The National Rifle League (NRL) hosts a multitude of different shooting disciplines including NRL22, a rimfire class out to 100 yards, and now they are adding to that with the introduction of a new Air Rifle class for the 2019 / 2020 Competition Season. While many shooters love the thrill and competition of shooting centerfire rifles out to 1,000 yards, not all regions of the US have areas available to shoot that far. This is how the NRL22 division began and now with the addition of an Air Rifle class, even more shooters can step up to the bench and compete. Within NRL22 you have 5 options total now in which to compete:
- Young Guns (8 – 16 Years Old)
- Air Rifle
NRL22 competition is entering its 3rd season and looks to draw more shooters to the growing niche sport of air rifle. The President of the National Rifle League, Travis Ishida, believes the NRL will bring in more shooters because of the support and organization their group already has. He shared these statements as part of a formal announcement of air rifles joining the NRL22 class:
Throughout the world, Air Rifle competitions have been taking place, but mostly on an individual-event basis. After conversations with Justin Jacobson of Utah Airguns, we learned more on this market and of individuals owning Air Rifles wishing to compete in a similar format as NRL22. It is our goal to provide these competitions the organization and support they want to grow this niche of the sport. To initiate this, we are proud to now offer an Air Rifle classification to the monthly NRL22 matches that take place nationwide, and in several other countries globally. The accuracy and performance of these rifles are as capable as most rimfire 22 long rifles on the market, so to include them in the same COF makes sense.
The goal of NRL22 is to make Precision Rifle competitions more available to every community. The NRL22 program is designed so any facility with a 100-yard range can participate in local competitions to qualify and then move on to a National Championship. Tyler Frehner, the Director of Match Operations for the NRL, had these words to share:
NRL22 was founded by the goal to increase participation in precision rifle shooting. To accomplish this goal, we knew it had to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Due to the strong bond between the shooters, match directors, and the sponsors, this community is exploding and meeting that goal. Now we have found yet another solid group of people in air gunners who have shown a desire to be involved! We are excited and fortunate to have an added opportunity to reach that goal. If this class of shooters grows, like we hope, the Air Rifle class will become a stand-alone entity; a future division of NRL.
For the 2018/2019 Competition Season, NRL22 had over 700 members throughout the US and hosted approximately 35 matches per month. In the 2019/2020 Competition Season, NRL22 anticipates growing those numbers significantly. For all of our readers out there, who has shot at a National Rifle League match before? Would you be interested in trying Air Rifle? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback