Action Rifle Matches
BERPC holds monthly Action Rifle matches each year from April to October. Courses of fire vary from month-to-month, but generally consist of firing from multiple positions at ranges from 25 to 100 yards using the standard Missouri Department of Conservation targets.
Action Rifle matches are open to non-BERPC members. Match fees are $12.00 for BERPC members and $18.00 for non-members.
What is Action Rifle?
Action rifle matches consist of varying courses of fire where shooters must engage targets ranging from 25 to 100 yards from various shooting positions, including standing, sitting, and kneeling, among others.
Rifles may be in traditional rifle calibers (.35 or smaller) or pistol calibers (.45 or smaller). Rifles may be centerfire or rimfire, so .22LR and various .17 calibers are allowed.
Scopes are allowed for all strings of fire, but are not required.
The equipment allowed on each string varies, and may include slings, bag rests, and bipods.
In short, anything from a .22 plinker to a pistol-caliber carbine to a deer rifle to a precision tack-driver is allowed (as long as it meets the caliber restrictions). Action rifle matches are intended to allow shooters to grab whatever rifle they may have and come to the match. Once they have some experience, shooters can acquire whatever equipment best fits their ability and budget.
Shooting Positions & Equipment
- Shooting Positions
- Standing - standing with no external support; sling use as allowed by course description
- Seated - sitting on the bench; rifle supported on table by hands and elbows only; sling use as allowed by course description
- Non-seated - standing, kneeling, squatting; rifle supported on table as allowed by course description; sling use as allowed by course description
- Freestyle - shooter's choice; rifle supported on table as allowed by course description; sling use as allowed by course description
- Eyes and Ears - eye and ear protection required at all times except when a cease fire is in effect.
- Sling - any type of sling attaeched to the rifle at one or more points; may be a tactical (1 or 2 point), hunting, or traditional competition sling
- Bag/Bag Rest - cloth bag filled with sand, shot, sawdust, or other material; hard rests are not allowed
- Bi-Pod - two point rest attached to the rifle; may be adjustable for height, angle, and elevation
- Fist - shooter uses off-hand fist to support rifle on the table
Course of Fire (April 24, 2021)
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This is the Missouri Department of Conservation target used for Action Rifle matches.
When and Where
When: Once a month on Saturday or Sunday morning from April thru October (see the match calendar for exact dates). Matches begin at 8:00 AM and are done by 9:30; setup begins at 7:30 AM. Shooters should show up at 7:30 to give themselves enough time to get prepared for first shots at 8:00.
Where: Action Rifle matches are held at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.
Does my sling or bipod have to be attached when not being used in a string of fire? No, slings and bipods can be detached when not required by stage rules.
Can I change rifles during the match? No, you must use the same rifle throughout the match.
Can I use a spotting scope? Yes, you may use a spotting scope, but keep in mind that the courses of fire are timed.
Can I use a suppressor? Yes, you may use a suppressor. Be sure to bring the appropriate proof of ownership.