United States BenchRest
Rule Book

 

Rev 8.3
(Update: 5/18/2010)

Report errors and omissions to: Kolin

NOTICE: Given the lack of experience we have had with the new .17 rimfire guns and ammunition, we feel it necessary to make a modification to the Rimfire Division rules. Until further notice, .17 rimfire record scores shall be kept separate from other rimfire record scores. The Host Club may, at it's description, allow .17 rimfire competition concurrent with, or separate from, other rimfire. Scores shall be either kept and reported separately or otherwise indicated on the match report such that the official records may be maintained separately. Once we have enough information to make an informed decision, we will either blend .17 rimfire back into the generic Rimfire Division or create a separate division.

NOTICE RULE AMENDMENT ADDED 5/18/2010

Please read sections F and J.1 for new rule clarifications/definitions, the new changes are in red bold underlined type.

I. General

A. Objectives

To provide a benchrest score-shooting format to be enjoyed by the widest possible spectrum of competitors. Range and equipment requirements are held to a minimum. Opportunities to compete will be provided for everyone from the novice to the expert. USBR is an internet based organization, and as such, the vast majority of all business will be handled via e-mail and web-based exchange of information.

B. Definitions

1. Bench

A bench shall be a rigidly constructed table appropriate for benchrest competition. All benches at a given range will be as close to identical as is practically possible.

2. Host Club

A Host Club is a USBR registered club that holds USBR registered tournaments. The Host Club is responsible for scheduling and conducting tournaments, and reporting results via e-mail to the USBR organization. A Host Club shall be considered to be an "active club" for the purposes of voting if they scheduled, conducted, and reported results for at least four tournaments in each of the current and previous years (12 month periods).

3. Match

A single event in a tournament. At least four competitors must participate to qualify as a match in a registered tournament. Classes (and even divisions) may be mixed in a match at the Match Director's discretion.

4. Range

A place to shoot, having no less than 4 benches. It shall have sturdy target frames placed at a distance from the firing line appropriate for the type of match to be fired. If indoors, that fact must be noted in the match report.

5. Registered Tournament

A match, or group of matches, authorized by USBR, and conducted under the rules and regulations set forth in this Rule Book. The term "tournament" when used in this Rule Book will refer only to registered tournaments.

6. Rifles

Definitions and requirements are in the sections describing Rimfire, Centerfire, and Air Power Divisions In all cases, handguns may be used if they do not otherwise violate the rules. The word handgun may be substituted for rifle in this manual. All rifles and handguns must be legal under applicable federal, state, and local laws.

7. Rests

Front rests may contact the forend of the rifle forward of the trigger guard. Rear rests may support the rear part of the rifle. The front and rear rests may not be connected together, and the rests may not be attached to the bench or rifle in any way. Return-to-battery will not be allowed. A bipod attached to the rifle is allowed as long as it is in no way attached to the bench, and its weight is included with that of the rifle.

These Rest rules do not apply to Unlimited Class. The only restriction in Unlimited Class is that the rest may not be attached to the bench in any way.

8. Tournaments

a) Club Tournament

This is the base line tournament to be held at each Host Club. A club may schedule as many Club Tournaments as they wish.

b) State Championship

There may be one State Championship Tournament in each state. The location of State Championship will rotate among clubs wishing to hold them in each state.

c) Regional Championship

There may be one Regional Championship Tournament in each region per year. The location of Regional Championships will rotate among clubs wishing to hold them in each region.

d) National Championship

There may be one National Championship per year. The location of the National Championship Tournament will rotate from region to region, based on which clubs wish to hold them.

C. Eligibility of Competitors

No competitor may be required to be a member of any organization in order to compete in a USBR registered tournament. The Match Director may deny the opportunity to compete to any person who they feel is incapable of safely completing the match, or to any person who violates Safety or Sportsmanship rules.

D. Safety

The Match Director will be responsible to see that appropriate safety precautions are taken. Since the regulations at each range and the experience level of the competitors are different across the country, we will not attempt to force our safety practices on anyone. We expect the Match Director and all competitors to exercise their best judgment to keep our sport safe for all that participate. We do suggest that the Match Director or Range Officer go over basic safety rules before a match if there is any question that anyone in attendance may not be familiar with the rules in effect at that range.

