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.
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.
Vintage Military Rifle Match
Pins and entry fee certificates will be awarded.
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
We finally got our high power rifle match season off to a start on a blazing hot and humid Saturday morning. I did not expect much of a turnout due to the heat but 5 hardy riflemen did show up eager for the smell of burnt gunpowder.
The heat apparently inspired hot shooting by Mark who came away with the Match Winner honors setting a new SLSC VMR match range record with his outstanding 100-4x in the prone rapid fire stage. Mark was shooting An old match grade M1A which still has a lot of good scores left in it despite its many rounds downrange.
In the As-Issued category James Black prevailed with his M1 Garand. Junior shooter Joe Krall showed up to shoot his father’s Garand and learned what shooting an actual rifle match was like. He apparently liked it though and we hope he will be back for more. He can replace Trevor Graves as our resident Junior as Trev will be leaving for the U.S. Coast Guard later this summer.
Our next match will be the always challenging NRA National Match Course for high power and service rifles on August 22nd. It is a 50 round match with the scoring rings on the targets getting smaller as the match progresses. The match program is available on our website or from me upon request. Come give this shooting sport a try some time, you may wind up liking it.
My thanks again to the marksmen who are showing up to help keep this program going, modest as it is. And special thanks to Mark Swierczek and John Graves who are also such a big help. And even if you don’t shoot if you show up and help set up and take down the range, or help me run the match you will get your volunteer hours credit.
Dick Chadwick, Match Director
- Open to all SLSC member. Non-members need a member sponsor to participate.
Course of Fire Details
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 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.