Who Shoots 22 Cal In Competition?


August 30, 2005, 09:15 PM
Just wondering who shoots 22's in comp. What is the competition ,and what do you shoot? A revolver or an auto? What brand? Any links to 22 pistol organizations. Thanks!

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August 30, 2005, 10:41 PM

:rolleyes: I don't know about the US comps (bullseye is the only NRA match that I am familar with that shoots a .22), but if you want to go on an international scale, many of the ISSF matches (that's what are shot at the olympics) are shot with a .22.

There has been alot of rule changes lately (like you can show shoot rapid fire with a .22 LR, rather than just short).

August 30, 2005, 10:53 PM
Oh, and I forgot to mention. Prettymuch noone shoots with a revolver anymore.

You can't really shoot rapid fire with a revolver. And the Standard/sport pistols matches, well for the rapid strings a semi is to your advantage, and plus all the top end european target guns are semi autos.

August 30, 2005, 10:58 PM
Bullseye in a winter league. I shoot a semi-auto .22, it's a Pardini SP. Over the years I've shot High Standard Victors, Browning Buckmarks, Hammerli 208S and now the Pardini. Don Nygord used to import and sell them, I heard he was ill and had given up his business. He was a great fellow to deal with - I'm not sure who imports them now. I've got a Adco dot scope on it and some grips Arnie Vitarbo made for me awhile back. It's a great shooting pistol.
What sort of links are you looking for? I have quite a list.

August 31, 2005, 12:33 AM
Both NRA style and International style bullseye use .22 LR pistols. International style uses them exclusively.

Also there is smallbore rifle competition, rapidfire pistol, running target, and a few others.

The Sportsmans' Team Challenge (http://www.sportsmansteamchallenge.com/intro.html) has a heavy .22 rimfire component, with events that include both .22 pistol and rifle.

I believe there are also rimfire silhouette competitions, but I don't have any info on them.

Steve Smith
August 31, 2005, 08:38 AM
To add to what Justin said, there is also Mini-Palma and CMP Sporter Rifle.

August 31, 2005, 10:29 AM
There are also several .22 Benchrest matches.
I've shot in an e-mail match organized out of www.rimfirecentral.com.
Kind of out of it right now, as I've been concentrating on defensive handguns and rifles.

W Turner
August 31, 2005, 02:26 PM
A couple of years ago I shot rapidfire rimfire at my local club. Basically it was shooting at steel silhouettes of rams, chickens, pigs and turkeys. You were classified according to type of gun (pistol/rifle, semi-auto/revolver/levergun/etc.) and were scored according to skill by your shooting distance (14, 24 and 44 yards I believe) and the size of chickens you shot. The easier classes shot at chicken silhouettes that were about 4" tall. The harder classification shot at smaller chickens that were about 3" tall.

Trust me 3" chickens at 24 yards is harder than it sounds when you are on the clock.

Great fun and some pretty useful skills too.


Navy joe
August 31, 2005, 07:27 PM
I've been doing a fair amount of shooting/building a lower end for my Marvel, I plan on doing bullseye and Steel Challenge with it, bowling pins if I can find any shoots.

September 2, 2005, 10:02 PM
Been checking out rimfire central. I am going to be shooting my 22's alot more. Thanks for the info.

September 2, 2005, 10:51 PM
The Ruger Mark 2 and variants such as the 22/45 is the only inexpensive .22 LR handgun that is both accurate and reliable enough for bullseye competition. Mid-priced hanguns include the S&W model 41 and the High-Standard (avoid the Mitchell High-Standard; it is still super accurate but jams too often). Beyond that you could splurge on a Hamerlli or other top-of-the-line premium target handguns. Get the one that suits you and your budget, because the most expensive handguns are only slightly better than a Ruger with a 5" or 6" bull barrel and a 2 lb. trigger job or after-market trigger such as Volquartzen. The Volquartzen 2 lb. trigger is wider than the factory trigger and has an adjustable over-travel screw, with the allen wrench included. Keep the trigger at least 2 lb. because that is the minimum for NRA bullseye competition, the main venue for handgun target competition.
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September 5, 2005, 10:17 PM
I saw it briefly mentioned above but thought I'd put it in here again just in case it gets missed.

In addition to Bullseye there is also smallbore pistol silhouette and smallbore rifle silhouette.

September 6, 2005, 04:05 PM
I shoot a Pardini SPE in Bullseye Pistol matches. Year round. Winter league, indoor 1800's and outdoor 2700's including National Championships at Camp Perry.

I sometimes shoot with a marvel conversion on my ball gun frame.

September 7, 2005, 07:29 PM
I shoot 3 position international rifle and am getting into free pistol, I am currently barrowing a friends taz, and boy is that hard 1 handed at 50 yards

September 9, 2005, 04:15 PM
Last winter I shot my first Bullseye league with a standard 4" Ruger Mark II. Before I was mid way through the league, I'd installed a set of Hogue grips and a Trapper spring kit and my own work to the hammer and sear. Volquartsen trigger too. Toward the end of league I purchased another Mark II in Slabside Stainless Target model. One evening I transfered the internals from the old shooter to the new. Then I sold the standard model. My scores went up with each upgrade. Now I've made the slabside even better by drilling the frame and threading in a trigger pre-travel set screw. What a difference. I like it so much that here on THR I purchased a 4" Bull Barrel Stainless Mark II with Clark trigger and Volquartsen Vcomp. I've made the same internal changes to this pistol. And I've added a RedDot to the Slabside. I'm getting used to that, but so far still prefer open sites.



In my eyes, the Ruger is about the best for an entry, middle of the road pistol for competition. (New, a Slabside Stainless Target model is over $400). Now I know there's a lot of support for the Buckmarks. And out of the box they are fine plinkers and target shooters. Out of the box, the trigger is better than a Ruger. But there's not much aftermarket stuff for them. And so much available for the Ruger that the Mark II wins. Hamerli's and Pardini's are really nice. Nice and spendy. There are people in our club shooting 550-570 (600 series), with Rugers, Brownings, Smiths, and one Sig/Hamerli. One vetran shooter with a Pardini, (her Hamerli sits in a box), and her scores aren't any better than the cheaper pistols. Oh, and price a Sig/Hamerli Magazine. Buckmark mags aren't cheap either. A plus for the Smith, 1911 framed conversion, Buckmark, or the Mark II, They'll still fit in a holster for grouse hunting with your boys. I've not seen a holster for a Hammerli or Pardini.

Do an Internet Google search for "Bullseye shooting". There's a plethora of information there for centerfire and rimfire Bullseye.

Contact your local club to see if they have a Bullseye league.

My local club also has Falling plates and Pin tops competitions with rimfire classes.


September 9, 2005, 08:34 PM
3P (NRA, International, NCAA), Prone (especially like metric prone), and the occasional bullseye pistol matches.

September 10, 2005, 01:30 AM
During the winter months, .22 bullseye indoors with heat, using a Smith 41.

September 12, 2005, 09:56 AM
Thanks again for all the info! I have some stuff to do today with the goal of getting done early so I can head over to the range to run a couple rounds through my High standard Tournament. I love this gun!!!

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