E. Sportsmanship

There shall be no boisterous conduct on, or near, the firing line during the firing of any match. Everyone should treat all shooters as they would like to be treated if they were about to shoot a new record score.

F. Targets

Targets will consist of twenty-five (25) record bulls and three sighter bulls. There is a heavy line between the sighter bulls and the record bulls.All shots below this line and inside of the outer border line count for record. Any number of shots may be fired into the sighter bulls. If the first shot impacts in the record area, you must notify the Range Officer (before firing another shot) who will inspect the target and make note that the shot will not be counted.

Scoring ring sizes are: 10  0.100"      6  1.200"


                         9  0.300"      5  1.600"


                         8  0.550"      4  2.050"


                         7  0.850"                  

The 8 ring and the 4 rings are black to aid in sighting, all other rings are white with black-line borders. ("Black" may actually be a different color.)

G. Stationary Backers

Stationary backers may be placed behind the targets in order to pinpoint the origin of any crossfire. This is optional at all tournaments.

H. Tournament Procedure

Only registered tournaments will be recognized for record purposes. Registered tournaments may be held only by clubs affiliated with USBR, which are in good standing and which have the facilities and equipment necessary to conduct the type of shoot to be held. Registered tournaments may only be held on dates previously published on the USBR web site.

1. Range Commands

The Range Officer will call competitors to the line at least five minutes before the commence fire command is to be given, in order to allow rests and other equipment to be set and adjusted. Before the first match of the day, on each relay, the Range Officer will explain the procedure that is in use at the Host Club to start and stop a match, including the procedures to be followed in case of an emergency cease-fire. If an emergency cease-fire is called, the reason for such should be corrected, and then the match should be restarted with an additional three minutes added to the remaining time (if less than three minutes have elapsed before the emergency cease-fire, the clock should be reset to 20 minutes).

The Range Officer will announce a one-minute warning and a 30 seconds warning before the end of each match.

2. Weighing Guns

We recommend that all guns are weighed before the match begins so no one will get a rude surprise if their equipment is found to be overweight. If a rifle is found to be overweight after a match is fired, the score must be reported as "DQ" (same as any other disqualification). We also recommend that the guns of all winners of prizes, including cash options, be weighed.

A club official must weigh any gun used to shoot a USBR record score.

3. Bench Drawing

A drawing for bench assignments will be made before the first match of the day. Any fair method shall be allowed, such as drawing a number from a "hat" as the competitors sign in, or a computer generated random assignment.

4. Bench Rotation

Bench rotation is optional at all tournaments, but is highly recommended at all Championship Tournaments. The suggested method is that the number of benches to rotate will be determined by dividing the number of benches in use by the number of matches to be fired. (For example, if you are holding four rimfire matches at a range with 12 benches, shooters would rotate to the right 3 benches each match. A shooter drawing bench 5 would shoot from benches 5, 8, 11, and 2.) If bench rotation is not to be used at a Championship Match, it must be so noted in the scheduling information.

I. Scheduling Tournaments

Each Host Club is allowed to hold any number of Club Tournaments. In addition, one State, Regional, and National Championship Tournament may be scheduled in each respective area. Interested Host Clubs should apply for the opportunity to hold State, Regional, and National tournaments by Feb. 1st. These locations will be selected, based on applications received. If no Host Club applies to hold one of these tournaments by the February 1st deadline, applications will be accepted after that date, but they must be received in time for dates to be published on the USBR web site no less than 30 days in advance of the match date.

Application for tournament dates must include:

1. The name and address of the Host Club making the application.
2. The location of the range on which the tournament is to be held.
3. The program of events to be scheduled.
4. Range facilities (number of benches, restrooms, camping available, etc).
5. Contact information for the Match Director or Communications Officer.

The director of USBR will examine the application and verify that there are no conflicts with other tournament schedules and if no problem exists the director will approve the date(s) requested. If dates conflict with other tournaments in the region, or are within 7 days of the first day of a National Championship, the applying club will be notified and requested to pick different date(s).

J. Scoring

Best edge scoring will be used. If the hole breaks into the border of the next higher ring, the higher score will be awarded. Tears in the paper are not counted, only the portion of the hole the size of the bullet. Shots below the sighter line but inside the outter border line,and not breaking into a target count as 0 points. If any target has multiple holes, use the lowest scoring hole. Additional shots (over 25 for rimfire, for example) below the sighter line if  inside the outer border line will count as minus ten (-10) points each

J.1 Definition of outer border line is the thin green pinstripe around the target approximately 3/4" from the sides of the target and 1/2" from the top and bottom of the target.

