Sometimes called "PRS",
"Tactical Precision" or "Sniper Rifle Match".
Here in Arizona we have the AZLRPS group with a great monthly
shoot at Cowtown and RSSC HP division hosts a smaller monthly
match at Rio Salado called "4 Peaks Tactical". I see some
matches at GunSite in Paulden too.
I have not yet gotten
active in this sport, so I am reporting on it from the outside.
centerfire style at Cowtown & Rio Salado
Aslo NRL22 rimfire style at:
runs matches at Ben Avery
PRS is probably the fastest
growing shooting sport of this decade (remember when cowboy
action claimed that title in the 90's?).
I've only shot it a few times,
I am far from being an expert, so I'll just add some notes
here and invite the interested reader to research it further.
Basically the sport stresses
first shot hits from non-standard, often awkward, positions at
non-standard, sometimes unstated, distances under time
pressure. Targets are almost always steel, sometimes plastic,
I think electrically-reactive targets are sometimes used.
I think most matches are scored
Course of fire seems to follow
the practical shooting type of format with a number of
scenarios and the shooters divided into groups (called squads?
or ?) who move together from stage to stage, at each stage,
one shooter at a time shoots, someone runs the clock, someone
watches/listens for hits.
Each stage usually has some
scenario or expected shots to be fire from a firing point,
maybe more than one firing point, usually several target to
engage, and usually a stated, but small, number of shots and a
short time window (a minute or 2, or less?). In that time, one
must get into position, find the targets, range them, find
them in the scope, adjust the elevation, guess the hold-off
for wind and fire the shots. Go watch some youtube videos to
get a better understanding than I can give.
Nearly all the major Rifle
makers are trying to find there way into this market.
A hunting rifle that is light
enough to comfortably carry on a hunt, with a skinny little
barrel simply is not satisfactory for PRS (or F-class). it
hard to hold a light rifle still and the skinny barrel heats
up too much with a competition string of shots. Don't even
consider using your hunting rifle.
So look for the "Tactical" bolt
The more serious shooters often
use rifles built custom with a chosen action, barrel, stock,
trigger etc, sometimes the action itself is from the
small-shop custom makers (Surgeon, Impact, Defiance, BAT, AI,
Gunwerks....) that make actions and entire rifles.
You can also get by with a semi
auto, something on an AR15 or AR10 platform.
There is also a .22 version of this
As I understand it, 10X is the
minimum for a fixed scope or the lowest tolerable max for a
Must have big target knobs, you
will be adjusting the elevation at every stage, possibly more
than once. The mechanics MUST be very repeatable and rugged to
last! You might not adjust windage as much especially the
scopes that have "mil dots" for windage allowing for hold off.
Most current generation scopes
are 30mm, you will need rings strong enough to hold a big
heavy scope the right distance for eye relief.
MOA or Mils, that is your
preference. 1 MOA (minute of angle) is very close to 1" at
100yds. 1/10 Mil(milliradian) is 1cm at 100m. (about
3/8"/100yds) Make sure your ballistic charts/apps are set for
the same units as your scope.
I can't even name all the
Vortex has a huge,
innovative product line, I think most of them are made in
China People's Optics Factory number 39, they have price
points from <$200 to >$2000. (The hugely popular Vortex
Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 is $2000 https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-razor-hd-gen-ii-4-5-27x56mm-riflescope.html?_iv_code=VX-RS-RHDGII4-RZR-42708
Schmidt & Bender
Honestly I cannot give any
useful advice, start looking at websites that specialize in
Buy or load with Match Bullets,
pick the ones that work best in your rifle. You can experiment
with bullet style (tipped or BTHP/HPBT) bullet weight etc.
but what caliber? Well, you may
be limited by the gun you get, it might only be available in
.308, 6.5 Creedmoor and maybe a coupla other calibers.
Scanning some websites, it looks like the various 6mm are most
popular, then some 6.5mm.... .308 doesn't even make the list.
OK, wild guess from the Service
Rifle shooter as to what to get for one getting into this
Ruger Precision rifle in 6.5
Creedmoor with some <$1000 Vortex Viper scope . Use factory
ammo from any big name vendor that shoots good in your rifle.
I don't shoot this sport enough
to really know. I'm guessing:
ear & eye protection of
elbow & knee pads maybe,
Bipod (harris or?)
a few spare magazines
and/or side carrier for a few
extra rounds of ammo,
a shooting mat,
some kinda fore-end bag
some rear bag.
Maybe a range finder.
Maybe a Kestrel (don't get the
cheap knockoff versions at Midway)
ballistic charts or phone app.
a little do-hicky to attach
your scope setting info to your rifle during the stage. "Dope
Photo found online of an NRL match
Some of the photos were
shamelessly borrowed from the internet. Linked to their source
some photo's from the 4-peaks
match at Rio
This was written in Dec 2019,
check club calendars and my main website to confirm everything
is still up to date!
Last modified by: Bill Poole (13sep23,
25-Jul-21, 05-Jan-20). (c)
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