Benchrest

 

As the name suggests benchresting involves sitting at a bench with the front of the rifle supported on a rest and the butt supported in the shoulder. It is normally shot with telescopic sights at either 25 yards indoors or 50 yards outdoors. Either rimfire or air rifles can be used  at 25 yards but at 50 yards bullets are really required.


Some shooters regard bench resting as a soft option to match shooting but in fact it requires just as much skill. The targets are very small, in some events the 10 ring at 25 and 50 yards is just 2mm in diameter, so it is very much the ultimate in precision shooting requiring very good breath and trigger control. Now gaining much more in popularity to the extent that the makers of high end match rifles are now producing bench rest versions of their top models.




















There are two styles of benchrest shooting, in the one pictured above the rifle is supported at the front on a simple rest and the butt is supported in the shoulder. This is the style used by in NSRA events and most county leagues.


The other style is where the front of the rifle is supported on a sophisticated front rest and the butt is supported on a rear sandbag. The aiming is done using a joystick or adjustment dials on the front rest. This is the style used in UKBR22 competitions for rimfire and air rifle events.