AAR: Marksman Match (May 21, 2017, Las Vegas, NV)

by / / After Action Report (AAR)

“Thanks for a great match. This was a fun, quick and above all safe match. Can’t wait for the next one.” – Participant AAR

What a great day of marksmanship on the range at the five star Clark County Shooting Complex!  Today we had eight shooters join up for a CMP Service Rifle match followed by an NRA AR Challenge match in the basic format.  The weather was beautiful, with temperatures in the low 90s, clear skies and light breezes.  Everyone was very safe and we had an experienced crew of previous Revere’s Riders students, CMP competitors and NRA instructors.

We started off with a safety brief and sighters.  A few of our instructors pitched in to coach with sight adjustments.  That math really works—”Stay Calm and Do IMC!”  By 0900 we were starting our CMP service rifle match.  This event was conducted at the reduced range of 100 yards using the official NRA scaled targets.

Safety briefing and overview of the Course of Fire

Service Rifle Results

The service rifle course of fire is a challenging one but everyone was scoring hits on each stage.  This challenge is very similar to our Revere’s Riders rifle challenge, except the scoring uses a 10-point scale instead of the simpler “hits count” model.  It was very comforting to hear the steady “thump, thump” of the 308 down on the end of the line.  Of note, the CMP’s score cutoff for a “sharpshooter” classification is a score of 85% or 425.

Name Category Sights SF Standing X RF Sitting X RF Prone X SF Prone X Total X Classification Level (Today)
Chris Service (AR) Optic 69 0 87 0 90 0 171 1 417 1 Marksman
James Service (AR) Optic 73 1 82 0 75 0 144 1 374 2 Marksman
Greg Match (AK) Optic 60 0 81 1 76 0 139 1 356 2 Marksman
Stephanie Service (AR) Irons 66 0 81 0 68 0 130 0 345 0 Marksman
Steve Service (M1A) Irons 79 0 60 0 67 1 110 0 316 1 Marksman
Leon Match (AR) Optic 51 0 26 0 72 0 106 0 255 0 Marksman
Ernest Service (AR) Optic 32 0 56 0 31 0 110 0 229 0 Marksman

Everyone had a blast and learned a few things about themselves and their rifles!

I know I personally learned a few lessons.  Today I tried my hand at using an optic for the Service Rifle course of fire for the first time and also used a new upper that I’m still getting to know.  My score went down 14 points from my most recent go with irons which cost me a sharpshooter rating today.  Most of the points lost were early in the day in standing, as I learned where the sight picture needed to be on each stage.  I had reasonably tight groups that were about 2″ low—being off center cost me a lot of points as those 9s and 10s turned into 6s and 7s.   There’s a few lessons learned:

  • Hits Count—a decent group is nice, but it has to be centered in the right spot to get the points
  • When changing equipment, be ready for a temporary drop in performance…be extra careful to observe results and fine tune things

I did not use my spotting scope during stage one and probably should have—I had the time and could have easily picked up a few more points and made the sharpshooter cutoff by “observing, orienting (IMC) and deciding” to adjust my sight picture up a bit sooner.

Shooters use a preparation period to get ready for the rapid fire prone stage.

I really enjoyed the Vortex PST for this type of shooting.  We’ll share more info on that particular optic soon, but check it out at A&A Optics ; Vortex has discontinued the model and Alan has some of the last ones in stock for a great price!

Carbine Results

Our carbine course of fire used the Revere’s Riders Carbine Qualifier which is based on elements from the WW2 M1 Carbine Qualifier and executed in the NRA AR Challenge basic format.  For our bonus stage today, we had a hostage rescue steel challenge…  20 seconds to hit a 4″ paddle at 100 yards with one shot, without smacking the “hostage.”  James nailed it, coming within one shot of a coveted Master classification.

Competitors head downrange to post fresh targets.

For reference, the score cutoffs are Marksman (15), Sharpshooter (17), Expert (19), Master (20 + Bonus Challenge).

Name Sights “T” Stamp Total X Classification Level
James Optics 6 13 19 1 Expert
Chris Optics 5 11 16 0 Marksman
Greg Optics 5 10 15 0 Marksman
Dann Irons 4 7 11 0
No Name Optics 2 9 11 0
No Name Optics 4 5 9 0

James rocked this challenge today with some amazing shooting.  He nailed all the T-Zone shots with his new ACOG despite not having a chance to check out the mechanical offsets first—that’s thoughtful shooting with a solid understanding of the mechanics of the optic and trajectory.  Of note, Greg was rolling with an AK using a red dot sight, and Dann shot an M1 carbine (suffering from a number of malfunctions), so its not just AR-15s out there on the carbine course!

Only by getting out there and shooting will you learn those fine details about how you and your rifle perform.  Check out our schedule and find an event near you today!  You can also check out the conversation at Nevada Shooters.

Thanks as always to our great volunteers for coming out—thanks Dann!  The CCSC as always is a beautiful facility to use.