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Battle Road Biathlon – One Day (Bedford, IN)

Jun 8 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm EDT

Battle Road Biathlon℠ Overview

The Battle Road Biathlon is an entry-level competitive event, as opposed to an instructional clinic like most other Revere’s Riders events.  It has proven to be a challenging and fun time for men and women ages 13-60+ that  demands precision shooting under physical and mental pressure. Deceptively simple in design, the course should put the participant in a physiological and psychological state “similar” to the colonial militia units on April 19, 1775 as they desperately sought to effectively engage the “Lobsterbacks” before they could return to the safety of Boston.

Prerequisites: Suggested—Rifle 125 or similar class.

If you have not attended Rifle 125, then you should be able to reliably hit a 10 MOA target from the standing position, a 7.5 MOA target from seated and 4 MOA target from prone and should be familiar with basic operation of your rifle. If you cannot meet the accuracy suggestion then you may be frustrated at this event and be better served learning the fundamentals of marksmanship at a Rifle 125 clinic.

You should be in reasonably-good health with the ability to run/hike 3/4 mile segments (x4) over varied unpaved terrain.

Rifle and Ammunition Required: A safe and reliable rifle chambered in .22 LR and 15 rounds of reliable .22 LR ammunition. Bringing extra ammunition is always a good idea!

Required Equipment: The following equipment is required to participate:

  • safe and reliable .22 LR rifle with sights of your choosing (optics or irons) sighted in at 35m (no other caliber will be permitted due to the exclusive design of our proprietary reactive targets)
  • at least one and preferably three magazines for your rifle
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • appropriate footwear with toe protection: either running shoes, trail running shoes or hiking boots are recommended.  Sandals or flip-flops would not be appropriate or safe.
  • plenty of your preferred method of hydration (both plain water and something to replace electrolytes you will lose via sweating is ideal)
  • lunch (leaving the range for lunch is not feasible)
  • snacks

Optional Equipment: In addition, the following equipment is recommended for this event but not required:

  • sling for your rifle (this will be a shooting aid ONLY; you will NOT be running/walking with your rifle)
  • shooting mat
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellant
  • hat with a brim
  • folding chair

Prohibited Equipment: The following equipment WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at this event:

  • rifle chambered for any caliber other than .22 LR

Event Details

On April 19th, 1775, colonial militia companies from Massachusetts and surrounding colonies mustered and sent men to defend Lexington, Concord and Menotomy from regular British troops who were attempting to destroy arms and powder of the “rebels” stored in Concord. In order to close with and engage the Redcoats before they could return to the safety of their base in Boston, militia units had to move with urgency and purpose on Battle Road, as well as other routes. When they did get within range of the Redcoats, they had to use practiced marksmanship skills to hit their targets. This event will involve moving with urgency and purpose and then quickly transitioning to controlled breathing (and holding still!) while shooting with an elevated heart and respiratory rate. As on April 19th, 1775, only hits count! Competitors will shoot .22 rimfire rifles from three positions; standing, seated and prone at reactive targets 35 meters (38.28 yards) away. Targets will be in three different sizes:

  • Standing 4.485″ (12.27 MOA)
  • Seated/Kneeling 3.12″ (8.53 MOA)
  • Prone 1.755″ (4.5 MOA)

Shooters/Runners/Walkers will each have an individually-assigned firing point and target. After each stage, rifles will be cleared, made safe and grounded at the firing points; you will NOT be running/walking with your rifle.

Course of Fire

You will use a total of 15 rounds; 3 magazines of 5 rounds each is recommended, but you may use 1 magazine and load it 3 times with 5 rounds at a time. There will be 4 running/walking loops of 1.25K (3/4 mile) each, for a total of 5K. It will be the same loop each time. These loops will be on unimproved trails through hilly woods and fields. There may be some natural obstacles such as logs or ditches, but there will be no climbing or crawling. You may either run or walk. In between each running/walking loop is a shooting stage. The reactive targets, which are plain black bullseyes, will be in three rows of five targets in each row. Five shots will be taken in each of the three positions, one shot per target. You either hit it, or miss it (“Hits Count!”). The reactive target disks turn from black to white to indicate a hit. After shooting each stage, and clearing/safing/grounding his/her rifle, the competitor does a separate approximately 125 meter penalty loop for each miss before going back out on the 1.25K loop. The event will progress in the following manner:

  • Squad start (competitors will start in squads of 8 at the same time)
  • Run/walk 1.25K loop
  • Shoot unsupported standing one shot at each of five targets (top row)
  • Clear, make safe and ground rifle
  • Run/walk penalty loop once for each missed target
  • Run/walk 1.25K loop
  • Shoot unsupported seated/kneeling (shooter choice) one shot at each of five targets (middle row)
  • Clear, make safe and ground rifle
  • Run/walk penalty loop once for each missed target
  • Run/walk 1.25K loop
  • Shoot unsupported prone one shot at each of five targets (bottom row)
  • Clear, make safe and ground rifle
  • Run/walk penalty loop once for each missed target
  • Run/walk 1.25K loop
  • Finish

There will not be any traditional target scoring; either you hit the target or you miss it (“Hits Count!”). Since the penalty for missing is running/walking extra distance, the winner will be determined by time only. After the last competitor from squad #1 finishes, the targets will be reset and squad #2 will get ready.  Then, while squad#2 is on the course, the competitors from squad#1 are encouraged to stay for the famous Bedford fellowship and to cheer on the other competitors.  However, participants who have finished are not required to stay for the entire day and may leave if necessary. Depending upon the number of registrants, we may have up to 3 squads.  For those who stay until the last squad finishes, we will have an awards ceremony, pictures and some final brief words by the event director. Here is a video of a previous competitor shooting the seated stage.  This will give you an idea of what to expect from the shooting portion.  Note that this shooter previously scored at the Master level on the Revere’s Riders full distance (100-400 yards) “KD”qualifier! Download practice targets here.  And check out the one minute promo trailer!

Additional Event Information

Ticket price includes all range fees.

Additional Range Information

The Bedford Contingent is South Central Indiana’s Premier Shooting Facility. Located just north of Bedford, Indiana, “The BC” features a 300-yd rifle range, a large, comfortable fully-enclosed building for meetings, and is available year-round for public and private events. Primitive camping available (please reserve ahead of time, donation appreciated), porta-potties and potable water on-site.

Details

Date:
Jun 8
Time:
8:00 am—5:00 pm
Cost:
$35
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Range

The Bedford Contingent
3650 Springville-Judah Road
Bedford, IN 47421 United States
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Max Range:
300 yards
GPS:
38.954748 , -86.565678

Range Map

The Bedford Contingent

Tickets

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General (Jun 8, 2019 [Bedford, IN])$35.00

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