Vintage Rifle Matches are held on the third Saturday of every month from 10am–12pm.
Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the match for setup and sign-in. Order of sign-in will determine relay assignment, as needed. Shooting position assignments for each relay are by mutual agreement among competitors. All shooting will be done from a covered concrete firing line; shooting mats and spotting scopes are strongly recommended, and some loaner mats may be available.
Military rifles manufactured by any country prior to 1964, plus the United States M14/M1A, are eligible for these matches. Rifles should be as-issued (i.e., not “sporterized”) with original military sights and must conform to CMP Games Competition Rule 4.2. If space is available in the match, participants using rifles equipped with aftermarket sights (including original or reproduction sniper scopes. or reproduction sniper rifles), which otherwise conform CMP Games Competition Rule 6.0, may be allowed to compete using handicap targets with reduced-size X- and 10-rings.
Note: Muzzle brakes are not allowed in Vintage Rifle matches.
Matches in odd-numbered months are for manual turnbolt action rifles, including (but not limited to): Model 1917, Pattern 14, Long Lee-Enfield, Krag-Jorgenson, Madsen, Mauser, MAS, Mosin-Nagant, Ross, SMLE, Springfield, Steyr, Arisaka, and Vergueiro.
Matches in even-numbered months are for semi-automatic action rifles, including (but not limited to): M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1903MKI with Pedersen Device, M1A, SVT 40, StG 44 copy (semi-automatic only, not rimfire), Mondragon, BAR copy (semi-automatic only).
The course of fire for Vintage Rifle Matches (with semi-automatic rules in parentheses if different) is 30 rounds for record fire, shot in three phases:
- Prone, slow fire, 10 rounds in 10 minutes.
- Standing-to-Prone, rapid fire, 5+5 (2+8) rounds in 80 seconds.
- Standing, slow fire, 10 rounds in 10 minutes.
A five minute sighter period (unlimited round count) takes place prior to the first phase. Targets are standard SR-1. The rapid fire phase requires reloading; shooters of manual turnbolt rifles should bring at least one stripper clip, and shooters of semi-automatic rifles should bring at least two magazines or en bloc clips.