Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

4 - 24 - 2018 - 10 - 2 - 2018 - Noon - DUSK Range 3

Event date: 5/1/2018 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM Export event

 

2018 League Match Program

(organizational meeting Tuesday, April 17 at Fran’s on 17 7:00 pm)

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The I.S.R.A. Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League will begin on the last Tuesday of April (04/24/18) and will fire every Tuesday evening, weather permitting, through the first Tuesday of October (10/02/18) for 24 scheduled nights. During the season the first relay will commence at 5:30 PM. The second relay starts 15 minutes after completion of the first. Due to diminishing light, the starting time will be moved to 5:15pm on Aug. 28, 5:00pm on Sept. 11 and 4:45pm on Sept. 25.

The matches will be held at the I.S.R.A. Range at Bonfield, IL. Membership in the Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League is not limited to I.S.R.A. members but all shooters are encouraged to join the Association and apply for a range membership. Our League activities are made possible by participants’ dues with support from the ISRA. Fees for the I.S.R.A. Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles League are:

Annual League registration    $25.00  regular members; $20 for Juniors & Seniors

Weekly match:                       $10.00  for regular members; $7.00 for Seniors; $5 for Juniors

(Juniors are members who will not reach age 21 during the season’s calendar year; Seniors will be age 62 or older during the calendar year).

League fees cover match supplies (targets, pasters, spotters, etc.), a light dinner after each Tuesday night match and end of year awards.

The League operates as an NRA Approved Tournament and scores are submitted at season end to establish or modify shooters’ NRA High Power classifications. The course of fire will be a modified 80 Shot Regional Course (NRA Rules 7.15 & 8.2) that requires 80 rounds total at 200-yards and 300- yards, over 2 weeks. The match will consist of four stages of fire, each preceded by a 2 minute period for the firing of 2 sighting shots. The stages are as follows:

First week

Standing Offhand Slow Fire

SR Target

20 rounds in 20 minutes at 200 yards

Sitting Rapid Fire

SR Target

2, 10 round strings each in 60 seconds at 200 yards

Second week

Prone Rapid Fire

SR-3 Target

2, 10 round strings each in 70 seconds at 300 yards

Prone Slow Fire

MR-63 Target

20 rounds in 20 minutes at 300 yards


On the first week, and every second week following, the 200-yard segment of the match will be fired. On the second week, and every second week following, the 300-yard segment will be fired. A League member must fire a 200-yard segment and a 300-yard segment for League scores to be recorded. Each shooter’s first 200-yard segment fired will be matched with the first 300-yard segment fired, and so on. In the event of a cancellation due to weather, the missed match will be fired on the next Tuesday and the subsequent schedule adjusted accordingly.

Current NRA High Power Rules will apply. In the absence of an applicable NRA rule in the most current rule book, CMP rules will be applied. No refires (alibis) will be allowed, due to daylight limitations. Shooters will pull targets and score for the opposite relay.

League members, including Juniors, must participate in at least 5 complete matches (10 weekly match segments) in order to qualify for League awards. Juniors must fire 3 complete matches (6 weekly match segments) to qualify for Junior awards. While any safe rifle may be used in matches, only those scores shot in compliance with NRA Rules 3.1 (Service Rifle) and 3.3 (NRA Match Rifle) will be considered for League awards. Scores will be submitted to NRA for classification purposes at the conclusion of the season. A 30 caliber specific championship will also be awarded from among those firing at least 3 complete matches with any 30 caliber vintage service rifle (M1A, M1, 1903, 1903A3, 1917; can change rifles among the 3 matches).

Note that all rules, procedures and fees herein are subject to change pending NRA, CMP and local early season rule revisions. You can email the League contact with questions at any time. [ TNIRLeague@gmail.com ]

Prospective shooters are welcome to come out any Tuesday evening to observe a match and have any questions answered.

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Equipment basics from the NRA

Rifle: Rifles to be used in High Power Rifle competition should be equipped with metallic sights or scopes. The type of sights you choose on your rifle will determine the division of the rifle. Tournament programs often group competitions into two divisions, Service Rifle and Match Rifle. The rifles currently defined as "Service Rifles" include the M1, M14, M16 and their commercial equivalents.

