TCMSA 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 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. We shoot club matches for fun, so we don’t enforce the rifle limitations. If shooters bring a scoped rifle or non-military rifle, we don’t worry about it as long as they follow the safety rules. The course of fire is 80 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: 20 rounds in 20 minutes standing, 20 rounds rapid fire sitting, (two groups of 10 rounds fired in 60 seconds with a mandatory reload), 20 rounds rapid fire prone, (two groups of 10 rounds fire 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.

We also shoot some special matches throughout the year, such as M1 Garand matches and bolt action military rifle matches. These are fired on the 200 yard target, in the same positions as the normal match. The special matches are 50 rounds (20 rounds slow prone and 10 rounds from each of the other stages), plus sighter shots fired only before the match begins. We only charge $3 for these matches if you shoot the normal match that precedes it, or $5 if you shoot only the special match.

Links: CMP | Competition Rulebook


Match Director: Wally Ruff

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. 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 | US Bench Rest


Match Director: Mark Perkins

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. These matches are put on in conjunction with the Touchet Gun Club, who own all the targets and timing equipment. They also have a rifle, pistol and shotgun available for competitor’s use if they don’t have one of their own.

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: George Damron

Price: $15

Cast bullet matches are fired from the bench, using hand cast alloy bullets, at both 100 and 200 yards. Scopes are allowed, as well as benchrest gear like sandbags. Most competitors cast their own bullets, and many use alloys that they have prepared themselves from raw materials acquired at the scrap yard or similar places.

Links: Cast Bullet Association | Competition Rulebook


Match Director: Dave Baalman

Price: $3

NRA Sporting Highpower is new at TCMSA for 2012. This discipline 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 match can be shot at either 100 or 200 yards, we will be starting out at 100 yards on the SR1 reduced target, but if there is enough interest that we routinely have too many shooters for the ten 100 yard target positions, we will have to go to 200 yards so that we have 15 positions using the CMP targets.

Links: NRA Rulebook for High Power Sporting

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