We created this match so that we can use our ARs, AKs, and other military type full/semi auto rifles. We will call it USAR (Ugly and Sinister Assault Rifle) match.
Rifles: Any military style rifle capable of firing semi-auto can be used in our USAR match. The rifle must be chambered in its original caliber and be between 22 to 30 caliber. Optical sights or scopes will be allowed, and the rifle may be equipped with a bipod and/or sling.
Equipment: Allowed equipment will include only those items the soldier would have in the field. Field packs, rucksacks, binoculars, helmets, etc. may be used. A small roll-up mat or tarp, elbow pads, and recoil-shield may also be used for shooting. No coaching will be allowed except the score keeper. No laser range finders, spotting scopes, or high power equipment like shooting gloves or coats will be allowed. Open bolt indicators are required and must be installed anytime the shooter is not actually firing or preparing to fire.
Ammunition: May be loaded with soft nosed, hollow point, or Full Metal Jacket bullets. No armor piercing or tracer ammunition will be allowed. This includes SS-109 62gr green tip military ammo, as it has penetrators within the bullet.
Rifles: Any military bolt-action sniper rifle of pre-1950 design. An original bolt-action military (not sporterized) sniper rifle or reasonable replica and chambered for its original military cartridge may be used. Scopes must be a fixed power of 6X or less. Replicas (make-up guns) may have receiver-mounted scopes or “Scout Mount” scopes as on the German Z-141. As the original military sniper rifles can be very expensive, we would like to encourage the use of military bolt action rifles which were at some point sporterized and equipped with a scope. If such a rifle is then fitted with the appropriate original military stock/hardware, it will be a close approximation to a true, original sniper rifle but much more affordable. The idea here is not to ruin the value of older military bolt action rifles in their original condition by drilling and tapping them for scope mounts.
Equipment: Since our Sniper Match is intended to simulate a lone shooter on a mobile mission, allowed equipment will include only those items the soldier would have in the field. Field packs, rucksacks, binoculars, helmets, etc. may be used. A small roll-up mat or tarp, elbow pads, and recoil-shield may also be used for shooting. No coaching will be allowed except by the score keeper. No laser range finders and no spotting scopes will be allowed. Wearing of period uniforms is encouraged to enhance the experience, but is not required.
Ammunition: Ammunition may be loaded with soft nosed, hollow point, or Full Metal Jacket bullets. No armor piercing, or tracer ammunition will be allowed.
It is extremely expensive and takes a lot of work to repair targets which have had holes punched into them due to careless shooting, and due to recent damage to the targets at Golden Spike Range, the linked PDF file should be downloaded and read before shooting in any of our matches. This document will tell you which calibers and bullets may be used on which targets. If, after reading this document, you are still unsure about which targets are available for shooting, PLEASE ASK a range manager before firing.
Eye protection is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED on or near the firing line, and this includes spectators. This rule will be strongly enforced. Ear protection, while not required, is strongly recommended.
Safety, of course, is the first and foremost point of attention in the match. We are using real firearms and live ammunition to participate in a sport that we love. With that comes the serious responsibility to pay attention to what you and those around you are doing. Everyone is a range officer, and has the responsibility to see that every shooter conducts themselves in a safe manner. Each range will have their own specific safety rules. Pay attention to, and abide by their rules. The result will be an unending source of shooting fun.