2020 MGAC Veteran’s Day Matches


Our Veteran’s Day Matches (originally scheduled for November 11, 2020 but postponed due to Tropical Storm Eta) will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. In celebration of our veterans, Manatee Gun & Archery Club will host several “military-style” rifle and pistol matches, with some relaxation of rules to accommodate a wider segment of our veteran shooting community. Veterans will organize into teams representing their branch of service or may also join a team representing a different branch to help balance out the teams.

All veterans as well as their supporting family members and friends are eligible to compete, both club members and non-club members. In addition to the military branches both civilians and LEO’s may also compete. Veterans and their supporting family members and friends shoot for free at MGAC on Veterans Day and may choose to either compete or shoot for recreation- with competitors taking priority over recreational shooters. Non-veterans MUST be accompanied by a competing veteran to participate.

  • Our “Classic Service Rifle Match” is intended for M1, M1A, M14, M1903, or AR-15 rifles with iron sights only. The use of a bipod, rifle sled, rear bag or any type of fixed support is not allowed, however the use of a wooden block or sandbag forward of the receiver is allowed.

Competitors may compete in this match with each type of classic service rifle that they own- for example a competitor may compete twice- once with their AR-15 and again with their M1 Garand. We encourage our veterans with a love for vintage service rifles to compete with multiple rifle platforms when possible;)

  • Our “Modern Service Rifle Match” is intended for AR-style rifles (AR-15/AR-10/M4) with either iron sights or optics, set to no more than 6x power magnification. The use of a bipod, rifle sled, rear bag or any type of fixed support is not allowed, however the use of a wooden block or sandbag forward of the receiver is allowed.

Competitors may compete in this match with each type of modern service rifle that they own- for example a competitor may compete twice- once with their AR-15 and again with their AR-10. Don’t be shy, dig deep into your safe;)

  • Our “Precision Rifle Match” is intended for any type of bolt-action or semi-auto (up to .30 caliber) caliber rifle, equipped with either iron sights or optics (no restrictions on magnification setting). The use of a bipod and/or rear bag is allowed. The use of a rifle sled or vice is not allowed.

Competitors may compete in this match only once- so choose wisely;)

  • Our Pistol and Revolver Matches” are intended to honor the history of U.S. military issue sidearms, however there is no strict requirement outside of the caliber, type of firing mechanism and the use of iron sights. The use of optical sights, lasers or red dots is prohibited.

Matches will run simultaneously on the main firing line from 9:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm and cease fire/ range cold conditions will be coordinated during this time period for maximum efficiency, to accommodate target changes and the rotation of competitors. Timekeeping and cease fire conditions are common across all matches on the main line.

Competitors will compete individually, and their scores will be added to an aggregate score for their team or classification (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Space Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, LEO or Civilian). The range will be cold for fifteen minutes between rotations. It’s likely that we will be able to do at least six rotations, giving individual competitors the opportunity to compete in all matches if desired. A free lunch will be served at 12:30 pm (free beverages available all day) and the winners will be announced at 2:00 pm.

Courses of Fire

Classic Service Rifle @ 100 yds (Iron Sights ONLY)

  • Two (2) sighters and twenty (20) shots using a 10″x 20″ silhouette target.

Modern Service Rifle @ 300 yds (Iron Sights OR Optics with 6x Maximum Magnification)

  • Two (2) sighters and twenty (20) shots using a ShotMarker electronic system with a NRA MR-63 target face. Shooters will register for match, and then shoot a steel gong @ 300 yards to verify DOPE before proceeding to an electronic target lane, where two sighters will be granted followed by twenty shots for score.

Precision Rifle @ 300 yds (No Sighting System Restrictions)

  • Two (2) sighters and twenty (20) shots using using a ShotMarker electronic system with a NRA MR-63 target face. Shooters will register for match, and then shoot a steel gong @ 300 yards to verify DOPE before proceeding to an electronic target lane, where two sighters will be granted followed by twenty shots for score.

M1911-style .45ACP Auto Pistol @ 25 yds 

  • Twenty (20) shots using using a 10″x 20″ silhouette target.

250

M9-style 9mm Auto Pistol @ 25 yds

  • Twenty (20) shots using using a 10″x 20″ silhouette target.

Military-style .38/.357/.45 Revolver @ 25 yds 

  • Twenty (20) shots using using a 10″x 20″ silhouette target.