The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the NSSF Rimfire Challenge will be transitioned to a new organization: the Rimfire Challenge Shooting Association. The transition takes place Jan. 1, 2018.

Originally developed by Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s Ken Jorgenson, along with author and TV personality Michael Bane and the late Nelson Dymond, a long-time and well-known shooting match director who held a strong passion for rimfire firearms, the program was first known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge. NSSF took over the administration of the program in 2014, changing its name to the NSSF Rimfire Challenge. The new organization will be led once again by Ken Jorgensen and Michael Bane.

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 and an annual World Championship taking place each October.

“It’s truly a great thing to see this program return home to the people who had this wonderful idea to begin with,” said Tisma Juett, NSSF Manager, Recruitment and Retention. “The NSSF is proud to have been a part of growing a shooting sport that has proven to be such a wonderful activity for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends in which to participate. We wish Ken and Michael much success and look forward to many more firearms owners joining the shooting sports with them.”

“I am excited to once again be involved in the day to day operation of the Rimfire Challenge events,” said Jorgenson. “The concept originally created by Nelson and implemented as part of the Ruger Rimfire Challenge is as valid today as it was in the beginning. We will work to continue that vision and grow the rimfire competition opportunities for shooters of all skill levels.”

“I could not be happier to once again be a part of the Rimfire Challenge!” Bane added. “It is a wonderful sport, a way to bring whole families into the competition. Ken and I are committed to bringing the Rimfire Challenge to the next level. It’s going to be fun!”

Details on the new Rimfire Challenge Shooting Association will be forthcoming in the months ahead. For more information on NSSF and its shooting programs, visit

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


4 Responses to "NSSF’s Rimfire Challenge Makes Transition"

  1. Tom Seasor  January 21, 2018

    Are we allowed to use the new logo in our local publications, etc. and do you have one with a high resolution. The logo on these pages is pretty large, which is good, but at 72dpi may not hold up to some printing. One in the 200dpi size would be better.

    Will there be a section coming that lists upcoming rimfire events with dates, etc??

    Tom Seasor
    Match Director
    North Bristol Rimfire Challenge

    • Tim Norris  February 12, 2018


      Feel free to use the logo. This is the only size that we have at the moment.



  2. Bob Isaacson  February 18, 2018

    Nothing in Oregon or Washington, hard to get behind the change. I am just getting back into .22 shooting after a lot of years at centerfire. It is really hard to see the East gets all the matches and we just put together what we can. We had lots of matches in Washington and Oregon, sorry to see us out of the picture

    • Tim Norris  February 18, 2018


      RCSA does not host the rimfire matches, that is done by the local host clubs. There is no reason that your club in the Northwest can’t host a Rimfire Challenge match. If you need further help with information on putting on an RC match in your area please feel free to contact us.




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