NSSF to Hold First Women-Only Rimfire Challenge Event

Rimfire Challenge events are open to shooters of all ages for .22-caliber rifle and pistol.

The first women-only Rimfire Challenge event will be held in Maryland in August.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that the Sanner's Lake Sportsmen's Club in Lexington Park has agreed to be the first Rimfire Challenge partner range to host the First Annual Southern Maryland Women's Rimfire Challenge PIstol and Rifle Match on August 15.

The event will be open to female shooters of all ages and aims to be an inclusive event to get new shooters and range rats into competition.

"Women-only events often prove to be the key to getting new shooters involved in the shooting sports, providing an atmosphere, camaraderie and comfort level that encourages trying out something new," said Zach Snow, NSSF Manager of Shooting Promotions. "This is especially important in getting recreational shooters to experience competition for the first time."

The match will feature seven competition classes: Open (firearms with optics), Limited (firearms with iron sights), Cowgirl (competitors wear cowboy hats and period attire), Senior (females age 62 and over), Junior (age 13-17), youth (age 12 and under), and Mother/Daughter teams.

The Rimfire Challenge is administered by the NSSF, and is designed to introduce new shooters to the shooting sports in a friendly format that focuses on .22 rifles and pistols. It was started by Ruger and was formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge.

As a further effort to bring in new shooters, loaner firearms will be available at the range as well as .22LR ammunition.

"I was warmly welcomed into the shooting sports, but I know some ladies are concerned about breaking in a male-dominated environment," said Mary Picard, match director for the Challenge, in a release. "We chose the Rimfire Challenge as the formate for our introductory Women's Match as it's a format that is both welcoming and diverse, and yet can be quite challenging."

Proceeds from the $10 match fee will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Southern Maryland Toys for Tots Program.