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Rifling gets less notoriety than many other sports in the district, but it has been a WPIAL sport since 1942. Competitors use a single-shot .22 target rifle and shoot in the prone (lying down) position. They have 15 minutes to shoot 10 targets, with the center of the target counting as 10 points and each outer ring decreasing in points. If a competitor hits the center ring (which is the size of a silver dollar) without nicking the ring next to it, then he/she gets a bonus. A perfect score would be 100-10x, meaning the competitor got a 10 on each of the 10 targets (100) and got the bonus (10x) on each shot. For team competitions, each team has 10 shooters, with only the top eight scores counting.
Rifling also is the WPIAL's only true co-ed sport. There are no separate girls and boys teams, as all shooters, no matter the gender, compete against one another.
Written by Ryan Riordan on Friday, 03 January 2014