Service Rifle is conventional position rifle shooting (Standing, Sitting, and Prone), both for speed and precision, from 200 to 600 yards. As the name implies, the rifles used are issue service rifles with iron sights, accurized and modified slightly. The National Match Course is based on original rifle training courses and consists of the following:
- 10 shots Standing on the SR target at 200 yards in ten minutes.
- 10 shots Sitting on the SR target at 200 yards in sixty seconds. Shooters begin standing up and must reload during the string with eight rounds after shooting two shots.
- 10 shots Prone on the SR-3 target at 300 yards in seventy seconds. Shooters begin standing up and must reload during the string with eight rounds after shooting two shots.
- 20 shots Prone on the MR target at 600 yards in twenty minutes.
Snipers and Designated Marksman needing further marksmanship refinement MUST take up Service Rifle. You will learn a whole new level of accurate shooting. The best Sniper and SDM instructors have a Service Rifle background because the marksmanship skills learned there are superior.
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