Scoring plugs may be used to check holes which are too close to measure otherwise. If a plug is used (it should only be inserted once), a "P" is to be written next to the score. Be very careful when using plugs, an enlarged hole could invalidate a score. If it is not possible to determine that the hole actually breaks into the border of the next higher ring, the lower score must be given.

If the green of the 10-ring is completely shot out (that is, the bullet hole extends past the green of the 10-ring on all sides) it will count 10 points and an "X". X-count is used only to settle ties.

If a competitor is disqualified for any reason, such as an equipment violation, the score will be reported as "DQ". The Match Director will report the reason for the DQ in the match results. If a competitor does not finish their target in the allotted amount of time, the score will be reported as "DNF".

1. Tied Score

If two, or more, competitors shoot the same score, the X-count will be used to break the tie. If, after including the X-count, the scores are still tied, the scores will be reported as a tie. (Example: if the third and fourth place finishers both shoot a 240-6x, both their positions will be recorded as 3T, and the next place will be 5.)

The Host Club may use any other method to break ties on a local level, such as holding a shoot-off or comparing individual bulls in a specific order. USBR recommends that this only be done when physical awards are at stake. When such procedures are used, the results should be included in the match report so they can be posted in the newsletter.

2. Crossfire

In case of a crossfire, if the person making the crossfire reports it first, or admits to it immediately after it's being reported by the person whose target was accidentally fired on, the crossfire will not be counted on the target that was accidentally fired on. The shot will be recorded as if it had impacted on the target of the person making the crossfire. Adjustment to the score of the person making the crossfire, including both the score on that target and the number of shots on the target, will be made, and additionally, a minus ten (-10) point penalty will be added to the score of the person making the crossfire. If the crossfire impacts a bull on which a legitimate shot has also been fired, and it is not possible to determine which shot belongs to which shooter, the highest scoring hole will be counted for the legitimate shot, and the lowest scoring hole will be counted as the crossfire.

3. Record Scores

USBR will maintain a listing of record scores and aggregates. When a USBR record score is fired at any range, it is the responsibility of the Match Director to be sure the gun is weighed. When a record score is tied, including X-count, both shooters will share the record.

Targets which are deemed to be candidates for USBR record status must be examined by the Match Director and referees. Names of these officers must be included with the match report.

K. Trophies and Awards

It is the responsibility of the Host Club to arrange for any trophies, certificates, or other awards to be given at each tournament. It is acceptable to include the cost of such awards in the fee charged for entry to the tournament. We strongly recommend that the cost to enter a tournament be kept as low as possible to encourage new participants. When cash awards are given in place of, or in addition to, those awards, we recommend that the cash prizes be treated as "cash options".

L. Duties of Tournament Officials

Any person may hold more than one of the following positions. When possible, USBR suggests that matches be scheduled such that persons holding the following positions may also be able to compete in the matches.

1. Match Director

This is the main officer, as far as USBR is concerned. The Match Director selects and oversees all the other officials. Responsibilities listed under the section "The Host Club" are to be completed by the Match Director.

2. Range Officer

The person responsible for timing (starting and stopping) and insuring safety at a match. Also responsible for signaling the Target Crew when it is safe for them to go downrange.

3. Referee

Three referees are to be picked by the Match Director. These persons are responsible for settling any disputes and questions that may arise during a match. They should have immediate access to a copy of the Rule Book for reference. When possible they should be picked from the "more experienced" group of competitors. At the Match Directors discretion, the selection of Referees may be deferred until they are actually required.

4. Scorer

Scores targets.

5. Statistician

Records and displays results received from the Scorer. Also responsible for verifying weight, and other restrictions, of firearms used in various classes.

6. Target Crew

Posts and retrieves targets. They receive clearance to go down range from the Range Officer. At the Match Director's discretion, competitors may be allowed to post and retrieve their own targets.

7. Communications Officer

The Communications Officer is responsible to send, via e-mail, the match results to USBR as soon as possible after each tournament. It is suggested that the Communications Officer, also, download and print a copy of the latest USBR Newsletter from the USBR web site and post it at the tournament.

