Why Competition? and An introduction

Whether you are a plinker, a hunter, or just interested in proficiency, come compete with us!

Competition is a great way to improve your marksmanship skills and reinforce safe, responsible firearm handling. Parents read this article about why a teen-aged female loves to compete. Hunters read this article for an example of how competition improved the skills of these hunters.

PCGC hosts monthly highpower (also called across-the-course, XTC) and mid-range (MR) prone matches along with smallbore rifle (.22 LR) prone matches (50 and 100 yards) and bullseye (aka precision) pistol matches (25 and 50 yards). We would like you to join us or at least come out, watch a (portion of) a match, and come back and shoot with us. If there is enough interest, a “basics of competition” clinic can also be arranged. Be sure to check out the schedule of matches for currently planned events and check the homepage for new announcements.

The across the course (XTC) matches are fired with either service rifles or match rifles. The course of fire is as follows: slow-fire standing at 200 yards, rapid-fire sitting at 200-yards, rapid-fire prone at 300 yards, and slow-fire prone at 600 yards. This article provides an overview of XTC competitions. The following articles describe these types of rifles: Service Rifle, Match Rifle

MR Prone matches are fired with service rifles, match rifles, Palma rifle, tactical rifle, and F-class rifles. The latter three rifle types are described here: Palma Rifle, Tactical Rifle, F-Class Rifle. The course of fire is slow-fire prone at 300, 500, and/or 600 yards.

Learn about what it means to be in the pits (where the targets are pulled and scored) by reading this article.

Looking to improve your skills? Read this article for general tips; this article for quick tips; this article for offhand (standing) shooting; this article from the 2012 F/TR Champion; and finally, the three part series on “Climbing the Highpower Ladder from Marksman to Master and More”. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

If you are shooting an iron sight on your service rifle, read this article. If you need info on how to transform your iron sight service rifle to a flat-top upper for a scope, read this article.

Some interesting facts about F-Class shooting are found here.