High Power Division
PRGC High Power Division uses the High Power Range at PRGC. The High Power Range has a target pit with ten Camp Perry style target frames for standard High Power Rifle Targets. There are firing points at 200, 300 and 500 yds. Our firing points are shaded and we aim to the south.
We run conventional NRA/CMP style 3-position High Power, Prone/F-class matches and some specialty matches and shoots with typically one event in each discipline per month year round.
The High Power Division will also dedicate each Friday morning from 7:00a-10:00a for NRA High Power Practice at the longer ranges. This is for members and their guest only. Meet in pits at 6:30 so we know who is shooting. Firing begins promptly at 7AM. (Prone/F-class/XTC-500/300/200 yards)
Across the Course (XTC)- 3 position High Power
Three position or XTC high power is traditionally shot from 200, 300, and 500/600 yards. We shoot standing, sitting, prone primarily with a service rifle or match rifle. We shoot 50 round or 80 round matches and typically have a match on the first Saturday of each month. You do not need to be a PRGC member to shoot in the matches but members do receive a reduced match fee. The matches are sanctioned by the NRA.
The stages of a traditional 80 shot XTC match are as follows.
200 yards slow fire standing- 20 shots for record
200 yards rapid fire sitting- 2 strings of 10 shots in 60 seconds
300 yards rapid prone- 2 strings of 10 shots in 70 seconds.
500 yards slow fire prone- 20 shots for record.
Shooters will have pit duty when not on the firing line. Here is a link to the NRA rules for XTC shooting
Here is a good link on how to get starting in XTC High Power
Curios and Relics matches are shot similar to the XTC matches except all shooting is done at the 200 yard line. This match is perfect for the M1 Garand, greatest battle rifle ever, and 1903A3 or other vintage military rifles. So if you have a Garand from the CMP bring it out and shoot with us. We usually shoot two 30 round matches except in the summer when it is only a 30 round match. We shoot standing, rapid prone, and slow prone. All of these matches are sanctioned by the CMP. Great way to be introduced to NRA XTC style of shooting.
Prone & F-class
This is a Prone slow fire only event, most events are 500 yds only, some 300 yard events are also held. This is just like the last stage of the XTC match, so many service rifle shooters attend these shoots for additional practice, but also long range match rifle shooters come out for the 500 yd (technically "medium range") shoots too. There is another category called "F-class" or "F-TR", which allows scoped rifles with bipods or sandbags.
This is a great way for the owner of a Varmint or Tactical bolt rifle to get into High Power Competition. The biggest challenge of 500 yd shooting is carefully reading the wind for each shot and correcting the sights to keep the bullet in the X-ring. That is a challenge regardless of equipment category. We usually shoot three 20-shot strings, so light weight hunting barrels heat up too quickly to be satisfactory for this type of event. We hold Prone and F-Class matches typically on the second Saturday of the month.
For XTC Its best to watch a full match once before shooting it, but if you have shot your scoped rifle and are comfortable with it you can probably step right into prone shooting. When you're ready, bring 70 to 100 rounds of ammo (Match ammo is best, 55gr .223 ball is too light for 500 yds), scope or binoculars, a mat or carpet to lie on and a jacket or long sleeves.
They also qualify for CMP purchases.
Hunting Rifle Shoot
This monthly shoot is set up for hunters to train and practice their skills with sporting or hunting style rifles at animal targets from field positions. This is not a competition, scores are kept just as a gauge of progress. The stages are different every month but include a variety of Arizona Animal targets from deer and bear to javelina and coyote.
Bring your hunting rifle(s) 40 or so rounds of ammo and all the gear you might use to shoot while hunting (sticks, rangefinder etc). More info can be found at the match director's website
. We might be adding a Big Bore shoot for elephant rifles too!
When there is no scheduled event ongoing, members may use the 200 yd line for general rifle shooting. There are benches under the covered firing line and backstops at 100 and 200 yds as well as some gongs at 200 yds (bring a can of cheap black spray paint and repaint the gongs when you are done). There is also a clay pigeon thrower at the 200 yd line. Members wishing to use the 300 yd or 500 yd line on a non-competition day should check with the range master, the gate needs to be locked and that precludes other members from using 200 yds, so such usage should be limited.
XTC- $10 for PRGC members. $15 for non-members
Prone- $10 for PRGC members. $15 for non-members
C&R- $15 for PRGC members. $20 for non-members
PRGC High Power Division facebook page
NRA competitive shooting programs and match information can be found on the NRA Competitive Shooting Programs
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