M. The Host Club

The Host Club is responsible for scheduling, conducting the tournaments and reporting the results.

The Host Club must make available a scale appropriate for weighing guns to be used in the type(s) of competition to be held. Check-weights should be on hand, and used often, to calibrate the scales. (These can be easily made by filling plastic bottles with shot. Grocery stores will usually let you use their certified scales to check your weights.)

N. Fees

A club registration fee of $10.00 shall be paid when a new club is registered.

A match fee of $1.00 per competitor per match shall be paid when match results are reported (see section "O").

O. Match Reports

Within a reasonable time after a tournament, the Host Club shall send a match report to USBR, via e-mail, including:

1) Scores, by Division and Class.
2) Match fee of $1.00 per competitor per match.
3) Equipment list (optional, but suggested).
4) A report describing conditions and items of interest (optional).

The match report shall be sent to the USBR News Editor, via e-mail, in text-only format. Pictures may be included along with captions. Pictures should be in .jpg format and compressed to a level suitable for use on the internet. Keep in mind that most of our members use dial-up internet connections and it takes a long time to download a large picture.

P. Challenges and Protests

Challenges and protests should be referred to the Match Director who will call in the Referees to settle any disputes. The Match Director and Referees at the Host Club have the final say on all disputes, but they may, if necessary, refer the dispute to USBR for consultation purposes. If the question is referred to USBR, the scores will be reported and the dispute, including any supporting material, will be submitted along with the match report for consideration. If USBR believes the outcome of the match should be altered because of it's opinion on the dispute, the Match Director will be contacted before the outcome is published. The Match Director will make the final decision based on input from the Referees and USBR. (Include return postage for any material which the Match Director wants returned after the final decision is made.)

Q. Rule Changes

Anyone is welcome to suggest changes to the rules. In this context, a "Rule Change" shall apply only to "course of fire" rules. All suggested changes should be given to the Match Director of the local club who will forward them to USBR. If there is some reason that the originator would rather not go through the Match Director, they may submit them directly to USBR along with a brief explanation as to why it was submitted this way. The requests may be sent in separately or included with the next match results, as long as they meet the deadline date listed below.

Suggested changes must include:

1) Name and address of the originator (which will be kept confidential if requested).
2) Name of the originator's Host Club.
3) Detailed explanation of the change requested.
4) Detailed explanation of why you believe the change would be in the best interest of our competition.

Requests for changes must be received by USBR no later than September 30th. They will be included in the October issue of the USBR Newsletter along with USBR comments. Match Directors should poll their members as to how they should vote on each change request. Based on the feelings of the members, the Match Director of each active club should cast a vote on each requested change. The votes must be e-mailed to USBR no later than November 15th.

Each active club gets one vote, and USBR will cast one vote, for each change requested. In order for a change to take place, it must receive two thirds (2/3) of the votes cast. The results of the vote, including how each club voted, will be published in the January issue of the USBR Newsletter. The rule book will be updated to include any change requests that are passed.

No rules will be changed without allowing active clubs the chance to voice their opinions. USBR gets only one vote on each suggestion, the same as an active club. USBR may comment on suggested rule changes and will often make it known how it will vote in the newsletter.

The intent is to limit rule changes to those that the vast majority of clubs wants. USBR may make suggestions, but can not make a rule change on it's own (unless, of course, no other clubs bother to vote on them).

II. Rimfire Division

AA. 17 Cal Rimfire Update

Given the lack of experience we have had with the new .17 rimfire guns and ammunition, we feel it necessary to make a modification to the Rimfire Division rules. Until further notice, .17 rimfire record scores shall be kept separate from other rimfire record scores. The Host Club may, at it's discretion, allow .17 rimfire competition concurrent with, or separate from, other rimfire. Scores shall be either kept and reported separately or otherwise indicated on the match report such that the official records may be maintained separately. Once we have enough information to make an informed decision, we will either blend .17 rimfire back into the generic Rimfire Division or create a separate division.

A. Course of Fire

Twenty-five (25) shots for record, plus unlimited sighters. Targets will be placed at 50 yards. Time limit is 20 minutes.

B. Classifications

All firearms must have a safe, manually and mechanically operated firing mechanism. Electric triggers and cable releases will not be allowed, except in unlimited class.