As of 2016 the NRA rules permit the use of scopes (max 4.5 power) and forearm rails on AR-style guns in place of the classic round handguards. See the current NRA rules for details on permitted configurations. AR style guns in Service or Match configuration have been dominant in High Power for several years now. Nonetheless a number of shooters still use classic guns from a previous era for at least some of their matches each season.

Winchester and Remington have made their Model 70 and Model 40X rifles in "match" versions and custom gunsmiths have made up match rifles on many military and commercial actions. 1903 and 1903-A3 Springfield, 1917 Enfields and pre-war Winchester Model 70 sporters in .30-06 are all equipped with clip slots for rapid reloading. Keep in mind that most vintage military and foreign military service rifles will be ineligible for the service rifle category. However, they would be eligible to compete in the "Match Rifle" category. See references in the NRA High Power Rule Book.

Whether you choose a match or service rifle, the most suitable iron rear sights are aperture or "peep" with reliable, repeatable ½ or ¼ minute adjustments. Front sights should be of either the post or


aperture type. As of 2016, scopes are permitted, subject to limitations defined in the NRA rule book. Whichever rifle division you choose, the magazine should be capable of holding at least 5 rounds of ammunition and should be adapted for rapid reloading, if you plan on competing in across the course matches.

Magazines: For AR’s, 20 round straight body and 30 round curved magazines are legal. Reduced capacity magazines (single shot, e.g. “Bob sled” or 5/10 round) magazines may be used but the external dimensions must match those of the straight 20 round mag. 30 round magazines are generally a hindrance in prone fire as they cannot be used as a rest against the ground. Service rifle AR’s must fire the standard 223/5.56 round; M14/M1A’s are limited to 7.62/308 caliber and must use the standard 10 or 20 round box magazine, while M1’s (Garands) may be in 308 or 30-06 and may use reduced capacity clips available in 1, 2 and 5 round sizes. Rapid fire matches require 1 reload during the string of 10; mags/clips or traditionally loaded 2 & 8 although 5 & 5 is permitted.

Spotting Scope: A spotting scope or a substitute optical device (perhaps binoculars to start with) is important for scoring and observing the placement of shot spotters on the target. The beginning shooter will benefit from the use of about any scope which gives an erect image. The most suitable spotting scopes, however, have a magnification of from 20 to 25 power and an objective lens at least 50mm in diameter. Eyepieces angled at 45 to 90 degrees are convenient for using the scope without disturbing the shooting position.

Shooting Coat: The shooting coat is equipped with elbow, shoulder and sling non-slip pads which contribute to the shooter's comfort and ability to hold position. Since there are several styles of shooting coats of varying cost, the shooter is advised to try several out and discuss options with members before making an investment.

Shooting Glove: The shooting glove's primary function is to protect the forward hand from the pressure of the sling. Any heavy glove will serve the purpose until the shooter makes a final choice among several shooting gloves available.

Ammunition: Most competitors eventually learn to handload (reload) their cartridges. Careful handloading will yield ammunition less expensive and more accurate than commercially available. Tracer, incendiary and armor-piercing ammunition are prohibited.

Misc: Slow fire” each round is loaded one at a time; a mag must be in place.

“Rapid fire” – 2 mags or clips are used for each string of 10, loaded as either 2 & 8 or 5 & 5. Non-box magazine rifles, such as the 1903, use 2 stripper clips for rapid loading of 5.

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The list of equipment can seem daunting at first but many a shooter has begun with just eye and ear protection, an M-16 style, iron-sighted AR, some commercial ammo, a pair of binoculars instead of a spotting scope and a piece of carpet remnant in place of a shooting mat. As your skills develop you will be better able to determine what equipment might facilitate your progress. The shooters at the weekly matches are always willing to answer questions or allow a newcomer to try out a piece of gear.

You can also shoot your first weekly match without being required to register for the League. Come out any Tuesday between 4:30 and 5:00 to get oriented – it’s not necessary to attend the organizational meeting prior to the season, although all are welcome.

E-mail TNIRLeague@gmail.com with questions and for further information.

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