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October 16, 2017

2017 Rimfire Challenge World Championship Winners Announced

This past weekend, 350 competitors ranging in age from seven to 70 converged on the grounds of Cavern Cove Competition Range in Woodville, Alabama, to take part in NSSF’s 2017 Rimfire Challenge World Championship. The two-day match ended with Kolby Pavlock taking the top Championship title for the third consecutive year. He first won the title in 2015 as a Junior, and this year he took top honors shooting Limited Class with iron sights. Here’s a local news story covering this year’s event.

Rimfire Challenge World Championship Top Ten
First Name Last Name Division Categories Match Final Time
1 Kolby Pavlock LTD Men 123.37
2 Kc Eusebio OPEN Men 126.16
3 Cole Busch OPEN Jr Men 134.23
4 Chase Orr OPEN Jr Men 136.47
5 Cole Busch LTD Jr Men 136.86
6 Matheu Langston OPEN Jr Men 137.76
7 Trenton Mitsuoka OPEN Men 142.46
8 Canaan Birchett OPEN Men 143.39
9 Ron Oliver OPEN Men 144.06
10 Chris Sechiatano LTD Men 146.7

The match took place Saturday and Sunday, with competitors tackling 14 stages, seven for .22-caliber rifle and seven for .22-caliber handgun. Five side matches added to the excitement and challenge while providing additional opportunities for prizes. In a testament to the powerful and positive influence the Rimfire Challenge has had on young shooters and family involvement four of the top 10 match finishers came from the Junior category.

“It is incredibly gratifying to see so many mothers, fathers and other adult family members so invested in their children’s success at the Rimfire Challenge,” said Tisma Juett, NSSF Manager, Recruitment and Retention. “This is what the future of the shooting sports looks like, right here, right now, and we encourage everyone with a stake in our heritage to embrace these young shooters so that they can do the same someday with their own children.”

Professional competitive shooter Julie Golob attended the event and introduced her daughter to her first Rimfire Challenge shooting match. “Best. Day. Ever. She was safe. She had so much fun…,” Golob posted to her Facebook fan page. “I couldn’t be more proud.” The NSSF Rimfire Challenge is a family-friendly activity designed to teach new shooters how to get started in competitive shooting. The program’s focus is having fun while being safe on the range.

NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry and host of the 2017 Rimfire Challenge World Championship, extends its congratulations to all the shooters who attended the match. It also thanks the match’s sponsors, including Tandemkross, Advanced Technology International, Majestic Arms, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, and Allchin Gun Parts, whose support made possible this year’s World Championship success.

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