Extreme Benchrest is coming! The 8th annual Extreme Benchrest Competition will be held from Oct 11th-14th at Rio Salado Sprtsman’s Club in sea, AZ. This is the premier airgun competition of the year drawing in top shooters, manufacturers, and airgun celebrities from around the world. All will be competing for over $19,000 worth of cash and prizes as well as the coveted title of Extreme Benchrest Champion!
This years Extreme Benchrest has a few exciting changes from previous years. The new “One Gun” competition is being introduced. This award will be given to the competitor that has the highest combined scores over 4 different events using the same gun/scope/caliber. A shooter will really have to be “one” with their rifle to win this! Also, the 25m competition has ben replaced with a 50yd competition. Some other rule changes relate to the speed silhouette competition which should keep it very exciting for everyone!
Are you going this year? If so, I’d like to share a few tips that I’ve learned over the years. Whether you’re a spectator or a competitor, bring sunscreen, a good hat, and a good pair of sunglasses. Eye protection is required at all times around the shooting range and you will get asked to leave if you don’t have some type of eye protection.
There will be places to sit in the shade and Airguns of Arizona rents a great big outdoor air conditioner to help keep everyone cool.
Bring some extra pocket money. There will be cold drinks and lunch for sale during the competition. And, don’t forget about the raffle! You don’t have to be a competitor in order to enter into the raffle. And, you could win something really great!
If you want to take a sneak peak at how the competitors are doing during the match, you’ll want to have a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope.
Past years have always been pretty hot with 90º to 100º temperatures. Be prepared to be out in those temperatures all day.
As a competitor, I have found a few things that have made competing a little easier and more convenient. First on my list would be a fold up cart that I bought from Walmart for about $50. It really helps to have something to tote your shooting bags, rests, and rifles from the parking area to the benches all at once.
Next on my list would be a butt pad. The stools provided by the range for us to use are sometimes not tall enough and they’re certainly not padded for comfort! Having something soft to sit on can make your competition time a lot nicer.
Pellets! Bring plenty of pellets. The Airguns of Arizona store is closed during the competition. So, if you run out of ammo to shoot, it could put you in a pretty bad situation. Most shooters will be happy to lend a helping hand to a fellow competitor but, it’s best to avoid running into a situation like that.
Bring a towel. The benches we shoot off of are made from trex decking and it can be nice to have something soft to lay your elbow on or to lay your rifle on during casing and un-casing. Also, if you didn’t bring a butt pad, you can fold it up and use it for a seat cushion.
If you’re using a mechanical magazine, I’d suggest bringing at least one spare. You would be surprised at how often unexpected breakdowns happen at competition! The Airguns of Arizona van will be there with an assortment of tools and some parts. They are there to help everyone to keep shooting and having a great time!
There will be plenty of air at the competition. So, you don’t have to bring your own bottle unless you want to. Personally, I have always brought my own bottle so that I can practice all I want at the practice range, and so that I don’t have to wait for one of the community bottles to become available. Airguns of Arizona will have a few compressors at the range. If you decide to bring your own bottle, they’ll be happy to refill you. Thanks AoA!
A small cardboard box can come in handy as a makeshift practice target. Sometimes, you just want to set up your own target at a certain distance and having a cardboard box to shoot at can make it quick and easy.
I also try to save up a decent amount of “unexpected spending money.” You might see something at Airguns of Arizona, before or after the event, that you just can’t live without. 😉 I can tell you from personal experience that exact thing happens to me every year! lol
I hope to see you all there having a great time!