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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.

Current Match Report

SLSC High Power Vintage Military Rifle Match
25 March 2017
Match Report

  It was a beautiful day for shooting and six competitors showed up for the first of our high power rifle matches of the season. Four were of the faithful supporters of our modest program, two were newcomers, Eric and Junior shooter Trevor. We hope to see more of both of them this year. Mark led the way with an outstanding 282-3x with his CMP Garand for the overall high score. Mark was also the first winner of one of our attractive clutch back miniature rifle pins since his shooting topped the other two Garand shooters. Jake, who drove home from WVU in Morgantown for the match, had the second highest score with a 277-5x which was also the high Junior score. They both get certificates good for the entry fee at any of our future HP matches.  Full details can be found in the March Match Report.

   This match opened our season’s competitions. Our next match will be on Saturday, 15 April, and will be a NRA Approved HP Sporting Rifle match. Details will be forthcoming, but it is basically shot with any center fire rifle weighing no more than 9.5 pounds, optical sights are allowed and no special shooting equipment such as shooting coats and gloves are allowed. It is a great introduction to HP competition and a lot of fun for the experienced shooter too.

 Many thanks again to the loyal riflemen who have helped keep high power rifle competition alive here at SLSC. And a special thanks to Mark who called the second relay giving me a chance to shoot and to the competitors who helped set up the range and put things back in order after the match. I hope that some of you who we didn’t see much of last year will return to the fold and give HP rifle another try in 2017.

 Dick C, Match Director

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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 all SLSC member.  Non-members need a member sponsor to participate.



  • 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.


  • SLSC members $7
  • Non-members $10
  • Juniors (under 21) $5

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.

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