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New NRL22 Air Rifle Class Announced For 2019/2020 Season

This is big news for competitive air rifle shooters! The National Rifle League has announced the formation of a new NRL22 Air Rifle Class. It’s a division of the organization’s .22LR powder-burner matches.

The competitive firearms-shooting community is fascinated with Precision Rifle, but most localities are not fortunate enough to have a 1000-Yard range. However, nearly all localities have access to 100-Yard ranges and most shooters own a .22 Long Rifle.

The goal of NRL 22 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.

The NRL22 Air Rifle Class is easy to join. Just get your local rifle club signed up to host the monthly matches – they may do this already! It is a great way to provide a monthly competition in the vein of the Precision Rifle course shown at RMAC for airgunners everywhere.

“This is going to open the door for airguns like never before,” stated Justin Jacobson, Founder, Utah Airguns. “Finally, airgun hobbyists everywhere can compete near their hometown in a similar format to rimfires with the NRL.”

A public announcement of the NRL22 Air Rifle Class was made at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Airgun Challenge. You can see it here on YouTube.


Here’s some more detailed information from the National Rifle League…

NRL22 is a division of the National Rifle League (NRL), a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and education of precision rifle shooting through a range of outdoor-related activities.

With much success in its first 2 competition seasons, NRL22 is experimenting in its third season to expand on its four classifications, Open, Base, Ladies, and Young Guns (8 – 16-year olds), to include a fifth class, Air Rifle.

This new NRL22 Air Rifle class extends the opportunity for even more individuals to participate at the local level, in a monthly format.

“After conversations with Justin Jacobson of Utah Airguns, we learned that individuals owning air rifles wishing to compete in a similar format as NRL22,” staid Travis Ishida, President, NRL.

“It is our goal to provide these competitions the organization and support they want to grow this niche of the sport,” continued Ishida. “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 PCP air rifles are as capable as most rimfire 22 long rifles, so to include them in the same Course Of Fire makes sense.”

“If the NRL22 Air Rifle class grows like we hope, the Air Rifle class will become a stand-alone entity; a future division of NRL,” stated Tyler Frehner, Director of Match Operations, 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 is anticipating more growth and is excited to welcome new members and clubs to continue to progress the sport of precision rifle competitions.