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FEATURE // MATCH VS SERVICE RIFLE One of the tricks to shooting well with a service rifle is becoming aware of the importance of consistency in pressures, and therefore, positions. Make every single little thing the same each shot. Here’s where the shooter has to adapt to the rifle, and here is where the hard work lies. An adjustable match rifle, on the other hand, can be so well molded to the shooter that attaining consistency in pressures and positions is that much easier. Match versus Service Rifle – Which is Best For You? Story and Photos by Glen D. Zediker Shooting Sports USA’s managing editor asked me to offer some thoughts on when an NRA High Power Rifle competitor might know it’s time to retire his or her AR-15 for a match rifle. Another angle on that question is: why not just start with a match rifle to begin with? We’ll take a look at both angles. iven its popularity in NRA High Power Rifle competition, I’ll use the AR-15-platform for the majority of service rifle comparisons. A majority of High Power shooters start with a service rifle. I did. There are many who steadfastly believe that service rifle competition is the heart of NRA High Power Rifle and that’s hard to argue. There’s also an underlying sense that service rifle competition is akin to dues-paying—that no one can truly appreciate the sport unless they’ve had that experience. Of course, those wanting to participate in CMP events know that service rifle is the only vehicle that qualifies in attaining a Distinguished badge or President’s 100 tab. I know also that any local events I attend are heavily populated with service rifle owners. Match rifles stand out as something rare. 22 SSUSA JANUARY 2011 G We’re talking about two tools put to the same purpose. Even a cursory glance at good examples of each rifle type points out significant differences. A match rifle sure looks like it would shoot better. “Sights” is the easiest answer why. That’s the most frequently given advantage, and target-style sights are, indeed, a big help to everyone. They may be the biggest help to those who encounter difficulty in getting a clear focus on the front sight element. On a match rifle, the front sight will be farther away. That’s a given. If it’s mounted at the barrel end, and let’s say that barrel is 24 to 27 inches (most match rifle builds specify a dimension in this vicinity), it’s several inches ahead of the location mandated by service rifle architecture. That makes it easier to see clearly. A good target-style back sight is, mechanically and technically, another help. A

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - January 2011

Shooting Sports USA - January 2011
Competitors’ Corner
Shooter’s News
Range Bag
Score Sheet
Black Hills Ammunition
Nancy Tompkins Interview
NRA Headquarters Shooters
Match Versus Service Rifle
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads

Shooting Sports USA - January 2011