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Results N50 Benchrest Nationals Results - Raton, NM 2021

Thank you all that attended and special thanks for those that helped in any way to make this inaugural event a good time. We had nice weather, good temperatures, tricky wind and a little rain. States represented: Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, & California.




Overall best of 2 classes agg

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More details

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Thanks to Mike & Joe for developing this really fun organization combining 22LR and pellet, Without them this new class of benchrest would not have happened.

Big thanks goes to Joe & Mattie as well as Ardey Vad, for the most critical part – scoring. 

Next year will even be better


Antelope had to be chased off the range


Look how pretty it is at Whittington

The line.

Antelope are thick
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Range Master Mel overlooking all he ruled.
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Mike Niksch's Thomas Slug-Rifle - the Unlimited Rifle killer....


Had a great time and met a lot of great people!

Thanks to Mike N. , Joe and Lou! !

Joe , I think you forgot to post my 250 25 X score. I posted a picture of it to remind you!

lol! Thanks for a fun time!

Mike, for that 5 bill showing that's as far as it goes, if you showed more zeros heck would at least punched some holes. lol

It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with you. You did good,

Thank you for the support.

My observations, I might have more to say as I break down the data a bit more

Pellet Class: As expected the 1st day winds made it tuff for everyone. We all improved on Sunday with steady but strong wind. This class shows a good 22 pellet rifle is competitive at 50 yards. 25m is not longer a limit for precision target scores.

Sportsman: Those that say a pellet gun cannot complete with a factory 22LR should think different. Two air guns in the top 5 for both days.

Pro: The real significance of this weekend is Mike Niksch and his brand new Thomas Slug air rifle outshot several unlimited 22LRs in PRO class. This should be a paradigm shift for most. That has never been done in competition. I'll add it was done at NRA Center monitored by a NRA Range Officer.
Mike, Joe, Lou and Ardey,

You gentlemen put on a great meet and everything flowed smooth as butter! Great job!!!!! Great time had by one and all!

Great shooting Lou!! Like I mentioned, my flags are still for sale if you want them! :)

P.S. I don;t want to omit your wife Mike, she was a great help also!!!



Hey Dan, Thank you for the event compliment. You are a high quality human.
Joe has been running shows like this for years. Mike has too. Ardey & I have helped along the way so we are handy. We were short a head this time. Mattie learned the hard way at the 2019 USARB Nationals at Whittington. 
Thanks for compliment. Sometimes the years of practice turns into luck! HA! I stole your flags while sitting next to you when the wind was from the right. I wish I had some on my windy-left to steal.

You did good Dan, keep at it. 

You and Ardey, as well as your unlimited 22LRs, were good company. 
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King Louie


Nov 6, 2016
Colorado, United States
    Lou, I agree with your observations on the sportsman class. If you have your act together you can certainly be competitive using a pellet rifle against the factory Rimfire guns. So far nobody has shot well in sportsman using a factory air rifle and slugs. That’s a bummer…but hopefully they can get something figured out and put together a competitive system in the future.