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
Match Report and Results Bulletin
27 May 2017

Match Report

  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      

More Info

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).


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