MSA Shooting Guidelines

Revised August 17, 2002

MSA Sport Shoots:

MSA SPORT SHOOTS:

The Mauser Shooting Association will be holding shooting events every month, or as announced. These shoots are open only to Registered MSA Participants. If you are not one, join us for free. Everything will be based on the honor system and everyone who takes part is expected to be honest with regard to scores. Specific dates will be posted on the MSA/K98k Forum, as well as the MSA Events section of this site.

The MSA's 3 Centerfire Classes of Rifles and 2 Rimfire (.22) Classes of Rifles

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MAY SHOOT IN EVERY CLASS IF YOU WISH, BUT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CLASS PER SHOOT.

Centerfire Classes
CLASS I: Original German made K98k rifles only (e.g. K98k, K98k Contract rifles). No non-original military specification modifications (refer to Class I & II guidelines).

CLASS II: All other WWII military era rifles (e.g. M48, VZ-24, Mosin Nagant, Lee Enfield, M1 Grand). No non-original military specification modifications (refer to Class I & II guidelines).

CLASS III: Original German made K98k (Class I) and all other WWII military rifles (Class II) that have been modified, accurized, or sportized. All scoped rifles.

Rimfire Classes
RIMFIRE #1: Original military trainer type .22 caliber rifles from any era with minimal or no modifications. Scoped or otherwise accurized .22s are not permitted (refer to .22 Rimfire Only Style below).

RIMFIRE #2: All other regular .22 rifles including commercial/military knock off rifles. However the use of specialized target rifles or scopes are not permitted (refer to .22 Rimfire Only Style below).

In each Class you can shoot one or more styles. The styles are:

.22 RIMFIRE ONLY STYLE
Open sights or aperture sights
8" MSA black target
10 rds
50 yds Standing, offhand only or
100 yds Prone only

COMBAT STYLE (Centerfire)
Open sights or aperture sights (refer to Class I & II guidelines below)
8" MSA black target
10 rds
50 yds
Standing, offhand only (refer to Combat Style guidelines below)

FREE STYLE (Centerfire)
Open sights or aperture sights (refer to Class I & II guidelines below)
8" MSA black target
10 rds
100 yds
Any position (Any position includes standing, offhand, sitting or prone. Use of bench rests and sandbags is allowed)

SNIPER STYLE (Centerfire)
Scoped
8" MSA black target
10 rds
100 yds or 200 yds
Any position (Any position includes standing, offhand, sitting or prone. Use of bench rests and sandbags is allowed)

CLASS I and CLASS II GUIDELINES:
Only those modifications that are within ORIGINAL MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS for the rife and the effect is to bring the rifle back to ORIGINAL MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS are allowed. An example of this is re-boring or replacement of a barrel so long as the re-boring or replacement complies with orginal military specifications (caliber, length, grooves, twist, etc.) of that particular rifle. This applies to all parts including stock, receiver, sights, barrel, trigger, etc. Any rifle modified with the intent to acturize that is not within orginal military specifications must shoot in Class III (Eg., special bedding). In addition, the rifle must have open sights, unless the original military specifications are aperture sights. All scoped rifles must shoot in Class III. original military specifications is defined as those specifications that applied to the general population of a particular rifle (not specialized rifles) during the WWII era. Questions concerning what Class a rifle falls within will be determined by the Shoot Coordinator(s).

CLASS III GUIDELINES:
Any modification that is NOT original military specifications for the rifle. However, the overall appearance of the rifle must be as close to original miltary specifications as possible. Examples of this are non-orginal military specification triggers, bedding, sights, etc. Modifications intend to accurize the rifle beyond original military specifications are permitted in Class III. Questions concerning what Class a rifle falls within will be determined by the Shoot Coordinator(s).

COMBAT STYLE GUIDELINES:
1.Start with a loaded rifle 5 rounds at waist level (Safety engaged, middle or right position)
2.Disengage safety, raise to shoulder level, fire 5 timed rounds
3.Reach for a loaded stripper clip, reload rifle, fire 5 more timed rounds

AMMUNITION GUIDELINES:

For MSA shoots members may use any reasonable ammo, as long as it is safe. This may include hand loads, commercial and surplus ammo.

COURSE OF FIRE/TARGET GUIDELINES

The course of fire consists of 10 shots at a range of 50, 100 or 200 yards as per course of fire with a target consisting of an eight inch circle.

POSITION DEFINITIONS

GET THE MSA RIFLE TARGET

If you have Adobe Photoshop, or JASC's Paintshop Pro, you can try this file, which should print out at an 8" diameter. Check with a ruler before using.

Right click on the link(s), and choose "save link/target as" or they will open in your browser.

If you have problems seeing this target you may place colored dots or another target on top of the MSA target for shooting purposes.

Any MSA Sport Shoot is just for fun! The main goal is for people to enjoy themselves and to show others that vintage rifles are still active in the 21st Century.
The only reason for the different positions/distances, is to point out what can be done with these rifles, and to provide a challenge to the shooter.

See the MSA Events section for deadlines.

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