Take the Leap: Get into the CRPS

 

 

Since its launch in 2018, the CRPS has grown leaps and bounds. Everyday this volunteer run, non-profit organization grows and grows. I have noticed both the Facebook page and Facebook group have built up a nice following. This 2019 season is shaping up to be a stellar year. There will be more events across Canada and the new launch of the Outlaw Rimfire Precision Series (O.R.P.S.) where local ranges across Canada can host rimfire PRS events sanctioned by the CRPS.

Even with all this buzz and excitement, there are quite a few people that have yet to “take the leap” and sign up for an event. So I took it upon myself to ask the question “What stops you from attending an event?”

The response was astounding.

Here are the most common issues that came up and some solutions

#1. Location/Timing of the CRPS events

If CRPS is too far to drive or not in your area, organize an ORPS shoot!!

Not a problem. We are working on a local league run by local ranges that want to “Opt-in” and participate in a .22LR calibre PRS shooting series. It’s called the ORPS (Outlaw Rimfire Precision Series). All you need to do is talk to your local shooting range to see if they would be interested in hosting an event. Also for you lucky people that have wide open spaces of private land, you can host on event yourself. For more information on the ORPS or to host an ORPS event, click here.

 

#2. “My gear isn’t good enough.”

My gateway into the drug that is PRS. It’s a basic Marlin XT-22.

On the surface, PRS appears to be a very “gear-centric” shooting discipline, but the reality is gear only plays a very small part of your actual success. The ability to manage time, know your particular ammo trajectory and dial or hold over, make wind calls make more of an impact on connecting with the target. If you and your current rifle can shoot 1-2 MOA on average, you will do OK.

Keep in mind PRS is very binary. Either you hit the target or you don’t. The ability to shoot a tight “sub-MOA” group in the center of the target does not give you “extra points”.

In the CRPS, your current gear will dictate which class you fall in. If your rifle and Scope fall under $500 MSRP ($500 for scope and $500 rifle. Click here for most recent rules) and does not have any performance enhancing modifications, you’re go-to-go. You will compete against gear very similar to your own.

If you have something more expensive or modified, you will be placed in the “Open Division”. Basically anything goes in this class. I wouldn’t fret if you fall into this division. Most of the people in the division in are using gear similar to you. Yes, there are a few “high end precision rigs” mixed in here and there, but the majority will have gear like you.

#3. “I don’t have the gear to compete.”

Exposed turrets are ideal, but not mandatory.

I’m pretty sure you most likely have a .22LR rifle right now sitting in your gun safe that is more than capable or competing in CRPS/ORPS.

All you need to enjoy a CRPS/ORPS:

  • A reliable bolt action or semi-auto .22lr rifle
  • Scope ideally with exposed turrets ( exposed turret aren’t mandatory, but will make things easier.)
  • 100 rds of ammo that group well in your rifle (bring 150rd to be safe)
  • Bipod, sling, shooting bag, sock fill with rice or backpack

 

#4. “I’m not good enough. I need to practice more before I give this thing a try.”

If you say “I just need a little more practice”, you’ll never commit

How do you know you are not good at something if you never try it? How do you learn what your strengths are and areas of improvement are if you never try it? You could be a mid-pack shooter, but because you never came out to an event, you’ll never learn this about yourself.

Let me use myself as an example.  Let me tell you, I am in no way an expert on shooting. I got into the shooting sports only recently.

Last year the official CRPS season kicked off in Valcartier Quebec. I decided to register and compete. At the time I had a Marlin XT-22 sitting around in my gun safe. This is not a high dollar shooter by any stretch. I ended up borrowing a scope because at the time the scope I had would have put me in the “Open Division”. Leading up to the event I got better acquainted with my rifle by testing ammo and getting familiar with the controls on the scope. After shooting the event, it turns out that I am currently a “mid-pack” level competitor (not at the top, not at the bottom). I’m OK with that result for two reasons: 1, I’m new to this style of shooting and 2, I got to learn were I am good and where I can improve.

If I had worried about “Not being good enough” or “Needing more practice”, I would have never made it out to the match and would still have no actual game plan as to how to improve.

#5. I love all things shooting and like to lurk

Volunteering at an event is always welcome.

If gaining knowledge from our group is you’re thing, that’s awesome. I’m glad we have become a point of reference for you. I hope we were able to shed some light on questions you had. If I can offer something, I would say come get more involved. Either on the Facebook page or Facebook groups. Ask lots of questions. Offer up answers whenever you can.

If you really want to see what this is about, come volunteer at one of the CRPS or ORPS shoots. that way you can see first hand what this fun, dynamic and challenging discipline is all about. Who knows, you might get bitten by the PRS bug and sign up to an event. Most of these events could use a few extra helping hands with tasks like “spotters”, stage directors, Range officers, score keepers, etc.

In conclusion

I hope this article helped answer questions you had, or helped overcome some issues you had with signing up to an event. If you can’t make it to a CRPS event due to time constraints or required travel distance talk to your local range about hosting an ORPS event.

 

William is an amateur shooting sport enthusiast. Like most of us, his shooting journey began as a child shooting at cans with BB guns. A few years ago his love for the shooting sports has been rekindled. He is a "Rifleman" under the Project Mapleseed marksmanship program and is currently an "Instructor In Training" with Project Mapleseed.

4 Replies to “Take the Leap: Get into the CRPS

  1. Thanks so much for doing this write-up. I have been following CRPS for the past year and have just signed up for my first event at EESA match #2. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and uncertain if it was a good idea to just jump in. Thanks for the encouragement! The more I read about CRPS it seems to be more suited to encouraging than truly competing. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you took the plunge. Best advice I can offer is this: Shoot the gun you have, pick an ammo that groups well, and have fun. After all, this is why we do this, isn’t it?

      The rest of the stuff you will learn along the way. After your first match, regardless of your performance, you will learn so much.

  2. That is an excellent post and hopefully will encourage more people to test themselves for a fun filled day with like-minded shooters.
    I am one of the lucky few to hold both the Project Mapleseed “Founder” ad “Inaugural Year” patches. I attended the PM event in Regina the first year and took in the Taber even t last year and brought along my three sons and a buddy that grew up with them. Although I have been unable to participate due to physical limitations that prevented me from “assuming the position” for offhand standing and prone I none the less had a tremendous time. I have been an avid follower of the CPRS group and although I have a 1022/scope combination that is easily capable of shooting top tier in production, these limitations have resigned me to the fact that I am not, so I will be unable to compete without concessions to the course of fire.
    That said, if there is an event scheduled close enough to Calgary I will be more than happy to help out in any way that I can.

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