M1 Garand/Vintage Military Rifle Matches
Match Dates: Match dates for 2013: March 30, June 29, August 31, and November 30.
Information: The John C. Garand Match was instituted at the National Matches at Camp Perry in 1998, drawing 380 competitors. This program has expanded to ranges everywhere, and in 2005, 1400 shooters competed at the Nationals.
Our program pledges to be a fun oriented introduction to Highpower Rifle competition where you can compete and have fun with your historic rifle.
Location: Sacramento Valley Shooting Center Highpower Range, 15501 Meiss Road, Sloughhouse/Rancho Murieta, CA.
Entry Fee: $10.00. There is no charge for Juniors ages 16-20.
Course of Fire: CMP Course "A", 300 point aggregate fired at 200 yards.
Start Time: Sign in and Squadding will be from 0730 to 0830 followed by a safety briefing. The match begins at 0900. You are encouraged to pre-register. Please arrive well before 0830 to register if not pre-registered.
Eligible Rifles: Although this match is geared toward "as issued" vintage Militaryrifles of the type adopted and issued prior to 1946, you will be able to compete with any WWI or WWII rifle with iron sights. Scoped rifles are not allowed. Rifles having "Match" modifications will compete in a separate "Match Class". Match modifications include NM or micro front and rear sights, glass bedding, heavy match grade barrels, etc. Your M1, M1 Carbine, Johnson, Springfield, Krag, Enfield, Mosin, Mauser, etc. is eligible as long as it essentially conforms to the "vintage" criteria. Slings must meet "as issued" criteria. Entrants may compete with Modern Military Rifles, and will be placed in the Match classification.
Ammunition: You must provide your own ammunition for this match. Be certain that your ammunition is safe for your rifle, and that your rifle will feed and function in a rapid fire stage with your ammunition. Bring at least 50 rounds with at least three clips or magazines.
Empty Chamber Indicator: (O.B.I., Chamber Flag, etc.) All competitors must use and Empty Chamber Indicator. These are available at the range office or may be purchased at the Match for $1.00.
Safety: Safety procedures will conform to NRA and CMP guidelines. Be especially careful while handling your rifle. Pay close attention at the safety briefing. All rifles msut have their bolts open and Empty Chamber Indicators in place unless you are in position on the firing line. Eye and ear protection are required for all competitors.
The Program: The course of fire will be CMP course "A" fired on the "SR" target (200 yards). The schedule will be as follows:
- Stage One: Five sighter shots and ten shots for record, Prone, in 15 minutes.
- Stage Two: Ten shots rapid fire for record, Standing to Prone in 80 seconds.
- Stage Three: Ten shots for record, slow fire Standing, in 10 minutes.
Each stage will be preceded by a three minute preparation period. Relay 1 will shoot, relay 2 will score, relay 3 will pull and mark targets. Next, 2 will shoot, 1 will score and coach and 3 will again pull and mark. Lastly, 3 will shoot while 1 scores and coaches, and 2 pulls and marks targets. It is our intent to provide plenty of coaching for new shooters. If you have prior Highpower experience and are willing to coach a new shooter, you will hopefully not have to pull pit duty! You will be on relay 1.
Awards: Awards will be given in each catagory having three or more shooters. Categories will be announced at the match.
Note: This match meets the shooting requirements for purchase of an M1 Garand or Springfield rifle from the CMP. It does not meet the requirements for the NRA Highpower Competitor classification.
To prepare for this match: Bring your rifle zeroed for 100 or 200 yards with the ammo you are using. Bring three clips or magazines and 50 rounds.
Bring a stool, a mat or piece of carpet, and a spotting scope or binoculars. Also bring a pen, and drinks and food. If you hope to do well, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PRACTICE THE SHOOTING POSITIONS!!