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Old April 17th, 2016, 01:06 PM   #1
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My first High Power competition experience!

I attended the New Shooter High Power Rifle Clinic at the Illinois State Rifle Association in Bonfield, Illinois yesterday. My uncle and I took the course, both of us shooting our Rock River Arms Standard A4 rifles. What a great learning experience and group of people. I have never shot competition before, so I thought I should try a high power course.

Sometime before the course I installed a KNS precision .052" front post. The smaller front post is really nice, especially because I'm used to using the NM .062" post on my M14. With the shorter sight radius of the AR-15 rifle, I think the .052" post most approximately provides a similar sight picture. It was hard to shoot a good score while zeroing the front sight at the same time, hehe.

Also, I installed a David Tubb chrome silicon spring to eliminate the "sproing" sound during fire. The Tubb buffer spring though; I hate it. The Tubb spring was a bear to install over the buffer shoulder and makes the action feel like it's binding; which it is, because the mag wasn't always locking back after the last round. I put my USGI spring back in and all was 100% again. Maybe I will try the Damage Industries spring; I've heard nothing but good things about them.

I was disappointed to hear that my Matech OGU83 sight is not match legal. I love the sight. And considering it is one of the most, if not the most widely used rear iron sight in the U.S. military today, I think it should be legal.



Well considering that I was fussing with the front sight and trying to sort out my sling usage, I hope I did alright. But, then again it was a class so that's a good place to sort things out.


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Well done for the first time out of the chute. Hope you get hooked on HP competition.

Can you rattle off any coaching staff names? I may know a few of them.

I pays to familiarize yourself with the rules. Here are the NRA and CMP rulebooks. The NRA has rules for both Service Rifle and Match Rifle. CMP is Service Rifle only and there are some differences.

http://compete.nra.org/documents/pdf...R/hpr-book.pdf

http://thecmp.org/wp-content/uploads/Rulebook.pdf

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I was at the Bonfield range on Friday and couldn't believe how crowded it was for a weekday. I usually have it to myself but maybe guys were coming in early to ready for the competition.
Glad you enjoyed it there.

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Thanks NMC_EXP! Konrad P. led the class and a gentleman named Rob coached me; good guys.

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I was at the Bonfield range on Friday and couldn't believe how crowded it was for a weekday. I usually have it to myself but maybe guys were coming in early to ready for the competition.
Glad you enjoyed it there.
Yeah, there's a high power match today.

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Thanks NMC_EXP! Konrad P. led the class and a gentleman named Rob coached me; good guys.
That would be Konrad Powers, a good guy and a hard holder.

Not sure about a Rob.

The ISRA has a bunch of folks who are working to get people involved in the shooting sports. My hat is off to them. They spend a bunch of their free time doing these sorts of things.

sidebar issue: The Fort Defiance Rifle & Pistol Club is about 30 miles north of Peoria. It has a 200 yd range with pits. They run 80 shot highpower matches once a month. They are always glad to see a new shooter. Several guys from the Chicago metro area shoot there.

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http://www.ftdefiance.org/

On the webpage the right hand photo is from the firing line on the 200 yd range.

The left photo is John Holliger coaching his son Ben during the 50 yd stage of a smallbore prone match.

Here is a link to the ISRA ten state highpower schedule:

http://www.illinoishighpower.org/10-...2016-03-13.pdf

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Welcome to the sport. Get ready to spend your money...lol

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I just got started a little over a year ago. Its very challenging and addictive. Its a lot of fun though.

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I was disappointed to hear that my Matech OGU83 sight is not match legal. I love the sight. And considering it is one of the most, if not the most widely used rear iron sight in the U.S. military today, I think it should be legal.
I could not find much solid information about this sight, but rules notwithstanding, my impression is that it would be very frustrating to try to use in a high power rifle match. Reason being, its adjustments (apparently) are WAY too coarse--it looks like it has only one click (or maybe more? Couldn't find out...) from one yard line to the next 100 meters.

To be usable in a high power match your sight needs to have clicks that are no greater than 1 minute. Half or quarter minute sights are common on service rifles used in competition.

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The new high power shooter clinic for the ISRA at Bonfield is GREAT!!! The coaches there are Konrad Powers and John Holliger of White Oaks armorment are FIRST rate and super great coachs not to mention previous President 100 club members at Perry. Anyone that is near to Bonfield and want to learn HighPower it is a GREAT place to start. Hats off to a GREAT organization!

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