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Dutchess CountyPistol Association

Sporter Rifle 


Meets Thursday Nights
(September through March)
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Range 1

Sporter Rifle A Light Rifle, Off-Hand Competition
NYS SporteRifle is a postal target competition using .22 caliber, rimfire rifles sponsored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA). The shooting position is off-hand standing with the target at 50 feet. The sport is designed so that expensive special equipment is not required. It is possible to be competitive with equipment you may already own. There is a maximum weight limit on scope/gun of 7.5 pounds. Slings or other devices that provide artificial support are not allowed.

Matches are held weekly throughout the season. A match consists of 3 completed targets with 10 shots per target. Shooters are given 10 minutes to complete each target. The target used is the NRA Official 50 ft. Light Rifle Target A-32. The maximum score per target is 100. A perfect match score is 300 (it does happen!).

40+ Teams State-Wide
Teams consist of 5 or more members. The top 5 individual scores for each match constitute the team score for that match. Therefore members of lower abilities can participate and not be concerned that they will adversely affect the team scores. The inclusion of members of any ability can only improve the team score. This is sometimes important to point out to prospective new members.

Currently there are over 40 teams state-wide divided among 5 adult leagues based on team average and 1 league of junior-only teams.

A Postal Competition
NYS SporteRifle is a postal league. Teams shoot their weekly matches at their own local ranges. The team captain compiles the scores and mails them to the newsletter editor who compares them with the scores of the team with whom you are paired that week to determine winners.

There are shoulder to shoulder end-of-season matches where interested members from all the clubs congregate at one of several centralized hosting club's ranges. Some years we also have a shoulder to shoulder mid-season match. Starting in 1996 there is also a holiday postal shoot-off offering cash prizes and a very generous door prize.

Weekly Bulletin
Match results and SporteRifle news is published weekly and mailed to each competitor's household. This and other information is also available to members in the member's only section at the SporteRifle web site.

Individual and Team Awards
There are individual and team awards for both shoot-offs and overall season. The team award is for high team average for each league. The individual awards include: high shooter, high lady, high junior, high senior, high shooter from each classification, most improved shooter and the Monte Smith most improved junior shooter.

A Great Family Sport
NYS SporteRifle is very inexpensive. There is an annual $5.00 "equipment fund" fee which is payable at the competitor's first match. Weekly match fees are $3, paticipation fee during the practic season (March-Sept) is $5/DCPA Member and $15/Non-Members.

Juniors can start shooting at age 12 and retain their junior status until age 19.

The Season
The SporteRifle season runs from about mid-September to about mid-March with weeks off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. The end of the season shoot-off is held in early March. There are several regional banquets held in late March/early April where awards are presented and club business is discussed. Participation in the shoot-offs and banquet is desirable but not a requirement.

This league is open to DCPA members and their guests (bring a friend along) and juniors aged 12 and up.

For More Information:
Contact: Bob Olyha
Phone: (845) 473-2338

For further information visit, or stop by the range any Thursday night between 6 and 8pm between September and March.

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