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
24 March 2018
Match Report

   The morning started off quite chilly but it didn’t feel too bad with a gloved hand wrapped around a warm barrel.  And as the sun rose higher in the sky it actually became fairly comfortable once the first high power rifle match of the year got underway.  The match was the challenging and always interesting Vintage Military Rifle format, and as usual the old rifles showed who’s boss, with some of the vintage warhorses bucking off their shooters as they sometimes tend to do.  Paul S had to give up the fight early on when his No. 4 Enfield promptly liberated its front sight on the first shot of the day.  Jeff G’s Yugo Mauser was also being belligerent on every bolt throw during the rapid fire series, but Jeff persevered and completed the match in spite of the difficulties.  Jeff was one of our new shooters along with Dayne P shooting a Garand and Joshua S shooting a classic Enfield.  Dayne and his Garand came on strong and scored a 213 to tie for second highest score with John C, one of our regular shooters.  John ultimately snagged second place, however, by virtue of his higher X-count, while Mark S and his Garand took the overall top spot with a 274-6x.  We hope to see more of Dayne, Jeff and Joshua on the firing line this summer, and as we transition to the more modern Sporting Rifle and National Match contests I think we can expect to see a continuous improvement in their scores.

Detailed results are in the March Match Report.  Speaking of upcoming matches, the next match will be a Sporting Rifle match on 28 April 2018.  For details on the rules and course of fire, check the Sanners website.  See you there!

 Mark S, Assistant Match Director
(standing in for Dick C, Match Director)

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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.

Sanners Lake Sportmen's Club
PO Box 1300, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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