3.1 Service Rifle-U.S. Rifle, Caliber.30 MI or caliber 7.62 nim Ml, as issued by the U.S. Armed Forces, or the same type and caliber of commercially manufactured rifle, having not less than 4 1/2 pound trigger pull, with standard
type stock and standard type leather or web sling. External alterations to the assembled arm will not be allowed. The application of synthetic coatings, which includes those containing powdered metal, to the interior of the stock to
improve bedding is authorized provided the coating does not interfere with the function or operation of safety features. The front and rear sights must be United States Army design, but may vary in dimensions of rear sight aperture and front sight blade. The internal parts of the rifle may be specially fitted and include alterations that will improve the functioning and accuracy of the arm, provided such alterations in no way interfere with the proper functioning of the safety devices as manufactured. (A device consisting of a modified cartridge clip that is intended to permit single loading from the clip into the chamber during slow fire is considered an internal alteration to improve functioning and is permissible under this rule.)
3.1.1 Service Rifle-U.S. Rifle, Caliber 7.62 min M 14 as issued by the U.S. Armed Forces or the same type and caliber of commercially manufactured rifle, having not less than a 4 1/2 pound trigger pull, with standard type stock
of wood or synthetic material. Must be no more than 2 inches wide at a point immediately to the rear of the front band, no more than 2.5 inches wide at the front and rear of the receiver, and have a continuous taper from receiver to front band. Width at receiver may be carried through to the butt plate, which may be the flat M-1 or hinged M-14 plate and standard leather or web sling. The rifle must be so adjusted as to be incapable of automatic fire without removing the stock and changing parts. In all courses and in all positions the 20-round box magazine or a reduced capacity magazine of the same external dimensions will
be allowed. The hinged butt plate will be used only in the folded position. The gas system must be fully operational. External alterations to the assembled arm will not be allowed. The application of synthetic coatings, which includes those containing powdered metal, to the interior of the stock to improve bedding is authorized provided the coating does not interfere with the function or operation of safety features. The front and rear sights must be of United
States Army design, but may vary in dimensions of rear sight aperture and front sight blade. The internal parts of the rifle may be specially fitted and include alterations that will improve the functioning and accuracy of the arm, provided such alterations in no way interfere with the proper functioning of the safety devices as manufactured. For stock dimension see diagram.
Stock Dimensions for M-14/M-1-A.
Assembled Rifle Height from bench (baseline)-All measurements are maximum allowable except "E"
A -Depth immediately behind stock ferrule - 3 1/4"
B -Depth at front end of trigger housing bedding pads - 4"
C -Depth at front toe of pistol grip - 6 1/8"
D -Depth at toe of stock - 8"
E -From rear of magazine (inserted and locked), across top of magazine release to toe of pistol grip - not less than 6 1/4"
F -Width at front end of trigger housing bedding pads - 2 1/2"
G -Total length from tip of suppressor to butt plate - 45" Stock Alone
H -Width immediately behind stock ferrule - 2''
I -Width at rear ofstock- 2 1/2''
J -Depth immediately behind front stock ferrule - 1 3/4''
K -Depth where tips of trigger housing bedding pads will rest - 2''
L -Depth from toe of pistol grip to comb of stock - 4 1/2''
M -Depth at buttplate - 5 1/2"
N -Total length from stock ferrule - 33 1/2" with butt plate (minimum 32 1/2")
3.1.2 Service Rifle-U.S. Rifle, Caliber 5.56 min M16 series as issued by the U.S. Armed Forces, or the same type and caliber of commercially procured rifle, without bipod or grenade launcher, having not less than a 41/2 pound trigger pull, with standard-type stock, pistol grip, handguard, and leather or web sling. The rifle must be so modified as to be incapable of automatic fire without removing, replacing, or altering parts. In all courses of fire and in all positions the standard 20-round or 30-round box magazine or a reduced
capacity magazine of the same external dimensions will be attached. The gas system must be fully operational. External alterations to the barrel, upper and lower receivers, stock, handguard, or pistol grip will not be allowed, except that a device may be attached to prevent selector lever movement to the auto
position. The front and rear sights must be the standard design. The rear sight aperture and front sight width may vary in dimensions to suit the shooter. The rear sight aperture may be hooded. Versions or adaptations of the M-16 type rifle consisting of external modifications or alterations, will be shot as an NRA
Match Rifle, except as allowed in Rule 3.1.3. The trigger weight of these versions or adaptations will not be less than 4 1/2 pounds, except as noted in Rule 3.3. 1. A case deflector (DVC-T-30 or commercial equivalent) is allowed.
