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CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match

Samuel Payne is the only competitor to ever fire a perfect score of 600 in the Rimfire Sporter Match

The CMP National Rimfire Sporter Match offers shooters a recreation oriented competition where they use smallbore  sporter rifles (plinking and small game rimfire rifles) commonly owned by almost all gun enthusiasts. This is a unique match where all you need is a rifle and ammo. The Rimfire Sporter course of fire is challenging, new shooters can successfully complete it while experienced shooters find it uniquely challenging. Firing is done at 50 and 25 yards on a target with a 1.78" ten-ring and an 18" outer one-ring. The target is simple enough for a beginner to hit, yet challenging enough that only one competitor in the history of the match has ever fired a perfect 600x600 score. See below for More Info and our upcoming matches. Additional info can be found on the in this CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Guide and on the  CMP Sporter Rifle website.

July 2016 Match Report

July's Rimfire Sporter Match was rather fun if nothing else. Thanks to some high humidity, high temps and a pair of rather understanding first time shooters we were low key and not exactly by the book for the match.*

It was a very jovial match between friends Tony H and Jim R, it definitely helped to make the heat bearable when the jokes are flying as fast as the bullets. Neither gent had shot Sporter before and Tony had never shot in the prone position before. So kudos to both for such a great showing on their first match and I hope to see them out again to keep practicing. Both shot well and were grouping. Tony was learning a few things about shooting prone and both may end up checking out the Appleseed program to get more instruction for shooting the various positions. At the end of the day though Jim took the match with a total of 467 over Tony's 390. All in all I followed my usual “standard” of first we'll be safe and second let's have fun.  Detailed scores are in the match report.

*In order to move the match along and get us home sooner since we were all sweating buckets we loaded 1 mag of 10 rather than the 2 mags of 5. I decided that was better than someone dropping with heat exhaustion.

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  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – all ages, under 18 with an adult. ALL skill levels from Novices* to experienced shooters.
*Novices - First time shooting a CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle Match



  • 3rd Friday of the Month; March – November
  • Match begins at 3pm.  Non-members contact match director to coordinate gate access.


  • SLSC members $3
  • Non-members $5


  • T-Class (Telescopic):  Conventional rimfire rifles equipped with telescopic/optical sights, maximum 6X magnification. If Aperture Class is not offered, conventional rifles with aperture sights will be included in this class.
  • O-Class (Open):  Convention rimfire rifles equipped with traditional open V- or U-notch style rear sights and front post- or bead-sights.
  • Aperture Class (Optional):  Conventional rimfire rifles equipped with aperture/peep sights.
  • Tactical:  Modern military-style semi-automatic rifles in .22LR caliber, with either open-sights, aperture sights, or optics.

Equipment Needed:

  • Sporter type rimfire rifles weighing no more than 7 1/2 pounds, with sights and sling. 
  • Rifles may be manually operated or semi-automatic;
  • shooters with manually operated actions are given extra time in rapid-fire to compensate for the difference.

Course of Fire Details

  • 50 yards with a sighting or practice series
  • Fire ten shots for record slow-fire in the prone position, followed by two five-shot rapid-fire series.
  • Fire ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the sitting or kneeling position.
  • Targets are then placed at the 25-yard line where shooters conclude with ten shots slow fire and two five-shot rapid-fire series in the standing position.
  • At Sanners we are running our COFs at 50 yards due to time constraints in setting up the 25 yard line.


  • Standard bullseye target scoring.
  • Maximum score 600 - 6 targets with 10 shots on each.


Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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