The 4th Annual Marty Brown Memorial Invitational was held this past weekend at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, IN. The rifle match is by invitation only and competitors shoot the Revere’s Riders Rifle Qualification Test at “known distance” from 100 to 400 yards.
Stage 1–100 Yards Standing
Stage 1 is shot from 100 yards in the standing position. Competitors have 120 seconds (2 minutes) to fire 10 rounds from a single magazine. A sling may be used during this stage.
Stage 2–200 Yards Transition to Seated
For Stage 2, competitors back up to 200 yards and begin the stage standing and then transition to seated on the “Fire!” command. This stage has a 60 second time limit and competitors use two magazines, one with 2 rounds and another with 8 rounds; this forces a magazine change during the stage. This stage demands that the shooter get setup in the seated position, load his/her rifle, and get on target quickly; inexperienced shooters often fail to get all 10 rounds downrange.
Stage 3–300 Yards Transition to Prone
Competitors back up another 100 yards for the next stage which again begins from the standing position but transitions to prone. Only 70 seconds are allowed for this stage and competitors have two magazines, one with 2 rounds and one with 8 rounds forcing a magazine swap in the middle of the stage. This is another “rapid fire” stage where competitors must quickly and smoothly transition to prone, load their rifle, and get on target. Any mistakes here or in the previous stage typically result in the failure to get all rounds downrange.
Stage 4–400 Yards Prone
The final stage is shot from 400 yards (nearly ¼ mile) but competitors get a generous 10 minutes to complete the stage and begin from the prone position (no transition from standing). Due to the small apparent size of the target at this distance, shooters take their time establishing their “natural point of aim” and don’t rush any of their shots.
Look like fun? It’s an absolute blast as well as a challenge to your marksmanship skills!
While at Camp Atterbury, you’ll also get to experience the sights and sounds of an active military base; for example, this year we heard and/or witnessed the following:
- machine gun fire
- mortar fire
- troops parachuting from a helicopter
If you’d like to join us next year, make plans to take our Rifle 125 (at a minimum to the learn the basics of marksmanship) and our Rifle 262 (to learn basic external ballistics and to get DOPE for your specific rifle out to 400 yards) courses. If you haven’t already, signup for our “Upcoming Events” email newsletter by using the form in the website footer below.
We hope to see you at the 5th Annual Marty Brown Memorial Invitational next fall!