NRA Approved High Power Sporting Rifle Matches

The High Power Sporting Rifle match is a great introduction to NRA high power rifle competition. This course of fire is shot with any center fire rifle weighing less than 9.5 pounds and having a magazine capacity of 4 rounds or more. The 9.5 pound limit is with an empty magazine, and without a sling. The sling may be used in all positions except standing. Metallic and optical sights are both allowed. You will be in position and the rifle loaded when the command to FIRE is given in all stages of the match.

Shooting garments such as heavily padded shooting coats and gloves are not allowed to be used in sporting rifle matches. Garments, that are appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions only, are allowed. Knee, elbow and shoulder pads and pads on rifle butt stocks are allowed.

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SLSC High Power Sporting Rifle Match
23 September 2017
Match Report


  It was a beautiful day to shoot, but it must have been a beautiful day to do other things too judging from the sparse attendance. None the less, the usual suspects showed up and had a fine old time.

Mark and Jake S ruled the roost today with Jake shooting a Master class 300-6x score with his scoped AR-15 for Match Winner honors and Mark shooting his iron sighted AR-15 to a 299-3x, just one point below Master to win the Metallic Sights category. Jake re-entered and shot an unusual AR-15, one of the first batch Colt produced before the Army selected the AR-15 as the official service rifle, nudging the M14 aside. Robert B gave a good account of himself with a personal high which also was a Sharpshooter class score. The details can be found in the September Match Report.

 Our next high power rifle match will be the always challenging 50 shot National Match Course which will be held on October 28th. Get those newly allowed scopes mounted and zeroed in and join the fun. The 5 shots we allow for sighters is usually not enough, but was meant to be just a final check anyways. More details on that match will come out as the date nears.

The usual thanks to the competitors for their help in setting up and breaking down the range, and to Mark for running a second relay enabling me to shoot. Unfortunately my rifle was not co-operating and I had to withdraw from the competition. And  ”I could have been a contender” as Marlon Brando said in “On the Waterfront”. 

 Dick C, Match Director                                                  


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Match Description

  • This is a 32 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; March, May and September.
  • Match starts at 9AM.  Check in 8-8:30AM.


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

Equipment Needed:

  • Center fire rifle as described above (required)
  • 32 rounds ammunition, plus 5 sighting rounds (required)
  • Spotting scope (optional, but very helpful)
  • Shooting mat (optional)

Course of Fire Details

  • Sporting Rifle Course consists of:
    • Prone slow fire: 8 rounds in 8 minutes
    • Prone rapid fire: 8 rounds fired in two 4 round strings, 30 seconds per string
    • Sitting/kneeling rapid fire: 8 rounds fired in two 4 round strings, 30 seconds per string
    • Standing slow fire: 8 rounds in 8 minutes
    • The SR-1 target is used for all stages of the Sporting Rifle course of fire. The course of fire is shot at 100 yards.


  • General scoring is as follows, with details in the rules link below:
    • Each string of 8 shots will be on a separate target.
    • Point value of the ring for each shot will be totaled (maximum of 80 points 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 8 hits are on the target, with no cross firing evident,  the 8 hits of lowest value will be recorded for that string.


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PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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