Antique Rifle

On range, eye & ear protection is required at all times by both participants & observers.

When & Where

R1 (100-yard rifle range)

Registration and safety briefing: 12:00 p.m.
Shooting starts: 12:30 p.m.
Duration: 3 hours

2018 Schedule
Sundays, April 29th, July 29th, September 30th, and December 30th

Range Map

What to Bring

Eye protection
Ear protection
A rifle that is 100 years old or older => That means it was manufactured (not just designed) on or before 1917.  This includes both civilian and military rifles including rimfire, so drag out Great Grand-dad’s old .22 and have some fun.  We also allow authentic replicas of antique rifles (such as Shiloh Sharps, Uberti Winchester 1873, Henry 1860, etc.) in appropriate calibers.  If you have an old rifle that you would like to shoot but are unsure of its age or eligibility, please contact me.

B-17 paper targets are provided

Fee: $10
Juniors (age 18 and under) shoot free.  Juniors are strongly encouraged to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

Chairman:  Chris Davis

I’ve been around firearms all my life and have always had an interest in vintage guns.  That took a turn deeper into the past when I got involved with a group called the Victorian Riflemen back in 2011.  That is when I became more interested in antique (by definition 1898 or earlier) firearms.  The events with the Victorian Riflemen were quite a lot of fun, and I had the idea, “Why not try to have a similar event here?”  That is how the Antique Rifle Match came about.

To make it more accessible to club members, I bent the definition of “antique”.  To be eligible, the rifle must have been manufactured (not just designed) 100 or more years ago or be an authentic copy of an antique rifle in an appropriate caliber.

If you’re interested in the Antique Match or have questions, please feel free to contact me or just stop by when we have a match.  We’d like to have you stop by.  Even if you don’t plan to shoot, just seeing a lot of different historic rifle types, not frequently seen all at one time, is quite a treat in itself.

Description

The main match is a medal match, with everyone trying for their personal best.

The medal match is shot at 100 yards using 13 rounds of ammunition with the 10 best shots for score.  Any position (prone, standing or kneeling/sitting) may be used.  Slings are allowed but no rests.

There is also the three-position shoot: 5 shots are shot at 25 yards standing,  5 at 50 yards kneeling or sitting, and 5 at 100 yards prone.  Again, slings are allowed but no rests.

There is a 100-yard offhand shoot using the same 13-round rules as the medal shoot and can be used for a medal upgrade if your score is higher.  All shots are shot offhand, and a sling is allowed.

There will also be plinking gongs set up (for lead bullets only) after the other matches are shot.

A side match that began this year, called the “Quigley Challenge”, has proven to be quite popular.  Based on a scene from the movie, “Quigley Down Under”, the Quigley Challenge has our shooters facing off to shoot a very small “bucket” (Dixie cup) off-hand at 100 yards.  Not nearly as easy as one might think, we shoot for a winner-take-all trophy.  It’s a lot of fun!

Scoring

We shoot not to see who has the best score; we shoot to try to achieve a personal best.  The medals are not participation medals but rather proficiency medals.

Everyone who sends a round down range gets a proficiency medal, and their score determines whether it is bronze, silver or gold.

Bronze = 0 to 75
Silver = 76 to 87
Gold = 88 and up

You are competing with yourself!