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CMP and NRA Style "High Power" Rifle Competition
Page 2 - How It Is Done
Both NRA and CMP matches are built-up from the same basic building blocks called "stages". There are four basic stages of fire: 1. Offhand, slow fire; 2. Sitting, rapid or continuous fire; 3. Prone, rapid or continuous fire; 4. Prone, slow fire.
The most common CMP match is 50 shots, and is made up of the four basic stages as follows;
This match has a high possible score of 500 points.
The most common NRA match is 80 shots plus 8 sighting shots (88 rounds fired - 80 rounds scored) as follows:
This match has a high possible score of 800 points. In each stage of fire, just prior to firing shots for score, two non-scoring sighting shots are fired.
Offhand, or standing firing is done in the "slow" fire mode, that is rounds are loaded one at a time (no rounds in the magazine). The use of the sling is prohibited, but in CMP matches the sling must be on the rifle.
This is a Service Rifle shooter (picture taken at the 2002 PA Service Rifle Championship Match - an NRA match for service rifles only - see how mixed up these are ? - here we have an NRA 88 round match - but - NRA match rifles are not allowed - only Service Rifles) during an offhand, Slow Fire, stage. He is loading his rounds one at a time from the pouch barely visible at the bottom of the picture.
Rapid or continuous fire is employed in both the sitting and prone positions. Because of the very limited time allowed, detachable magazines or stripper charges are used to reload the rifle. At least one reload is required during the 10 round stage (or sub-stage) of fire. CMP rules require starting the stage with two rounds in the rifle/magazine and reloading with eight rounds. NRA rules allow starting with two or five rounds and reloading with eight or five as applicable.
Here we have our match rifle shooter firing a stage of rapid fire. See the spare magazine at the ready position? This shooter does not use his spotting scope during these rapid stages.
Here we see our service rifle shooter during a sitting stage. This fellow does use the scope to view the target after the first two shots (during reloading).
This is the target fired by our match rifle shooter (sitting). Note that every hole is either inside or touching the 10 ring, yielding a perfect score of 100.
Here we see our match rifle shooter during a Prone, rapid fire, stage. Again note the magazines and the unused spotting scope.
Here is our match rifle shooter during a Prone, slow fire, stage. He is loading rounds one at a time from the ammo box to his right. He has positioned his scope so he can lean over to his left and inspect his target.
And here is our Service rifle shooter during a slow fire stage. He has his spotting scope almost tight against his left eye, requiring only a very small movement of his head in order to inspect his target.
This is the target generated by our service Rifle shooter during the prone, slow fire, stage. This target has twenty holes, two in the eight ring, two in the nine, and sixteen in the 10 and X rings.
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