Competition Descriptions

TCMSA Competition Descriptions

At TCMSA, we conduct competitions in several different disciplines. This is a brief description of each discipline, so that anyone who may be interested in competing can get an idea of what each entails. Also please note that competitors do NOT have to be a member of the club to compete at our events, they can shoot as a guest as long as they agree to follow the safety rules. This is an excellent way for potential new members to get a look at the range and decide if they would like to join our association.


Match Director: Gaylord Baker

Price: $5

Civilian Marksmanship Program Highpower matches are fired from 3 positions: standing, sitting, and prone, and are open to any military rifle, or their civilian equivalent, equipped with iron sights. That includes any rifle issued to any military in the world. The NRA Any Rifle / Any Sight match is the exact same course of fire, with the same targets, so we shoot these matches at the same time as two separate classes.

The course of fire is 50 rounds for score, plus sighter shots fired only before the match begins (generally limited to 5 rounds, but we will allow more if you need them). The stages are: 10 rounds in 10 minutes standing, 10 rounds rapid fire sitting, (fired in 60 seconds with a mandatory reload), 10 rounds rapid fire prone, (fired in 70 seconds with a mandatory reload), and 20 rounds in 20 minutes prone. In a full yardage match the standing and sitting stages would be fired at 200 yards, the rapid prone stage would be fired at 300 yards, and the slow prone stage would be fired at 600 yards. Since we only have 200 yards available, we shoot all stages at 200 yards, with the prone stages fired on reduced size targets to simulate the longer yardages.

Links: CMP | Competition Rulebook | NRA Rulebook


Match Director: Bob Birney

Price: $15 for club matches & $30 for registered matches

Benchrest, as the name implies, is a competition fired from the bench. We shoot club matches in the winter months from a single yardage (alternating between 100 and 200 yards monthly), and in the summer months we shoot registered matches at both yardages. Generally any rifle capable of good accuracy is eligible to compete in either the varmint for score class or the hunter bench class. There are also several matches throughout the year for factory hunting rifles and others, check the schedule. Scopes are allowed, and bipods, sandbags, or other benchrest gear are also allowed. At each yardage, 25 rounds are fired for score, with unlimited sighter shots allowed before and during the match.

Links: International Benchrest Shooters | National Benchrest Shooters Association

Match Director: Bob Byers

Price: $10

In Three Gun, shooters compete against the clock using a rifle, a pistol, and a shotgun. We shoot at steel targets and aerial clay pigeons, and there is no set course of fire. We change it up for fun or for time constraints and depending on how many competitors show up. We generally do two stages, so each shooter gets a chance to run through the course twice. There is no set number of rounds, instead each target is fired at until it is hit, and there is a time penalty for any targets left un-touched. There are no restrictions on the types of firearms, with a few exceptions: no steel core or armor piercing bullets, no .220 Swift, no .22-250, and no other calibers that have enough energy to damage the targets.

Links: 3 Gun Rules | 3 Gun Match | Area 1 Multi-Gun | Brian Enos Forums | Colorado Multi-Gun | MGM Ironman | Midwest 3 Gun | Ozark Three Gun | Rocky Mountain 3 Gun | USPSA


Match Director: Dave Baalman

Price: $3

NRA Sporting Highpower is fired from standing, sitting and prone positions similar to CMP, but there is no restriction on the firearm type or the sight style. The match is open to any centerfire rifle weighing less than 9.5 pounds, and scopes are allowed. Since we are just shooting club matches, we will not be weighing competitor’s rifles to make sure they meet the weight restriction. The course of fire is 32 rounds for score plus sighers fired only before the match begins. The stages are: 8 rounds in 8 minutes prone, 8 rounds in 8 minutes standing, 8 rounds rapid fire sitting (fired in two stages, 4 rounds each, 30 seconds each), and 8 rounds rapid fire prone (fired in two stages, 4 rounds each, 30 seconds each). There is no mandatory reload like in CMP, so any rifle capable of holding four rounds will do, and in fact some people shoot single shot rifles with no trouble in the rapid fire stages. No padded shooting coats are allowed, and no padded shooting gloves are allowed, so there is a bit less equipment investment than in CMP. The entire match is fired at 100 yards using the NRA SR-1 target.

Links: NRA Rulebook for High Power Sporting

22 Long Rifle, 100 Yard Match

Match Director: Gaylord Baker

Price: FREE

The course of fire is 40 rounds for record at 100 yards, with unlimited sighters. This is a brand new discipline for our Club, and the first matches will be used to determine the direction and classifications that will be used in future matches. The match is open to any 22 long rifle, any sights, and can be fired from the bench or in prone position, using slings, bipods or rests. All feedback from participants will be used to shape future matches. The Club has purchased A-25 100 yard rimfire targets, and the first matches this year will be free to all. You only need ammunition and a rifle.