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.

As of 30 July 2018

This year we are going to introduce a modest award program for our high power rifle matches.

Two types of awards will be given: metal pins (if they are available) in the shape of the high power rifles we generally compete with and certificates redeemable for an entry fee in our subsequent high power rifle matches.

Below you will find the policy we are planning on following. If we have enough classified shooters to justify a class award in the NRA Approved matches we may add such in the future.

The entry fee certificate will be the award in this discipline.

  • Two certificates will be awarded, one for High Optical Sights and one for High Metallic Sights.

  • No High Overall award will be awarded since almost invariably the High Optical Sight shooter is the High Overall.

Latest Match Report

SLSC High Power Sporting Rifle Match
22 September 2018

Match Report

 We had a good day to shoot, squeezed in between hot weather and wet weather. Any day you can spend shooting in good company is a good day to shoot though. Six shooters showed up, but one of the best, Paul S, had his rifle malfunction and he had to withdraw from the competition. This gave yours truly an opportunity to concentrate on sight alignment and trigger control instead of worrying about how Paul was doing and I managed to have a score good enough to take Match Winner honors shooting my accurate little AR-15 Carbine with its Leupold scope. Mark shot his AR-15 with iron sights and turned in a fine 292-5x for the second highest score.

 But the man of the day to watch was Junior shooter Trevor G. He had some issues with his rifle and had to shoot with an unfamiliar borrowed rifle. He then had some time management issues on the first stage of the competition and only got off 5 of the 8 shots in the allotted time of 8 minutes. They were all 10’s and x’s. Not easily discouraged and with youthful optimism he then shot the standing stage, the most difficult stage of the match and turned in a phenomenal 78-1x. That is 78 out of a possible 80 and that is the range record at Sanner’s for the standing stage in the High Power Sporting Rifle discipline. Hearty congratulations to Trevor for his great display of marksmanship. That record will stand for a while I am sure. See the September Match report for all the details.

 Many thanks to all the competitors for showing up and their help getting the range ready for the match, then ready for routine shooting when we got done. And a special thanks to John C for running the second relay so I could shoot.

 Our next high power rifle match will be the always challenging 50 shot National Match Course which will be held on October 27th. Be sure and get to the range sometime prior to the match and get your rifle sighted in. 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.

 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.
  • See 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.


  • Everyone but Juniors - $10 (Includes NRA fee)
  • 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.


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

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