Southern Oregon Practical Shooter Association
SOPSA is the combined action shooting disciplines branch of the Medford RIfle & Pistol Club. It shares common equipment between the IDPA/USPSA/Multi-Gun/Speed Steel disciplines and maintains the competition ranges located at the back gate of the The Jackson County Sports Park Shooting Complex in White City, Oregon.
Thursday night practice is a combination practice of USPSA/IDPA with occasional Multi-Gun activities thrown in and is held at the competition range with the exception of Winter when it is moved to the MRPC indoor range on Vilas Rd.
Individual disciplines include: IDPA, USPSA Multi-Gun, Speed Steel
Fullbore target rifle (TR) is a distinctively British and Commonwealth of Nations shooting discipline that evolved from Service rifle (SR) shooting in the late 1960s, and is governed in the UK by the rules of the National Rifle Association, UK (NRA).
Similar rules are used in several Commonwealth countries, but the issue in 2009 of the rule book of the International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations (ICFRA) has provided an alternative basis for the administration of the sport.
Modern target rifles are extremely accurate, and have ‘iron’ aperture sights which are fully adjustable for elevation and windage. To level the playing field as much as possible without stifling progress, and to make it possible for riflemen of all budgets to compete seriously, the rifle or all its component parts must be ‘readily available in quantity’. This stipulation also keeps faith with the longstanding traditions of the NRA that the rifles used in competition should be of a type that, if necessary, could be readily used for homeland defense.
Fullbore Target Rifle involves prone position single shot precision shooting using ‘iron’ aperture sights at ’round bull’ targets at distances from 300 to 1000 yards, with each shot being carefully scored and analysed.
The usual caliber used is 7.62×51 NATO. In the UK the ‘home’ of target rifle shooting (and match rifle competition) is the NRA’s extensive ranges at Bisley, Surrey. The worldwide influence of Bisley on the sport is illustrated best by the South African terminology, where Target Rifle is called “Bisley Shooting”, the governing body is the South African Bisley Union (SABU) and almost any target shooting competition is known as a “Bisley”.
Fullbore Target Rifle Shooting has been established formally in the United States and is administered by the National Rifle Association of America NRA Annual National Championship is currently held during September at the Wittington Center, Raton, NM.
NRA Fullbore Rifle Director
The MRPC Rimfire Bullseye Group shoots the 50’ Gallery Course every Monday Night at the Club’s Indoor
Pistol Range on Vilas Road. All Club Members are welcome to join. Shooters gather to get ready about 7pm,
with Shooting starting at 7:30 pm sharp. Each of the 9 targets takes 10 rounds per target, and the practice
stops about 8:30pm. Equipment Needed: A 22 LR Pistol, 90 rounds of ammunition, sight and hearing Protection.
A small spotting Scope or binocular are helpful, if you have one. Cost is $1 for targets, lights and heat.
NRA Precision Pistol (aka BULLSEYE) is the oldest pistol competition in the United States. It started by combining Civilian Shooters with 22LR Rimfire pistols, Police Shooters with 38 Caliber Pistols, and Military Shooters with 45ACP Pistols. A formal NRA match consists of 9 targets in each of 3 calibers for a total point count of “2700” points. The rules have changed over the years so that formal “Bullseye” can be shot with only two different guns. The National Championship is shot every year in July at Camp Perry, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.
At MRPC, every Monday night we shoot the 9 targets of the Rimfire stage. Each shooter contributes $1 to reimburse the club for targets. Each nightly practice requires 90-rounds of ammunition. This allows shooters weekly to judge improvements in their shooting skills.
The Course of Fire starts with 3 Slow fire targets (10 minutes per string), followed by 1 Timed fire target (two 5-shot strings, 20 seconds per string), then 1 Rapid fire target (two 5-shot strings, 10 seconds per string), then two more Timed fire targets, followed by two more Rapid Fire Targets.
The goal is for each shooter to develop a perfect sight picture and a perfect trigger pull to attain the highest point score.
To help change things up; periodically the group holds Matches. These are often a combination of shooting 2 or 3 standard Courses of Fire one after another. Sometimes the groups shoots a “poker hand” before practice to warm up. The group also shoots Center-Fire Pistols after the regular rimfire practices prior to the Christmas Holiday. This is in conjunction with the groups sponsoring of a Christmas Toy Drive. On those nights, the fee to shoot the extra center-fire targets is only a Christmas Toy for a needy child.
NRA Bullseye Pistol Director