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
24 April 2021
Match Report

 The weather was hot and the brief showers made the humidity even more noticeable, but Sanner’s hardy long gun marksmen (and woman) were undeterred and carried on with the match as scheduled and a good time was had by most. Two shooters had equipment problems so one did not shoot and the other withdrew after the slow fire prone stage but other than that it was a pleasant match. The high power sporting rifle event is well liked by most everyone who tries it. The target is relatively large, no special equipment is allowed and you are in position and loaded when the command to FIRE is given in every stage of the event. What is not to like?

 Andrea Swierczek joined the usual suspects for this match and gave as good an account of herself as any new rifle shooter we have had in the past. I expect to see a considerable improvement in her score when she shoots in the next HP sporting rifle match in September now that she has gotten her feet wet and has time between now and then to get her rifle set up for this game.

 Jake once again had earned Match Winner honors with his 309-8x with iron sights which set a new range record besting the previous high score by 6 points. I should have said “crushing” that record. The 309 is a HPSR record for either iron or optical sights on our range. I had the highest optical sights score with a 300-5x. Mark beat my score with a 302-6x demonstrating that when you cannot see your sights waving around like you can with a scope you can negate any perceived advantage you think a scope may provide. That’s my opinion anyways.

 Our next match will be a Vintage Military Rifle match on July 24th.  I’ll be sending out more info on that match in the near future. If you have any questions about it before then, e-mail me and I’ll answer them. Don’t be shy, grab a rifle and try these high power rifle matches some time. You may even enjoy it.

 My thanks once again to the faithful few competitors who support the program, setting up for the match and putting the range back in order after the smoke clears. Special thanks to Jake Swierczek who ran the second relay which allowed me to shoot and his Dad to coach his Mom.

 Dick Chadwick, Match Director


Upcoming events

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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) free

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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