1. Plinker Class

a) Objective

Plinker Class is intended to provide a competition for persons who are new to benchrest shooting, those who prefer to use guns more commonly associated with small game hunting, and others who, for whatever reason, wish to use equipment which is relatively inexpensive. The goal is to prevent Plinker Class from becoming an "equipment race" in which competitors are forced to expend large sums of money to remain competitive. Plinker Class records will be kept, but they will not be combined with other scores to create aggregates.

b) Firearm Limitations

Weight: No limitations.
Barrel & Action: No limitations.
Stock: No limitations.
Scope: 9x, or less

c) Claim rule (this is what we hope will keep this from becoming an "equipment race")

Because of the difficulty of identifying what equipment should, or should not, be allowed in this type of competition, the following rule has been adopted which will allow the competitors to make this decision:

A person wishing to compete in a Plinker Class match must agree to sell Plinker Class gun (minus the scope and rings, but including all other accessories attached to the gun during the match) to anyone who might offer to buy it, for the sum of two hundred dollars ($200.00), or have their score disqualified and retain their gun. The offer must be made any time after the end of the Plinker Class match in which the gun is used, and before the official end of the tournament. The buyer must inform the Match Director of the impending offer before it is made, and has up to 10 days to complete the transaction. If more than one person is interested in buying the gun, the highest bidder over $200 shall be allowed to purchase it. If the owner should refuse to sell it, they will be disqualified in the Plinker Class match, and the match results will reflect the reason for the DQ. If it is determined that a "strawman" sale has taken place, that is a friend or relative out bid another person in order to return possession of the gun to the shooter, the shooter will be disqualified on a Sportsmanship violation.

If an offer is made on a Plinker Class gun, the gun will be deemed to be outside the intent of Plinker Class rules, and the score will not be considered for Plinker Class record. Allowing your score to be disqualified in order to retain your gun is not considered to be an un-sportsmanlike act, as this is only used as a control measure to keep Plinker Class from becoming an "equipment race".

2. Sporter Class

Unmodified factory rifles. Trigger work, bedding, and/or recrowning is acceptable. Trigger work must be limited to polishing of surfaces and normal adjustment of the assembly, such that a factory trained technician would not be able to tell that the assembly had been modified in any way. A recrowned barrel may be no more than 1/2 inch shorter than original length, and the owner is required to provide any documentation necessary to verify that this is the case. Pillar and/or glass bedding is acceptable, and the forend of the stock may be "opened up" in order to free-float the barrel.

Barrel: Unmodified factory with manufacturer's name or logo stamped into the metal of the barrel.
Weight limit: 8.5 lbs. including sights.
Scope: No limit.
Stock: Unmodified factory, convex on all bottom surfaces.

2a. Additional Sporter Class Comments

Sporter Class is intended for non-custom factory made guns. If a gun can be ordered by a catalog number (i.e.: Acme Model XXX-XX), and it meets the other qualifications, it is legal in Sporter Class. If modifications are made, such as ordering or installing a different barrel or trigger than the model of gun came with, then it is deemed to be customized, even if the modification came from the factory or was standard on a similar model, and even if done (whether required by the manufacturer, or not) as part of the original order. An example would be a case where, when you place your order for a firearm you must specify what components are to be used... this would not qualify as a Sporter Class gun.

We do allow trigger work, bedding, and re-crowning.

Trigger work is defined as light polishing of surfaces and tuning using existing adjustment screws. A reworked trigger should look and operate identical to the original, to the point that it would be difficult for a factory technician to be sure that the trigger had been altered.

Bedding work, both "glass" and pillar, is allowed to provide a better mating surface between the action and/or barrel and the stock. This also covers "free floating" the barrel and/or action, and additional bedding of the forend to create a "pressure-point" between the stock and barrel. It does not allow the addition of tuning devices that did not come standard with the rifle. "Glue-ins" are not allowed unless it was standard on that model of gun.

Re-crowning may be desirable if a barrel is damaged, but we do not allow the barrel to be shortened more than ½ inch from the original length. If a barrel is to be re-crowned, it is the responsibility of the competitor to provide proof that the barrel is no shorter than ½ " less than the original length, and that the new crown is cut to original factory specs (i.e.: if original crown was rounded, the new crown could not be flat), if ask by the match director or a referee.

