UNSC Practical Rifle – Oct 2014

As is our custom, we spent the first Saturday of the month at the Upper Nisqually Sportsman Club, shooting the monthly rifle match.

For the first two thirds of the match, I was actually ahead of Craig.  I counted my eggs before they hatched though.  The final three stages destroyed me, and I ended up finishing far worse than he did. Figures.  I shot really poorly where I expected to, and didn’t make any stupid mistakes, so I feel OK about that.  Typical autumn in Washington weather… Started off overcast, sprinkled a little, got super sunny and hot, then transitioned back into overcast, we had a few big-rain-drop type showers, then it all cleared up again.  I left my eye and ear protection in another bag.  Luckily Craig had some spare foam earplugs in his bag and I was able to wear some sunglasses from my car.

Scope corrections.  Target -Distance – Mils to dial


Match Description follows:
100 Yard range will have three banks of our mini targets.

Left                                            Center                                   Right
6 Square targets                    6 Rectangle targets             6  Diamond targets
16  sq   inches                        10″ sq inches                        7.5 sq inches

All three stages are 6 rounds in 60 seconds, two points per hit.

Stage 1.  Square rack:  Begin kneeling next to the small roof top that will be tipped onto it’s side so as to be used as a support if desired.  Shooter begins standing at low ready, bolt open, loaded magazine is OK.  On start signal, engage the six targets on the rack with one shot each.  All shooting shall be done from kneeling position.

Stage 2.  Rectangle rack:  Begin seated, rifle on the ground in front of shooter.  Rifle will have an empty chamber, magazine may be loaded.  On start signal, shooter engages the six targets on the rack with one round each.  Shooter must remain in seated position while shooting.  

Stage 3.  Diamond rack:  Begin standing with empty rifle in hands, at low ready.  No magazine or ammo in rifle.  On start signal, engage the six diamond targets with one round each.

All these strings are to be shot without any pillows, butt stock bags, or any other support than the rifle, sling, bipod, or provided range equipment such as the side of the rooftop prop.

I had this great bun that I kept trying to capture unsuccessfully

This prop is called “The Doghouse”



550 RANGE LAYOUT
535 Yards:   60% IPSC                    50% IPSC                           T6
500 Yards:   50% IPSC                    60% IPSC                           T5
435 Yards:   12″ square                   12″ round                            T4  
325 Yards:    heads & halves          50% IPSC                           T3
300 Yards:    40% IPSC                   Hostage flapper target      T2
200 Yards:    6″ square                     8″ round                               T1      

Kevin, busy “Match Directing.”

Craig is behind a spotting scope.  The targets are far enough away that you cannot tell if they’ve been hit without magnification.  When someone makes a hit, the spotter calls out “IMPACT.”  Some spotters will call out “MISS” too… you know… if you miss.  They don’t call “HIT” because it sounds too close to “MISS” when you’re wearing earplugs and stressed out/firing a rifle.



ALL STAGES FOR THE  550 YARD RANGE WILL BE 6 ROUNDS IN 90 SECONDS, TWO POINTS PER HIT.  START AND STOP WILL BE SIGNALED BY A WHISTLE.  OVERTIME SHOTS ACCRUE A TWO (2) POINT PENALTY

STAGE 4 (LEFT SIDE)  Shooting position is seated with any support desired.  Begin standing holding all gear in hands, or otherwise on the shooter.  On start signal, shooter will engage targets near to far, shooting only the big head (not the hostage) on the heads & halves target.  Hits on the no shoot are minus 2 points.   Tripods, or the prop placed at the shooting position may be used for additional support if desired.   

STAGE 5 (RIGHT SIDE)  Shooting position is kneeling with any support desired.  Begin standing holding all gear in hands, or otherwise on the shooter.  On start signal, shooter will engage targets near to far with one round on each.  Only one round shall be fired at the hostage flapper target.  Hits on the no shoot are minus 1 point.   Tripods, or the prop placed at the shooting position may be used for additional support if desired.

STAGE 6 (LEFT SIDE) Begin standing with rifle placed on the ground at the shooting area completely empty, bipod folded, magazine out of rifle if possible.  Magazine can be loaded, but not in rifle.  On start, engage T2, T5, T4, T6, then one shot @ each  head target on the heads & halves target rack.  Hits on the no shoot heads (the full sized ones) are minus one point.

STAGE 7 (RIGHT SIDE)  Begin standing with rifle placed on the ground at the shooting area, completely empty, bipod folded, magazine out of rifle if possible.  Magazine can be loaded, but not in rifle.  On start engage T6, T1, T5, T3, then two shots at the flapper on the flapper/hostage target.  Hits on the no shoot are minus 1 point.

STAGE 8 (LEFT SIDE) DOGHOUSE.  Begin standing, magazine in rifle, chamber empty.  May not chamber a round until rifle is on target.  On start enter the doghouse and alternate large/small, large/small, large/small on the heads & halves target rack.  No prone allowed.  Range bags, or other devices (pillows, or butt stock bags) used for additional support must be carried/held by the shooter prior to the start signal.

STAGE 9 (RIGHT SIDE) PARAPET.  Using the mid height level of the parapet.  Begin standing, rifle at low ready, chamber empty, magazine loaded.  May not chamber a round until rifle is on first target.  On start signal, engage the flapper target with one round, then T1, engage flapper target with one round, then T3, engage flapper target with one round, then T4.  Hits on the no shoot target are minus 1 point per hit.  Only allowable support will be rifle, bipod and sling.

It started pouring down rain right before I was supposed to start shooting.  I was trying to keep my fancy bun dry, so I wrapped my head up in my scarf, and the guys all decided that I looked like an old Russian lady.  After we finished shooting, I took down a really heavy target rack on my own, and they all made Russian lady jokes again.

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