Events - Competitions and Matches


Competitive shooting is a wonderful way for beginning to intermediate shooters to improve their shooting proficiency, have fun, and enjoy camaraderie of other gun enthusiasts.

Do some of the following sound familiar?

“I’m not good enough to compete”
“I don’t feel safe shooting with other shooters with whom I am not familiar”
“I feel pressure when shooting with a timer”
"I can’t shoot with so many people watching me”

Six Compelling Benefits of Competitive Shooting Sports: Put your mind at ease! You can do this!

Learning and Practicing Firearm Safety: Competition shooting sports follow strict firearm handling safety rules, and when practiced on a regular basis become second nature for the shooter.

  1. Learning and Practicing Firearm Safety: Competition shooting sports follow strict firearm handling safety rules, and when practiced on a regular basis become second nature for the shooter.
  2. Learning to Shoot Under Pressure: If you think that little timer is scary, think of facing a bad guy.  Getting out to local matches on a regular basis and shooting under the pressure of the clock is a great way to cultivate your shooting skills with the presence of adrenaline and with a little less risk.
  3. Learning to Focus: This may not happen at first, but shoot enough matches and you’ll be able to tune out what is going on around you as far as a distraction. You’ll learn that you won’t get the hits you need unless you are focused on what you’re doing, focusing on your front sight or focusing on the plan for shooting the scenario that is part of a stage. When you are fully focused on the task at hand, your shooting will become smoother.
  4. Learning the Mechanics of Your Firearm: This is one of the biggest benefits of shooting local
    matches regularly. Unlike standing still and shooting at the range, when you shoot action pistol
    matches, you are practicing all your skills at the same time. You learn how to do reloads quicker and how to clear malfunctions easier. You know how the trigger break and trigger reset feels. You know without looking when your grip is right. You get to know and bond with your firearm, which will also increase your safety when using the firearm.
  5. Learning to Think Tactically: When considering the best way to shoot a particular stage at a match, you learn to think tactically. Action shooting is not normally done from a single shooting position, so you have to plan for the next move you’ll make and when you’ll shoot and usually how many shots you’ll make. The skills you learn can be taken from the range into real life. When you visualize your “plan” as far as situational awareness, you would consider how you would move to a place where you could use something as cover.
  6. Meet Friendly and Interesting People: You will meet some of the most congenial people during shooting matches. At a match, you are in a squad with other shooters who come from all kinds of backgrounds. And best of all, you meet people from all manner of shooting skill levels, who are more than willing to share hints and helpful tips to make you better at competitive shooting. And what better place than a shooting range to meet and socialize with like-minded people!

BCGC Events and Competitions

22 Rimfire Benchrest (RFBR)

 

The BCGC .22 Rimfire Benchrest (RFBR) Competition is designed to encourage shooters of all shooting skill levels to participate in fun days of shooting 22 LR rifles into little (tiny) groups at 50 yards.  22 RFBR is an event that consists of accurate rifles, reading swirling winds and having lots of patience.
 
RFBR has five rifle classes in which competitors can shoot. The rifle classes range from the very basic, entry level .22 rifles to more advanced and even custom built rifles.  BCGC encourages shooters of all shooting skill levels to participate - BCGC Members and Non-club members are welcome.  Only rifles chambered for the .22 LR cartridge having iron sights or a riflescope are permitted within specific rifle class requirements.  Match dates and contact information can be found on the bcgc.us Calendar, just look for 22 RFBR or 22 Rimfire Benchrest Matches.
 
Contact John (JP) Perizzolo, .22 RFBR - Co-Match Director, (303)838-9618, troutguy1911@gmail.com or Del Befus, .22 RFBR - Co-Match Director,  (303)915-2064, drbefus@comcast.net for more information


Steel Challenge

 

Steel Challenge is a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) that consists of eight standardized stages with steel targets in three sizes; small 10" circular, large 12" circular and 18"x24" rectangular targets.  It was started in 1981 and has since grown into one of the largest pistol competitions in the United States. 
 
Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.  Steel Challenge has many similarities with United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), but has a simpler format and fewer rules.

