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
We had a beautiful morning to start the long weekend and to hold our monthly high power (HP) rifle match, but as expected the turnout was low, probably because of the holiday.
The shooters who did choose to compete all did quite well. Bill G, who had not shot a HP match in several years and had been re-classified from High Master to Unclassified by the NRA as a result showed that he still knew what to do with a service rifle and showed us all how to shoot a High Master score with his sterling 490-14x which took Match Winner honors. Joe Mu had the same re-classification problem going from Master to Unclassified but shot a score of 473-12x which was a Master score. A couple more matches and they will both have their old classifications back. How many of you old shooters out there have been re-classified due to inactivity? Go to the NRA Competitions website and open the “Shooter Classification Look Up” and you can find out. Shoot a match with us every couple years and you will keep your classification.
Mark S shot a fine 466-1x in the metallic sights category for first place there, another good score on a day of good ones. Perrin L also shot with us but withdrew from competition because of ammunition difficulties. Full details from the can be found in the Match Report.
You may be wondering about this “scoped sights” category. Well the NRA recently made a rule change allowing optical sights to be used in HP matches. I have attached a copy of the rule changes for 2017 for your info. Basically it says you can use scopes up to a specified power and specified objective lens diameter on service rifles and any power and size on match rifles. This is good news for those of you whose vision has been a stumbling block as far as competing in our HP matches, and those of you who just don’t like iron sights. I hope this will encourage you to bring your favorite rifle to the range and join in the fun we have on the fourth Saturday of the month. I will be changing the program to reflect these rule changes shortly. We will list metallic and optical sight scores separately in future results bulletins.
The equipment rules for HP Sporting Rifle will remain the same and the Vintage Military Rifle sights will always be metallic sights.
Dick C, Match Director
- Open to all SLSC member. Non-members need a member sponsor to participate.
Course of Fire Details
- NRA High Power Rules - Revised January 2015