Eastern Nebraska Gun Club

Mid-Range Rifle

Mid-Range Prone High Power Rifle Matches

Mid-Range Prone Matches at ENGC are fired at 600 yards. They are basically the same as the Slow Fire prone stage of an XTC match, and the same equipment is used.  Sighter shots are allowed before each stage. There are usually 3 stages of 20 record shots each at the ENGC Mid-Range Prone matches.


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.


A 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.


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 preferred for Mid-Range.  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 of optical sights.  Muzzle brakes are not allowed on any rifles.


Besides your rifle and ammunition, other equipment may include a special shooting jacket.  A sling is used to hold the rifle firmly and is important for good scores. 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. 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. 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