Fox Valley Battalion Army ROTC has a proud and successful tradition of supporting the UWO's Rifle Team. Coached by Mark Bernarde the team consistently places in the top ranks of collegiate shooting teams. Shooters fire .22 cal rim fire rifles and .177 cal air rifles on a 50 feet range. Some former team members have tried out for the Olympics and others have gone on to join the U.S. Army's shooting team.
If you would like more information about our Rifle Team contact Mark Bernarde at 920-424-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitors stand and shoot lead pellets from .177 caliber airguns at targets 10 meters away. The bulls-eye, or 10-dot, is only one-half millimeter in diameter. The competitors are allowed to wear special boots, pants, jackets and gloves to increase their stability.
Air rifles can be either air or gas-powered and weigh up to 5.5 kg (12.12 pounds). They must have metallic sights. They typically retail for $1000-1700.
Course of Fire:
Competitors have 80 minutes to fire 40 shots. A perfect score is 400 for air rifle and 385 or higher is competitive.
In smallbore, or three-position rifle, athletes fire .22 caliber rifles from the prone, standing and kneeling positions at targets 50 feet away. The bulls-eye is a mere one-fifth millimeter in diameter. Again, competitors wear highly specialized clothing to increase stability.
Athletes shoot free rifles weighing up to 8 kg (17.6 pounds) that can be highly customized with special accessories and/or alterations that fit the shooter's size and preferences. However, the rifles must have metallic sights. These rifles can cost up to $3000.
Course of Fire:
Athletes fire 40 rounds per position for a total of 120 shots. Time limits are 40 minutes for prone, 80 minutes for standing and 60 minutes for kneeling. A perfect score is 1200 in smallbore and 1160 is competitive.