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FEATURE | SERVICE

I consider the last stage to be the "marathon
stage." Competitors engage a target 600 yards
away with the smallest-scaled X-ring yet.
They fire 20 rounds in 20 minutes, singularly
loaded. Whoever feels the most at home on
their elbows and can stave off the temptation
of just getting the match over with will find
themselves ahead here.
The match can only be shot with U.S. service
rifles (or civilian equivalents) with iron sights
or even up to a 4.5x optic. The most popular
rifle is of course the AR-15, however you will
still find a few M1As, M1 Garands and even a
handful of guys that are shooting Remington
A3s or 1903 Springfields.
The rifle selection is a testament to the
beautifully simple nature of this sport. It
doesn't take super-expensive equipment or
even a benchrest quality handload to compete
or even win-it takes fundamentals. If you have
a rifle and round capable of MOA accuracy you
are already in the running for highest shooter.

Before your first service rifle match
it's a good idea to at least have
a basic understanding of field
shooting positions, which can
be learned in an afternoon at an
NRA Basic Rifle course.

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To kick it up a notch, I highly recommend
purchasing a shooting coat, glove, spotting
scope and spotting scope stand. Yes, these
items reduce shooter error, but since they
are all legal nearly all competitors are using
them to win. I consider the aforementioned
equipment "steroids in the 1980s," yes it
makes it easier to win, but everybody else is
doing it and it's match legal.
My highest recommendation as a source for
all of this gear is Champion Shooters Supply.
The folks that own and operate this company
are all current and former match shooters, they
even open up shop on Commercial Row at the
National Matches every summer-doing so
for over 45 years. Champion Shooters Supply
has also recently acquired Freeland's Shooting
Products, cutting out the middleman and
allowing for complete production control.
A shooting coat is a tight fitting coat that
supports your lumbar and helps minimize
sway when shooting while standing. Most


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