If any part, or assembly, must be replaced because of defect or malfunction, it must be replaced with the exact same part number as the original. Just because a manufacturer makes a different part that would fit, or that is used on a similar model, does not make it legal for use as a replacement.

A scope and mounts may be installed. If a scope is installed, existing iron sights may be removed at the owner's discretion. Since this is a bench rest competition where the guns are typically shot from a rest, we also allow the removal of sling studs and swivels, but other original "hardware" such as trigger guards and butt plates must remain attached.

We feel that we must be very strict in observance of the Sporter Class rules. Other shooting organizations have altered their Sporter Class rules and caused big problems for some of their competitors, often reaching the point that their Sporter Class has become just a lighter weight Custom Class. We do not want that to happen in USBR without the opportunity for input from all of our clubs and shooters. As with all USBR rules, this could be changed if enough clubs vote for it, but until that happens we must stick with the rules as written.

3. Custom Class

Barrel: No limit.
Weight limit: 10.5 lbs. including sights
Scope: No limit.
Stock: Flat or convex bottom surfaces, no wider than 3 inches.

4. Unlimited Class

Anything goes (of course it must be legal under federal, state, and local laws).

C. Match Stacking

A Host Club may, at it's option, "stack" matches. All other rules and restrictions shall apply. If match stacking is used, the match report must show results sorted by match. If match stacking is to be held, details should be noted in the club schedule. Record aggregates for stacked matches shall be recorded for Unlimited Class, only.

D. Records

Records will be maintained for the following Classes:

a) Plinker Class
b) Sporter Class
c) Custom Class
d) Unlimited Class

In addition, the following aggregate score record will be maintained:

e) 3-Gun Agg (Custom + Sporter + Unlimited )
f) Unlimited Class stacked matches.

E. Postal Club

The USBR Postal Club rules are posted on the USBR web site. Because of the nature of Postal Matches, there are a few differences in the way these matches are held. See Postal Club specific rules posted on Home page.

III. Air Power Division

A. Course of Fire

Twenty-five (25) shots for record, plus unlimited sighters. Maximum time limit is 20 minutes.

B. Classifications

All firearms must have a safe, manually and mechanically operated firing mechanism. We will refer to air powered guns as firearms, even though we realize that they are not. Handguns may be used in any of the classes, as long as they meet all other applicable requirements.

1. Unlimited Class = PCP with Reg/Any Air Rifle.

Range: 25 Yards
Action type: Anything goes
Weight limit: No Limit
Barrel: No Limit
Scope: No Limit
Pellet: Any
Stock: No limit

"Scuba" guns may be used while "hooked up" to the scuba tank.

2. PCP Class = Air Rifle over 600-fps with out reg.

3. Match Class = PCP Air Rifle under 600-fps.

4. CO2 Class = all CO2 Air Rifles.

5. Spring Class = all spring/gas piston Air Rifles.

C. Stacking of matches

In order to provide additional shooting opportunity, more than one match may be contested at a tournament. The results of each match shall be reported individually for record. The Host Club may, at it's option, combine the results of the stacked matches to determine the overall tournament winner, but only the individual match results shall be counted for USBR record. The number of matches to be stacked at a given tournament is up to the Host Club, and should be published with the match schedule.

D. Records

Records will be maintained for the following Types and Classes:

a) Unlimited Class

b) PCP Class

c) Match Class

d) CO2 Class

e) Spring Class

E. Scoring Plugs

Due to the lack of commercial scoring plugs for the various calibers commonly used in Air Power Division, USBR recommends that, when necessary, clubs use an unfired pellet of the correct size to plug holes. Only the "head" of the pellet should be used as the "skirt" is over-sized in order to create a gas seal when they are fired.

IV. Centerfire Division

A. Course of Fire

Twenty-five (25) shots for record, plus unlimited sighters. Targets will be placed at 100 yards. The match will consist of five 12 minute relays with 20 minutes between same relays

B. Classifications

As defined in Section I Part B Paragraph 6 firearms must have a safe operating firing mechanisms and Handguns may be substituted for rifles as long as they meet all other applicable requirements and as previously stated in the above paragraph. All firearms must, of course, be safe and legal under federal, state, and local laws.

1. Plinker Class. Any Centerfire using a scope of no more then 9X magnification and a manual trigger. The intent of this class is for hunters using one rifle. The Centerfires used in this class do not have to be pure factory firearms but must have a value of "$500.00" or less minus scope and rings.

