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.

Note that we have started 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.

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

20 April 2024

Match Report

 The cool Spring day was overcast at first but the sun broke through in a couple hours and the weather was just right for a rifle match and minimal wind helped everyone too.

 Andrea was very much on target today and was shooting above her weight as a Sharpshooter with a score of 294-3x which was well into the Expert range. She should be looking for an Expert soon if she keeps this up. The competition was pretty intense for Match Winner with Trevor shooting a 292-3x and Mark’s 288-4x right on her tail. Trevor has been off in the Coast Guard for the past three years and some odd months and has not had the opportunity to shoot any rifle matches so it was nice to have him re- join us and do so well.  See all the details in the match report below:

SLSC Match Report HPSR 20 April 2024.docx

 It was nice (for me anyway) to see some blue steel and walnut rifles on the line instead of the more common ugly black AR-15’s. I know, I know, AR-15’s are sporting. I think this will inspire me to shoot one of my own real sporting rifles next HP Sporting Rifle match. That should be fun. And the rifles will enjoy being out in the sun and fresh air.

Our May match will be the always challenging NRA Approved high power rifle national match course of fire.

 My thanks to the few shooters who join the competition at our high power matches.  The competition is intense at times, but friendly. The shooters are helpful and encouraging to those new at the game and the competition will make you a much better shooter. Come join us some time. The HP sporting rile match is a great introduction match but you are welcome at any of the three events we alternate each month March through November.

 Dick Chadwick, 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 the public.  Contact the match director if you have not shot an HPR match at SLSC previously.



  • 4th Saturday of the Month; March, May and September.
  • Match starts at 9AM.  Check in 8-8:30AM.


  • Everyone but Juniors - $10 (Includes NRA classification 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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