BCGC uses PractiScore for all Steel Challenge matches.  For more information contact Dean Barr, IDPA/Steel Challenge Match Director, (303)838-3434, NorthForkShootist@gmail.com or Matt Beck, IDPA/Steel Challenge Assistant Match Director, (970)209-4861, mattybeck@gmail.com or visit  PractiScore.


IDPA

 

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) offers an exciting forum for practical shooters in which truly practical equipment, techniques and courses of fire are mandated. Prior to IDPA, there was no place to compete with common service pistols. There were no shooting sports where your concealed carry holster could also be your match holster without handicap.
 
When you come to an IDPA match, you cannot only use your duty/CCW equipment, you can be completely competitive with it! Other shooting sports have become equipment races; IDPA is not.  If you’re interested in using truly practical pistols to solve challenging and exciting defensive shooting problems, then IDPA is the sport for you.
 
BCGC uses PractiScore for all IDPA matches.  
For more information contact Dean Barr, IDPA/Steel Challenge Match Director, (303)838-3434 NorthForkShootist@gmail.com or Matt Beck, IDPA/Steel Challenge Assistant Match Director, (970)209-4861, mattybeck@gmail.com or visit PractiScore.


Precision Rifle League

 

BCGC’s Precision Rifle League (PRL) mimics the type of shooting and competition one would find in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS). Match courses of fire push shooters to strike a balance between precision and speed as they engage targets ranging from 100 to 700 yards, all while on the clock. Shooters often are required to move and alter their shooting positions during a stage requiring them to utilize not only their bipods, but other means of support as well (e.g., shooting bags, tripods, slings, etc.) To be competitive, shooters must be proficient with the operation of their rifle system, understand the ballistics of their chosen cartridge and know how to manipulate a ballistic calculator, and know how to build stabile shooting positions off otherwise unstable objects and props.
 
For those who enjoy pushing the boundaries of their rifles at distance, PRL is the definitive test to go beyond simply shooting prone or from the bench.  PRL will allow you to challenge yourself and your rifle to constantly make first round hits on steel targets from several football fields away.  All shooters come to PRL matches to have fun and learn from each other all while being safe and competitive.

For more information contact Eric Brody, Precision Rifle League (PRL) Match Director, (203)722-1500, eabrody@gmail.com or Ian Bundock , Precision Rifle League (PRL) Asst. Match Director, (720)273-1586, ianbundock@gmail.com, or visit PractiScore.


High Power

 

High Power Rifle competition is one of the most traditional and popular of the shooting sports. It is not merely challenging, it is a historical sport, harkening back to the very origins of civilian marksmanship training and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
 
NRA and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) are the two governing bodies of the sport of High Power. NRA was founded following the Civil War in order to promote the marksmanship training of civilians after the shooting performance of wartime conscripts proved woefully inadequate. The CMP was chartered by the U.S. government following its adoption of the 1903 Springfield Rifle shortly after the turn of the 20th century.  Match dates and contact information can be found on the bcgc.us Calendar, just look for High Power Matches.
 
For more information contact Tom Crist, High Power Match Director, (303)598-8765, tntcrist@msn.com or Pete Jend, High Power Match Coordinator, (303)564-5077, epjend317@gmail.com.


AR15 Clinics

 

The objective of the AR style Rifle Clinic is to develop proficiency in using the AR15 Service Rifle.  These clinic are for new and experienced shooters who want to learn high level marksmanship skills with the AR15. It is also for shooters who have some experience with an AR15 but, have not shot competitively. This is not a clinic for teaching intermediate or advanced skills.
 
Juniors ( 15-21) ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER early. A junior has to be able to safely handle the rifle in the standing position.

Coaching will be provided by experienced high power rifle shooters. Coaching on the firing line will be one on one.
 
Rifles and ammo are available and the clinic is limited to 15 attendees, so, don't delay if you are interested!  AR Clinic dates and contact information can be found on the bcgc.us Calendar, just look for AR Clinics.  You may also contact Warren Tanaka, AR Clinic Match Director at warren@yahoo.com or (970) 218-9637.


Range Training for Your Group

 

BCGC offers the range to Churches, Scouts, Schools and other not for profit entities.
 
Reach out to our President at president@bcgc.us or bcgc777@gmail.com with any questions, then come to our board meeting with a proposed event and potential dates.