2. Sporter/Hunter Class. Any Centerfire weighing less then 10.25 pounds using a scope of no more than 6X magnification and a manual trigger.

3. Factory class. Any mass produced centerfire rifle with original stock, action, trigger, and barrel, using any scope. The chamberings are limited to production ammo that is produced by at least two current major ammunition manufactures. The stock may be bedded and the barrel may be floated. The barrel may also be recorowned but not be shorter then two inchs of it's original length. The chamber end of the barrel must not be changed and must be able to chamber a factory round. All factory barrel markings must remain present.

4. Varmint Class. A Centerfire weighing no more than 13.5 pounds with a bore diameter no greater than .244 using any scope and a manual trigger.

5. Unlimited. Any Centerfire less than .50 Caliber. No weight limit. No scope limit.

C. Records

Records will be maintained for all and Classes at each yardage except Plinker Class

V. Rimfire Handgun Division

Course of Fire

Twenty-five (25) shots for record, plus unlimited sighters. Targets will be placed at 50 yards. Time limit is 20 minutes.

Classifications Pistols

All firearms must have a safe, manually and mechanically operated firing mechanism. Electric triggers and cable releases will not be allowed, except in unlimited class. Handguns may be used in any of the classes, as long as they meet all other applicable requirements.

1. Plinker Class Pistol

a) Objective

Plinker Class is intended to provide a competition for persons who are new to benchrest shooting, those who prefer to use guns more commonly associated with small game hunting, and others who, for whatever reason, wish to use equipment which is relatively inexpensive. The goal is to prevent Plinker Class from becoming an "equipment race" in which competitors are forced to expend large sums of money to remain competitive. Plinker Class records will be kept, but they will not be combined with other scores to create aggregates.

b) Firearm Limitations

Weight: No limitations. 


Barrel & Action: No limitations. 


Stock: No limitations. 


Scope: 9x, or less 

c) Claim rule (this is what we hope will keep this from becoming an "equipment race")

Because of the difficulty of identifying what equipment should, or should not, be allowed in this type of competition, the following rule has been adopted which will allow the competitors to make this decision:

A person wishing to compete in a Plinker Class match must agree to sell Plinker Class gun (minus the scope and rings, but including all other accessories attached to the gun during the match) to anyone who might offer to buy it, for the sum of two hundred dollars ($200.00), or have their score disqualified and retain their gun. The offer must be made any time after the end of the Plinker Class match in which the gun is used, and before the official end of the tournament. The buyer must inform the Match Director of the impending offer before it is made, and has up to 10 days to complete the transaction. If more than one person is interested in buying the gun, the highest bidder over $200 shall be allowed to purchase it. If the owner should refuse to sell it, they will be disqualified in the Plinker Class match, and the match results will reflect the reason for the DQ. If it is determined that a "strawman" sale has taken place, that is a friend or relative out bid another person in order to return possession of the gun to the shooter, the shooter will be disqualified on a Sportsmanship violation.

If an offer is made on a Plinker Class gun, the gun will be deemed to be outside the intent of Plinker Class rules, and the score will not be considered for Plinker Class record. Allowing your score to be disqualified in order to retain your gun is not considered to be an un-sportsmanlike act, as this is only used as a control measure to keep Plinker Class from becoming an "equipment race".

2. Sporter Class Pistol

Unmodified factory pistols. Trigger work, bedding, and/or re-crowning acceptable. Trigger work must be limited to polishing of surfaces and normal adjustment of the assembly, such that a factory trained technician would not be able to tell that the assembly had been modified in any way. A re-crowned barrel may be no more than 1/2 inch shorter than original length, and the owner is required to provide any documentation necessary to verify that this is the case. Pillar and/or glass bedding is acceptable, and the forend of the stock may be "opened up" in order to free-float the barrel.

Barrel: Unmodified factory with manufacturer's name or logo stamped into the metal of the barrel. 
Weight limit: 5.5 lbs. including sights. 
Scope: No limit. 
Stock: Flat or convex bottom surfaces, no wider than 3 inches. 

