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S

ervice Rifle is one of the most popular
forms of rifle competition in the country,
yet it is one of the most intimidating
styles of shooting from the outside looking in.
When the warm weather starts to come around
I always get nostalgic, as this is the time of year
when I shot my first match. For that reason, I
have decided to create a primer to help get you
on the path of what I consider the purest form
of marksmanship competition.
For those of us that have never shot High
Power Service Rifle (NRA or CMP), the most
common match style traditionally consists of
four legs. The first leg is fired in the standing
position, 10 shots at 200 yards. The shooter has
10 minutes to complete this slow-fire course-offire. This stage is about patience and learning
just how long you can hold your rifle steady.
Remember: Your first sight picture is your best
sight picture.

The second leg is usually the first rapid-fire
stage. It consists of 10 shots at 300 yards
using the same target as the standing stage
except this time on the "Fire" command
the shooters must transition into the seated
position, chamber a round and get shooting
while the clock is running. Here you must fire
your 10 rounds with a mandatory reload in
60 seconds. The name of this stage is flexibility
and repeatability.
Leg three will likely be the second rapid-fire
stage. It consists of that same transitional
element except this time into prone. Again,
the shooter has to manage 10 rounds with
a mandatory reload. This time you will be
given 70 seconds to complete the task. The
coolest head usually wins this leg as the X-ring
is smaller than that of the previous targets
and time doesn't allow for much more than
breathing and calmly breaking shots.

Champion Shooters Supply offers coats
for both left- and right-handed shooters.
They are match-legal and many high-level
competitors use them. A Konu-Spot 80 in
a Freeland stand will help you spot hits
all the way out to 600 yards.

SSUSA.ORG | MAY 2020

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