High Power Rifle

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MSI High Power matches are designed to be friendly and welcome the new participants. We offer the new shooter help and guidance in getting started. We even make available Club owned M1 Garands and Springfield 1903A3s for use by participants (the shooter must purchase and use club ammunition for the match).

The matches are held the first Sunday of the month (exception is November when the Sunday closest to November 11th is the match date). Sign-ups begin at 8:30 AM and the first group of shooters start at 9:00 AM. In very poor weather conditions the match will move to the .22 rimfire indoor range for a .22 rifle match following High Power commands and procedures (with extra time for the rapid fire stages to load).

All stages are shot at 100 yards on reduced targets

0. Sight-In, any position – unlimited rounds in 5 minutes.
1. Slow Fire, standing (aka off hand) – 10 rounds in 10 minutes.
2. Rapid Fire, sitting (from standing) – 10 rounds in 60 seconds.
3. Rapid Fire, prone (from standing) – 10 rounds in 70 seconds.
4. Slow Fire, prone – 20 rounds in 10 minutes.


“Slow Fire” does not require much explanation. The shooter takes his position on the firing line, assumes the prescribed position and loads with one cartridge at a time and is allowed one minute per shot to fire the string.

“Rapid Fire,” on the other hand, is more elaborate. In rapid fire sitting, the shooter uses a preparation period to establish sitting or kneeling position; then comes to a standing position and, on command, loads either 2 or 5 rounds (depending on the firearm) into the rifle. When the command to commence fire is given, the shooter gets into the firing position, fires the rounds in the rifle, reloads with 8 or 5 more for a total of 10 and finishes the string. The procedure for rapid fire prone differs only in the firing position and the time spent.


Rifle: Rifles to be used in High Power Rifle competition must be equipped with metallic sights or scopes for the “F” class, should be capable of holding at least 5 rounds of ammunition and should be adapted to rapid reloading. It is common to find competitions organized into three divisions, Service Rifle, Match Rifle and “F” Class. The rifles currently defined as “Service Rifles” include the M1 Garand, M1A (M14 type), AR15 (M16 type) and similar commercial equivalents. Winchester and Remington have made their Model 70 and Model 40X rifles in “match” versions and custom gunsmiths have made up match rifles on many military and commercial actions. 1903 and 1903-A3 Springfield, 1917 Enfields and pre-war Winchester Model 70 sporters in .30-06 are all equipped with clip slots for rapid reloading. The most suitable rear sights are aperture or “peep” with reliable, repeatable 1/2 minute (or finer) adjustments. Front sights should be of either the post or aperture type.

high-power-rifle-1Sling: The shooting sling is helpful in steadying the positions and controlling recoil. The sling may be used in any position except standing.

Spotting Scope: A spotting scope or a substitute optical device is important for scoring and observing the placement of shot spotters on the target. The beginning shooter will benefit from the use of about any telescope which gives an erect image. The most suitable spotting scopes, however, have a magnification of from 20 to 25 power and an objective lens at least 50 mm in diameter. Eyepieces angled at 45 to 90 degrees are convenient for using the scope without disturbing the shooting position.

Shooting Coat: The shooting coat is equipped with elbow, shoulder and sling pads which contribute to the shooter’s comfort. Since there are several styles of shooting coats of varying cost, the shooter is advised to try out several types before making an investment.

Shooting Glove: The shooting glove’s primary function is to protect the forward hand from the pressure of the sling. Any heavy glove will serve the purpose until the shooter makes a final choice among several shooting gloves available.

high-power-rifle-2Sight Blackener: The shooter using an exposed front sight such as the blade found on the service rifle will require some means of blackening the sight. A carbide lamp will do this job or a commercial sight black sold in spray cans can be used.

Scorebook: If the shooter is to learn from experience, they should record the conditions and circumstances involved in firing each shot. Sight settings, sling adjustments, wind and light conditions and ammunition used all have a place in the scorebook. Actual shot value is the least important data recorded.

Ammunition: Most competitors eventually turn to handloads. Careful handloading will yield ammunition less expensive and more accurate than otherwise available. Both tracer and incendiary ammunition are prohibited by NRA Rules and armor-piercing ammunition may be prohibited by local range regulations.