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NRA Approved High Power Rifle National Match Course

The most popular form of organized rifle-only competitive shooting in the United States is NRA High Power Competition. High Power Competition encompasses primarily Service Rifle and Match Rifle.  Apart from a sling, there are no mechanical crutches in High Power--your arms and body must support the full weight of the rifle as you engage the target from a variety of positions. The vast majority of High Power matches are iron sights only. These factors place a premium on good eyesight, training, and overall fitness.

Every NRA High Power Rifle match for which classification records are kept is a multiple or a combination of one or more strings of fire.

October 2016 Match Report

SLSC NRA Approved High Power Rifle Match
Match Report and Results Bulletin
22 October 2016

Match Report

   The day did not look promising as we prepared the range for the match. The early dreary weather must have discouraged some of the less hardy, but three of the regulars showed up ready to do battle. The weather may have been cool, but the shooting was anything but. All three shooters used service rifles and Mark S prevailed when the smoke cleared. He was in last place after the first three stages, but held hard and shot an outstanding slow prone stage to win the match with a 470-11X. This was a  NRA Master classification score, and should be enough to bump him up from Sharpshooter classification to Expert. We will see what the mail from the NRA brings him in the next few weeks.

 Paul and Jake shot quite well too, all three shooters turned in excellent score cards. Check out the October Match Report for full details. Special thanks to Steve H who came in early to help set up the range with us but elected not to shoot. With all the wind on Saturday morning it was not too bad a decision.

 Our next and the final high power match of the season will be a vintage military rifle match on November 19th. Details will be forthcoming in a couple of weeks. I encourage you to come join us shooting high power rifle. There is always room on the firing line and you just may find you actually enjoy this type of shooting. The pace may be slower, but the competition is intense, and the round count is much lower than some of the other disciplines, so it is cheaper to shoot. You can earn and improve a NRA classification in two of the high power disciplines we offer: NRA High Power Rifle and NRA High Power Sporting Rifle. This card proves you are a genuine high power rifle shooter. Well, okay, you really need to try the game “across the course” at 200, 300 and 600 yards to be genuine, but this 100 yard game is a pretty good measure of what you should be capable of.

 Dick C, Match Director                                                                   

June Match Photos

New Prone Shooting Tables in Use for a Match

More Info

Match Director

Match Description

  • This is a 50 round course of fire with up to 5 sighting rounds allowed prior to firing for record. NRA rules will be followed. Metallic sights only are allowed. You will be firing from the prone, standing and sitting or kneeling 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.



  • 4th Saturday of the Month; April, June, August and October.
  • Match begins at 9AM.  Check-in between 8-8:30AM.


  • SLSC members $10
  • Non-members $15
  • Juniors (under 21) $5

Equipment Needed:

  • Center fire rifle (required)
  • 50 rounds ammunition, plus 5 sighting rounds (required)
  • Spotting scope (optional, but very helpful)
  • Shooting coat (optional)
  • Shooting glove (optional)
  • Shooting mat (optional)

Course of Fire Details

  • National Match Course consists of:
    • Sighting shots: Up to 5 rounds in 5 minutes, SR-1 target.
    • Standing slow fire: 10 rounds in 10 minutes, SR-1 target.
    • Sitting/kneeling rapid fire: 10 rounds in 60 seconds, reloading magazine once, SR-1 target.
    • Prone rapid fire: 10 rounds in 70 seconds, reloading magazine once, SR-21 target.
    • Prone slow fire: 20 rounds in 20 minutes, MR-31 target.
    At SLSC this course of fire is shot at 100 yards using reduced targets (equivalent to shooting at 200/300 and 600 yards).                                     


  • General scoring is as follows, with details in the rules link below:
    • 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 (or the low 20 hits in the prone slow fire stage).


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