nra high power match

NRA High Power Rifle was introduced in 1985.  Click the photo for more info.

Qualifications and Match Fee

NRA High Power Matches are open to LRC members and members of the public.

Match Fee: $15.00 per shooter

Location and Times

Dillman Outdoor Range.   Matches are held on the third Saturday of each month expect in the month of May. 

Format Summary

This match is for the serious shooter. The competitor who comes with a rifle in one hand and an NRA Rifle Rule Book in the other hand will love this match.  The match is shot at 200 yards and requires at least 58 rounds of ammunition. This match will allow the shooter to earn or upgrade an NRA shooting qualification. Since this is an NRA sanctioned match, and because Lincoln Rifle Club is a CMP affiliated club, it qualifies the shooter for the CMP M1 Garand purchase program. 

Course of Fire

Slow Fire, standing – 10 rounds at 200 yards in 10 minutes.

Rapid Fire, sitting or kneeling – 10 rounds at 200 yards in 60 seconds.

Rapid Fire, 10 rounds at 300 yards in 70 seconds. (See Reduced Distance note below)

Slow Fire, 10 rounds at 500 or 600 yards in 10 minutes. (See Reduced Distance note below)

Every NRA High Power Rifle match for which classification records are kept is a multiple or a combination of one or more of these strings. The popular National Match Course, for instance, consists of 10 rounds slow fire standing; 10 rounds rapid fire sitting or kneeling; 10 rounds rapid fire prone and 20 rounds slow fire prone. Matches fired all at one distance and in one position are known as “single-stage” matches and are usually 20 shot matches (2 times one of the basic strings).


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


“Rapid Fire,” on the other hand, is more elaborate. In rapid fire sitting or kneeling, 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) . When the targets appear or 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.

Reduced Distance

High power rifle shooting at the full regulation distances requires a range with firing lines at 200, 300 and 600 (or 500) yards.  Every official NRA stage or course of fire normally conducted at 200, 300, or 500 yards can be run at 200 yards on the NRA official reduced targets. The LRC takes advantage of this feature for high power matches and these targets are well adapted to being hung on stationary frames.

Equipment (M1 Garand pictured above)

Rifle:  Rifles used in NRA High Power Rifle competition must be equipped with metallic sights, should be capable of holding at least 5 rounds of ammunition and should be adapted to rapid reloading. Tournament programs often group competitions into two divisions, Service Rifle and Match Rifle. The rifles currently defined as “Service Rifles” include the M1, M14, M16 and their 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.

Sling:  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 50mm 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.

Sight 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 will 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; however, armor-piercing ammunition may be prohibited by local range regulations.

club high power match

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Qualifications and Match Fees

Club High Power matches are for LRC members only

Match Fee:  $5 per shooter

Location

Dillman Outdoor Range 

Dates and Times

This match starts in April and runs through September on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. This is a modified NRA High Power match designed to assist new shooters as they become proficient in long distance shooting.  This is also a good environment for seasoned shooters to practice their skills and reach out to new shooters with advice and instruction.  


Sign ups begin at 4:45 pm and shooting begins at 5:30 pm. 

Courses of Fire

 On the first Thursday of the month, the participants will shoot

  • An unlimited number of sighter shots,
  • 10 rounds rapid prone (10 rounds in 70 seconds),
  • 10 rounds in 20 minutes in the standing position

On the next Thursday of the month, the participants will shoot​

  • An unlimited number of sighter shots
  • 10 rounds of slow prone (10 rounds in 20 minutes single load)
  • 10 rounds rapid fire sitting (10 rounds in 60 seconds


 Please see the Lincoln Rifle Club calendar to verify schedule. 

Equipment

Rifles used in High Power Rifle competition must be equipped with metallic sights (some long range, 1000-yard matches allow the use of “any sights”), should be capable of holding at least 5 rounds of ammunition and should be adapted to rapid reloading. Tournament programs after group competitions into two divisions:  Service Rifle and Match Rifle. The rifles currently defined as “Service Rifles” include the M1, M14, M16 and their commercial equivalents. Winchester and Remington have made their Model 70 and Model 40X rifles in “match” versions and custom gunsmiths have customized 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.

Also, every shooter gets the opportunity to work/score targets in the target pit at 200 yards.

Loaner Equipment

Club rifles are available for loan on a first-come basis. Suitable DCM ammunition as well as .223 ammunition is available for sale for use in club guns or for participation in the match.  Ammunition prices vary depending on the club's cost to procure the ammunition.