Smallbore Competitive Shooting


Days – Selected Wednesday evenings, April through September; Weekends during the high school rifle team shooting season October through March. (See Ten X Calendar for complete schedule – Coach Johnson also has a text alert group that he utilizes)

Format – a competitive program – think “travel” sports – the team competes against other teams at regional matches as well as via postal matches.

Grades – Grade Eight and above

Firearms – Smallbore / 22lr target rifles. Ammunition and all safety equipment are supplied for all. While some firearms are available, shooters are encouraged to purchase and provide their own firearms, subject to safety inspection by the Youth Shooting program staff.

Suggested Donation – $3.00 per session.

Location – Ten X indoor range; 853 Ransom Road in Lancaster

Coach – Leif Johnson ( (716-662-2972)

Ten X Shooting Club is the only club in Erie or Niagara counties that hosts a competitive shooting team in both small bore / 22lr and air rifle. In 2016 New York State Section VI Athletics (Buffalo area) ended small bore shooting on rifles teams in the Section. As a result, hundreds of shooters lost the opportunity to participate in small bore shooting. For those who seek college scholarships or those who simply wish to participate in their sport of choice, this was a significant loss. By starting our program in the Winter of 2018, Ten X sought to fill the void left by the decision by Section VI to abandon 22lr shooting.

Leif Johnson, a teacher at Lancaster Middle School AND the coach of the Lancaster High School Rifle team, is the coach of the Ten X team. Coach Johnson is a United State Marine Veteran, and was a shooting instructor during his time of service. He is an outstanding coach and his teams and individual shooters have won countless titles and awards.

The Ten X Competitive team shoots every Wednesday evening from April through September at our indoor facility. Shooting from October through March (which coincides with the high school rifle team season) is on hiatus. Those who are experienced competitive shooters are encouraged to contact Coach Johnson to learn more about the program. For those who are interested in learning the skills necessary to shoot for our competitive team, you should participate in our Instruction Youth Program and the first and third Fridays of the month (see the page on this website under our Youth Shooting tab.)   By learning the basic skills of competitive shooting through this program you will then be able to successfully enter into the Competitive Program.

Please contact Coach Johnson (information above) to learn more about the program and to answer any questions.