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High Power Rifle Group

The rifle range consists of shooting station distances from 25 yards out to 300 yards.Shooting can be done from the shooting line consisting of a gravel base or from concrete benches. Organized matches are High Power Rifle that conforms to the 80 shot NRA/CMP National Match Course with all courses shot at 200 yards and silhouette matches are from 40 meters out to 100 meters for any .22 caliber rifle and pistol.

Rifle photo credit: Josephine Caffrey

Newcomers are always welcome and the Club has rifles, ammo, mats, and gloves to loan to people to use at the high power matches. Please get the necessary info and tutoring needed for the matches beforehand. It will make the experience of the first shoot more enjoyable. A High Power Rifle Clinic is held each April for new shooters. Mell Smithour can provide the tutoring by appointment, but tutoring the day of the match is not practical.

The match is a National Match Course of 80 shots.
20 shots standing, slow fire
20 shots sitting, rapid fire
20 shots prone, rapid fire
20 shots prone, slow fire

For more information call Rifle Section Chair Mell Smithour at 662-2643.

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)

For information about the Civilian Marksmanship Program, call Ken Laintz at 672-3507.

Tracers and metal piercing rounds are NOT allowed on the ranges.

Tracers are a fire hazard and we have to worry about that here. Besides, they work best at night and the range is closed then anyway.

There is also the safety issue that penetrator cores in armor piercing ammo can spall off on bullet impact and become a serious ricochet problem. Normal bullets just deform or splatter. Anything marked Armor Piercing is certainly out of bounds. There is no problem with "normal" FMJ loads. However, a lot of the 7.62x39 (SKS/AK47) surplus ammo is also steel core (i.e. mild armor piercing). This stuff will shoot through a light armor, so please don't destroy our expensive gongs with it! Since its hard to tell what's what in surplus ammo, PLEASE don't use this surplus ammo on gongs unless you are sure it is LEAD CORE, not STEEL CORE.

Remember no 50 BMG cal of any kind is to be shot at the gongs. Someone has already put a hole in the armor plate gong that we paid A LOT for! We had expected them to last for years, so we paid a lot extra for the special steel. The 50 BMGs also just have too much energy for the gong mounts etc. (50 AE pistol & 50 cal muzzle loaders etc. are OK).

Photos by Josephine Caffrey

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club - PO Box 953 - Los Alamos, NM 87544

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