bolt action, all action types are legal & have been used successfully. Some 10/22 shooters have brought 10 magazines that they load with one round each. Tube fed lever and semi-automatic rifles have been used as well.  There have been a wide range of bolt action rifles used at the matches, from surplus Eastern Block training rifles, to modern Savage, CZ & Anschutz rifles. Sights range from simple notch sights, to quality peep sights, to high quality variable scopes.


Ammunition: Expensive ammunition is not required to do well in light rifle. Standard velocity rounds are recommended, as supersonic ammunition tends to be less accurate. Typically bulk ammunition is not as accurate as better quality entry level match ammo, but bring what your rifle likes to shoot.  Most shooters are using ammo in the range of  $2.50 to $4.00 per box, so the cost of ammunition is quite low to say the least.


Other Equipment: Light Rifle competition is intended to have low equipment requirements. A shooting coat may be used within limits on length, position of padding, and means of fastening. Stiffening of a coat is prohibited as are special-purpose shoes that provide support. A glove or mitt is allowed, as are hats and eye blinders. A shooting rest and loading block are also permitted, however, no other accessories are allowed. 


Spotting scopes are nice to have, but not required. A chair, lunch, bug spray and a few other simple comforts are always useful.

Safety Equipment: Hearing and eye protection is highly recommended and an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) is required (available at the match).


Scoring is fairly simple, with values of 0, 6,7,8,9 and 10 being assigned to each shot.  Competitor are responsible for hanging his or her own target and backer on the target frame and, after the stage is fired, hanging the fired target and backer in the statistical office where it will be scored by match officials. The targets will be marked with the scores and available for review by the shooter.

Two special circumstances can occur in light rifle that usually result in zero points in other disciplines.  If the first sighter shot misses the sighter target, does not hit one of the record targets and a match official is immediately notified, it does not count as a zero.  In other words you can get a mulligan on a first missed shot as long as the officials are notified. After this shot, all other missed sighter shots will count as record shots.

In the event of a crossfire, the cross firing shooter is awarded the value of the shot minus one point. Since backer targets are used, it is very easy to determine cross-fires and score accordingly without penalty to the “innocent” shooter.