WORLD WAR II VINTAGE MILITARY RIFLE MATCH
FORKS RIFLE CLUB
WORLD WAR II
VINTAGE MILITARY RIFLE MATCH
October 10, 2020
Sponsored By: Forks Rifle Club, Inc. P.O. Box 14842 Grand Forks, ND 58208-4842
Range Location: 2051 12th Ave. NE, Emerado, ND (8.5 miles west of Merrifield, ND on County Road 6)
Objective: The objective of this match is to permit the use of all as-issued military rifles, in general use in WWII, in a multirange, semi-tactical match. The match is an individual competition generally patterned after the National Trophy Infantry Team Match, “rattle battle”, which is fired as part of the service rifle matches at the National Matches at Camp Perry.
Rifle: Rifles must comply with Section 4.2 As-Issued Military Rifle Rules including the following rules which apply to all as-issued U. S. and foreign military rifles unless specific exceptions are noted in the rules:
- All as-issued military rifles must be rifles that were commonly issued to U. S. Armed Forces or to foreign military personnel.
- The rifle must be in as-issued condition, with a standard stock and sights.
- The rifle must conform to the weight and dimensional specifications of the standard-issue service rifle. Weights, bayonets may not be attached or added to the rifle, but issue oilers or cleaning kits may be placed in the stock.
- Commercial or replica versions of as-issued military rifles are not permitted.
- Rebarreling with a barrel of as-issued dimensions is permitted. A replacement barrel must have the same exact contours and cuts as the original as-issued barrel.
- Only government-issue parts or government or commercial parts of the exact same weight and dimensions may be used.
- Sights must be of the same types that were on rifles issued to regular military personnel, except that the internal diameter of rear apertures may be modified. Adjustable apertures, interchangeable inserts and lens inserts of any type are prohibited. Special purpose sights designed for sniping or competition are not permitted.
- Rifles may be accurized only by the careful assembly of standard parts.
- Flash suppressors, cheek pads, recoil pads, or stock extensions are prohibited.
- Bayonets may not be attached to As-Issued Military Rifles during competitions.
- Stocks must be as-issued stocks or replacement stocks with the same dimensions. Laminated stocks and stocks made of synthetic materials are prohibited. Broken or cracked as-issued stocks may be repaired with the use of epoxies or other chemical adhesives, provided the original as issued stock dimensions are not changed and no epoxy, adhesive or reinforcing material is used in or on any of the bedding surfaces for the rifle action or barrel.
Handgun: The handgun may be of a WWII era type, which would have been available to the troops in Europe, even though manufactured later. Individuals may choose not to shoot the handgun stage, but forfeit possible additional points.
Entries: Entry fees is $15.00. Entries will be made at the stat office starting at 8:30am the day of the match. 1st relay will commence fire 10:00am any subsequent relay will begin as soon as the previous relay is complete.
Ammunition: Each competitor will fire 32 rounds of rifle ammunition and an optional 6 rounds of handgun ammunition. There are no sighting shots. Competitors provide their own ammunition, but no tracer, armor piercing or incendiary-type ammunition or projectiles are allowed and ammunition has to be capable of being inserted into the magazine. Ammunition will be loaded off the person into the magazine of the rifle.
Equipment: No shooting coats, gloves, mats, stools or spotting scopes permitted. Recommend a military style web gear, ammo belt, bandolier or ammo bag to carry ammo. If handgun is carried, it has to be in a secure belt holster. Competitors are encouraged to utilize web gear and uniform items consistent with the rifle being used. Competitors also may want to carry a canteen with water.
Targets: Targets in each firing lane will consist of one head and shoulder, one half body, and one full body cardboard silhouette in stands. Targets will be positioned on the berm of the high power range target pit. Hits will not be scored until the relay completes the entire course of fire. The targets will be left brown.
Course of Fire: The competitors for each relay will form up on their assigned firing lane on the 600-yard firing line. On command, competitors will assume a prone, sitting or kneeling position, load five or eight rounds from the person into the magazine and fire on the selected targets individuals shooting bolt rifles will reload with three rounds and fire those rounds on the selected targets in a time period not to exceed five minutes. No artificial support other than the rifle’s sling may be used during firing. Upon completion of fire, the competitors will unload, open bolts and insert ECIs. Then competitors will be allowed two minutes to police their brass and prepare to advance to the next firing line.
Carrying their rifles (with EICs inserted) and ammunition on their person, competitors will then advance, remaining abreast, to the 300-yard firing line and repeat the firing sequence that was fired at 600 yards. Once firing is completed at 300 yards the competitors will move to the 200-yard firing line again moving abreast carrying their rifle (with EICs inserted) and ammunition on their person.
At 200 yards, competitors will repeat the firing sequence that was fired at 600 and 300 yards.
Once firing is complete at 200 yards competitors will move to 100 yards and load and fire eight shots from the magazine from the standing position in a time period of five minutes.
Once the line is cleared, officials and competitors will move down to 25 yards, ground their unload rifles and unholster their unloaded handguns. Keeping muzzles down range, on command, they will load 6 rounds. On the command, they will fire six rounds from the standing position one arm unsupported at the target of their choosing in a time period of 30 seconds. Once the six shots are fired handguns will be unloaded, cleared by the range officer and then holstered.
Competitors will recover their rifles and advance to the pit area, score the number of hits on each of the targets and patch targets. Competitors will then retrace their steps and police their brass, which should be marked with a unique color or pattern on the base.
Scoring: Each hit on the full body target is worth one point. Each hit on the half body target is worth two points. Each hit on the head and shoulders target is worth three points. Competitors must have at least one hit on each of the silhouettes or they will be disqualified. In the case of excessive hits on a competitor’s targets, the competitor will get the score from the high thirty eight rounds. Any competitor observed firing more then the allowed number of shots will be disqualified. The maximum score possible is 111 points. Ties will be broken by the number of hits on the head and shoulders target.
Awards: The competitor with the highest total score will receive a plaque.
- Tom Reiten
- Forks Rifle Club
- 2051 12th Ave NE
- North Dakota