***PLEASE NOTE! Use of the 1000-yard range is ONLY permitted on scheduled event dates. ALL shooters must be authorized by the Chief Range Officer Prior to shooting at this range. In order for us to utilize this range other club facilities must be properly shut down and supporting staff must be in place to ensure everyone's safety!***
We are proud to announce the opening of our 1000-yard rifle range and the commencement of the Varmint Bench Rest (VBR) Silhouette competition series. In addition to this webpage, a downloadable version of the VBR Silhouette Competition Series information can be downloaded, to download scroll to the bottom of this page and click "Download".
The competition will follow a similar format to other clubs in the region shooting Varmint Bench Rest (VBR). Much like at other venues, the shooter will be presented steel targets in banks of 5 at four distances and they must be hit for score. There are 4 shooting positions for Bench class and 4 shooting positions for Tactical class. Each competitor will be assigned a bench or prone position for use in placing their equipment and rifles to engage the targets. A match will consist of 40 shots fired for record, 10 shots at each distance and different steel animal targets. The match winner will be the competitor that hits the greatest number of targets of the combined distances (best of 40).
The target shapes and distances are as follows:
Shoots will be open to Club members and Club Member's guests upon approval of the Range Safety Committee.
Club Members will need to contact a member of the Range Safety Committee to be approved to shoot on the VBR range prior to the event they wish to shoot.
A Range Safety Brief will be conducted prior to the start of the event. All competitors must be present and all observers are highly encouraged to attend.
There will be two competition classes at the outset:
Currently, we will not be dividing shooters guns into weight classes but as the event grows we will eventually divide into Heavy (max. 17lbs.) and Light (max12 lbs).
Inspection of equipment- Match officials may spot check equipment at their discretion at any match.
Bolts must be removed or open with an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) inserted at all times unless on the firing line and ready to commence firing at your bank of targets.
Magnum calibers are permitted with a bullet diameter no greater than .338. Additionally, KTSA reserves the right to disallow any competitor whose ammunition is found to be damaging the steel targets.
Gun Rest- Must be two separate components not physically connected. No one-piece rests or lead sleds are permitted, nor may the rifle be restricted from free recoil by anything other than the shooter's shoulder and hands.
Magazines may be used, however, no magazine may be inserted in a rifle until the shooter is on the firing line and the "Load and make Ready" command has been given.
Bipods are permitted for both competition classes. Spiked or sharp penetrating-type feet are NOT permitted on the benches.
Muzzle brakes and Suppressors are permitted. NO MUZZLE BRAKES THAT DIRECT GASSES REARWARD BEYOND THE 90-DEGREE PLANE OR ARE SIDE VENT ONLY WILL BE PERMITTED.
CHANGING GUNS OR BARRELS IS NOT PERMITTED. In the case of a verified gun malfunction, a substitute gun may be used to complete the course of fire with the approval of Staff on Hand.
Competitors are not permitted to place wind flags.
Club members may bring a guest as an additional shooter upon approval of the Range Safety Officer.
Awards will be based on the number of competitors but the current basis is:
Tactical 1st place, Benchrest 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place.
Ties will be broken by reverse animal count in this order: 1 Highest number of Groundhogs, 2 High number of Bobcats, 3 High number of Turkeys, 4 High number of Coyotoes. If still tied after this, there will be a shoot-off TBD by the Staff.
Bench Assignment- Your starting animal target will have a corresponding bench. You will rotate through the four bench positions as your relay moves through the different animal targets. Tactical shooters will rotate through the 4 prone bays as their relay cycles through the different targets as well.
Time Limits- 4 minutes will be provided for setup followed by 1.5 minutes for sighters on the sighter plate at 900 yards. Then 5 minutes for 10 shots for record.
The targets are in banks of 5. They are swinging targets with electronic lighted indicators. Shooters are to fire 1 round at each target, Left to Right through the rack, then go back to the Left target on the rack and repeat the sequence.
Spotter- a shooter may have one spotter or coach to assist during competition. No others may be on the shooting line or assist in any manner. Spotters and competitors will keep each other's scores throughout the day. Staff will randomly assist and review as needed.
Gun Malfunctions- Do not fix your gun until the Range Officer has looked at it for verification.
Competitor Conduct- Competitors are responsible for acting a safe and courteous manner at all times. KTSA reserves the right to remove anyone, at any time, for engaging in unsafe, abusive, or unsportsmanlike behavior. This is at the discretion of the Range Officers.
When your relay is called to the line, you should approach your assigned bench and place your equipment. BOLTS MUST BE REMOVED OR AN ECI IN PLACE! MAGAZINES MAY NOT BE INSERTED AT THIS TIME. If you need more time, inform the Range Officer.
The Range Officer will verify that all shooters in the relay are on the line and begin the sequence of commands to begin firing. The sighter plate is to the right of the 900 yd target bank. If you are using a timer, set it 1.5 minutes.
Penalty for shooting before the FIRE command will be a loss of score for that bank. Late shots will be called at the discretion of the Range Officer.
The Range Officer will announce the following commands:
PENALTY FOR SHOOTING BEFORE THE FIRE COMMAND OR AFTER THE CEASE FIRE COMMAND WILL BE LOSS OF SCORE FOR THAT BANK. Late shots to be called at the discretion of the Range Officer.
Mark your scorecard correctly before leaving the line. Once your relay has completed their sequence of fire and has stood down, remove your equipment and make the bench available for the next relay.
You progress through the match engaging targets from nearest to furthest based on what distance you started the day. When your relay is called to the line you will have progress to the bench assigned to the next distance you need to shoot.
Tickets for our Spring 2024 Sportsmen's Bash are now available for sale! Club Members are asked to help with the sale of tickets. For more information on our bash go to the Gun Bash tab of this page.