NRA Approved High Power Rifle National Match Course

The most popular form of organized rifle-only competitive shooting in the United States is NRA High Power Competition. High Power Competition encompasses primarily Service Rifle and Match Rifle.  Apart from a sling, there are no mechanical crutches in High Power--your arms and body must support the full weight of the rifle as you engage the target from a variety of positions. The vast majority of High Power matches are iron sights only. These factors place a premium on good eyesight, training, and overall fitness.

Every NRA High Power Rifle match for which classification records are kept is a multiple or a combination of one or more strings of fire.

Current Match Report

SLSC NRA Approved High Power Rifle
Match Report and Results Bulletin
28 October 2017 Match Report

It was a fine fall day with cool crisp autumn breezes blowing the leaves off the trees but not gusting hard enough to affect the trajectory of a rifle round at our monthly high power (HP) rifle match.  Yours truly couldn’t make it due to unforeseen circumstances so Mark S stood in and managed to pull off a fun and safe match.  Iron sights won the day once again with Jake S making the drive back from WV and shooting an excellent 464-4x with his M1A to take match winner honors.  John C was back at Sanners after a short absence and took second place using his AR equipped with optical sights.  Paul S rapidly worked the bolt of his Springfield during the rapid fire strings and won points for style in spite of a few saved rounds.  And David Z needed both a front and rear sight adjustment to get his AR on paper during the sighting-in period but with the always-available help of fellow shooters was on target and in the black in no time.  See the October match report for all the details.

 The next match will be the always-enjoyable Vintage Military Rifle match on November 18th. This match is a great way to stretch the legs of those old military warhorses you’ve been babying on the bench at the monthly Woodstock match and see what they can do under more stringent shooting conditions.  Details will be forthcoming as the match date nears.

Sorry I couldn’t be there. Many thanks to Mark for running the show and a hearty welcome back to John. And thanks to you faithful few who keep showing up to keep the program alive. I hope to be at the next match on November 18th but it will most likely be on crutches depending upon when my knee operation gets scheduled.

Dick C, Match Director

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Match Director

Match Description

  • This is a 50 round course of fire with up to 5 sighting rounds allowed prior to firing for record. NRA rules will be followed. Metallic or optical sights are allowed. You will be firing from the prone, standing and sitting or kneeling positions.
  • Contact Dick for a copy of the match program which contains detailed match, equipment and match entry fee information.
  • More information on getting started in High Power competition can be found on the NRA website.


  • Open to all SLSC member.  Non-members need a member sponsor to participate.



  • 4th Saturday of the Month; April, June, August and October.
  • Match begins at 9AM.  Check-in between 8-8:30AM.


  • SLSC members $10
  • Non-members $15
  • Juniors (under 21) $5

Equipment Needed:

  • Center fire rifle (required)
  • 50 rounds ammunition, plus 5 sighting rounds (required)
  • Spotting scope (optional, but very helpful)
  • Shooting coat (optional)
  • Shooting glove (optional)
  • Shooting mat (optional)

Course of Fire Details

  • National Match Course consists of:
    • Sighting shots: Up to 5 rounds in 5 minutes, SR-1 target.
    • Standing slow fire: 10 rounds in 10 minutes, SR-1 target.
    • Sitting/kneeling rapid fire: 10 rounds in 60 seconds, reloading magazine once, SR-1 target.
    • Prone rapid fire: 10 rounds in 70 seconds, reloading magazine once, SR-21 target.
    • Prone slow fire: 20 rounds in 20 minutes, MR-31 target.
    At SLSC this course of fire is shot at 100 yards using reduced targets (equivalent to shooting at 200/300 and 600 yards).                                     


  • General scoring is as follows, with details in the rules link below:
    • Each string of 10 shots will be shot on a separate target.
    • Point value of the ring for each shot will be totaled (maximum of 100 per target).
    • Number of X's will be noted.
    • Holes touching a higher value ring are given the higher value.
    • Firing fewer than required number of shots will be scored as misses.
    • Firing more than the required number of shots and more than 10 hits are on the target, with no cross firing evident,  the 10 hits of the lowest value will be recorded for that string (or the low 20 hits in the prone slow fire stage).


Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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