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July 9, 2015

First Women-Only Rimfire Challenge Event to Debut in Maryland

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July 9, 2015

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Bill Brassard

First Women-Only Rimfire Challenge
Event to Debut in Maryland

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that Sanner’s Lake Sportsmen’s Club in Lexington Park, Maryland, has agreed to be the first Rimfire Challenge partner range to host a women-only Rimfire Challenge match. Open to both youth shooters and adult women, the First Annual Southern Maryland Women’s Rimfire Challenge Pistol and Rifle Match will be held August 15.

“We are excited to see Sanner’s Lake Sportsmen’s Club take this tact with the Rimfire Challenge program,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Manager, Shooting Promotions. “Women-only events often prove to be the key to getting new shooters involved in the shooting sports, providing an atmosphere, camaraderie and a comfort level that encourages trying out something new. This is especially important in getting recreational shooters to experience competition for the first time.”

Mary Picard, match director of the First Annual Southern Maryland Women’s Rimfire Challenge, said, “I was warmly welcomed into the shooting sports. But I know some ladies are concerned about breaking into a male-dominated environment. We chose the Rimfire Challenge as the format for our introductory Women’s Match as it’s a format that is both welcoming and diverse and yet can be quite challenging.”

The First Annual Southern Maryland Women’s Rimfire Challenge Pistol and Rifle Match will feature seven competition classes: Open (firearms with optics), Limited (firearms with iron sights), Cowgirl (competitors will wear cowboy hats and other period attire), Senior (females age 62 and over), Junior (females age 13-17), Youth (girls 12 and under) and Mother/Daughter teams. Loaner firearms will be available at the range, as will .22 LR ammunition supplies. Proceeds from the $10 match fee will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps-Reserve’s Southern Maryland Toys for Tots Program.

For more information on this event, contact Mary Picard, Match Director, at Online match sign-up is available here.


About the Rimfire Challenge
Originally developed by Ruger and formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, today’s Rimfire Challenge is administered by the NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Designed to introduce new shooters to the shooting sports in an exciting, family friendly format, Rimfire Challenge matches focus on competition with .22-caliber rifles and pistols. Matches are open to shooters of all ages and shooting experience levels, with events conducted at ranges nationwide.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit

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