Rimfires are highly versatile and fun to shoot, and, like many shooters, I started my shooting career behind the iron sights of a .22 LR rifle. Traditionally, rimfires have been thought of as a great low-cost, low-recoil way to introduce new shooters to the sport, and while that’s true, the perception of their utility is increasing. More and more experienced shooters are stepping up to the challenge of rimfire target competitions, and cartridges like the new .17 WSM are improving rimfire ballistics.
A growing number of varmint and small-game hunters are now relying on super-accurate, super-fast rimfire cartridges to take down game as large as coyotes. There’s also a growing interest in rimfires as effective training tools, and companies like Kimber, Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Sig Sauer have developed rimfire pistols that mimic their larger pistols.
Many CCW permit holders now have a .22 LR with controls and ergonomics that mirror their carry gun for a lightweight training option. In addition, compact .22 LR revolvers like the Smith & Wesson 317 and Ruger SP101 make great trail guns because they are very accurate and easy to transport. Today’s market is loaded with inexpensive and lightweight rimfire rifles and handguns that are tons of fun to shoot and don’t overwhelm with heavy recoil or numbing muzzle blast.
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In response to all of this interest in rimfire guns, several companies have introduced rimfire targets that range from the basic to the extreme. Many of these targets can turn a regular day on the range into a fun-filled shooting adventure. No matter your age or shooting experience, you’ll get a kick out of these targets, and they’ll help you build a foundation for better shooting. Here’s a look at 12 of the very best rimfire targets currently on the market.