What is ‘High Power Rifle’?
Generally speaking, ‘High Power Rifle’ or ‘HP Rifle’ refers to formal NRA-sanctioned rifle matches.  There are a number of different formats – Conventional High Power Rifle, also known as ‘Across the Course’ or ‘XTC’, Mid-range Prone, Long-range Prone, and International Fullbore.  Here at NCWGC, our events are primarily Mid-range Prone, with a Fullbore match on occasion.

The matches themselves are further broken up by equipment category. People shooting with a shooting coat, glove, sling compete in a different category than folks shooting “F-Class”, and there are some further subdivisions in each of those categories as well. Scores in matches are submitted to the NRA, and shooters can gain classification (Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert, etc.) based on their performance.  In the event you participate in a match with enough competitors in your category, competitors may be split up based on similar classifications. By a large margin, most new competitors at NCWGC fall into either ‘F-class’ or ‘AR Tactical Rifle’.   The short version of what each group looks like is this:

  • F-class ‘Target Rifle’ aka ‘FTR’
    • .308 Winchester or .223 Remington *only*
    • Bipod, and rear bag
    • Max weight of gun, including scope, bipod and anything attached to the gun is 8.25 kg, or about 18 lbs 2 oz.
  • F-class Open aka ‘F-Open’
    • Any caliber under .35 cal
    • Rifle may be shot from  bipod or front rest, and a rear bag.
    • Fore-end of the rifle may not be wider that 76 mm, or just under 3″.
    • Max weight of gun, including scope and anything attached, is 10 kg, or about 22 lbs.
  • AR Tactical Rifle
    • Limited to .223 Rem / 5.56 NATO, or anything .308 Win / 7.62 NATO and below (two sub groups).
    • Max barrel length of 20″.
    • Rifle may be fired from bipod and rear bag, or off a field-expedient rest like a backpack or ruck sack.
    • Max weight of gun, including scope and anything attached to it is 14 lbs.
    • Minimum trigger pull of 4.5 lbs, similar to NRA Service Rifle.
    • Intent of class is decidedly ‘tactical’ in nature.  Bipods must be able to fold and stow, rear bags cannot have ‘ears’ i.e. bean bags vs. benchrest-style filled with heavy sand, etc.

Those are just the basics.  A few things apply to all categories – no muzzle brakes, compensators or suppressors allowed, but ‘flash hiders’ are okay.  Also, all NRA prone matches are considered ‘slow fire’ i.e. you have to single load each shot – which is a little tricky, but doable, with magazine-fed rifles like AR-15s. That said… unless you have an exceptionally obnoxious brake, we probably aren’t going to turn you away from the matches at NCWGC – but we can’t in good faith turn your scores in to the NRA for classification, nor will you be eligible for awards. For more details on the classes, please check out these articles on F-class, AR Tactical Rifle, and the NRA HP Rifle Rulebook.  If, after reading those sources, you have further questions please feel free to contact us. The (semi) monthly 600yd practices are much less formal, and generally ‘anything goes’ – as long as it’s safe!  If you *are* running a brake, we encourage you to bring a blast shield of some sort to help protect shooters to either side of you.  The practices are (generally) held the first Saturday of the month, from 10 am til noon.   We shoot on ShotMarker electronic targets, so bring some kind of web-enabled device (phone, tablet, laptop) to see your shots!  If you’ve never shot @ 600yds before, please try to show up with a firearm that is at least well-zeroed @ 100 yards.  With modern ballistic calculators, we can get you pretty close in relatively few shots.  After that, it’s all on you! The actual NRA events tend to be what are referred to as ‘3×600’ matches.  Basically, three ‘strings’ of 20 shots for score @ 600 yards.  More specifically, you get two ‘sighting shots’ (or ‘sighters’) to get a feel for the conditions, and then twenty record shots, in a time limit of 22 minutes.  Competitors will be squadded in two or more ‘relays’, with one relay shooting, while the other keeps track of the scores.  The relays will alternate shooting and scoring until all firing is done.  Usually we have a five minute ‘unlimited sighter’ or ‘blow-off’ period immediately prior to the first string for each relay.  Coaching is allowed during the unlimited sighter period, so if you need a little help getting on target, just ask before hand and someone will help you out.

For the ‘visual learners’ out there, here is a video from the fine folks up in Alberta showing a brief overview of Prone/Fullbore target shooting.  

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If there are not sufficient people signed up in advance for a particular event, it will be cancelled.

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  • Informal 600yd practices typically held the first Saturday of the month from 10 am til noon, except for match dates (listed above) and of course, weather dependent.  These practices are open to all firearms, not just NRA competition style guns.  We just ask that you have at *least* a solid 100yd zero before coming out – we’ll help you from there!

As noted above, the weather up on Fancher Heights sometimes doesn’t play nice.  In the summer it gets broiling hot on that concrete pad (there are plans for installing a cover, but we’re not there yet), and in the winter… that lovely high fog / low clouds from the local temperature inversion sets in, and it’s 50/50 (at best) whether we can see 100 yards, much less 600.

We understand that not everyone can make it to every practice or match – but at the same time, there’s a lot of work involved in setting up for any event, especially if turnout is minimal. As such we are requesting that if you are planning to attend, please fill out this form. Subscribe to the mailing list to keep informed about the events. Yes, we already mentioned both of these. It bears repeating

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