Fun, says Frehner, is key to the success of NRL22, which has quickly become one of the most popular and fastest-growing shooting sports in the country, and around the world. Nearly 70 gun clubs in the U.S. currently hold NRL22 matches, and there are events in England, France, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. As long-range centerfire competitions, like the Precision Rifle Shooting series, have taken off, a growing number of shooters are also learning that going long with a rimfire rifle is just as much fun as it is with the big guns. Maybe more. It's also less expensive and more accessible to the average shooter. Meanwhile, the latest rimfire rifles and ammo are stretching the limits of small-bore accuracy to previously unimaginable distances. Put it all together, and .22 competition shooting is on fire right now.