3.1.3 Service Rifle- Any rifle or modified rifle not covered by NRA Rules
3.1, 3.1.1, or 3.1.2, but permitted by CMP rules are considered service rifles in NRA sanctioned competition.
3.1.4 Foreign Service Rifle - Any center fire, self-loading rifle, as issued for general service by the armed forces of any nation (except rifles described in NRA Rules 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2 and 3.1.3), or the same type and caliber of commercially manufactured rifle, having not less than a 4 1/2 pound trigger pull, with standard type stock and standard leather or web sling. In all courses and in all positions the standard 20-round or 30-round box magazine will be attached. A hinged butt plate, if installed, will be used only in the folded position. The gas system, if any, must be fully operational. External alterations to the stock will not be allowed. The application of synthetic coatings, which includes those containing powdered metal, to the interior of the stock to improve bedding is authorized provided the coating does not interfere with the original design, but may vary in dimensions of rear sight aperture and front sight blade. The internal parts of the rifle may be specially fitted and include alterations which will improve the functioning and accuracy of the arm, provided such alterations in no way interfere with the proper functioning of the safety devices as manufactured. Such rifles will be fired in the NRA Match Rifle Division.
3.1.5 As Issued M-1 Garand-U.S. Rifle, Caliber.30 M-1 (.30-06), as issued by the U.S. Armed Forces or the same type and caliber of commercially manufactured rifle, having not less than a 4 1/2 pound trigger, pull, with standard stock and leather or web sling. Rifles in the ''as issued'' class must conform to the weight and dimensions ofthe standard CMP issue M-l Garand, and only U.S. Government issue parts, or commercial parts of the exact same material, weight and dimensions, may be used. Rifles may he accurized only to the extent possible by the careful assembly of standard parts. No other- '' modification or alteration of the ''as issued'' rifle is permitted. Match officials are encouraged to disallow participation in the As Issued M-1 Garand Class of any rifle not complying with the spirit of the rules, which is competition between competitors firing equal equipment. Only.30-06 ammunition will be' used. Competition in the ''as issued'' class is limited to Unclassified, Marks- man and Sharpshooter classifications. (Match sponsors are encouraged to obtain standard service issue .30 caliber ammunition from the CMP for issue to competitors immediately prior to the event).
3.2 Any Rifle-A rifle with no restrictions on sights or accessories, except that it must be safe to competitors and range personnel. Ammunition will be restricted to no larger than .35 caliber. (Attention is directed to safety fan limitations of various ranges. Individual ranges may further restrict ammunition). The provisions of Rule 3.16.1 apply to this definition.
3.3 NRA Match Rifle-A center fire rifle with metallic sights and a magazine capable of holding not less than 5 rounds.
(a) See Rule 3.14, Palm Rest.
(b) A service rifle may be used as a match rifle unless otherwise stated in the program. Any service rifle used as an NRA Match Rifle shall conform to Rules 3.1, 3. 1. 1, or 3.1.2 as applies to trigger pull.
(c) A service rifle (Rule 3.1.1 and 3.1.2) whose only modification is to its sights may be used as an NRA Match Rifle. This rifle may use the 20 round box magazine but must comply to Rule 3.1.1 or 3.1.2 trigger
3.3.1 Semi-Automatic Match Rifle-
(a) A Semi-Automatic rifle that does not meet Rules 3.3(b) or (c) maybe used as an NRA Match Rifle and must comply with Rule 3.14 (Palm Rest). If the trigger used on this rifle is of the design of the trigger for
rifles under 3.1, 3.1.1, and 3.1.2, Rule 3.3(b) will apply. M-16 or commercially equivalent rifles, configured or customized as NRA Match Rifles are exempt from the 4 1/2 pound trigger weight
(b) Any semi-automatic rifle that has an original factory design receiver/frame in excess of 3 1/4 inches below the center line of the bore may be used as an NRA Match Rifle (Rule 3.3).
3.3.2 NRA Match Rifle--Other Nations-A center fire rifle with metallic sights. This rifle must meet the requirements to be a legal Palma rifle in the participant's home country, and may only be used by someone who is a foreign national, and can provide evidence thereof. It may be used in all matches where
a rifle under Rule 3.3 would be legal. (It would be wise for a foreign competitor to have a copy of his own country's rifle rule, or letter of certification from his National Association with him when competing under this rule.)
3.3.3 U.S. Palma Rifle-A rifle with metallic sights chambered for the unmodified .308 7.62mm NATO cartridge. Rifles which also meet Rules 3.111 or 3.1.1 are authorized (.308 only).
Advisory: For competing in other countries, weight restrictions may equal 6.0 to 65 Kilos and require trigger weights up to 1.5 Kilo.
