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July 15th, 2013

World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Championships in August wrabf championships plzenThe 2013 World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Federation (WRABF) European and World Cup Championships will take place August 3-16 at the Plzen International Shooting Range in the Czech Republic. Top smallbore and air rifle benchresters from 19 countries will compete, along with junior squads from six nations. With over 130 registered competitors, this should be the biggest WRABF Championship event ever held.

The Championships run for 13 days in August, starting with two official practice days on August 3-4. Then Air Rifle benchrest matches will be held August 5-7. Rimfire 25m matches are slated for August 8-11, followed by 50m matches August 12-15. Awards presentations will be made on August 16th, then all the shooters head for home.

Team Italy created a handsome banner especially for the WRABG Championships: wrabf championships plzen wrabf championships plzen

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July 10th, 2013

Free Digital Magazine for Rimfire and Air Rifle Shooters

There is a new digital magazine for Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest enthusiasts, The Benchrest Shooter. You can download the premier, Summer 2013 edition for free. This initial trial version of the digital magazine is free to all member states of the WRABF and ERABSF, allowing readers to preview the type of articles planned for future editions. Here is a link for a free download:

Download ‘The Benchrest Shooter’ PDF Version (71 MB)

Download ‘The Benchrest Shooter’ Flash Version (54 MB, not for iPads) benchrest shooter digital magazine WRABF

The free download links will be valid for the next two weeks — so grab this issue while you can. Future editions will be by paid subscription only. The magazine’s creators plan to produce four (4) issues of The Benchrest Shooter eZine per year, costing $3.50/ €3 per issue (based on an annual subscription price of $14/ €12). Articles in future issues will include:

  • Review of the Plzen World Championships
  • Product reviews — airline cases, rifles, components, rests, etc.
  • Plans for building your own front rest
  • Barrel tuners — how to choose one and how to use one
  • Country profiles and the international community

The editors of The Benchrest Shooter encourage air rifle and rimfire benchrest competitors to get involved: “The magazine in many respects is about you, your countries, the sport, development of equipment, and sharing ideas. [We] hope that people would submit articles about such ideas and products for future issues. The magazine can supply a great more detail than a forum for instance. All advertising supports WRABF and ERABSF sponsorship. The first year is a trial to see if the new eZine will be cost-effective.”

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