2a. Additional Sporter Class Pistol Comments

Sporter Class is intended for non-custom factory made guns. If a gun can be ordered by a catalog number (i.e.: Acme Model XXX-XX), and it meets the other qualifications, it is legal in Sporter Class. If modifications are made, such as ordering or installing a different barrel or trigger than the model of gun came with, then it is deemed to be customized, even if the modification came from the factory or was standard on a similar model, and even if done (whether required by the manufacturer, or not) as part of the original order. An example would be a case where, when you place your order for a firearm you must specify what components are to be used... this would not qualify as a Sporter Class gun. The exception is a Thompson Center Contender, ie. you could shoot .17 and change the barrel and shoot .22. The reason for the exception is the barrel is also the chamber.

We do allow trigger work, bedding, and re-crowning.

Trigger work is defined as light polishing of surfaces and tuning using existing adjustment screws. A reworked trigger should look and operate identical to the original, to the point that it would be difficult for a factory technician to be sure that the trigger had been altered.

Bedding work, both "glass" and pillar, is allowed to provide a better mating surface between the action and/or barrel and the stock. This also covers "free floating" the barrel and/or action, and additional bedding of the forend to create a "pressure-point" between the stock and barrel. It does not allow the addition of tuning devices that did not come standard with the pistol. "Glue-ins" are not allowed unless it was standard on that model of gun.

Re-crowning may be desirable if a barrel is damaged, but we do not allow the barrel to be shortened more than ½ inch from the original length. If a barrel is to be re-crowned, it is the responsibility of the competitor to provide proof that the barrel is no shorter than ½ " less than the original length, and that the new crown is cut to original factory specs (i.e.: if original crown was rounded, the new crown could not be flat), if ask by the match director or a referee.

If any part, or assembly, must be replaced because of defect or malfunction, it must be replaced with the exact same part number as the original. Just because a manufacturer makes a different part that would fit, or that is used on a similar model, does not make it legal for use as a replacement.

A scope and mounts may be installed. If a scope is installed, existing iron sights may be removed at the owner's discretion. Since this is a bench rest competition where the guns are typically shot from a rest, we also allow the removal of sling studs and swivels, but other original "hardware" such as trigger guards and butt plates must remain attached.

We feel that we must be very strict in observance of the Sporter Class rules. Other shooting organizations have altered their Sporter Class rules and caused big problems for some of their competitors, often reaching the point that their Sporter Class has become just a lighter weight Custom Class. We do not want that to happen in USBR without the opportunity for input from all of our clubs and shooters. As with all USBR rules, this could be changed if enough clubs vote for it, but until that happens we must stick with the rules as written.

3. Custom Class Pistol

Barrel: No limit. 


Weight limit: 10.5 lbs. including sights 


Scope: No limit. 


Stock: Flat or convex bottom surfaces, no wider than 3 inches. 

4. Unlimited Class Pistol

Anything goes (of course it must be legal under federal, state, and local laws).

C. Match Stacking

A Host Club may, at it's option, "stack" matches. All other rules and restrictions shall apply. If match stacking is used, the match report must show results sorted by match. If match stacking is to be held, details should be noted in the club schedule. Record aggregates for stacked matches shall be recorded for Unlimited Class, only.

D. Records

Records will be maintained for the following Classes: 


a) Plinker Class Pistol


b) Sporter Class Pistol


c) Custom Class Pistol


d) Unlimited Class Pistol


In addition, the following aggregate score record will be maintained: 


e) 3-Gun Aggregate Pistol (Sporter + Custom + Unlimited )


f) Unlimited Class Pistol stacked matches.

VI. Regions

A.  Northeastern Region


Connecticut                     Massachusetts                   Ohio


Delaware                        Michigan                        Pennsylvania


Illinois                        New Hampshire                   Rhode Island


Indiana                         New Jersey                      Vermont


Maine                           New York                        Wisconsin


Maryland                                                        Washington D.C.






B. Southeastern Region


Alabama                         Kentucky                        Tennessee


Florida                         Mississippi                     Virginia


Georgia                         North Carolina                  West Virginia


                                South Carolina


C. Central Region


Arkansas                        Minnesota                       North Dakota


Iowa                            Missouri                        Oklahoma


Kansas                          Nebraska                        South Dakota


Louisiana                                                       Texas






D. Western Region


Alaska                          Hawaii                          New Mexico


Arizona                         Idaho                           Oregon


California                      Montana                         Utah


Colorado                        Nevada                          Washington


                                                                Wyoming






E. International Region


All clubs outside the United States.

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