Each month, except for September and October, the Gopher Flats Sportsmen’s Club hosts a High Power Rifle Match presented by the Southern California Golden Bears Highpower Rifle Club.
The High-Power matches follow the format of the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) and NRA (National Rifle Association) National Match competitions with Service Rifles fired from Standing, Sitting, and Prone positions. All club members and their guests are welcome to shoot the match. This is the place to learn long-distance rifle shooting from the grizzled, yet cheerful, adherents of High-Power. And, you can ogle the sleek, classic lines of Service Rifles of the past.
What’s a Service Rifle? These are retired military rifles, or sporting versions of current military rifles, of the following types:
– Bolt-Action 1903 Springfield and Mauser variants: although other bolt-action rifles of the same era are also welcome. Do you have one of the dozens of Mauser variants from Latin America, Asia, or Eastern Europe? How about an Enfield, Carcano, Arisaka, or Mosin-Nagant? Lube that bolt and ready those peep sights.
– Semi-automatic M1 Garand and M14/M1A variants: although other semi-auto rifles of the same era are also welcome. Clean-up that old MAS, StG, Tokarev, Simonov, or other war trophy and fish-out some surplus ammo.
– Semi-automatic Modern Service Rifle: AR-15 variants are the primary types, although military-style rifles and carbines of other nations are also welcome. Bring your AK, HK, or other exotic long guns and test them against the storied arms of the American GI’s.
The matches are fired at 200 yards, at full-sized or reduced-size paper targets mounted on raised target frames. So, shooters should have their own wood target frames, cardboard target backers, paper targets, and tape. Email Match Director Tom Temple for details on these. Also remember to bring a shooting mat, binoculars or a spotting scope, and a sharp pair of eyeballs. These matches are shot with iron sights! There is a briefing of competition and safety procedures before the match begins. Anyone interested in working behind the target berms, to raise, pull, and score targets is also welcome to join the match competitors.
The monthly matches begin at 8:00am and end at 12:00 noon, when the rifle range opens for general use. Why not start your day with some Precision Rifle shooting, before working-up loads on your new game rifle, sighting-in an optic, or burning through your hoard of .22LR?
High Power Shooter Johnny Fisher was recently featured on The Shooting Wire and The CMP for his inclusion in Team CMP and his work on the CMP Travel Games. Please congratulate Johnny on his stellar shooting and his well-deserved fifteen minutes of fame.
2017 Match Scores
2016 Match Scores
January – No Match
April – No Match
2015 Match Scores
2014 Match Scores
2013 Match Scores
November – Canceled
2011 Match Scores
2010 Match Scores