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Become a member of the American Rimfire Association

Formed in 1988, the ARA is a sanctioning body for the .22lr benchrest competitions whose goal is to provide an honest, competitive organization that is true to .22lr shooting.

The ARA competitions give benchrest shooters the ability to pitch their shooting skills at club, state and national level, and give shooters a sanctioned ranking position and possible entry into the Hall of Fame.

As the leader in USA benchrest competitions, the ARA hosts over 600 annual events and has 1000 members. From these competitions a Club, State and National winner are awarded for both the outdoor and indoor season. The official competitive outdoor season is January 1st to November 30th and the official competitive indoor season is October 1st to March 31st.

The ARA also runs two National’s per year, where over 150 benchrest competitors compete shoulder to shoulder. To compete in a national, a benchrest shooter needs to be a member of an ARA sanctioned club.