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.

Recently we have started a modest award program for our high power rifle matches.  Two types of awards are given: metal pins (as available) in the shape of the high power rifles we generally compete with as well as certificates redeemable for an entry fee in our subsequent high power rifle matches. Pins and entry fee certificate award policy:

  • The top two aggregate scores will be awarded certificates.

  • Pins will be awarded to the shooter with the highest score for each of the following rifles, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1A, ’03 Springfield. The only foreign rifle pins I have been able to find are AK-47 and SKS pins. We can award -03 Springfield pins to those of you who shoot Mosins, Swiss rifles, Enfields and other bolt action rifles if you want them.

  • There must be at least one other competitor firing the same model rifle in order for an award pin to be won. You must outscore someone shooting the same model/type rifle to win a pin.

  • The intent of the pin awards is for a shooter to be able to win just one pin for each model rifle the pins are available for. After winning a pin your score will be considered for the two aggregate awards only.

Re-entries will be allowed if there are open points on the second relay if a competitor wants to try for another pin with a different model rifle. The first relay score only will be used for the aggregate award though.

Current Match Report

Sanner’s Lake Sportsmen’s Club

 High Power Vintage Military Rifle Match

18 Nov 2023

Match Report

  We had, for us, a good turnout of eight eager marksmen. Three generations of Matti’s showed up for a look at things, two decided to give it a try and we hope they had a good enough experience to return next season.

 M1 Garands were the predominant rifle today with Mark and Greg once again butting heads for the high honors. Mark, shooting his recently acquired M1 which had been accurized to USMC Match Grade by noted gunsmith Roland Beavers of Arkansas several years ago, nipped Greg for Match Winner while Greg shot the high as issued score. Cody was home from Valley Forge Military Academy and he and dad Ryan were able to join the fray. It was good to see them on the firing line again.  See all the scores in the match report link on the right.  

 This was the last high power rifle match of the year. The next high power match will be the Frozen Chosin shot sometime in January or February when the weather gets nasty enough. Watch the club website for an announcement when the date is finally decided on.

 My thanks as usual to the faithful, member and non-, who show up at these matches and help get the range ready for the match prior to and back in order after the event. And a special tip of the hat to Mark Swierczek, my most dependable shooter, who is almost always the second to arrive and the last, with me, to leave. Without his help I would never get to shoot and he is always there to help and give me good advice running the program and the matches.   

 Dick Chadwick, Match Director

SLSC High Power Match Records

More Info

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



  • 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.


  • Everyone but Juniors - $5
  • Juniors (under 21) Free

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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