3.3.4 NRA Any Sight Match Rifle- Same as NRA Match Rifle Rule 3.3 except there is no restriction as to sights. The following restrictions will apply:
(a) No scores fired under Rule 3.3.4 will be reported to NRA, used for classifications or National Records.
(b) No person firing an any sight rifle under Rule 3.3.4 will be allowed to compete with any other group of shooters who are also firing. A competitor using any sight rifle under Rule 3.3.4 will only be eligible for awards in their own division.
(c) Competitors firing an any sights rifle under Rule 3.3.4 will only fire in an unclassified match. An unclassified match is a match where no classification is used and competitors are ranked according to scores. Unclassified matches may be held as a separate division of a Classified Match.
3.4 Sporting Rifle-A center fire rifle of any caliber, not equipped with palm rest or Schuetzen type buttplate, weighing not over 9.5 pounds excluding sling and including sights.
3.5 Automatic Rifle-No rifle is permitted unless it is incapable of automatic fire without the replacement or alteration of parts.
Any sighting system constructed of metal or equivalent which provides a method of aiming by aligning 2 separate but visible sights or reference points, mounted on the rifle, including tube sights and non-magnifying filters.
(Front Sight)-A single lens may be used in conjunction with the front sight.
(Rear Sight)-Any sighting system constructed of Metal or equivalent
which provides a method of aiming or aligning two (2) separate
but visible sights or reference points, mounted on the rifle including
tube sights and non magnifying filters except that a lens or system of
lenses, not containing an aiming reference or reticle at the focal plane
or any side lens or system of lenses may be included in such system.
A Corrective lens may be placed inside the rear sight hood on service
rifles conforming to Rules 3.1, 3. 1.1 and 3.1.2. No part of the lens or
method ofinstalling the lens may protrude outside the rear sighthood.
(This rule applies only to NRA sanctioned matches and is not allowed
in CMP competition).
A lens may be used in the front sight or the rear sight but not both at the same
Any sighting system which includes a lens or system of lenses and an
aiming reference or reticle at the focal plane of a lens or system of
Any sight without restriction as to material or construction.
Any sighting device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is
3.8 Spotting Scope-The use of a telescope to spot shots is permitted. It
may be positioned forward of the shooter's forward shoulder.
3.9 Shooting Kits-The shooting kit may not be placed forward of the
shooter's forward shoulder on the firing line. The shooting kit or stool may not
be of such size and construction as to interfere with shooters on adjacent firing
points or to constitute a wind break. (Use of a rifle rest forward of the forward
shoulder is prohibited except in the prone position for resting the rifle between
shots. See Rule 6. I.)
3.10 Ground Cloth or Ground Pad-Ground cloths or ground pads may
be used provided it is not constructed or used in a manner to provide artificial
rest or support.
3.11 Gloves-Gloves may be worn which do not form an artificial support.
3.12 Padding-Shoulder pads, sling pads and elbow pads may be wom
provided they are constructed so as not to provide artificial support.
3.12.1 Shooting Pants-Trousers made of cotton, cotton twill, khaki or
similar weight material which may have non-slip- patches added to the knees and
buttocks are permitted. Trousers made of any heavier material (example: leather
or canvas) are considered to provide artificial support and are prohibited.
3.13 Slings-A sling may be a strap or straps made of leather, webbing, or
synthetic material, and hooks, buckles, and keepers as necessary for attach-
ment to the rifle and adjustment to the shooter. Unless otherwise specified in
match conditions or position descriptions (Rule 5.12), the sling may be used
in connection with one arm to steady the rifle. A button, hook or strap may be
placed on the sleeve of the shooting coat to support the sling loop that is placed
on the upper arm.
(a) - The sling need not be attached to the buttstock sling swivel in the
prone, sitting or kneeling positions. (See Rule: 5.12 for standing
(b) Service Rifle Slings - On service rifle slings metallic wraps
and other type reinforcements to the sling keepers are not authorized.
Standard issue type leather or web slings may be no wider than 1.250" and no thicker than .190".
Leather slings may have no more than two keep5rs no wider than .860" each.
Keeper ends may be joined by metallic devices. The overlap at the joining area may
be no more than 1.10" and must be on the flat, i.e., may not go around the curved edge
of the keeper. Placement of cartridge cases, spindles, and so forth, to tighten or lock
the sling are not authorized. A button, hook or strap may not be used on the sleeve of the
shooting coat to support the sling loop that is placed on the upper arm.
