Blazing sun, mid-90s, high humidity, hot barrels and full-length jackets. Perfect conditions for my second High Power Rifle competition of the season. Sarcasm aside, it was a hoot. Thanks to ArmaLite’s generous loan of a National Match M-15 Service Rifle and Wilson Combat’s donation of 100 rounds of match grade 69gr .223 Remington ammunition, I held my own. Well, theirs . . .
The recently repaired ArmaLit M-15‘s running like a dream. Swapping out the bolt carrier group fixed previously reported issues. Even in the hot and humid weather the rifle performed flawlessly. If only my own performance had been as good . . .
No barn sides were molested during the 200-yard standing slow fire competition. My shots were constantly falling low, even though the sighters said I was on target. I was consistently low and in the same general area; a quick adjustment should have fixed it. But it didn’t. Needless to say, I’ll be working on this before the next match.
There was some mis-communication between the pit and the line. My logbook doesn’t exactly match up with the record (posted at the bottom). My logbook says three misses, the record only reflects one. Either way, ug.
I dropped five rounds outside the black shooting 200-yards sitting rapid fire. Better but not good and certainly not great. The grouping was much tighter than last time, when I was racking the charging handle and re-positioning the ArmaLite M-15 with each shot.
After the match, the RO gave me the benefit of his sage advice: keep my right elbow on my right knee. That should eliminate some of that wobble. The majority of my experience in this type of shooting is from Olympic smallbore (which uses kneeling not sitting; any help transitioning into this new sport is most welcome.
My performance in the 300-yard prone rapid fire part of the contest yielded roughly the same score as last time out, but the groups were much smaller and more consistent. I tried to adjust the elevation to move my shots into the X ring. I guess I didn’t put enough dope on the gun.
- 200 Yards Standing Slow Fire – 144 1x
- 200 yards sitting rapid fire – 180 2x
- 300 yards prone rapid fire – 176
- 600 yards prone slow fire – 177 2x
- FINAL SCORE – 677 5x
Combined with my other scores, this weekend’s tally should classify me in the NRA’s “Sharpshooter” category.
[FYI: “Marksman” is the lowest classification, a catch-all for everyone scoring less than a 672 in an 800 agg match. “Sharpshooter” requires a score of 672-712. “Expert” clocks-in at 712-752. “Master” between 752-776 and “High Master” above 776.]
Nothing in the world can describe the feeling when the target pops up and the scoring disk is marking it as an “X” (in the picture above, I’m shooting at target #5). The trick, of course, is doing that all the time, every time.