NOTICE BOARD AND SPECIAL EVENTS
There are several changes to the range rules, requiring all members to participate in refresher sessions as follows: All current Range Officers who wish to retain their qualification will do a Range Officer refresher course. Each normal member needs to participate in a range rules safety training activity conducted by the ROs. Any member who hasn’t completed the range rules safety training activity within 6 months will have their shooting privileges suspended
The MMSRC was started in 1980 as an outlet for those wanting to use or practice their field rifle skills on the target range. The dominant ethos leans toward using hunting equipment from positions typical of a hunting environment. The programme includes a number of disciplines with this common theme, such as; Metallic Silhouette, Field Rifle, 3-Position and the excruciatingly challenging Fly Shoot. The club also runs air-rifle, shotgun and handgun events on a less regular basis. For a more detailed explanation of the rules you can visit the Members Area page via the link above.
Metallic Silhouette shooting is done from what is called the "standing unsupported position", that is, standing upright with the rifle fired from the shoulder, with no rest or support for the shooter or for the rifle. All classes of rifles are used - air rifle, rimfire (22 LR) and centrefire rifles. Some competitors go all out with custom built equipment, but most use factory rifles.
The targets are silhouettes of Chickens, Pigs, Turkeys and Rams and the target size varies with the class of rifle. Targets are shot in banks of five in a time limit of 2.5 minutes for five shots. Matches consist of ten of each target type for 40 shots total. The distance varies from 20 – 45 yards for air rifle, 40 – 100 metres for rimfire and 200 – 500 metres for centrefire. To score a hit in metallic silhouette the target must be knocked from its stand.
Matches are run according to strict guidelines under the watchful eye of a range officer. The rules will be explained and an experienced shooter will be assigned to show newcomers the ropes. The rimfire metallic silhouette match is a great way for a new shooter to start as it is cheap and recoil isn’t an issue. Centrefire is also great fun but does cost more.
Field Rifle and 3-Positional are two closely related matches that have a large following at SSAA clubs throughout Australia. Each involves shooting at paper targets from a variety of positions with either rimfire (22 LR) or centrefire rifles. Rifle slings are allowed in these events.
Field Rifle is a 42-shot match designed around commonly utilised hunting positions – Off Hand, Standing Post and Sitting Post (the latter two simulating resting on a tree or fencepost). There is also a rapid fire section from the Off Hand position. For rimfire, the targets are set at 25 and 50m whereas for centrefire the minimum distance is 25m and the maximum is 200m. The target sizes are also different for the two rifle classes.
3-Positional (aka 3P) differs from Field Rifle in a few ways. The targets are basically the same but the distances are 50m for rimfire and 100m for centrefire. As the name suggests there are three shooting positions – Prone, Offhand and Sitting (no post). A standard match is 60 shots and custom shooting jackets are permitted (albeit very rare at MMSRC).
Fly Shoot is a long range precision shooting match. It was developed in Australia and the target has an outline of a blowfly in the centre, hence the name. If you hit the “blowie” you are eligible for a Fly Patch – it is not easy as the targets are set at 500m for centrefire and 200m for rimfire (22 LR). The target has scoring rings 1 to 10 plus extra points for small groups. Most shooters choose to shoot from either the benchrest or prone position. A match consists of 5 targets with 5 shots and 3 sighters allowed per target.
MMSRC also runs shotgun matches, although these are fairly informal compared with serious shotgun clubs. A typical match consists of 25 clays plus 5 clays for practice.
MMSRC is in the process of introducing SSAA Target Pistol events – let us know if you are interested in handgun shooting.