Vintage Military Rifle Match

This match will be shot with center fire military service rifles from any country. They must have been an official service rifle from the country of origin, and must have been officially in service prior to 1961. Original or newly manufactured copies of the rifles may be used.

Recognizing that many high power rifle shooters own competition service rifles with various modifications such as restocking with synthetic materials, glass action bedding, aftermarket sights and alterations to the firing mechanisms, modified rifles will be allowed to be used. We will separate the rifles into two categories: “As Issued” and “Modified”.  These names are self- descriptive, but if any questions arise a jury of experienced riflemen will determine your rifles category prior to the firing of the first shot for record. ”Sporterized” rifles and optical sights are not allowed in our VMR matches.

Current Match Report

SLSC High Power Vintage Military Rifle Match
22 July 2017
Match Report

   The second vintage military rifle match of the season was sparsely attended which was a disappointment since we had 16 competitors at the March VMR and the Woodstock matches have been well attended by fans of the old shooting irons. The weather was extremely hot and humid though and I expect that was a big factor. We actually had one more competitor, however he ran into ammunition difficulties and withdrew from competition after the sighting shots were fired. We hope to see him back on the line next month though. The two shooters who gutted it out had a spirited competition though with Mark edging out Paul for match winner honors.  See the July Match Report for full details.

 Our next match will be on August 26th and will be the always challenging NRA Approved National Match Course, a 50 shot course of fire. More details will be forthcoming as match day approaches, but the big thing is that the NRA has changed their high power rifle rules to allow optical sights in HP rifle competition. Go to their NRA Competitions website for details. The scopes allowed on service rifle are restricted somewhat, but if your scope doesn’t meet the guidelines, just enter the service rifle as a match rifle. We will help you sort it out before the match.

 So no more excuses like “I can’t see the sights” anymore. Come on out and let’s see how that tack driver you shoot off the bench shoots in a real competition. You might actually enjoy it and you will be shooting with a friendly and helpful gang.

 As always, thanks to the competitors for showing up to shoot and helping me get the range ready for the match and breaking it down after. Non-member Lance B, who is on the waiting list, showed up to see what a HP rifle competition looks like and pitched in to help just as if he was already a member.  Although he didn’t shoot this month we hope to see him at a future match.

Dick C, Match Director   

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Match Director

Match Description

  • This is an un-sanctioned 30 round course of fire with up to 5 sighting shots allowed prior to firing for record. Rifles used are military service rifles that were in service prior to 1961. The rifles may be from any country, any service.  Metallic sights only are allowed. You will be firing from the prone and standing 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.



  • Typically 4th Saturday but not every month (rotates with other HP matches) - check Club Calendar
  • Match begins at 9AM.  Check-in from 8-8:30AM.


  • SLSC members $7
  • Non-members $10
  • Juniors (under 21) $5

Equipment Needed:

  • Military service rifle with extra magazine or clip to reload internal magazine (required)
  • 30 rounds ammunition plus 5 for sighting shots (required)
  • Spotting scope (optional, but very helpful)
  • Shooting coat (optional)
  • Shooting glove (optional)
  • Shooting mat (optional)

Course of Fire Details

  • Vintage Military Course consists of:
    • Sighting shots: Up to 5 rounds in 5 minutes
    • Prone slow fire: 10 rounds in 10 minutes

    • Prone rapid fire: 10 rounds in 80 seconds, reloading once

    • Standing: 10 rounds in 10 minutes

    • The SR-1 target will be used for all stages of the VMR match.


  • General scoring is as follows:
    • 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.


  • The rules for this match will be found in the match program, available upon request, and are a combination of NRA rules and Civilian Marksmanship Program rules, adapted to suit SLSC needs.

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

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