Targets used for iron sight military rifle competitions?

  • Last Post 08 February 2021
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brooksharris posted this 07 February 2021

I'd like to begin shooting my 1903 and 1917 in competition.  I've detailed in a Fouling Shot article how I managed to shoot small cast bullet groups using original sights.  Part of that equation was using 100 yd. SB targets turned horizontally.

I have ordered the 2 CBA targets that have an orange perimeter and measure approx. 5 1/2" in diameter but I cannot see them well enough to shoot a serious group.  By comparison the 100 yd. SB bull is nearly 8" in diameter, and of course, solid black.

So what target do vintage military rifles shoot in competitions; and if it is one of the orange targets mentioned above, how in the world do you see them?

Blessings and stay well, Brooks Harris


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Ed Harris posted this 07 February 2021

The orange targets are used for the military-modified "scope" class.  The as-issued with iron sights in the postal matches uses the NRA 100-yard smallbore rifle target IIRC.  For our local matches we use the NRA SR-1 service rifle target:

SR-1 (100 Yard target reduced from the 200 Yard SR Target)

Size 21" x 21"
6 3/8" Black

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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brooksharris posted this 07 February 2021

Thanks Ed.  So would the NRA 100 yd. SB bull be used at the Nationals?

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John Carlson posted this 08 February 2021

For CBA Military Rifle shoulder-to-shoulder competitions (including the nationals) the NRA MR-31 target is used at 100 yards, the MR-52 at 200 yards, and the MR-63 at 300 yards.  The same targets are used for all classes.  For standing offhand at 100 yards the TQ-4 target is used.  Postal competition targets are as Ed already said.

John Carlson

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