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October 6, 2014

NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship Draws 170 Competitors of All Ages to Fort Smith, Arkansas

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October 6, 2014

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NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship Draws 170 Competitors of All Ages to Fort Smith, Arkansas

B.J. Norris Wins Top Prize of World Champion

FORT SMITH, Ark. — More than 170 shooters competed for awards and prizes at the NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, held this past weekend at the Old Fort Gun Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Surpassing last year’s attendance by nearly 60 percent, shooters ranging from seven to 83 years in age were represented, with a large number of youth and junior shooters in attendance, in addition to whole families shooting together.

“We are extremely pleased at the caliber of sportsmanship and camaraderie shown at Old Fort Gun Club this weekend,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Manager of Shooting Promotions. “Entire families traveled from all across the country to be here. It’s exactly this kind of supportive and family-friendly atmosphere that makes the Rimfire Challenge what it is: fun for everyone.”

“In addition to the outstanding competitors, we owe many thanks to Match Director Mark Passamaneck and Bill Striplin and his tremendous staff of volunteers at Old Fort Gun Club,” added Snow. “Mark received dozens of compliments for his creative stage design and smooth running of the match, while Bill and the staff of Old Fort were roundly congratulated for helping each and every competitor have a successful and enjoyable weekend. We’d also like to thank Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s Media Relations Director Ken Jorgensen, who not only competed but helped make the transition from Ruger’s management of this event to ours an easy one, as well as our many sponsors. The success of the World Championship would not have happened without these exceptional people and companies.”

B.J. Norris walked away with the top prize of World Champion. Shooting in the Open Division, Norris’ total time over the more than a dozen stages was 161.11 seconds. Complete match results are available here.

Following are the list of top awards in each category:

Open Overall

  1. B.J. Norris—World Champion—Tyler, Texas
  2. Caleb Partch—Bois D’arc, Missouri
  3. Ron Oliver—Mineral Bluff, Georgia

Junior (13-17) Open

  1. Caleb Partch—Bois D’arc, Missouri
  2. Greyson Lee—Springfield, Missouri
  3. Cassie Beahr—Norwalk, Iowa

Limited Overall

  1. Wayne Seale—Loveland, Colorado
  2. John Nagel—Dacula, Georgia
  3. Dwight Stearns—Earlham, Iowa

Cowboy (revolver)

  1. Bob Gleason—N/A

Senior Open

  1. Michael Benda—Humboldt, Iowa
  2. Eric Paulson—Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
  3. Kent Gittings—Martinsburg, West Virginia

Junior (13-17) Limited

  1. Cheyenne Dalton—Lockwood, Missouri
  2. Austin Chamberlin—N/A

Senior Limited

  1. Billy McCoy—Rogers, Arkansas
  2. Les Howard—Russelville, Arkansas
  3. Charlie Thacker—N/A

Youth (12 and under)Limited

  1. Maddie Dalton—Lockwood, Missouri
  2. Caleb Corbell—Lavaca, Arkansas

Open Ladies

  1. Cassie Beahr—Norwalk, Iowa
  2. Allie Barrett—Stockton, Missouri
  3. Rhonda Skelton—Oxnard, California

Youth (12 and under)Open

  1. Brixey Nelsen—Stockton, Missouri
  2. Chase Orr—Carrollton, Georgia
  3. Jonathan Gatz—Coweta, Oklahoma

Limited Ladies

  1. Cheyenne Dalton—Lockwood, Missouri
  2. Sarah Hall—Anniston, Alabama
  3. Linda Parker—Braymer, Missouri


About the Rimfire Challenge

Originally developed by Ruger and formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, today’s Rimfire Challenge is currently 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 and family friendly way, 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 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit

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