Eastern Nebraska Gun Club

High Power Rifle / CMP

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XTC  High Power Rifle Matches
High Power Rifle matches are contests of marksmanship skill where competitors shoot at paper targets. In a Conventional High Power Rifle match, also known as “Across the Course” or “XTC”, the Standing and Rapid Fire Sitting stages are fired at 200 yards, the Rapid Fire Prone stage at 300 yards, and the Slow Prone stage at 600 yards. NRA matches allow sighter shots before each stage.
Targets are mounted on frames in “pits” behind a berm of earth. Competitors take turns in the pits to pull and score targets for the other competitors on the firing line. Competitors are rotated by “relay”. While one relay is shooting, a second relay logs the scores (at the firing line) and a third relay is working the targets in the pits. Once a competitor is assigned a relay and the match starts, they must remain for the entire match even if their rifle breaks or they have a bad day and wish to withdraw from shooting.
Slow Fire stage requires competitors to load each round individually and to fire one shot at a time. Each individual target is lowered after each shot, marked with the shot location and the value, and raised to be scored and exposed for the next shot. Usually shooters have as many minutes to fire that stage as there are shots to fire. For example, a ten-shot slow fire string will have a time limit of ten minutes.
A Rapid Fire stage consists of firing a ten-round string within a specified time limit. At CMP matches, shooters start in a standing position. When the targets are exposed, competitors go into a Sitting/Kneeling or Prone position (depending on the stage being fired), fire the rounds in their magazines, change magazines or reload, and finish shooting the string.  At NRA matches, shooters start in position. The time limit is 60 seconds per string for Sitting/Kneeling and 70 seconds for Prone.
For Rapid Fire stages, the targets are left in the raised position for the entire string. When time has expired, the target frame is pulled into the pits, each shot hole is marked, the shot values noted and marked on a chalkboard. This chalkboard is hung on the target frame and the whole frame is raised up to be viewed by the shooter and scorer.
High Power Rifle competition is broken down into Service Rifle and Match Rifle divisions. Service Rifles are actual military or civilian versions of rifles that are, or were, standard issue rifles for our armed forces. The approved Service Rifles are the M-1, M-14 (M-1A), M-110 Series and M-16 (AR-15).
Match Rifles are custom built rifles that are limited by few rules. An NRA Match Rifle must have metallic sights and be capable of holding at least five rounds in the magazine. Match Rifles can shoot any safe ammunition up to .35 caliber.  There is also a division called Any Sight Match Rifle/Tactical Rifles, which allows the use optical sights. Muzzle brakes are not allowed on any rifles.

Besides your rifle and ammunition, other equipment may include a special shooting jacket. It keeps you tight, especially in the Standing position.  A sling is used to hold the rifle firmly and is very important for good scores in the Rapid fire and Slow Prone stages. A glove for the hand that holds the rifle forearm will help pad the forward hand from sling pressure. A mat makes the prone position more comfortable and can also be used in the sitting position. Many shooters use a hat to shade light for a better view of the sights. A shooting stool is useful to hold the equipment  plus magazines, ammunition, eye protection, data book, etc. and they are handy when you sit and score for another shooter.

An optical aid is necessary to view your shot value and placement as well as score other shooters. A spotting scope is preferred over binoculars. Binoculars are more cumbersome, but they can get a novice started in the sport. A spotting scope allows you to be able to see your shots in slow fire and helps you center your groups while remaining in position. A higher quality scope will allow you to see the mirage downrange. This helps to gauge wind magnitude and direction changes. It also allows the shooter to see small bullet holes at longer ranges.. A spotting scope with the eye piece angled at 45 degrees is by far the most desirable.

Detailed programs for each ENGC High Power Rifle match are located at http://highpowerinnebraska.com/default.aspx  Match programs list dates and times, entry fee, course of fire, awards, rifles allowed, and any rules which may or may not apply to that specific match or tournament.

  • The 600 yard range is closed UFN.

    ENGC Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
    Next ENGC Board of Directors Meeting: 6pm, 16 Jan 2018.

    Next ENGC General Membership Meeting: 7pm, 16 Jan 2018.

    Check the Range Schedule (link below) before heading out to the range!

    “The ENGC is an NRA and CMP Affiliated club.”



See the ENGC Range Schedule for details.
2018 ENGC Range Schedule v2