3.14 Palm Rest-Any attachment or extension or stock design which aids
the normal hand grip and/or support of the rifle by the forward hand that
extends to a depth of more than 3 1/4 inches below the centerline of the bore
is a palm rest. A palm rest may be used only in the standing position in ''Any
Rifle'' matches. The standard box magazines of Service Rifles are not consid-
3.14.1 Kneeling Roll-A Cylindrical cushion for shooting in the kneeling
position; maximum dimensions will be 9.84 inches long (25 cm) and 7.08
inches in diameter (I 8 cm), and made of soft and flexible material-
3.15 Schuetzen Type Buttplate-A butt or buttplate having a curved rear
surface in which the depth of the curve exceeds 1/2 inch when measured from
a straight line drawn from the top to the bottom of the buttplate; or any buttplate
having a hook or stud engaging in a hole or receptacle in the shoulder of the
shooting coat or shirt; or any buttplate having a knob or prong extending
rearward more than 1/2 inch from the heel or toe of the butt. May be used only
in those matches where it is specifically permitted by the program.
3.16 Release Triggers-Triggers which function on release are prohibited.
3.16.1 Compensators and Muzzle Brakes-The use of compensators or
muzzle brakes is prohibited. An extension tube that has been installed on the
muzzle of a rifle to extend the sight radius shall not be considered a ''muzzle
brake''. The extension tube must have an interior diameter of .5 inches or
greater and may have 1/4'' x 1 " slots cut at 12 and 6 o'clock to remove cleaning
patches. Threaded holes along the top of this tube for the installation of sight
bases will be allowed.
3.17 Ammunition-No bullet diameter larger than.30 inch (7.62nim) will
be used for NRA High Power Rifle competition except for rifles used under
(a) Service-Ammunition manufactured for or by the Government and
issued for use in service arms. The use of armor piercing ammunition
may be prohibited by local range or match regulations. Use of tracer
or incendiary ammunition is prohibited.
(b) Any - Ammunition of any description that may be fired without danger
to competitors or range personnel. Tracer or incendiary ammunition is prohibited.
The use of armor piercing or any other type ammunition may be prohibited by
local range or match regulations. Any ammunition that repeatedly blows primers
or splits cases will be ruled defective or unsafe, and will be removed from the firing line.
3.18 General-All devices or equipment which may facilitate shooting and
which are not mentioned in these rules, or which are contrary to the spirit of
these rules and regulations, are forbidden. The Match Director, Official
Referee, Jury Chairman or Supervisor shall have the right to examine a
shooter's equipment or apparel. The responsibility shall be upon the competitor
to submit questionable equipment and apparel for official inspection and
approval in sufficient time prior to the beginning of a match so that it will not
inconvenience either the competitor or the official.
3.19 Eye Protection-All competitors and other personnel in the immediate
vicinity of the range complex are urged to wear eye protection devices.
3.19 Eye Protection* - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex are urged to wear eye protection devices.
3.20 Ear Protection* - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex are urged to wear hearing protection devices. Only sound reducing devices may be worn by competitors forward of the ready line. Radios, tape recorders, or any type of sound producing or communication system are prohibited forward of the ready line.
3.21 Open Bolt Indicator- An Open Bolt Indicator is required
in all NRA High Power Rifle competition to indicate the bolt is
open. This Open Bolt Indicator, stock number CT17500, is
recommended. A substitute indicator may be used as long as it
keeps the bolt open and has a yellow flag extending from the
receiver of the rifle. The substitute flag must be of the same general
size and shape as the official NRA Open Bolt Indicator flag.
* Match sponsors (and/or ranges) may require eye and ear protection.
There may or may not be some minor changes to the above rules since they were written. One addition is that the A4 Configuration of the AR15 is now allowed in Service Rifle Matches.
I'll make the necessary changes to the above when I receive the current copy of the Rules from the NRA
Posted by Chuck S, May 25th, 2005, 05:30 AM. |
CMP Rulebook is on line and updated as needed. Not sure how it compares to the NRA version, but the CMP Rules are what's used at Camp Perry.
Right click and "save as". Enjoy.
Posted by 30Caliber, December 1st, 2005, 10:50 AM |
Pretty much everyone shoots with the toe of the buttplate very high up in the shoulder (like shown in the picture on this page http://www.zouaves.org/rifle_match.htm).
NRA rule 5
5.12 Standing- Erect on both feet, no other portion of the body
touching the ground or any supporting surface. The rifle will be
supported by both hands, the cheek and one shoulder or upper arm.
The upper arm is defined as from the middle of the bicep toward the
shoulder. The elbow or back of the forward arm may be placed
against the body or rested on the hip. The sling may not be used for
support and may not be wrapped around the arm or hand. The butt
of the rifle must be on the outside of the coat.
NOTE - Discharging a firearm while resting the butt of the firearm
on the top of the shoulder may result in personal injury.