2020 MGAC Veteran’s Day Matches


In celebration of Veterans Day, 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 are eligible to compete, both club members and non-club members. Veterans shoot for free at MGAC on Veterans Day and may choose to either compete or shoot for recreation. At exactly 11:00 am we will conduct a cease-fire for a full minute in honor of all U.S. veterans and the cessation of hostilities which ended the Great War on November 11, 1918.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our “Mid-Range 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.
  • 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 used 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 (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Space Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard). 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 the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.

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

  • Two (2) sighters and twenty (20) shots using the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.

Mid-Range Rifle @ 600 yds (No Sighting System Restrictions)

  • Two (2) sighters and twenty (20) shots using the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.

M1911-style .45ACP Auto Pistol @ 25 yds 

  • Twenty (20) shots using the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.

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M9-style 9mm Auto Pistol @ 25 yds

  • Twenty (20) shots using the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.

M1892-style .38 Revolver @ 25 yds 

  • Twenty (20) shots using the standard club 19 ½ inch target with a 5 ½ inch black ring/ 1 ¾ inch X-ring.