Mauser v/s Mosin-Nagant - Match No.3

Bellwood Sportsmen's Association

June 1, 2002

10 shooters showed up to compete in the third Mauser v/s Mosin-Nagant match. This match pits unmodified military Mausers against unmodified Mosin-Nagants. Mauser must use ammunition in their as-issued caliber, M-N's must use 7.62x54 ammunition. Handloads are permitted. Fifty shots are fired for score, each having a possible value of ten points, for a maximum possible score of 500. All targets are 100 yards from the firing line.

The day was perfect, clear and warm with a few scattered clouds. The Match started promptly at 1:00 PM with a ten-minute sighting period (unlimited sighting shots). This was followed by the first stage of fire, 10 shots fired off-hand.

This is me, shooting off-hand. The shooter directly behind me has a spotting scope sitting at his eye level. (Just beyond his rifle barrel)

The second stage of fire was 10 shots fired from the sitting position in 70 seconds.

Above can be seen some of the shooters during the second stage of fire. The time limit of 70 seconds requires the use of stripper clips, although at least on shooter loaded his rounds singly. The shooter slightly to the right of center is also using a spotting scope (barely visible behind the post) during this stage, but most shooters have their hands full just working the bolt and re-loading.

This guy is Dave Behe, acting as range officer. He is holding his stopwatch and getting ready to end a stage of fire.

The third stage of fire is 10 rounds, 80 seconds, from the prone position. This stage also requires the use of strippers, I am shown above, stripping 5 rounds into my M96, after having fired my first five.

The fourth and final stage of fire is 20 rounds, fired from the prone position, in 20 minutes.

This is a prone shooter, but not too serious, as his sling is not in use!

This is the target used for the fourth stage, 20 rounds, prone, slow fire. This one has 20 holes from a 6.5mm cal. rifle.

Unlike 600 and 1000 yard matches where the targets are scored and marked "in the pits", a 100 yard match requires the shooter to walk to the target line and score/change targets.

The equipment required for these matches is rather minimal.

This shooter uses a scrap of carpet, a shooting glove, ammo in plastic boxes, spotting scope, and needs a sling. The spotting scope is optional, many shooters do not use one when firing at targets only 100 yards away.

The pic above is just a view of the firing line during the slow, prone firing.

OH, by the way, the match was won with a score of 427-7x's, by a shooter using an M96, shooting 6.5x55 handloads (Hornady 140 gr. A-Max, Mollied; 37.1 gr. 4895 surplus; Fed Gold Medal primers; mixed PMC and WIN cases). That makes the M96 Swede the winner of ALL (3) of the Mauser v/s Mosin-Nagant matches.

Complete Scores - Stolen from Walt Lysinger & the Sportmens Page J

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