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
SLSC High Power Vintage Military Rifle Match
We had a very good day for shooting if you discount the usual muggy Southern Maryland mid-summer weather. Most of the usual suspects showed up to enjoy the festivities along with some new and returning faces. We are starting to see some Woodstock shooters show up after they see how well their old rifles can perform.
The high score went to Joe M who was shooting in the modified rifle category with his match .308 Garand. He shot an excellent 276-2x which placed the bar pretty high. Jake gave a good run for the money with his U.S. Rifle Model of 1917 bolt action and the centurion rifle was good for a 270-0x score leading the as issued category. All the details can be found in the match report.
Three shooters earned the new pewter pins shaped like the appropriate vintage rifles we are now awarding. The criteria for earning the pins is detailed in our award policy, attached with this bulletin. You don’t have to necessarily have the highest score to win a pin, and the pins look good on a shooting hat.
All in all, it was a very successful match and the turnout, while it could have been better was the second highest VMR match total in the 4 years we have been running the competition.
Many thanks to all the competitors for showing up and horsing the prone platforms around, to Mark for running the second relay and especially to Doc H who was the second man to show up (I was first) to help set up and to act as my block officer on the first relay. Having him on the line made my job much easier.
Our next match will be the always challenging NRA Approved National Match Course on 25 August, 2018. For details on the rules and course of fire, check the Sanner’s website. I’ll also be sending out more information as the match date nears.
Dick C, 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.