FAQ


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


Please read the information provided regarding rules, hosting matches, and shooting ARA to see if your question is answered in the appropriate section.  If not, you may find your answer here.  We want all information about ARA to be clear and understandable.  If your questions are not answered after visiting this website, please give us a call and we will do our best to answer any questions you have.

1.  How do I contact ARA?
ARA Business Office
P.O. Box 777
Winters, TX 79567
325-754-5771
support@AmericanRimfire.com
 
2.  How do I become a sanctioned ARA Club? 
Pay a $20 per year Club Sanction Fee
Follow the ARA Rule Book 

3.  Do Sanctioned Clubs have to use the electronic scoring system?
No.  It is recommended but not required.

4.  How much does it cost to get the electronic scoring system?  And, what all do you need?
Here is a list of what you need and approximate costs:
 
*PC or Laptop with excel -- Usually a club member has one you can use for free.  If not, a laptop can be purchased for $400 or less.
 
*Scanner --  You will need a good scanner.  Any of the "all in one" Brother scanners that have a flat bed for 11 x 17 documents will work. 
    
*OnTarget Electronic Scoring Program -  Check the Supplies & Training page for more information.
 
*Benchrest ScoreKeeper - Visit the Match Director Resource Portal for FREE access to the program and instructions.

5.  What does the ARA target look like? and Where do I get them?    
The official ARA Unlimited Class Targets & Factory Class Targets are a blue bull on white 11x17 paper.    
The official ARA Targets may be ordered ONLY from Killough Shooting Sports.
 
6.  How are the ARA targets Scored?
 
*Each shot is scored on the worst edge. 
*A Scoring Bull is located on each target for easy reference.
*Clubs are encouraged but not required to use electronic scoring.
*Section 16.0 of the ARA Rules covers official scoring rules.
 
7.  How is the A-Line figured?   The following answer is copied from Section 25 of the ARA rule book.
A/Line Calculations
25.1.0 The A/Line is the ARA method of ranking each competitor on a National basis for the 
Unlimited and Sporter Classes.  Each class will be kept independent from the other.
25.2.0 The A/Line is computed using the following formula:
A = number of points earned at match events.
B = points earned divided by the number of events entered.
C = number of events in which you compete.
D = the number of different ranges at which you compete.
E = is the sum of A+B+C+D.
F = is the square root of E.
G = is your raw aggregate score.
H = F multiplied by G.
The square root of H is the A/Line,
carried out to four decimal places.

8.  How is the Agg-Line figured?  The following answer is copied from Section 26 of the ARA rule book.
26.1.0 At the conclusion of each competitive season, the ARA National A/Line, ARA National 
Aggregate, and ARA State Champions will be recognized for each respective Class. The ARA 
National A/Line and State Champions for each class will have demonstrated their abilities to 
put together the highest total Agg/Points during an entire season of competition in their 
respective class. 
26.1.1 To qualify for the Outdoor ARA National A/Line Championship and Aggregate 
Championship, a competitor must have completed at least 40 targets during the 
season in that particular class. This total may be comprised of any combination of 
Club events and Tournament events but must include at least two Tournaments. 
26.1.2 To qualify for the Indoor ARA National A/Line Championship and Aggregate 
Championship, a competitor must have completed at least 20 targets during the 
season in that particular class. This total may be comprised of any combination of 
Club events and Tournament events but must include at least two Tournaments. 
26.1.3 The annual National Championship Tournament scores will NOT be calculated in the    
National A/Line Rankings nor the National Aggregate rankings.
26.1.4 The Unlimited Class and Sporter Class championships will be kept separate.  Only 
scores earned from each respective class will be calculated toward any championship 
in said class.  Unlimited class scores will not be calculated towards Sporter class 
championships, and Sporter class scores will not be calculated towards Unlimited 
class championships.
26.2.0 A State Champion must have completed at least 20 targets in the state and in the class in 
which he or she seeks a championship title. If a state has less than 20 targets available at 
clubs within that state, the Champion must have completed at least 50% of the total scheduled 
targets available within that state in that class. 17
 
9.  How do I qualify for a State Champion?  The following answer is copied from Section 26 of the ARA rule book.
26.3.0 Unlimited
26.3.1 Unlimited State Champion is determined by ranking the state competitors based 
solely on AGG+POINTS earned from the Unlimited Class competition in that state.
26.4.0
 
10.  What do I do with a record target?  
If you shoot a record target in a sanctioned match, the match director should follow the procedures in the ARA Rule Book section 19 which include:
*The Scoring Team and Competitor Sign the front non-record portion of the target.
*Legibly print the Competitor Name, Club Name, and Date on the back of the target.
*The Match Director will mail the target to the ARA office.
 
11.  Where can I get help setting up the scoring program?
The ARA Match Director Resource Portal has print and video instruction.
Contact Dawn Killough for further assistance. support@AmericanRimfire.com   325-939-0154.
 
12. What rifles are allowed in the Factory Class?