This is a discussion on NRA Rules Simplified for the beginning competitor within the Rifle Competition forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; NRA Rules Simplified as it applies to beginners
For beginning competitors, reading and comprehending the numerous rules in the NRA rulebook can make it very ...
For beginning competitors, reading and comprehending the numerous rules in the NRA rulebook can make it very confusing for many. Hopefully this attempt at simplifying the rules as they apply to the beginning shooter will make the transition from a recreational shooter to a knowledgeable competitor a bit easier.
There are way too many rules for the beginning competitor to concern him/herself with at the onset of their exposure to competitive service rifle shooting.
If your M1 or M-14 type rifle is built in USGI configuration, most likely it is safe to assume that it is legal to shoot in SRC, as long as the trigger is no less than 4 ˝ lbs in pull and it has a standard USGI style stock. No external modifications are allowed from the USGI configuration with the exception of NM sights. No automatic capable rifles allowed.
If your M-16 type rifle is in the USGI A1, A2 or M4 configuration would also be safe to assume its legality. The same applies for the trigger and stock. No external modifications are allowed from the USGI configuration with the exception of NM sights. No automatic capable rifles allowed.
You are able to use the following basic items:
Shooting Glove, Shooting Jacket, Military type Sling and a shooting mat as well as a spotting scope
Scoring your targets. In most cases you won’t be scoring your own targets, however you would most likely be scoring someone else’s so it would be a good idea to have a basic knowledge of how to go about it. Obviously if a round doesn’t penetrate inside the rings then the score would be a zero. If a hole in the target breaks the edge of a particular ring of the target the next higher scoring ring would be counted. Xs are for tiebreakers. Two shooters each with a score of 333, one with 2xs and the other has 4. The one with the 4 would be the winner of the two.
The biggest thing to concern yourself with at the onset of competition shooting is safety and then being prepared. Make a list and as the old saying goes, check it twice. You wouldn’t want to get to the range only to find out that you only have one magazine and you need two for rapid-fire strings. Plan ahead and most of all have fun!
The rest of the rules can be learned as you go. Remember there are always more experienced competitors that are willing to help you out with questions. You can’t learn everything overnight.